I first read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins in 1985, shortly after it was published in paperback. It is the story of Alobar, an ancient king and beet farmer, who discovers the secret of immortality from the Bandaloop. I had really enjoyed the book, and I so I kept it all these years.
The book has moved with me 5 times since then, although in the last move remained in a box of old books. I recently rediscovered the book and put it in a prominent spot on my bookshelf as I remembered that I loved the book and thought someday I’d reread it. That someday came, and I did reread it and once again, thoroughly enjoyed it! I got a lot more of the philosophical message out of it this time, now that I am older and perhaps wiser!
Saturday night, I went to a restaurant in Kennebunkport, Maine called Bandaloop. It was a great restaurant, serving all organic and locally sourced food. They even had tofu and tempeh entrees. I had the special fennel soup to start, and the 3-grain tempeh in twin sauces of zesty Asian peanut sauce and cilantro-pistachio pesto with saffron Basmati rice. It was delicious!
I was wondering if the name of the restaurant, Bandaloop was a coincidence when I saw a menu item:
Alobar’s Roasted Beets and Flying Goat Farm Goat Cheese
WOW, the restaurant is definitely named for the book! Then I noticed a note on the back of the menu confirming the connection and reminding us to “live long, laugh often, dance daily”