Wednesday, February 16, 2011

And Jersey For All: Grub Crawl NYC

The great Metallica Local Chapter known as AND JERSEY FOR ALL got together once again for the culinary delight of others. The chapter is best known for food, food, eating, cooking, food and of course BACON!! LOL February 12, 2011 saw them take the streets of the much beloved New York City in the first (but definitely not the last) GRUB CRAWL. What is a grub crawl the Americans reading this will ask. A grub crawl is like a pub crawl. In London we get together and walk from pub to pub drinking. But in Jersey, we prefer to eat. So instead of pubs, I, your humble chapter head, chose grub i.e. food. Metro cards in hand, we criss crossed the great gotham city to some of the finest eateries and literally ate all day. Fancy Dress?? That means, we did it in costume!!!

PrincessVic and Captain Hook started out the festivities by partaking in light refreshments at The Shake Shack on 8th and 44th. This Shake Shack is an indoor sit down place. The line here moves much faster than the one in Madison Park. Many people stopped us to take pictures or to inquire what play we were in. Lively banter ensued with all friendly adults and kids alike.

From midtown we headed to the Chelsea Market. Our destination is the world famous Jacques Torres. Here we satiated our chocolate love. The Jacques Torres in Chelsea Market is quite small and was hella packed. The queue moved swiftly and the staff super friendly!! I purchased an Earl Gray and a Chai Tea chocolate piece. The original intent was to do the hot chocolate, but it was too darn warm in the city for that. LOL

From here we moved back to midtown to the best place for a comfy sit down meal and great music... Schnippers!!! They have awesome chocolate milkshakes and free refills on pop. They also have large clean toilets! Knowing where to find the clean toilets in NYC is always a good thing. You can't just mosey in and use them, you have to buy something - but with an extensive menu, this isn't a problem! Next trip to Schnippers, I'm getting the chicken strips. Those looked sooooo yummy!!! I did gorge myself on french fries tho!

After a nice leisurely time at Schnippers we headed to the lower east side to The Noodle Bar. The Noodle Bar is a pan Asian type eatery. You can't pin down exactly what kind of "Asian" Food they do, because they have such good and diverse stuff. I got the crab rangoon and mango lassi. This was the thickest mango lassi I've ever drank!! The crab rangoon was mouthwatering!! My AC/DC devil got the Wanchi Veggi sandwich and even a die hard carnivore like myself drooled over it! The wait staff were friendly, quick, and good looking! They do have a menu online and I suggest perusing it before you go and there is so much to choose from! Next time I'm either getting the Honey Roasted Duck Soba or the Pan Fried Dumplings!

From here we went to AND JERSEY FOR ALL's favourite place!!! Juniors for cheesecake!! We love cheesecake and we love Juniors!!! The cheese cake is so dense and they give you such a big piece, it took me three days to eat it, and even then I had to give my nephew some!!! Juniors is across from the Shubert Theatre: Broadway and 45th (Times Square). They have two alcoves if you just want to run up, get cheesecake and dash. And an expansive indoor sit down deal. They also have out door seating. Be prepared! Juniors is ALWAYS packed, so be prepared to wait to be seated. Many people go here after their show has let out and that is the busiest time!!! But it's totally worth the wait.

From here we met up with more AJFAllers at TWINS!! You may remember TWINS from the Metallica Bash 2009 or the many TWINS bashes Crew does for the IMOFC. This is a great pub; comfy, awesome food, great music, homey atmosphere. This is a place where people erupt spontaneously into song! Even tho on Saturday's it's open until 4am, we caught the 0122 train heading back to South Jersey!

Grub Crawling isn't as expensive as some might think. A comprehensive list complete with times, addresses, and links to menu items is posted well in advance. Including train from Hamilton to NYC, I spent less than $100 on the day's outting. With proper planning and not gorging yourself, a great food filled day can be had. You don't have to stay the whole time, drop in and out of the Grub Crawl as your schedule dictates! Another Grub Crawl is definitely in the works and everyone is invited!! And yes, it WILL BE FANCY DRESS!!! (as those are the best ones to have!) Mondo hugs, kisses, and face licks from the chapter with the mostest - AND JERSEY FOR ALL!!!!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Iron Maiden 2011 Tour

My new tagline is: From Puberty to Menopause - Iron Maiden: We've Got You Covered! (T)
I've listened to the band since 1980 - April in fact. They were opening for Judas Priest. I was a stone Priest fan and couldn't care less about some dodgy opening band. Boy was I wrong! I had to scrape my jaw from the floor that spring evening. I've been agog ever since. February 11, 2011 saw Iron Maiden play in front of a very appreciative crowd in Moscow, Russia. They are starting yet another lengthy tour to support Final Frontier, the 25th over all album, 16th studio album. I am still quite luke warm on this offering, which is a step up from out right thinking it shite upon first, second and even third listening. Maiden have always been a LIVE band, so I'm not too plussed about not liking it on vinyl. I'm sure the live renditions of the songs will suit me just fine.

