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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ZUMA AND THE WIZARD

Lunch today was at Zuma, #66 in the list of 100 best restaurants of the world.  A Japanese contemporary izakaya in the spirit of Nobu's (24 restaurants) and Morimoto's (7 restaurants) Zuma was created by a German chef, Rainer Becker, with funding from India.  There are now six of them throughout the world.

I had a cold Kawatsuru Fukuro Shibori Junmai Daiginjo from Kagawa, hot Kazakura Junmai Daiginjo from Kyoto and cold Kirin beer to go with:

  -  stir fried soybeans with chili/garlic/giner
  -  freshly seared wagyu sirloin tatami with black truffle ponzu
  -  shiitake mushroom skewers with garlic and soy butter
  -  miso soup with tofu/wakame/spring onions
  -  steamed rice with black sesame seeds
  -  jikasai tsukemono and
  -  chawan mushi with fruits and an Asti Spumante.


The meal was okay.  I didn't realize that the wagyu beef was to be cold.  The shiitake was fabulous.  There was some fuss about taking photos, but that passed.


As hinted yesterday, I did go on to see Wizard of Oz today, with Michael Crawford as the Wizard and Danielle Hope as Dorothy.  She got the role by winning a BBC talent contest, Over the Rainbow.  Her age of 19 makes her a bit old, but Judy Garland was 17 when the 1939 film was completed.  The movie ranks #10 (to Citizen Kane as #1) on the all time list, while Over the Rainbow is rated as the #1 movie song (As Time Goes By from Casablanca is #2), ever.  Rainbow was very close to being deleted.  "Toto (who is a Cairn Terrier), I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," is #4 of all movie quotes, while "There's no place like home," is #23.

Also playing in the West End is Wicked, the prequel of Wizard of Oz about the witches.  Soon to film is another prequel to probably star James Franco with a current title of Oz.  Going way back, there were three earlier films:  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1910, the Wizard of Oz in 1925 and the animated Wizard of Oz in 1933.

Finally, you would think they would find a better way, but these performers now wear the microphone in the middle of their forehead.  It's only a large pimple, but it kind of reminds me of those color spots worn in India, and is therefore disconcerting...to me.  Also, today, I guess this must be more politically correct, but there were no munchkins in the Wizard of Oz.  All that aside, I really enjoyed the show.  I noticed that Judy Garland actually had a show here in the London Palladium:


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1 comment:

Bobby said...

Judy Garland did several appearances at the London Palladium. She performed on the Palladium stage in 1951, 1957, 1960, 1963, 1964 and 1969. Garland died in London in the summer of 1969.