South Beach Food Tour

Statue by bar Bolivar
This past weekend I was lucky enough to find myself at South Beach for another culinary tour by Miami Culinary Tours.  I had a great time on the Wynwood Tour, and the South Beach Tour did not let me down either.
Our first stop and meet up location was at Bolivar Restaurant on Washington Avenue.  Our tour guide Elizabeth was waiting outside to greet everyone with energy and a big smile.
As we waited for the rest of the tour participants to arrive, we were quickly served a delicious drink called Refajo.  It is made from a combination of Aguila beer and a cream Colombian soda.  It was so tasty! I can probably compare the flavor to pink champagne.  It was bubbly and sweet with a tiny taste of alcohol.

Once everyone arrived, we were seated and served our first meal.  It was plate with a beef and potato empanada, a spicy jalapeno dip, and Peruvian passion fruit ceviche.  Although, I’m a local and Hispanic, I have never actually tried ceviche.  Oh my god!  It was so flavorful.  How have I been living in Miami with out ever trying it?  Well this one in particular was great.  It had fresh red onions, cilantro, lime, passion fruit juice and sway fish.  The spiciness of the empanada, dip, and the ceviche was delightful.  To top things off, we were given a shot of Colombian aguardiente.  I thought it was similar in flavor to maybe a shot of Jager since it always reminds me of black licorice.

 

 

The restaurant itself was very nice, with a large bar area, lounge area and restaurant style tables.  At the far end there was even a small stage for a band to play.  Bolivar has a nice lounge feel during the day, but I bet has a cool playful feel at night with live music.

Once we were done with our first meal, we took a short walk to Ocean Drive to our next stop, Lario’s On The Beach, a Cuban cuisine restaurant. Elizabeth let us know some background on the restaurant.  It is own by the famous singer Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio.  It was recently renovated, and much of the details were decided by Emilio.  It is truly a unique and elegantly designed restaurant.

Once we were seated we were served our main dish of Ropa Vieja and Mariquitas with a mojo dipping sauce.  Ropa Vieja literally translates to old clothes.  It is a shredded beef in a marinade and mariquitas are fried green plantains, or plantain chips.  Being a local, I have had this dish many times.  But I have to say it was very delicious, probably the best I have yet to try.  It may have been the mojo dip which added an extra flavor to the Ropa Vieja and plantain chips.  As a side dish we were given chicken croquetas and Sangria to compliment our meal.

 

 

 

This sculpture was made from instruments donated by other celebrity musicians.
Our group waiting to be served. Check out that picture of Emilio.

 

 

After our meal, we took a walk further down Ocean Drive and we stopped to talk and admire all the great Art Deco architecture South Beach is known for.  Elizabeth gave us some more history behind the architecture and South Beach in general.

 

After a brisk walk we were at our next stop, The Tides.  The Tides has a restaurant and bar located at the lobby of the hotel.  The decor in the hotel was beautiful.  It had huge art deco lamps, fancy leather chairs with canopy’s, it even had large art pieces temporarily on display.  Once we were all seated, Elizabeth detailed some of the ingredients we were about to sample in our next meal.  She even passed around some of the spices to smell.  We were eventually served a bright dish of delicious curry chicken and Israeli couscous. The couscous tasted very similar to pasta and the sauce had an almost cheesy flavor.  It was a unique dish made especially for our tour and it was delectable.  We were offered a choice of Italian Ponot Grigio or Chilean Malbec for our beverage.  I chose the Ponot Grigio and it was nice and light.  It balanced the spices of the meal.

 

 

Hi!  This is me and the cool turtle shell molds above the bar.

 

We took a short stroll to our next destination and passed through ZOcean Hotel.  This Hotel had the coolest decor in it’s lounge area.  The ceiling had peekaboo panels looking straight through the pool above and there was a large chess game and dominos to play with.  It looked like a nice spot to hang out night by their bar.

ZOcean Hotel’s lounge seemed like a nice chill spot.
After we cut through the hotel we reached our destination at Block’s Pizza Deli.  They served us a vegetarian dish this time, it was a pita sanwich called a Panouzzo with spinach, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and homemade pesto.  I’m not usually into eating vegetable dishes, but this was such a flavorful sandwich.  I thought it was a great choice instead of one of their pizza’s. Although their pizzas looked yummy and ready to be popped into the oven.  I can’t wait to come back and try them.

