April 3rd, 2010

kid - i cannot keep it in my  mouth.

Re-cap of April 1st, an evening in Mountain View

On Thursday evening Seanie and I went up to Mountain View for a lovely afternoon out. The first thing we did was go to Verde Tea Cafe because I was hungry, and they were having a special where you could get a snack and pearl tea for a discounted price (I think it was $4.99 but I'm not sure.) Most of the menu was pretty standard - fried chicken, for example - but they had something called 'tea and spices tofu' that I thought might be interesting to try. I'd never heard of it before. Big mistake. The tofu was hard and rubbery, and the flavor was strange...I can't even describe it. Fish sauce and ginger and cilantro, I think? Very bizarre. Seanie said just the smell made him want to vomit. I didn't think it was that bad...but it wasn't good.

We wandered through a bunch of different stores. Therapy, looking for clothes. Bookbuyers, where I was tempted to buy tons of books on my mother's store credit but managed to restrain myself and walk out with empty hands. Met up with Kero and gave her some Lush products she'd requested.

For dinner, we decided to go to Amarin Thai. I wrote it up on Yelp:
Service is a little slow. We arrived pretty early for dinner (between 5:30-5:45) and the place was nearly empty. Only one other table in the room had occupants. But we waited nearly fifteen minutes before someone came back to see if we wanted beverages or were ready to order.
Once we had ordered, the food came relatively quickly. My boyfriend hasn't had much Thai, so I ordered Yellow Curry Chicken and Honey Beef. Basic, easy dishes that wouldn't be too exotic for a boy born and raised on American food. They were both really good; the Honey Beef was especially delicious.
Although we were quite full, we decided to try the Thai jello dessert, just to see what it was like. There were two little rose-shaped jellos; one was coffee-flavored while the other was coconut. Texture-wise, it's completely different from American jello. It's much harder, almost crunchy. The two flavors complement each other pretty well - which you wouldn't expect, coffee and coconut? - but the texture was so weird that we couldn't finish.

A quiet but fun little date night. Seanie and I have been trying to do more of that lately, since we're always so busy.
kid - because i can bitch!

Jesus Christ Superstar, Big Screen Edition

Yesterday evening (Friday), Seanie and I had made a date to go see Jesus Christ Superstar at the Retro Dome with Bryan, one of the guys in our small group at church. Unfortunately, as I was getting off work Seanie had to take him Mom to the emergency room (her third trip in a month; she's been having some serious issues with her digestion lately) and we were in a pickle about what to do. Should we cancel the movie? Should I go with Bryan, leaving Seanie out of the fun? Should Seanie try to get back to San Jose in time for the movie?

I was pretty sleepy, so I would have been OK with canceling, but Bryan couldn't make it any other day that weekend and Retro Dome only shows a movie for one weekend at a time. So we decided to carry through with the plan, even though it did mean poor Seanie had to miss out. He was super-bummed, because he HATES being left out, and he had been looking forward to seeing the movie on the big screen.

I met Bryan and we carpooled to the movie theater. After finding out that the theater staged live productions as well as movies, Bryan started schmoozing with the theater's employees. (He's a drama teacher at a local high school, and he's directed/designed for a couple of local productions.) Talked to them about internships, future productions, possible job opportunities, etc. After a quick hop over to Target to get snacks, we settled in to watch Jesus Christ Superstar.

One of the nice things about seeing the movie on the big screen was I could catch all these funny details that just weren't noticeable on my little TV at home. For example, I could see what some of the extras were doing in the background more clearly, or admire Jesus' funky shaving job. See, his mustache looks pretty normal on a blurry old TV. Even on HD, when I watched the laserdisc and the DVD with Seanie and my brother, we never noticed anything especially strange. It looked like Jesus had a little bit of stubble growing in irregularly, but nothing too odd. On the big screen, I could see for the first time that the 'stubble' was actually an extension of his mustache, and it twirled a bit like Snidely Whiplash. So strange. Looking on Google, I couldn't find any photos that really showed the effect, but I swear it was there and it was WEIRD.
Also, it was a LOT easier to hear the starting-and-stopping of each song track when the audio was turned up so loud. Just another weird thing I didn't notice at home but TOTALLY picked up at the theater.

But, as you know, this is one of my favorite musical-to-screen adaptations, and one of my favorite movies, so it was just awesome to see.