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.