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Marco’s & Cirque du Soleil MJ Immortal

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Fri Jan 6 2012

My Yelp Review on Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza:

If the food here only deserves 4 stars (or higher depending on the day), the service surely kicks it up a notch to 5 stars. We were very happy to be helped by a non-judging waitress who kept her smile on after we only settled with water for drinks. When I placed the order, she didn’t try to remind us that may not be enough food, until I asked her, which I think is being respectful.

I picked what I thought was the only non-meat salad on the menu: Arrosto (I could be wrong, there might be others…) and it was gone in seconds. Everybody enjoyed it, it’s unusual in that it included both raw and cooked veggies. Off to a healthy start! Then the Manhattan pizza came, the last ingredient – pine nuts – intrigued me, and it turned out to be a fantastic choice. The chicken and basil interacted with each other very well. The second pizza: Sicilia, was recommended by the waitress. What an excellent suggestion! The meats (“Genoa Salame” and “Proscuitto Cotto”) had a nice shaved texture that kept them very tender and juicy. With Marco’s pizza, you can actually taste the freshness of the ingredient. You can also tell the crusts were entirely hand-made. These two important elements create pizzas that may not be loaded with flavors which trick your tongue and bloat your stomach, but rather, subtle after-tastes one can really savor.

The last thing we ordered was Lasagna. Now Lasagna, I do prefer it with a heavy sauce. Marco’s sauce is good, but it doesn’t remind me of Italian food. We still enjoyed it a lot and didn’t have any leftovers!

The best part was that they found out it was our first time here so we got a dessert – Nutella Pizza! – for free! I was curious about it but didn’t want to commit to a whole dessert pie, this was a perfect way for me to sample it. Not that memorable, something you can make at home. And the idea of having carbs for dessert scared me a little.

You really feel welcome at Marco’s, all the young waiters and waitresses are pretty good looking, and growing up in a big city in China, I’m used to restaurants being noisy. So to me, there’s nothing not to love about Marco’s!

一年多以前买的阳光马戏团MJ主题秀的票子今晚终于可以用了。不同以往的是场地居然在Pepsi Center!一般阳光马戏团的表演都比较小型,与观众亲密些。这次搞不好会更像演唱会哦。

在那之前当然要医饱肚子。从来很少带爸妈去什么高档的地方,老爸喜欢去大型连锁店,说食物质量有保证喔。这次挑的是一家在科州有两间分店的批萨店,曾获得当地杂志评全丹佛最好批萨!听说它还有个执照证明店里出产的都是正宗意大利薄饼的手工饼皮呢!

Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza是一家挺潮的店,却坐落在Downtown很古老的一栋楼里,呵呵,美国人就是喜欢这种风格吧。一进去感觉有点像回到国内,店里可热闹又喧哗了,可我们觉得很亲切享受,如果灯光再亮些,窗户再多些就更像了,哈哈。

开胃菜是沙拉,净是蔬菜,有生的也有熟的,我们看到就很高兴,很快盘子就空了。

跟快餐店必胜客等不同的是这里的批萨皮完全手工制作然后用木柴在窑子里烤成的:

新鲜至极!即使没有topping,干啃饼皮也是一大享受。这不是,叫的Lasagna (意大利千层面)里就有两块饼皮,蘸点烤茄汁,更有嚼劲:

我们当然还叫了两种不同的批萨:

第一个是我看中的,酱料用的是pesto(九层塔香蒜酱)而不是普通的批萨番茄酱。上面铺满了柠檬腌制的鸡肉,樱桃番茄,还有最出人意料的松仁!整个饼散发着果仁味,与众不同啊~

第二个批萨是服务生介绍的。酱料跟上面的千层面一样,上面铺了新鲜蘑菇,朝鲜蓟,和Proscuitto (意大利火腿薄片)。真的很薄,却很juicy,口感特别鲜嫩。

这家店的风格就是用料新鲜,口味清淡。不像别的传统批萨店,吃了一大堆饼和芝士,涨一个晚上。我们叫的三个主菜里都有芝士啊,还是好几种不同的呢。但它的量掌握得很好,都溶到别的食材里作为调味品之一了,至高境界啊~

Marco’s的Pizza绝对比千层面做得好。后者的pasta sauce还是太淡了点。不够绸也不够浓,下次不点就是了。

忘了说,这间的服务超好。我们什么饮料都没点,就要了白开水,服务生也没表现出失望。经理过来询问了两次,听说我们是第一次来造访,马上说送一个甜品批萨来我们这桌。太好了!看了菜单后就想试试这个Nutella Pizza(巧克力榛子酱甜饼),但又怕一晚上太多碳水化合物;现在有人白送,就吃一片尝尝呗!

