Thursday, February 06, 2020

Yelfris Valdes at Ronnie Scott's

Soho, London. Thursday 06-Februay-2020.

Eating, drinking and having a good time again! Yelfris Valdes: with our friend Kathy. As usual we have premier seating and try to get there early enough to nab a corner table. It is a bit crowded for eating and has one seat with its back to the stage but when the music starts you can comfortably squeeze three into the corner of the banquette.


A fascinating support act from Chiminyo aka Tim Doyle a drummer, percussionist and Electronic Music producer. His set-up is one where each strike of a drum of cymbal triggers an electronic sound or sample.

Then Yelfris and his band were on. "Yelfris is a Cuban artist, composer and trumpet player, who mixes the latest electronic technics with the spiritual chants and mystic rhythms from the Orishas." [1]



He played one long set, no interval. Obviously very talented with a great band. You can actually watch the entire show we saw as it was live-streamed and is now available on Youtube:



Another fine evening of music, food and drink!

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Wine Society Dining Club 278th dinner

The Apothecaries' Hall, London. Wednesday 05-February-2020.

The WSDC dinners are mostly in various guild halls, this time the Apothecaries' Hall.


An elegant building with dark panelled rooms lined with portraits of the great and the good.


Panorama:


The WSDC has been going since before I was born hence they are up to a large number, 278 to be precise.

The Wine Society Dining Cl1:Jb THE 278TH DINNER Wednesday 5th February 2020 at7.00pm Guest Speaker Marcel Orford-Williams In the Chair Jo Ryan The Apothecaries' Hall Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ

The theme was Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The food, of course, chosen to match the wine rather than the other way round.

Menu Artichoke Hearts, Brown Shrimps and Iberico Puffs Whipped Herb Butter, Wild Garlic Oil *** Filet Mignon of Roe Deer Red & Green Grapes, Tarragon Veronique Root Vegetable Rosti, Caramelised Leeks *** Shipwreck Apple Tart Cider Brandy, Clotted Cream *** Fairtrade Coffee A Selection of Teas and Infusions Handmade Chocolates and Sweetmeats

Menu
Artichoke Hearts, Brown Shrimps and Iberico Puffs
Whipped Herb Butter, Wild Garlic Oil
***
Filet Mignon of Roe Deer
Red and Green Grapes, Tarragon Veronique
Root Vegetable Rosti, Caramelised Leeks
***
Shipwreck Apple Tart
Cider Brandy, Clotted Cream
***
Fairtrade Coffee
A Selection of Teas and Infusions
Handmade Chocolates and Sweetmeats

The food was excellent, one would expect no less.

Wines


Grahams NV White Port
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Blanc 2013
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe 2000
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes Avril 2000
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes Avril 1998
Chateau Suduiraut 2001

The aperitif was delicious: white port with tonic and mint. I cannot remember the last time I had white port, it needs to go back on the drinking list. The Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Blanc was fine but the red 2000 had some bottle variation. Mary and the gentleman opposite her were served from different bottles which made it easy to taste and confirm.

I have a soft spot for Suduiraut which we visited many years ago. A delicious neighbour of Chateau Yquem at a fraction of the price, it did not disappoint.

A wonderful meal.

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Kaiser Chiefs at The O2

London. Saturday 01-February-2020

It seems that most of our concert going entails a nice meal beforehand and this was no exception. A pre-gig meal at Craft London. We, as often, opt for a set menu which was very tasty and reasonable value unlike the wines which had a hefty, not to say greedy, markup. We were there in plenty of time to allow for a leisurely meal and then wandered in just as Razorlight were starting their set.

Razorlight were okay but our enjoyment was somewhat spoiled by the two women in the seats next to us who decided to dance through the whole performance blocking our view as a result. Basically they were going to have a good time and sod anyone else.


Kaiser Chiefs delivered an good concert, better than the last time I saw them. Ricky Wilson makes an excellent front man pogoing about the stage with great energy. With these big arenas it is nice to have not only the screens showing what’s going on the stage but also a light show behind to provide visual interest.


At one point Ricky disappeared and emerged onto a small podium in the middle of the arena floor much to the delight of the groundlings. He performed for a couple of songs and then returned to the main stage.


Lots of greatest hits delivered so we were happy. We snuck out as they started the encore in order to beat the stampede for the tube - a wise move for what looked like a sell-out concert.