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Elvis C. (Part 2) & Dinner at Roy's

What a fun evening! Not only did we see Elvis Costello in concert, but we had a wonderful dinner at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion restaurant in Rancho Mirage.

We had been to Roy's several times before for winemaker dinners (which were outstanding). He was even present at one of the dinners and autographed the cookbook I bought. It had been several years, though, since we last tasted his food.

We started with a shared appetizer of Crunchy Golden Lobster Potstickers with Spicy Togarashi Miso Butter Sauce.

For my entree, I had Roy’s Classic Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi with Lobster Cognac Butter Sauce and Bill had a Shellfish Combo Plate with Sea Scallops and Black Tiger Shrimp with a really tasty risotto. Everything was wonderful!

There were quite a few nice choices for wines by the glass. We had Au Bon Climat "Roy’s" Santa Barbara chardonnay.

For those of you who watch Top Chef Masters, Roy was shown as one of the participating chefs, but he hasn't yet appeared and the first round only has two more episodes. So, I asked our waiter to find out if and when he was on. Not this coming week but the final week. I am anxious to watch him cook.

Enough about dinner - on to Elvis Costello! The concert was held in the brand new showroom at Agua Caliente Casino, a beautiful facility seating about 2,000. Not a full house, though, which was sad.

I have to be honest and tell you that I really don't know Elvis Costello's music. Bill is the Elvis C. fan in our house. If I knew his songs, I probably would have enjoyed it more because I would already know the words to the songs. As it was, I couldn't understand what he was singing.

He sang for almost two hours nonstop. Not much conversation, just music. There were a couple of songs that I really loved - his hit song Alison and one from his new album called Sulfur to Sugarcane. The new album (only available at Starbucks) is very country-sounding, but he only sang that one song from it at the concert.

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Comments (6)

Eden:

I do not know any EC songs. Maybe I will check them out one of these days. Did his wife make an appearance or sang a number? If I am not mistaken there is a venue there that is advertising her performance. I think I saw her name on one of the billboards along I10.

I am glad Roy's did not disappoint. I am also glad that Roy is now available outside of the islands. :)

nancyhol:

Eden,

No, Diana Krall did not make an appearance. I would have been very excited if she had!

She has a concert (also at Agua Caliente Casino) the first week in August. Maybe HE will show up for HER concert!

The Roy's in Rancho Mirage has been there for a number of years - at least 10 years, maybe longer.

Sounds like a wonderful evening. I'll keep an eye out for Roy on Top Chef. I love that song "Alison" too.

sandrac:

Sounds like a great night, Nancy! I'm a longtime Elvis Costello fan, although I haven't yet seen his TV show (which looks pretty interesting, he interviews people like Elton John)

I'm also a fan of his wife, Diana Krall (a Canadian!) who I think is a fantastic jazz singer/musician.

Barb Cabot:

I liked a song he sang about "Red shoes". Now I'll have to google it as my curiosity is getting the better of me. Dinner sounded wonderful...what a great night. I'm jealous.

barb cabot:

Okay this is connected to my last comment. The lyrics for the ECostello song I like:
"Oh i used to be disgusted
And now i try to be amused.
But since their wings have got rusted,
You know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain,
That's when i knew that i could not refuse.
And i won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes."
Very catchy tune. Wish I was there for the concert.

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