Bandaloop — The Book and the Restaurant

I first read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins in 1985, shortly after it jitterbug perfumewas 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”


  1. Gary ONeil says:

    Words to live by. By the way, on that night I had a 60% lean burger, french fries and a vanilla frappe.

  2. Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer) says:

    Somehow I completely missed the book, Jitterbug Perfume — probably because I find I mostly prefer non-fiction — so much for the exciting inner life of my mind 😉 However, now that I have an e-reader, I can try a sample without having to go to the library or standing around a bookstore.
    (Found this post on BHB).

    • I love that feature of my kindle, but I find that whenever I download a sample I end up liking the book and download the whole thing!

  3. That is such a wonderful experience you must have had. It is wonderful when we find a book we love and get to experience that book with others as you did at the restaurant. 🙂

  4. That sounds like a happy coincidence…I’m guessing that this may be your new favorite restaurant?

  5. I love finding connections such as this! It is amazing when books become real life objects. In this case, it is only a restaurant based on the book, but it is still more tangible than the ideas you grasp from the book.

  6. I have not heard of this book but there are some books that I absolutely would not live without. Piers Anthony is one of those authors. His Immorality Series is one that I discovered 15 years ago and LOVE IT. I would image a restaurant based on that series.

  7. How fun to find that restaurant and make the connection. You have inspired me to read Jitterbug Perfume. I love this live long, laugh often, dance daily. That says it all

  8. How much fun is that?! I love the idea that someone you’ve never met made the same great connection to the book you did and what’s more, you got to come along and enjoy the consequences. I’d also say the universe was sending you a message and given the focus of your blog, you are in-synch. 🙂

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