 

Mmm…pizza…
For our final stop we walked just a few more feet to Espaniola Way.  It is a small block of Spanish style buildings and store fronts.  It is such a cute section of town.  We went to Miami Gelateria for some delicious gelato.  We had our choice of several flavors displayed on a spinning carousel of ice cream.  I chose Tiramisu.  It was excellent, not to sweet, smooth, and chunks of tiramisu with a light coffee flavor.  The Gelateria had the cutest ice cream shaped tables and chairs outside.  It was a nice way to end the tour.  What a lovely day.

 

 

I would recommend the tour to anyone being local or not.  As a local, I have never actually been to any of these places.  It is always a treat to do something new and learn new things about a place you have lived in for years.  I can imagine it being even more of a treat as a tourist.  Not to mention how nice everyone you meet on the tour is.  So check out the South Beach food tour. Miami Culinary Tours has several tours, so I can’t wait to go on the Little Havana tour next.

 

Coral Gables Art Cinema: Secret Celluloid Society

 

Lately, I have been frequenting the Coral Gables Art Cinema for some of their after hours showings. The after hours are hosted by the Secret Celluloid Society and usually start around 11:30 p.m. As the name may imply, the movies they show are older and/or rare movies on 35mm film.  The Celluloid Society also goes out of their way to make the shows interactive.

 

 
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The first movie I was able to check out was Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  I had no idea what I was getting into.  My friends told me it was a fun musical.  Oh boy, was it an interesting musical.

The movie is about Hedwig, a transsexual rocker who is touring the US with her band.  She tells her life story from when she was a young boy in Berlin to how she got to the US in her current situation.  Her band is basically following the same tour dates of Tommy Gnosis, her former flame who stole her songs. The movie has humor, heartache, great music and great costumes.

As a special treat, the Celluloid Society was able to get Stephen Trask (the song writer of the movie) and a guest singer to perform before the screening.  Not only that, we had a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Broadway musical and cast.  At the end of the night we also were given free Hedwig shot glasses.  It was definitely a fun and different movie going experience.

Little Shop of Horrors

I remember I had seen Little Shop of Horrors when I was little.  But for the life of me, I could not remember anything about it other than there was a big talking plant in it.  So my friends and I decided to go see it.  It was a much darker movie than I remember.

The story revolves around Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy florist.  He works at a failing flower shop along with Audrey his co-worker and love interest.  After a miserable day of no sales, they suggest to Mr. Mushnik (the owner of the shop) that they put a unique plant he bought and has been taking care of at the front window display.  He calls the plant Audrey II, and business starts booming once they put it on display. Unfortunately, Seymour finds out the plant can only stay healthy and growing by drinking human blood.  As the plant grows in size, it becomes more and more blood thirsty and the dilemma ensues.

Steve Martin plays the role of Audrey’s antagonistic and abusive dentist boyfriend.  And there are also other cameos from famous comedy actors.  The music is fun and the characters are silly and exaggerated.  You can tell this was at one point a stage musical.

Once again, the Celluloid Society made the show interactive and their crew acted out some of the scenes, along with the help of a cute Audrey II puppet.  The version of the film we saw that night had the original ending.  In this version, Audrey II ends up being cloned from its cuttings and they take over the city.  Even the military seems helpless against the plants.  I can see why the ending was changed to a happier ending.

House



House was another movie I had no idea what I was getting into.  Just watch the trailer below and you will see what I mean.  Before the movie started, the Celluloid Society had up on the screen a electronic/new wave group inspired by the movie.  I expected this to be a scary Japanese horror movie from the 70’s.  What I saw felt like it may have been a bad adaption of a manga or anime.

The story centers around a young girl named Oshare a.k.a. Gorgeous, and her friends.  (Yes, they all have nicknames.  My favorite was Kung fu).  Oshare is expecting to spend her vacation with her dad, but is really distraught to find out they will be joined by her father’s new fiance.  This prompts her to write to her estranged aunt, and asks her if she can come stay with her instead.  Her aunt quickly replies that she has been waiting to hear from her, and she is more than welcome to come stay with her.  So Gorgeous and her friends decide to go to her aunt’s house since their plans were also canceled. At her aunt’s house, they catch up, and the girls start settling in.  Unfortunately, strange things start happening and one by one, the girls start disappearing.

