Sunday, January 22, 2012
In a few hours we will be off to The Ginger Loft for a Chinese New Year’s brunch. Mike has promised some interesting surprises and we are looking forward to it. Ofelia and Brian will be joining us. Later in the day I hope to catch up with long time friend and fellow magician, Dani Daortiz.
Yesterday was intentionally a day of little activity. Susan did a morning workout and I got to the gym for an hour of cardio. After taking a shower, I got dressed and we went in search of lunch. We ended up at El Molinón and were not too daring in our choice of food. We ordered the house salad, the meatballs and some patatas cabrales, which are like patatas bravas except they are covered with a cabrales cheese sauce. We had some cheese and quince paste for dessert. We finished our meal with coffee and a liqueur. Quique has added a new wine to his offerings. It is a Valencia wine called Capricho. If it were available in the States it would be worth looking for.
We headed back home after lunch and I returned to our apartment. Susan, on the other hand, went in search of a new dish drainer. The wooden one we currently have is getting a bit gross. While she was out I worked on a new presentation for an old magic effect. This is the third handling change that I have made and that is always dangerous because the old handling is still in my sense memory and every once in a while it gets in the way. I have also added another phase, but it may be too much. I will have to try it out soon to see how it plays and if it plays well.
We briefly toyed with the idea of seeing the new George Clooney film, but Susan was happy to stay at home and read her book. We turned on the TV at about 9:30 to watch an episode of Masterpiece Theater’s “Lewis”. This season’s episodes are called “Inspector Lewis” and we have access to the previous season’s episodes. We also watched the pilot episode of “Smash”, which will debut on February 7. It deals with a songwriting team that decided to write a new musical for Broadway called “Marilyn”. It stars Deborah Messing of “Will and Grace” fame and it looks very promising, especially for those of us who are Broadway musical fans. While we watched we enjoyed a light supper and since it was a bit after midnight when we shut off the TV, we decided that it made sense to get ready for bed so that we can be well rested for brunch.