Daily Archives: 3 September 2018

The Struts — “Body Talks”, featuring Kesha

Glam Rock Lives!

What a great song! Watching this new version of The Struts’ “Body Talks”, featuring Kesha, never fails to make me smile.

The shaggy-haired, skinny, androgynous lead singer for The Struts is Luke Spiller, who has been described as “the musical love child of Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger”.

Kesha is…Kesha.

In the past four years, The Struts have opened shows for The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses, quite a collection of Rock Gods (or Rock Dinosaurs, depending on your musical preferences).

The band has just started a three-month, 45-city US tour, with many of those 45(!) shows already sold out.


Here’s the colourful video for the original version of “Body Talks”:

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Lunch at Sonoma — 15 August 2018

Sonoma

Sonoma

Meanwhile, back during Restaurant Week…

Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar is on Capitol Hill, a block away from the Library of Congress and two blocks from the U.S. Capitol itself. That means it gets an interesting clientele, like the two people sitting at the table next to me, who spent their lunchtime rather indiscreetly discussing the inner workings of a Republican representative’s office.

Virginia Fried Oysters

Virginia Fried Oysters

Virginia Fried Oysters on a sweet Anaheim pepper purée with a house-made bacon jam. Anaheim peppers are mild, but give some heat.

Cinnamon Braised Beef Short Ribs

Cinnamon Braised Beef Short Ribs

The main, Cinnamon Braised Beef Short Ribs with shaved Brussels sprouts, buttermilk mash, and pan jus, was the star of the meal. The Brussels sprouts were a little undercooked, to my taste, but the short ribs were excellent.

Goat Cheesecake

Goat Cheesecake

The Goat Cheesecake with marshmallow fluff and maple walnut syrup was tasty, but, once again, the portion was small. Desserts should be excessive, and give the diner those wonderful pangs of guilt one gets from hedonistic overindulgence.

I don’t have much to say about this meal. It was all right, but I not special enough to make me plan another trip to this restaurant.