I kept hoping the movie would get scary at one point or another, but it just kept being silly.  For example, their chaperon gets left behind because he trips and gets a bucket stuck to his butt.  Also, along the way, the girls meet a very strange watermelon salesman. The scary parts just ended up being wacky and the out dated special effects did not help.  I saw one review where it compared the movie to Scooby Doo.  I can see how they can make the comparison.  So I guess you can tell, I didn’t like it.  If you are into weird, wacky movies, or even anime, you might like it.  However, I was disappointed it wasn’t scary.  In the end, I guess you can describe it as a comedy horror movie.

Overall, I recommend you check out the after hours shows at the Coral Gables Cinema.  For the month of October they will be showing more horror flicks you can check out.  The Secret Celluloid Society makes sure to put effort into making the screenings fun and unique.  Whether the movies are older, not well known, or foreign, it’s always a good time.

Miami Culinary Tours: Wynwood Food Tour

If there is one thing I love, it’s eating.  So this past weekend I had the opportunity to do something a little different, I went on a food and art tour in Wynwood.  As some of you may know, Wynwood is our local art district here in Miami.  It’s full of galleries, restaurants, bars and other local businesses.Although I do frequent it, I never really visit it during the day.  As vibrant and energetic as this area is at night, there are many things I had missed out on. Many restaurants and businesses are open that otherwise would be closed by the time my friends and I show up to bar hop at night.

Luckily it was bright and sunny on the day of the tour. The buildings and countless murals seemed to pop with so much color that day.

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

The art tour in Wynwood was organized by Miami Culinary Tours. And our tour group met up at Wynwood Walls.  This is where we were greeted by our very nice and energetic guide.

She lead us to our first stop, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, which is adjacent to the Walls. Although I have been to the Walls before, it was my first time dinning at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.

Our group and guide at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.

We were served a chicken empanada, cheese tequeno, and sweet plantains with queso frito.  In addition, we sampled a Rubia beer from Wynwood Brewery.  I am actually not a big beer person, but it was a nice pale ale.  Not only was the food great but the restaurant was also decorated with more paintings and another mural by Shepard Fairey.
Our delicious first meal.
Shepard Fairey’s mural behind the bar.

After our meal, our guide took us around the Wynwood Walls.  She was very knowledgeable and gave us some background information on the artists and their murals.  This portion of the tour is well worth it.  It gave me a different perspective on some of the murals I have seen before.

Shepard Fairey’s mural.
This is probably my favorite mural in this area.
This mural was made only using red, black and white paint.
Oh hey, it’s me.  The wall behind me is by Aiko.
This piece is interesting. The details were actually chiseled out of the wall.

 

This artist is called Retna.

 

Afterwards, we hopped over to a nearby gallery to look at more art.  They had a very nice sculpture exhibit and other works showing.

O.  Ascanio Gallery.

 

 

After visiting the gallery it was another quick walk and we were at Mmmm.  I have never been there before and can’t wait to go back to try their ice cream.  We had an Artichoke Tartine there, which is not something I usually eat, but it was delicious.  I also learned Tartine means open face sandwich.  So there you go, learn something new everyday.

French inspired artichoke tartine.  Who knew vegetables were tasty?

 

This is the outside area at Mmmm. Very cute.

Our next stop on the tour was R House which is a combination restaurant and gallery.  They even had a curator talk to us about their current exhibit before we sat down for our meal.  The modern design of the place and the art work that hung on the walls just added to the ambiance.

We were promptly served pulled pork sliders with tuna tartare.  The tartare was the highlight of the two. It was very flavorful with a touch of avocado and tomatoes, served on an airy crispy nacho.

 

The gallery inspired architecture and art work at R House.

 

The outdoor area at R House.
Some more art work hanging by the bar.
Short rib slider, and tuna tartare served at R House. The tuna tartare was especially tasty.
Work in progress.

For the next portion of the tour we walked just a little further through the neighborhood to Pride and Joy.  I have been there a few times and enjoyed the food. They serve bbq style dishes. We were treated to pulled pork on texas toast topped with cold slaw.  It was delicious, but it was also fun experimenting with their sauces.

 

Pulled pork Texas toast from Pride and Joy.

Last but not least, we went just a few doors down to Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies for some key lime pie.  This is a tiny bakery, so we basically had to eat outside, but the pie was scrumptious just like the rest of the dishes.

Fireman Dererk’s World Famous Pies,  love the wall.

