Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Post #750...

And yet I don't have much to say...

Yesterday I was in The London for much of the day for a meeting. It took an hour to travel the 50 miles from my local station to London Victoria and then another hour and five minutes to travel the 4 miles from there to just up past Old Street. I fucking hate going to London. It's a total shithole for travelling around, whether by bus, Tube, or car. I'm really so glad I don't live there anymore.

So I got to my meeting late, despite technically having left plenty of time to get there (under normal circumstances). And a late arrival means a late departure, so instead of getting back home at around 5:30pm, as I'd hoped, I got back just before 7:30. Grrrr.

Still, every cloud has a silver lining, and yesterday's was lunching at Fifteen, Jamie Oliver's restaurant in the Old Street vicinity. Better still, I didn't have to pay, since it was a work thing and my clients were treating me. Huzzah!

The selection of antipasti were nice to start off with and included two different meats, some chilli-laced mozzarella (I think!), some kind of broccoli thing, red onions, olives... Nice.

Then for my main course I ordered the gnocchi in a sauce of walnut, pear, and Gorgonzola, which was really yummy (if small).

It was all washed down with a 2003 Pira Barolo, which was very nice and smooth. Just checking the restaurant's website right now, I see that wine is priced at £93 (US$185) a bottle. Ouch. Don't suppose I'll be having it again anytime soon then...


In other news, I'm still enjoying Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and, on the whole, getting better all the time. The race is on between the missus and me, and although I'm a little further through the Medium stage than she is, it's nip and tuck since we both have songs that we are stronger on.

Despite initially thinking Dragonforce's "Through the Fire and Flames" was going to be totally impossible even on Easy, we are both now managing to get through it every time, consistently achieving four stars. Which is more than can be said for Slayer's "Raining Blood", which I'm not even sure can be called a song. (Or maybe I'm just getting old... It's kind of growing on me, though.)

I'll get some updated footage up soon, but if anyone else out there is playing (Camie, LUVM, Shea, Adam...), let's see some vids of your efforts!

Right, I have some washing up and vacuuming to do now, so I'll catch you up laters.

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Blogger furiousBall said...

That meal sounded amazing. I had ramen noodles last night and washed it down with tap water.

09 January, 2008 15:15  
Blogger Gardenia said...

Lunch sounds great, maybe sort of a reward for the time consuming travel.
No wonder the wine was so smooth.

09 January, 2008 16:14  
Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Glad you had a good experience at Jamie's place. I've always heard his food is overrated and disappointing.

09 January, 2008 16:27  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

F/ball: It wasn't half bad. A bit too small for my liking, but good food should leave you wanting more, I think. Noodles are good too. I'm having those tomorrow.

Gardenia: It was a reward of sorts, I like to think! Re the wine: I know!

Coyote: I think Jamie gets a lot of stick from haters, but (although I doubt very much he cooked it, cos Fifteen is more like a training ground for new chefs, and he's probably rarely there) I found his food good.

09 January, 2008 17:18  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

I almost passed out when I saw that price for a bottle of wine.. or what i might have been.. Yikes.. I am so glad we dont drink even in moderation.. But it sounds like you are having fun with the new game all the same.

09 January, 2008 17:21  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

wow fifteen sounds like a really amazing restaurant! i love their "mission" idea... too bad more business don't embrace that idea.

sounds like you've been busy, but having fun :) nice.

09 January, 2008 17:40  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Well if it's any consolation it takes us about an hour to get right downtown depending on the El train or buses...maybe 45 minutes...on a good timing day...

Isn't it a drag that traffic is so slow in London...I'm worried now about our impending visist...did I wake you we don't have any hard plans yet...still trying to figure out how we can manage it etc...

Go Red kick his guitar ass!!!!!

Oops did I say that out loud well girls need to cheer lead for each other no?

What songs are you playing in the game?

09 January, 2008 20:41  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Washing up and vacuuming???????

oh dear.

We need to talk

09 January, 2008 22:41  
Blogger Camie Vog said...

After commenting yesterday, I went back and hammered away on the Slayer song. I finally beat it (after only a mere two attempts) with a whoping 34,600 points on easy! I have also gone onto raising my points, and star levels to 5 on at least 3/4 of the songs (the best being the Social D song at 100,428. Metallica is the second best at 98,459). After today, I have 4 songs under my belt (and am on stage 2)on medium.

I need to get some tape for the cam corder but I'll see about getting some footage...this, I can already tell, will be embarassing!

09 January, 2008 23:58  
Blogger Avid Andy said...

wow that food sounds incredible. i want to see red vs * guitar action vids!

10 January, 2008 01:12  
Blogger Milla said...

Slayer's 'Blood' is a classic!
And you made me hungry with all that food...

10 January, 2008 10:54  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tweetey: Yeah, it's not the sort of price I would pay, but if someone else is, who am I to argue?!

Martha: But that's a leftie socialist idea that Fifteen has, isn't it...?

Candy: I've been scared of the Chicago El ever since the Biscuit got killed by the steps on Chicago Hope... Dark days, my friend! We're still anxiously awaiting your visit, y'know. I'll send you a link to the songs in the game.

10 January, 2008 17:55  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

4D: Yeah, I'm pussy-whipped. What can yer do?

Camie: Well done on the Slayer track. I can get 3 stars, but I don't remember the score. I'll take some pics of the scores, maybe! I've got five on every other song on Easy, though, and four 100% ones now.

Andy: We'll sort that out!

Milla: Classic, you say? The Number of the Beast is on there, too. Now that is a classic, my friend.

10 January, 2008 17:58  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

it's a charitable one. not government.

10 January, 2008 18:36  
Blogger Milla said...

Oh no! Not THAT one?! Not the Beast?! Oh dear....

10 January, 2008 22:45  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Martha: Okay, I can buy that. ;-)

Milla: GREAT track. Takes me back to my childhood when I first bought that album. Bought the CD a few months ago too.

11 January, 2008 09:50  
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