Hanging at the TEA / Dinner at La Hierbita

Dan Spain (2009)

After the radio interview finally ended, Melinda and I headed back with Ana to the TEA where the composer panels had been going on.  We ended up hanging with a bunch of folks down in the Library Cafe, chatting with Clint Mansell, David Arnold, John Ottman, Ray Costa, Robert Messinger, Vasi Vangelos, and others. At around 8:30pm, before the last panel had finished, a bunch of us were getting peckish, so we went with Pedro to one of his favorite …

Valle de la Orotava / Puerto de la Cruz

Dan Spain (2009)

So we started heading down towards the northern coast, towards Puerto de la Cruz. We were supposed to stop for lunch in a small village called Valle de la Orotava.  Driving down the hill was fun, especially when we hit the forest area, but the occasional time there was a slow driver ahead of us annoyed Carlos, who would wait for an opportune moment to zip around them in the oncoming lane. Once we got out of the rural area, …

Brunch at S&S / Hudson / Koreana

Dan Boston

Today was a much nicer day than yesterday, but significantly colder and windier.  I went to meet Matt for brunch at the S&S Restaurant and Deli in Cambridge.  Afterwards, I headed out to Hudson, to visit my cousin and see his place.  Driving on the Mass Turnpike wasn’t too bad, but there was a car carrier truck that was tailing people – what a jerk. Hudson seems like a nice spot – way out in the boonies – but with …

Rainy Day / Capital Grille

Dan Boston

The past two days here in Boston have been phenomenal. So imagine my disappointment when it got colder and rainy.  Went to meet Tim for coffee, and it was really nice to catch up with him.  After hanging out with the parents for a bit, I took them to the airport for their flight to Israel (via New York).   Dinner was with a few family members at The Capital Grille, which was an awesome steakhouse.  I had a filet …

Blue Ginger

Dan Boston

For my dad’s birthday we went to Blue Ginger, an upscale Asian-fusion restaurant in Wellesley. Really good stuff – my appetizer were Shiitake-Leek Springrolls with Three Chile Dipping Sauce – truly awesome.  The main course I got was Mom’s Famous Three Vinegar Sautéed Organic Shrimp, which came with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Spicy Asparagus Salad.  I gave the asparagus to my grandma (I’m not a fan), but the big surprise of the dish was the absolutely mind-bogglingly tasty and heavenly balsamic reduction …

Downtown

Dan Boston

Popped back on the T this morning to travel downtown to meet Joey for lunch.  I hadn’t been down there since the Big Dig had been completed a few years ago, and the elevated freeway had been dismantled.  So, I was rather surprised at how impressive and pleasant the whole area is now – it’s like a big open European pedestrian walkway! Lunch was at Legal Sea Foods (hey, you can never get enough!) but I was trying to be …

Japanese Passover

Dan Boston

OK , it really wasn’t a “Japanese Passover”, per se.  I did, however, get lunch with Sam, Liz and Josh at Fugakyu Cafe, which was quite tasty and satisfying.  Also saw Liz and Josh’s Natick house, which was really nice! Passover came later in the evening, which was also good – they split the party up into two tables: Over 40, and Under 40.  So the Under 40 table (which I was at) was with my cousins, and I think …

Legal Seafood

Dan Boston

What better way to celebrate a safe arrival in Boston than going to Legal Sea Foods? Their clam chowder is heaven in a bowl!

Flying Fish

Dan Seattle

After the session, I went with Jason and the Alex, the audio director, into Seattle for dinner.  We parked near Pike Place, and walked around a little bit to check it out – the weather was absolutely gorgeous, but since it was early evening, the fish market wasn’t open and so I didn’t see any fish tossing. I did see the oldest running Starbucks, and a few beatniks, though! We tried to go eat at The Pink Door, but the …

Salmon with Scott

Dan Seattle

Scott picked me up at the airport with his awesomely cute 11-month old son, Zachary.  The drive to his place was scenic, as we drove through rolling hills laden with lots of trees.  The Boeing factory was pretty huge, and Seattle itself was skirted (we barely drove through it), but I got to see a bit of the skyline, buildings, and stuff like that.  Hanging out at his house, we got take out – fish and chips, but Seattle style!  …