 

Delicious!
Overall it was a really fun experience.  I got to walk around, look and learn about art, meet some really nice people and of course ate some tasty food.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether you are a local or just visiting.  It is a good experience and I am hoping to do it again.
Miami Culinary Tours actually offers two other tours for South Beach and Little Havana.  So if you get a chance check them out.
-Gio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Modern Romance

I cheated.  I signed up for Audible.com and downloaded Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.  I never listened to an audio book before, but it was a pretty neat experience.  The audio book is read by Aziz himself.  He throws in some funny commentary, has a small intro and does the closing credits.  I felt the commentary was definitely a bonus for getting the audio book.  And it is a pretty good alternative to listening to music while working or sitting in traffic.

Besides the convenience, the book itself is pretty interesting.  Aziz along with Sociologist Eric Klinenberg take a deep look into our current and past dating cultures.  They conducted panels with older folks, young folks and people from all around the globe.  They discuss topics such as online dating, texting, the evolution of dating and differences in the dating culture in other modern countries.  Although the book is full of facts and data, it is narrated easily enough and with just a perfect touch of humor to let the information soak in and keep you stimulated.

Since this is a work of non-fiction I wanted to just mention a few things that really interested me.

On-line Dating:  This form of dating is becoming more and more popular.  The topic of online dating made me realize I am not the only one that has the same issues with meeting people. Apparently, people tend to have too much back and forth sending messages that they never even make it to the point of the first date.  What was recommended was limiting messaging online and putting more of an emphasis in meeting in person.  Another very valid point was made that going on a first date may not be enough.  Before giving up on a person you just met, give them at least a few dates before making a decision whether you like them or not.  I thought this made a lot of sense.  Maybe I will try it in my own life.

Japan:  Further along the book, Aziz takes a trip to Tokyo Japan.  It was an very interesting chapter.  Apparently the modern youth culture in Japan is not as interested in dating.  Young men and women are not interested in having romantic or sexual relationships.  This is to the point, where even the government has stepped in and has it’s own programs to promote dating.  However, there is a whole sub culture in Japan that provides many sexual/suedo sexual services for people such as host clubs where men or women pay for a host to sit,chat and drink with them.  For some, these type of services are more convenient and less likely to lead to rejection, which seems to be a big fear factor for Japanese men and woman. There was also a discussion of men living with their parents longer then they used to.  I thought this was a funny and similar issue we are now seeing in the states.

Aziz also visits Paris and Buenos Aires.  These are fascinating chapters and they give you incite into how other cultures may view dating as more of a casual thing.

Overall I really enjoyed the book.  This book is a good read for anyone whether they are in a relationship or not.  Of course I was taking mental notes and comparing my love life to those of the people he interviewed, but it is not necessarily a book of advice.  It is more of a study and insightful look of how people date, marry, cheat and go about their romantic and sexual lives in this modern era.  I highly recommend it.  So go read it! Or download the audio book like I did 😉  Of course if you have any comments on dating, the book or just want to say hello…leave a comment!

-Gio

The reality of dating in your 30s

I remember I had a conversation some time ago in which I got all huffy puffy about the topic. Basically my two male friends told me, if you are single at this stage in life something is wrong with you.  This was coming from two guys, one was my age (early thirties), in a relationship, and the other was in his mid 40s, divorced.  They explained if you are not taken, or in some sort of relationship, something is wrong with you.  Of course I thought they were wrong.  Nope nope, I was not having this.  I was a single independent woman and thought nothing was wrong with me.  And I didn’t think being single was anything to be ashamed of either.  Some people can be happy by themselves.  Why do you need a significant other in your life to be happy?  I forgot how we ended that conversation, but I went home still fuming.

As I continue to date in my thirties I hate to admit that maybe they were right.  Some of the dudes I date have plenty of baggage (not that I don’t).  At my age, single guys come with kids, have been divorced, balding, out of shape, cannot commit to anything, and can barely return a text message out of courtesy (Are you kidding me? That’s just too much work. Right brah?).

But yet, I continue to date and hope that I will find a nice guy who wouldn’t mind being called “My boyfriend” (Boyfriend?  Again, asking for too much lady.  Right brah?).  And just like they have their issues, I have mine.

So why do I keep dating?  Some times I look around at couples and I see so much gloominess.  Some couples seem to be together to just make each other miserable.  Are they always bickering and fighting, or is that just when 3rd parties are around?  Some people just look defeated.  Are they just compromising?  Are they just in this relationship so they don’t have to be single?  Maybe it’s money? Maybe it’s comfort? Maybe it truly is love?  I don’t know. I have about forgotten what love looks or feels like.  And lets not forget about the cheaters, and the office affairs.  Those guys are just greedy.

Of course there are the couples that truly do make a great team.  These are the ones that give me hope.  Thank god for them and their cute families.

But I keep thinking being single is looked down upon.  Even the people cheating on their significant others look down on single people!  What’s up with that?

Now how many times do my friends and coworkers ask me who am I dating now?  Why am I not dating someone? Why don’t I change this or that so I can meet someone?  When am I going to start a family? Tick tock tick tick.  So you deal with this imaginary pressure that everyone puts on you.

So then I do see my two friends point.  The “good ones” do seem to be taken.  The guys I know that have their shit together all seem coupled up.  As a matter of fact, I feel like everyone at my job is already married or in some sort of relationship.  Even I can’t say I’m a “good one”.  I got my quirks.  I am a super shy, anxious, unfashionable, petite little thing.  Whoever dates me has to put up with my baggage along with theirs.

But the final nail in the coffin, despite everyone’s issues, or status…is that we all have these great expectations or what a man/women should be and they are never in sync with the other person. That is just how it is.  The rare couples that work together have sort of synced things up.  Kudos to them.  But for the rest, good luck!  The single people will probably keep being single.  And the couples that look miserable…will probably keep looking miserable until someone caves.  That’s just the way it works…and then they will start dating and learn that…there is no body left…so get ready to lower your expectations and compromise.

How low do you really need to lower your standards and expectations?  So the argument goes full circle again.  Do you really need someone to be happy?  Is something wrong with you if you are single at this age?  There might be.  But some times being single is better than being in an unhappy relationship.  Things might still work out.  Who knows.  But the one thing I do know is that dating at this age really does suck.

Thanks for reading,
Gio

Movie Review: Chronicle

I have been wanting to see Chronicle for some time now and finally had a chance to watch it.  I ended up liking it a lot.

The movie revolves around 3 teens:  Andrew, Matt and Steve who discover a cavernous hole in the woods while they are at a party one night.  After an encounter with whatever was down there, the boys acquire telekinetic powers.  As their powers grow their friendship also becomes stronger.  However, Andrew has a troubled home life, with an alcoholic father and terminally ill mother.  Unfortunately, as his home life gets worse, his emotions get the best of him and his powers are harder to control.

The movie is shot in a first person point of view, where the camera is being held by one of the boys during the course of the movie (supposedly this is called found-footage).  And it gives it the B-Movie type feel, or at least a semi-realistic point of view.  It definitely reminds me of Cloverfield, where it tries to put the viewer in the scenes with the characters.

The effects are pretty cheesy, I have to say.  When the boys learn to float and fly around, you can tell they are wearing harnesses and swinging on wires.  Either way the movie is still fun to watch.  It has its dark moments and it takes place in Washington state. Because of that, the skies are always gray and cloudy giving the movie even more atmosphere.  Lastly, I think I liked it because it reminded me a lot of Akira.  If you have ever seen Akira, you know that Tetsuo cannot control his immense powers and causes havoc.  Well, same thing goes for Andrew in Chronicle.

Despite the lack of originality, the movie was still entertaining and sorta creepy to watch.  You may like it. So, go ahead and check it out.  [I should really start some sort of rating system for movies.]

Thanks for reading!

Why hello there…long time no see…

Well I haven’t written in a while and I guess I should.  I am just getting over a really bad cold.  I feel I haven’t been this sick since my last trip to St. Petersburg.  Funny enough I was on vacation this time as well.  It’s that time of year where all my vacation hours are built up and I am about to lose some of them in January if they are not used.  So I was sorta forced to go on vacation.  I asked for the next few Fridays off instead of an entire week off.  You might think: What? That’s crazy?  But honestly, it makes sense to me.  I don’t have enough money to go on a real vacation anywhere and I don’t have someone to go with.  So there you go.  I get a 4 day work week for almost the entire month.  Sounds good to me.

Anyways,  despite being sick I still threw a Christmas/Festivus party this weekend.  It was a pretty fun, quiet type of getty.  Which is nice.  And of course the gift exchange is always fun 🙂  (I will post some pictures soon).

