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Contrary Cocktail

Moderne Shellac, 2015

Contrary Cocktail

A hypnotic blend of rhythms, landscapes, tones, colors, styles and moods, with melodies leading the way to certain places that only songs without words can go.

-- Pieta Brown, 2015

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We’ve come to the end of another month of great shows with ND, all leading to the Madison Square Garden performances.  Those were followed by a show in Philadelphia and the first outdoor gig of the tour, Bethel Woods, a beautiful amphitheatre built at the site of the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival.

 

A few last minute entries of mention, The Barnes Museum in Philadelphia as well as SUGA (nouveau Chinese) also in Philly.  Beginning in 1912 Dr. Albert Barnes began to amass a staggering private collection of Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, van Gogh, Modigliani, Miro, Bosch, El Greco as well as American artists, stone carvings, furniture and decorative metal works.  His collection was once on the walls of his mansion in Philadelphia and is now displayed in the expansive Barnes Foundation Museum located at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  It is breathtaking and not to be missed.  As for SUGA, Chef Susanna Foo has created a deliciously different take on traditional food.  It was sheer gluttony as we devoured a platter of dumplings… wild mushroom, chicken, pork, lamb, shrimp and vegetable…. and plates of crispy yellowfin tuna taco, cilantro sesame chicken, kung pao chicken, braised short rib noodles, fried rice with scrambled egg, bacon, shrimp, pork and chili… mapo tofu, Shanghai bok choy, charred Brussels sprouts.  They have a great selection of SUGA designed cocktails as well as draft beers and the usual spirits.  SUGA is located at 1720 Sansom Street.  Highly recommended.

 

This leg has had so many ‘best of’s’ that I’ve already mentioned in previous posts and will not duplicate here.  The glaring ‘worst of’ is no doubt the Rochester, NY hotel (see posted rant).  Our final destination stay will qualify as the ‘oddest’ although not awful.  The Villa Roma is an old fashioned Catskill resort and is a must for anyone into cheesy ‘70s decor.  I can’t really begin to describe the place so will offer this link for you to discover it yourself.  Mind, it is presented in it’s best possible light.  https://villaroma.com   

 

And there you have it.  We fold the tents on this leg and head into a well deserved 3-week breather before picking up again in Wichita, Kansas in July.

 

Richard