With the pre-appetizer I had a Kir Royale:
Two desserts, sujeonggwa and Rose of Versailles came with a Muscat de Beaumes de Venise:
The blue rose deserved a second photo because it was beautiful and delightful.
You'd think, after more than 20 utensils and eight courses, that would be it...but no, a piquant cone and two pieces of exquisite and delectable cookies with an expresso:
I actually ate and drank everything served. Astonishingly, while I was not really all that full, this was lunch, and I did not eat again for 20 hours, but began consuming again the following morning at the Asiana business class lounge on my way to Hong Kong. Yes, this was easily my best $200 lunch.
I caught the subway back to my hotel and notice two things, gas masks and the everyone, save for the very young, very old and aliens, using their smart phones:
Man from La Mancha outing on the 9th floor of this building last night. It was a large theater, which was pretty much full, but, for some reason, the seats in front of me stayed unoccupied, so I had a great view of the show. What I did not expect was that everything occurred in Korean. No English sub-titles. However, the music is universal. Was it worth $100? Nah, but I did some research and relearned what i might have once known:
- The movie with Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren goes back 43 years to 1972.
- Rotten Tomatoes gave the film 50% reviewers and 72% audience ratings.
- TIME magazine referred to the film as being "epically vulgar", and called the song The Impossible Dream "surely the most mercilessly lachrymose hymn to empty-headed optimism since Carousel's "You'll Never Walk Alone." Hmm...I love both songs.
- The voice of O'Toole was Simon Gilbert's, while Sophia Loren did her own singing. She had sung in three earlier movies.
- The show is based on Don Quixote, by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, completed exactly 400 years ago.
- The plot weaves the life of Cervantes into this book.
- La Mancha is now a wine region south of Madrid.
Whoa, Hurricane Joaquin in the Caribbean is now up to 120 MPH and will strengthen into a Category 4:
If the storm makes landfall, it will probably be over North Carolina late Sunday. However, computer models continue to be variant:
A tropical typhoon has formed east of the Philippines, will cross over the country, strengthen in the South China Sea, and head for...yikes...Hong Kong, my present locus. However, it will be Sunday by the time it gets here, when I will be in Singapore: