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What was the food highlight of your year?
Bastien’s Steakhouse in Denver. A lot of pretenders vying for the steakhouse throne and you should all just hang up your gloves. You can’t touch an old school champ. Bastien’s has been killing and cooking it since 1958. So what do you do when you are in the house of a champ? I keep it simple: a NY SUGAR strip. RARE. I didn’t need anything else. That steak at Bastien’s knocked my ass out.
What was the music highlight of your year?
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at the Balboa Theater in San Diego. Sinister and lurking, Cave’s presence made more insidious by the lighting on the worn curves of an old theater. His howl and the shadows he cast left their mark. Black Lips at the Casbah. Garage rock in a stanky garage…the only way we’d want to see these groovy ghoulies. Django Django at the Fonda. Imagine yourself with a palette of 50 colors in front of a wall, eyes closed. The colors get wildly pulled from the palette onto the wall and when you open your eyes, you have a gorgeous piece of art. Open your eyes and go see Django Django.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
An exchange of sorts: Arctic Monkeys present their one-of-a-kind Henderson’s Relish, made only in their hometown of Sheffield. The “sauce” as they call it is, well genius. I secretly take 2 bottles. I return the favor and introduce them to real fish tacos. Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill’s battered Alaskan Cod fish tacos to be exact. “That’s the best damned fish taco I’ve ever had” each Monkey exclaims. Both side walk away proud in both introducing their hometown delicacy and feeling that they have gotten the better end of the bargain.