I had originally started this post by talking about Roxette and how much I absolutely worship their awesome Swedishness, and I even included a link to their website. And then I realised what a douche I was being. A link to Roxette? Puh-lease. How dare I insult their total famous-ness, like you guys wouldn’t know who they were. E.v.e.r.y.o.n.e. knows who Roxette are.
So I’ll talk about the dinner we had before seeing Roxette instead.
I openly admit that I concert-discriminate based on location. Homebush? Never, there’s nothing to eat there. Metro? Sometimes, if I feel like slumming it and I can get good Korean around the corner. Entertainment Centre? Always. Because it’s in Chinatown!
So last Thursday saw a bunch of us squeeze in an early dinner at Wagaya, directly across the street from the Entertainment Centre. Wagaya is much bigger inside than it looks outside, with nice secluded booths and traditional Japanese areas where you dine sitting on the floor. I’m sure there is a technical word for that, but I’ve been working 12 hours and my brain is fried, and the reason I’m blogging is solely because I’m trying to stay awake for another meeting in two hours time. Big Fat Yawn.
Anyway. Wagaya. We ate…
tofu seaweed salad
chicken gizzards and yakotori
I fricking LOVE chicken gizzards. My dad used to feed these to us as snacks when we were kids. Well, chicken gizzards and livers. Yes, that was my childhood but hey, I’ve grown up loving them!
beef negi maki
Some sort of greens (no idea) wrapped in thin beef strips. Really tasty, we ordered more.
Don’t be hating ugly food! This was BRILLIANT! Pizza base topped with kimchi, mushrooms, fish and cheese. I know, the fish sounds a bit random but Oh My God, kimchi and cheese! I’ve found my new favourite combo!
So we ate and ate, rushed to the Entertainment centre for 8pm (concert started at 7.30pm, we gave the starting act 30 minutes) but as always, we waited another hour or so before my most favourite retro duo ever took to the stage.
I screamed and sang and swayed and… that’s pretty much all I did, but damn it was good. They were good, playing the classics – Joyride, The Look, It Must Have Been Love, Fading Like A Flower, Sleeping In My Car, Dangerous, Spending My Time, Dressed For Success – you name it they played it!
Except, they never seem to play my favourite song, You Don’t Understand Me… but I don’t think it’s one of the famous ones. Guess I’ll have to go see them again, and make a special request…
Back to Wagaya, all in all the meal was all right. I loved the Korean pizza but everything else I think was ok. Perfect for a pre-concert quickie.
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