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Avenue Q!!!

If you have a chance, go see this show. Really. Trust me. (The internet is for porn.)

Okay, three major chefs down.

Todd English (Olives): Very impressive, fantastic food, high scale service (they hold your chair and place your napkin on your lap, bring water and bread and all before taking drink orders). Lunch for two ran us around $50.

Wolfgang Puck (Chinese Fusion): I give the ambiance an A (especially for being in a mall, technically, although The Forums are pretty upscale, mall-wise), the service an A+++, the tea (special blends of hot tea, served in individual presses) A++, and the food... well, it was VERY good, however, it wasn't any better, really, than any "gringo Chinese" you can get at the local China Village, for about twice the price. Steamed white rice, sesame chicken, and hoisin pork; very good, delicious, more than we could eat (sadly, and no place to heat it up, so we couldn't take it with us); but too expensive for that. The teas and bottled water -- they did not offer free water -- alone was more than the price of the meal, though, and even so it was another $50 or so for lunch.

Emeril (Emeril's New Orleans Fish House): Oh, Emeril! The food was fantastic, but I have a lot of complaints about the ambiance, especially at those prices. We were seated in the "Cafe" side, which is spare and the places aren't set; there were holes in the table cloth, and the busy staff RACED around in a tearing hurry. We were seated without menus and when we said we weren't ready to order drinks until we looked at the menu, we never were asked again and made due with water. Mom ordered soup and a salad, and was not served bread until she asked for it; because I ordered a sandwich, I did not get a spoon and had to borrow hers to try her soup (wonderful). The rock shrimp po'boy was magnificent, but because we live a few blocks from one of the finest Cajun restaurants in the West (Baby Kay's), I was deeply spoiled. Shrimp was plentiful and the bread was good, but at Baby Kay's they serve you with extra remoulade sauce and their chips are home made, fried to order. Emeril's po'boy came with... a BAG of Kettle Chips, and no extra sauce. Emeril's shrimp po'boy: $18. Baby Kay's: $6.


They rushed us in and rushed us out, and it wasn't THAT busy. You could see the dining area (for dinner) was lovely by comparison and had all the place settings and everything, but I think at those prices you can treat the lunch guests JUST as well as the dinner guests.

Now I need to find Bobby Flay's restaurant.

Avenue Q? Go. Laugh. Enjoy. (The internet is for porn.)



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Jan. 25th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
Glad you're having fun, even if the food seems overpriced.

I haven't seen Avenue Q. Have had the soundtrack for months, and it's okay. Not quite as exciting and fun on its own as the Wicked soundtrack. But sometimes you can't tell from soundtracks.
Jan. 26th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
It's funny and touching and funny. Really, really funny. Good cast, too.

But I know what you mean about the soundtracks (or, really, I suppose "cast recordings," since a stage show doesn't have a "soundtrack" :) ) -- I had the one for "Miss Saigon" for some years before I heard it was an "overproduced spectacle show" in the manner of "Phantom" or "Cats" -- in my head, I saw it played on a very spare stage with minimal settings (I guess I was born to be a director).

(Gosh ding it, STAY logged in!!!)
Jan. 26th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
I've heard those complaints about Wolfgang Puck's before. I ate at one of his restaurants during a proposal long ago (Los Angeles? Seattle? They're all a blur) and it was okay, but not terribly memorable otherwise. The news about Emeril's is disappointing. I guess I'm not missing much there. Todd English's place sounds like it's worth a look.

Glad you're having fun!
Jan. 26th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
Wolfgang's was worth it for the tea. I wouldn't mind stopping there sometime just for a cup of tea and dessert (I was intrigued by "crispy chocolate mousse," for example).

I suppose I'd have to try Emeril's a) when he's actually there cooking, and b) for dinner. Lunch was certainly disappointing.
Jan. 26th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
Sounds interesting, but I do hate to pay more for something I know I can get cheaper and better elsewhere.

I have an anime music video someone put together from the anime Gravitation to the song "If You Were Gay" and it's really funny... ;)
Jan. 26th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's bound to be hysterical! :D

How can you not love a show where the opening line is "What do you do with a B.A. in English?"
Jan. 27th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
I loved Avenue Q. And I was in awe at how the actors were also puppeteers. I couldn't act or sing or be a puppeteer, and they did all three simultaneously and did them well.
Jan. 27th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
It made me delightfully happy. :)

I wish I could get to see more shows. I'm glad they've started doing more-or-less permanent productions in Vegas. Next time we want to see "Hairspray."
Feb. 6th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
Hairspray's a blast. I've seen it twice - both times with Harvey Fierstein, who's just brilliant - and I highly recommend it for a silly good time.
Feb. 6th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
I've seen the movie, but haven't seen the stage play yet. I look forward to it. :)
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