跟咸批萨不同,这个甜品他们先把饼烤涨了:

然后剖开,在中间塞满金沙巧克力里最“正”的巧克力榛子酱,然后上面再洒白绵糖:

其实并没啥特别,自己在家也可以做,搞不好再上一勺雪糕让它润湿一下。哈哈!

吃饭花了不少时间,在Pepsi Center找到车位之后已经8点,show正要开始的时间。我气急败坏地穿着高跟鞋带他们满大街地跑,一路上听到MJ的音乐,倍感幸福。换票的时候出了些小问题,最后总算赶得及开场时分找到座位。

阳光马戏团的秀从没这么大场面过,一般是比较intimate的风格,这次因为是MJ主题的所以搞得比较演唱会化。我们实在坐得太远了,又没有大屏幕(集体秀没办法专著地把镜头只对准某人身上);为了增添摇滚气氛,当晚的喇叭开猛了,音乐实在太大声,好歌的意境被破坏了。

我认为最好看的就是他们把灯光用在衣服甚至人体上,还会像霓虹灯那样变颜色,时光时暗,可好看了。比如这张照片(不是我拍的)里:

红红绿绿的衣服中间和边上都有粗白线,就这样看实在不怎样,但是当舞台灯光被灭掉后,就只有那几条白带子在发光,勾勒出来的是MJ的线条,一眼就能看出来的!非常特别,是对他最好的致敬!

表演进行期间禁止拍照,我也只能在幕帐落下时快手按下一张。MJ头上的灯光就算做是光环吧:

更多专业照片可看这里

MJ’s Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition

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Instead of a remix album, of course I wished for a new studio album! But, it’s still a new release from Michael and I bought it first as it came out.

I simply cannot believe this is a 25th Anniversary Edition! I’m turning 25 this year which means the album was made in the year I was born, 1983! Michael was already making classics back then!

I skipped the first 9, 10 tracks because I’ve heard them over 100 times! I was happy that the newly remixed tracks were not just MJ’s old voice, he actually lent his current voice for a change! I was thrilled to notice MJ still sounds so touching. Especially in the newly rendered “For All Time.” The track recorded 20 something years ago featured a more fresh MJ, and the one recorded last year showed a more matured MJ. I love both of them!

I’m surprised Michael picked Fergie to be one of the remix guests and not, say, someone like Justin Timberlake. But Michael is Michael, if he didn’t pick JT, I’m glad I don’t like JT either! Ha ha!

<<周.杰伦>> by 小K (huh???)

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“小K,一名才华横溢的年轻人经历了几年创作以及歌手生涯,终于于2008年开年之际推出了自己首张专辑唱片,这里面汇集了小K近年来的一部分优秀作品,作品涉及到亲情、爱情、和平等多个题材,是一张非常好听的多元化曲风的唱片。 专辑名称定为[周.杰伦],由此可见周杰伦对小K的影响,长相酷似周杰伦的小K在音乐上也受到周杰伦很大影响,我们在这张唱片中不难发现这点。小K独立完成该张唱片的制作,从词曲创作到编曲,小K充分表现了其不凡的音乐才华。 小K出生成长在山东,参加多次选秀并取得非常好的成绩,在网络上以及电视机前小K已经有数量不少歌迷,这次小K终于实现了他的一个愿望,出版发行了自己的唱片,回馈给自己的歌迷朋友们.”

I don’t understand. Not to mention this 小K doesn’t sound like, or actually sounds much worse than Jay Chow (周杰伦), even if he matches up, why would he want to copy somebody? I can understand if he’s inspired by Jay, but wanting to look like and sound like someone? That’s just complete copycat, and I despise such people!

