Rock Band Tour: Queens of the Stone Age

Ok, way too busy lately to keep up a regular blog. Any additional energy I have I am trying to devote to work trying to get my work blog going.

I actually have a lot to blog about, since I have yet to talk about my new iPhone (awesome) and how it compares with my old Blackberry (they each have their pro’s and con’s, each has a distinct market). I recently picked up a copy of Grand Theft Auto 4 (very cool) and the game Rock Band for my PS3. Rock Band definitely deserves it’s own blog entry as it is so stunningly well executed, and it has created an entirely new market for music! But more on that later…

The Rock Band Tour… well, what I mean by the ‘Rock Band’ tour, is that I have been seeing a lot of concerts lately, and the last two were both artists featured in the PS3 game ‘Rock Band’. The first was The New Pornographers at the Capital City Music Hall. The second was The Queens of the Stone Age at the Ottawa Civic Centre on May 11th (Mothers Day).

Queens of the Stone Age

Wow, what an excellent band live!! They have a distinctive ‘distortion-oriented’ sound which is accomplished by up to 4 guitars being played at the same time. Their drummer is a HUGE dude who just beats the hell out of the drums. Its like he was told that he wasn’t going to be mic’d for the gig and he was going to have to compete with the amplified guitars for attention!!

My friend Phil and I had floor tickets, but after a long day at work at the restaurant, Phil felt like getting seats. After two failed attempts at squatting in empty seats, that were then occupied by their rightful owners, we found the BEST two seats in the house: front row, dead centre, right behind the sound board and lighting guy; nobody ever showed up to claim these seats!

Two benefits of sitting behind the sound guy: (1) The best sound in the house, and (2) you get to read the set list before the concert starts.

Here was the set list:

  • EVA vulgaris 
  • Feel good
  • Go with the flow
  • Do it again
  • 3’s & 7’s
  • Burn da Witch
  • Misfit Love
  • Turning on The Screw
  • In the Fade
  • River in the Road (may have skipped this)
  • Rope
  • Mexicola
  • 1st it giveth
  • Fun Machine (I think he skipped this one)
  • Make it wit chu (in honour of mom on Mothers Day)
  • Little Sister
  • Sick, Sick, Sick

Encore: 

  • You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire
  • No One Knows
They are one of those bands that really sounds much better live than on a studio album!!
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The BEST Restaurant in Ottawa – (Was) Singapore Restaurant!

Those of you who know me well are probably surprised that it took so long for me to do a post about my favourite restaurant.

To be clear, I have lots of favourites, depending on the occasion, but there is NO restaurant that I go to more often than Singapore. For example, last night I went to ’18’ in The Market (Ottawa) and that was probably the best meal I have had in the city, but that was $130 for a couple, so… I am not doing that once a week!

Singapore restaurant’s location does not lend itself to easy discovery. It is across the street from the Coliseum Cinemas on Carling, but is hidden by an Indian Restaurant. Most people find it by referral, and I think I probably account for about a hundred of those so far.

While the whole menu is awesome, particularly the Curry Shrimp and Black Bean anything, the meal that I have on average once a week, is the Singapore Lakksa. This version of Lakksa is a coconut broth-based curry dish with rice noodles, chicken, shrimp, egg & bean sprouts (which I don’t get because I think beans should really be allowed to live a full life) with the option of either hot sauce on the side, or you can order the meal hot. Only order the Lakksa hot if you are a real fan of hot, because I LOVE hot food, but that is too hot for me!

I mention ‘version’ because, in Singapore and Malaysia, ‘Lakksa’ is a generic term for ‘soup’ so if you have had it before at other restaurants, like ‘Spring Rolls’ in Toronto, you will find that it may be quite different if they based their Lakksa on a different style of Malaysian cooking.

Other big plusses of the Singapore are the reasonable prices, and FAST service. I have a 10 minute drive from my office, but can still do the round trip and have a meal at a relaxed pace within one hour.Take out is also another good option, you can order 15 mins in advance and have it ready for pickup when you get there.Tell Abba that Adrian sent you. 🙂

The Singapore Restaurant
69 Kempster Avenue Ottawa, ON
(613) 820-4119

P.S. The significance of the picture is that Barry actually ate TWO Lakksas. If you have ever eaten ONE you will know how big a feat this is! Apparently only 4 people have done this, and I know two of them (I’m not one of them).

P.P.S. September 9, 2016…  Sadly all good things must come to an end.  Thanks Ah Bah,  Foo & Andrew for so many wonderful meals!  I hope all the client love near the end didn’t take years off your life!!

 

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