Daily Archives: 1 September 2015

OYA — Lunch on 1 September 2015

OYA

OYA

OYA is a big, beautiful, white-on-white Asian Fusion restaurant that I’ve been meaning to try for years.  Finally got to it for lunch today.

Short Rib Tempura Roll

Short Rib Tempura Roll

This is one of the things that drew me to OYA:   A local site named OYA’s Short Rib Tempura Roll as its “Dish of the Week”.  The topping is made of white cheddar mashed potatoes, and each roll was two little bites of flavour.

Chicken

Chicken

The chicken was marinated in orange and basil, and supported by fingerling potatoes.

Shortcake

Shortcake

This had everything.  Peaches and strawberries on shortbread, with bourbon syrup and fresh whipped cream.

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The Danish Girl — First Trailer

In which Eddie Redmayne goes for a second consecutive Oscar.

After winning the Oscar for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne takes on another physically challenging role.   In The Danish Girl, he plays Lili Elbe, one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

danishgirl

The Danish Girl is based on David Ebershoff’s 2000 novel of the same name, and was directed by Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King’s Speech).  It’s a love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, who is played by Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) .

Lili Elbe in 1930

The real Lili Elbe, in 1930

Events of the past few months—Caitlyn Jenner’s emergence, etc.—have given the film an unanticipated timeliness.  The movie will be shown at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals in September.  It opens on 27 November 2015 in the US, and on 1 January 2016 in the UK.