This reminded me of someone named Jason Malachi, who created some hype with his song Mamacita, which got “deliberately leaked” all over the Internet as Michael Jackson’s new single. True, he sounded exactly like MJ on that song, well, like a younger version of MJ. But I was completely thrilled at that time, thinking MJ’s releasing new music. What had me fooled was not only his voice, but also his way of breathing, his pronounciation, his singing emotion, the song’s style and beats…. I was so sure that it was an MJ song.

I thought being a fan for quite some time now, I have sharp ears. All these years there have been tons of people mimicing MJ’s voice and way of singing and I’ve always been able to tell the difference. So when I found out Mamacita was sung by Jason Malachi (it really didn’t matter who; the point is it ain’t MJ), my heart broke! Yes, I have to admit the boy’s got talent, and I would give him kudos if he’s impersonating MJ (e.g. singing an MJ song) and be so alike him. But why would he want to put out his own music and sing just like MJ? Why do we need another MJ? MJ is the one and only!

I guess I’m so angry because he’s had me fooled. I was so confident in my ability as a fan and now that confidence is shattered into pieces. From now on, every time I hear a so called “rare”, “unreleased”, “demo” song from MJ, I would not be sure if it really is MJ. See, I don’t want to love the wrong guy, OK?! (sigh*)

If you Google Jason Malachi, you’ll see that he has a mySpace page (http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=89541740). He has several more songs there playing. The other ones don’t sound as much MJ as Mamacita. Anyway, the mySpace thing came as no surprise, because how would such a NON-original guy make it big? I wish him the worst luck!~ Hmph!

MJ on Dec 24-31, 2007 JET cover!!

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You’ve GOT to be kidding me! I’m so defenseless of that smile!

Too bad I missed the issue from the magazine stands ’cause I didn’t catch up with the release date (what kind of a fan am I?!?) But thank God, I can still back order the issue from the Ebony-Jet website, for free shipping! Woo Hoo!

MJ on Ebony Dec 07 issue!

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12/1/2007

I got the magazine last night! It seemed to have been selling really well! I just couldn’t wait and was in bed reading about it past midnight. How nice it’s Saturday today!

I’m completely blown away! On the cover, he looks just like a king!

I’m thinking Michael is really going to release a new album! Or something new! I remember before Invincible was relesaed, he did some press just like this time. Please, please let this be true!!

READY FOR SOME JAW-DROPPING PHOTOS?

My lord! How sexy is THAT?! Is he doing some kind of Charlie Chaplin? I don’t care, his poses are so FINE! and I love his outfit! I wish they hadn’t processed the photos so much to make them look like paintings, but oh well! OMG, his hands on that last picture — It’s great to see Michael’s big hands! lol~~

MJ on L’uomo Vogue Oct 07 issue!

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10-16-2007

I received the magazine!!!!!! MJ’s GORGEOUS!

http://www.mjnewsonline.com/board/showthread.php?t=90763

OMG! He looks soooooo good! It’s an Italian Vogue magazine, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Rumor has it that he’s doing this shoot for Roberto Cavalli and in return, Cavalli would create clothing for Michael for his new look supporting the new album release! Check out these pics:

Oh his hair on the one below. That’s the reason why I’ll never dye my hair any other color! MJ’s always got lovely black hair! hee hee! The way he opens his mouth… I know many people don’t agree with me, but God, to me, it’s so sexy! I can stay in there!

(hee hee, I made this face show up on my phone’s front LCD so every time I close my phone, I see MJ’s sexy look! 😉

This last one’s my most favorite (not the headless one, duh!):

(Too bad the picture was not included in the mag….. 5555555)

He’s SO fine!!~~~ I must be the very few who love how he looks after plastic surgeries. I know I know, he looks like a woman, but to me, that’s so mystique. In the picture, he looks just like the 10-year-ago him, reminding me of this picture:

(“Blood on the Dance Floor” video shoot, 1997)

My baby hasn’t changed a bit!

LOVE LOVE LOVE!