When The Wild Wind Blows was taped in Moscow on February 11, 2011. Being the first night, Bruce sounds awesome! The guitar playing is spot on: Adrian opens this track with Janick coming in a bit later. I've always been a fan of Maiden's guitar playing. This track would be an exercize in excess if you weren't a fan of guitar work. Janick takes the solo at 5:01 and sounds every bit the shredder he "was" before Iron Maiden constrained him. 5:28 brings Adrian in and it's as if he's weaving the solo out of the ether. The music just drips and flows from him. At 6:03 Davey takes a solo. In comparison it's more measured and precise sounding. Every note seems to have it's place: like if Mary Poppins were to morph into an axe-master. It's gobsmacking to hear three distinct styles in playing from three distinctly different guitar players. Yet it all seems to mesh quite well.

I've still no idea what the lyrics are about and indeed after a while tune them out preferring to listen to a wall of sound. About eight minutes in, Adrian takes another solo. The song plods for a while and then has a nice refrain. Not for nothing, I'm sure if I looked at the sheet music for the song and saw how all the harmonies, verses, and runs interconnected I'd be a happier camper. It's beautifully written.

For the first time in a long time, Maiden are playing a proper tour of the UK. Defintiely go see them live! You won't be disappointed; no matter what the setlist is!

20/7/11 – SECC, Glasgow – UK
21/7/11 – Aberdeen Exhibition Centre – UK
23/7/11 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne – UK
24/7/11 – Sheffield FM Arena, Sheffield – UK
27/7/11 – Nottingham Arena, nottingham – UK
28/7/11 – M.E.N Arena, Manchester – UK
31/7/11 – National Indoor Arena, Birmingham – UK
1/8/11 – Cardiff International Arena, Cardif – UK
3/8/11 – Odyssey Arena, Belfast – UK
5/8/11 – The O2, London – UK
6/8/11 – The O2, London – UK

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


OK - Awesome new band! Do you like metal? Do you like boobies? Then this is the band for you! Here's a new song to whet your appetite. It's called Crystal Throne!!!! (yeah, click on the title to have a listen!) Trust me when I say you will love it!!!! Thames Burial are on facebook, youtube, twitter, and roaming about Colchester! The band features: Stu Bridges - Lead Vocal, Sebastian Cowie - Lead Guitar, Dex Jezierski - Guitar and Gav Chinery - Drums. Listen to the track!! Rush over and LIKE them on facebook! See them live!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Doro Tour Dates 2011

Most awesomest news! Doro is on tour again this year! This is a live show not to be missed!

7 - Stockholm, Sweden - Swedenrock Cruise
9 - Malmö, Sweden - KB
10 - Rostock. Germany- Alte Zuckerfabrik
21 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Ilha dos Pescadores
23 - Sao Luis, Brazil - Red Club
24 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Carioca Club
26 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Roxy Live
28 - Bogota, Colombia - Teatro Mama
30 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador (with U.D.O.)

18 - Ckyne, Czech Republic - Rocková Pumpa Festival
19 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
24 - Dischingen, Germany - Rock Am Härtsfeldsee

13 - Thallichtenberg - Germany - Castle Rock Open Air

1 - Moscow, Russia - Tochka Club
2 - Sankt Petersburg, Russia - Avrora Club
4 - Praha, Czech Republic - KC Vltavská
5 - Brno, Czech Republic - Semilasso
7 - Kosice, Slovakia - Jumbo Center
8 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic Music Club
9 - Memmingen, Germany - Kaminwerk
11 - Milano, Italy - Limelight
13 - Barcelona, Spain - Bikini
14 - Lleida, Spain - Cotton Club
15 - Bilbao, Spain - Rock Star Live
16 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken
18 - Luzern, Switzerland - Schürr
20 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
21 - Paris, France - Alhambra
22 - Wieze, Belgium - Metal Female Voices Festival

8 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
9 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
10 - München, Germany - Backstage Werk
11 - Hannover, Germany - Capitol
13 - Fulda, Germany - Kreuz
14 - Nürnberg, Germany - Hirsch
16 - Osnabrück, Germany - Rosenhof
17 - Herxheim, Germany - Festhalle
18 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks

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