Last weekend was also a lot of fun.  I finally got to see The Book of Mormon, by the creators of South Park.  I cannot express how much fun this play is.  The songs are funny, catchy, and the entire thing is well written.  It is so well written, that is disguises its offensiveness..a little.  It was held at the Arsht Center downtown.  I have never been there either and it was a really nice venue.  Of course we had nose bleed seats, but it was still a pretty decent view.  Unfortunately, I was seated next to these two really annoying girls that were talking, laughing and saying the lines during the entire play.  I wanted to choke them.  Of course it is cool that they have seen the play before, but don’t ruin the god damn thing for other people.  Just like a damn movie theater, why are people so rude?  The tickets are not cheap either, so it’s even more annoying >:[  My friend is awesome and swapped seats with me for the 2nd act.  Switching seats made it so much better. Despite that, it was great.  It is something you should really go see if and when it comes to town again.  It is worth it.  And I am a big believer in trying something new every once in a while.  Go to a play instead of a bar or club.  It is something nice and different to do on a weekend.  Now that I am thinking about it.  I can’t even remember what else I did that weekend.  Hmph.  Oh well.

Now lets see.  I learned a few things recently.

1)  Sometimes the people you don’t expect to give you good advice, are the better people to talk to.  They will give you a unbiased perspective.
2)  It’s better to find out the truth then to live in confusion. [This one is important]
3)  Some people don’t know what they want in relationships, and that’s THEIR fault not yours.  I think this goes back to that whole idea of people thinking:  I sorta like you, but I’m kinda waiting for someone better.  Or I don’t know if I wanna label you as my girlfriend/boyfriend because I want to keep my options open or don’t think your good enough. Pfffttt get outta here with that.
4)  I now see why people may need to move away to get some distance between their exes.  Although, even this doesn’t seem to work entirely either in some cases.  (Maybe this should be a subject for a separate blog post.  Although I would actually like it to be written by someone that is not stupid and knows what they are talking about).

Christmas and New Years are coming and I usually post a recap before the year ends with some resolutions.  I definitely, will have a few.  I have come to realize that I don’t like New Years.  I was listening to Marc Maron as usual and he is great a summing things up that I totally feel the same way about.  He mentioned the holidays come with these expectations.  One of them being hanging out with loved ones and being happy.  Ehhh…I feel that way about Christmas to some extent, but New Years really bugs me.  It is this holiday you are expected to have a blast at some party and get laid or at least a kiss or something.  I feel like this every year.  I do like being with friends and partying that’s for sure.  But figuring out what to do that night, where to go, and who’s going etc, brings this unnecessary anxiety.  I remember I used to feel bad even when I actually was in a relationship.  It’s a strange anxiety.  I dunno if anyone else feels this way?  I’m sure Marc does lol.  Listening to WTF is definitely my form of therapy.  His self loathing narcissism and anxiety hits home sometimes.  Who would have thought I would identify so much with a 50 year old Jewish comedian -_- I am a strange little lady.

Anyways, do you remember that GRE thing I was studying for?  What happened to that? My sister took it for the 2nd time already and I have yet to take it.  I am just so ill motivated when it comes to boring things.  I will eventually take it.  I missed my deadline again for spring semester, so there went that.  Hmm…oh well.

One last thing, I really really want to work on things SomethingNerdier.com.  If anyone is interested in joining the podcast or ideas for articles or things shoot me an email, comment, or message me. Anything nerdy…books, movies, video games, comics.  I don’t care, it will be fun!

Primus and The Chocolate Factory

This past Tuesday I got to see one of my favorite bands, Primus!!!

The show was held at the Filmore by Miami Beach.  It’s a pretty good venue for concerts.  I pushed my way to the front and was able to get all the way to the stage with only one short girl in front of me.  Woo!  (That’s pretty hard to do when your a tiny person like me with general admission tickets.)

The show was Primus & The Chocolate Factory, so half of the show was dedicated to the songs from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  The stage was pretty barren at first, but for the second act they tripped it out.  Oompa Loompas even came out and did their dance.  It was great!

The band was on their game.  However, at one point Les got distracted and had to stop.  To quote him, he said ‘It’s Primus, this shit is hard!  Let me gather my thoughts.’  It was adorable, what can I say 🙂

They were definitely worth seeing for a 2nd time.  I’m so glad I went. It’s been a big highlight for my month so far 😀

If you have never heard them, you should look them up.  Pork Soda and Sailing the Seas of Cheese are probably their most well known albums.  Below is “Too Many Puppies”, which they also played at the show.  Enjoy!