From 1st to 2nd grade, I lived in communist Bucharest. The worst part of communism for a 5-year-old? No cartoons. Although we had a VCR, my sister and I only had two videos to watch. One was a documentary about Elvis Presley that demonized the Beatles for contributing to his early demise (to this day, I don’t like the Beatles). The other was a cartoon called Danger Mouse. A show about a supermouse secret agent, with a hamster side kick that battled evil forces from their headquarters – a red post box. In one particular episode, The Bad Luck Eye and the Little Yellow God, everything turns topsy turvy.
The Cahoona Drive In Coffee kiosk looks like it could be part of the set of that episode. At the end of Freidrichstrasse, turn left and there it is. The first time I drove up to it, it was dead of winter, the window swooshed open and a chirpy voice said, “Aloha!” Hands down, the most surreal thing I have ever experienced.
They have snacks and sandwiches, which I have never been the least bit tempted to try, and coffee of course. The coffee is fine, not good enough for a detour. But driving up to that window and having someone belt out “Aloha” with a Cheshire cat grin, is bonkers and totally worth a detour.
Liepziger Strasse 12