Fitzg’s Journeys: Fine Dining with Richard Armitage

It’s Monday again, so time for Fitzg’s Journeys.  Today’s installment: Fine Dining with Richard Armitage. (If you’re having problems viewing this post in Internet Explorer, try another browser like Firefox or Chrome.  IE does not play well with plugins. If you trouble loading in the small viewer, click the far right icon at the top with the black box in it and it will load in a new window and bigger viewer.  iPads don’t have the capability for scrolling needed here. iPhone and iPads should be able to view when switching from mobile to desktop view.)

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15 thoughts on “Fitzg’s Journeys: Fine Dining with Richard Armitage

  1. Some friends and I enjoyed lunch at the Petrie Court Café inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art overlooking Central Park. I had my first-ever “dark ‘n’ stormy” which consists of ginger beer and rum. Quite delicious! Later I went to the wax museum in Times Square and wondered when there will be a Richard Armitage figure. 🙂

    By the way, did you know that Broadway was once an old Algonquin trail before the settlers arrived in the area? That’s why it’s not a straight road.

  2. I was having a conversation the other day with a group of new friends about how we impress through food. It is such a loaded subject! Oh, the tangled, messed up attitudes we have. We all agreed that we’re far more likely to pull out the stops and make something fancy to impress people we don’t/barely know, while just flinging together any old thing for ourselves unless we make a real effort to actually look after ourselves. Food as an occasion is for special events or people we actively want to create or strengthen bonds with, and when it comes to “treats”, though most of us preferred savouries, we’d all make (or otherwise provide) fancy desserts if asked to bring something special to the table.

    Apparently, though poison’s positioned as a “woman’s crime”, there are more known instances of male poisoners than female. Does this mean the male of the species is more deadly than the female, or that we’re better at hiding our crimes…? 😉

    • I think it means we’re better at hiding our crimes and therefore deadlier. 😉

      As a society we’ve been conditioned to pull out the stops for company. I’d feel insulted if I were served a PB&J sandwich at a dinner than a roast chicken if I knew you could easily afford the chicken. Since first impressions are everything now.

  3. No offense, fitzg, but I think it’s a pleasure to watch anyone enjoying food, whether obese or not, if what it’s about is seeing someone enjoy a fundamental physical pleasure and express that pleasure.

  4. Judiang, was thinking that we’re more devious too!
    @bccmee, I have to try ginger beer and rum! (Sounds explosive) Thanks for the contributing the item about Broadway and the Alonquin trail.
    @Karen, Yup, we’re cleverer than men – they tend to get caught; just not detail-oriented…
    @servetus, you’re right of course. Yes, a healthy appetite is a good thing in some moderation.

  5. Dear Mr. Armitage,

    I gratefully accept your kindly solicitous invitation to dine with you this evening. I so appreciate your thoughtfulness in making time to spend with me during your stopover in our fair city.

    It has been some time since I’ve enjoyed an evening out–and rarer still, an evening out with someone whom I know so well, yet not at all, you. So, I hope that you will like the venue that I’ve chosen–Ewing Manor (http://ewingmanor.illinoisstate.edu/manor/). Ewing Manor is a large castle like home in the Channel-Normal style built in the 1929 by Hazel Buck Ewing. She later donated Ewing Manor to Illinois State University to be used as a cultural center. And various conferences and special events occur there throughout the year. Its grounds also contain an outdoor theatre venue where Illinois State University’s Shakespeare Festival is held every summer.

    We two shall be dining privately in the formal dining room of Ewing Manor via a catered meal of chicken crepes with portabello mushrooms, salad with vinaigrette dress, baked cinnamon apples, and chocolate and raspberry cheesecake for dessert with our coffees. After dinner, I thought that we might repair to the salon and enjoy music on the grand piano. Though my playing is very rusty, I have been practicing again of late since I knew that I would be seeing you. Or, we might peruse the hundreds of books in the adjacent burnished woods panelled library with floor to ceiling bookshelves. Then after that, we might take a stroll on the lovely grounds of Ewing Manor. They have recently relandscaped the grounds installing more formal gardens to the south front of the large property through a sizable endowment labeled Genevieve Green Gardens. The ivy arbors have not completely overgrown the steel arched walkway. So, we shall be able to see the stars and moon if it is a clear night. Even if it is a cloudy night, I shall at least be able to see one star–you.

    I await your attendance upon me at 6:00pm this evening–whereupon, we will make our way to Ewing Manor for a lovely evening of fine dining amidst fine furnishings and with newly found friends.

    I remain your faithful and devoted admirer and new friend, Gratiana Lovelace

  6. That sounds utterly delightful, Gratiana. And the venue about as romantic as it could be. Now you didn’t mention what you would play on that piano – give us a hint! Pity that cellos are a bit bulky to bring along for an evening out; it might have been a duet! (Cotton next week…:) )

    • Thank you Fitzg,

      After I hit send, I thought that I should have said what I might play on the piano. Growing up, I took piano lessons for 10 years–although about five of those years were spent with a lovely lady whom I had “outgrown” musically, but didn’t realize it. She didn’t challenge me. When I did realize I needed to be more challenged musically I switched mentors and for two years focused on the classics with great joy–with a man whom we addressed as Mr. A, as it happens. Ha! Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, DeBussy and others–I love and play them all! My final recital piece was Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca–memorized and with all of the repeats. Though I did not play it as well as this–my hands are small and fingers short–here is a sampling of that lovely music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geER3iQDO5k

      For Mr. Armitage, I would begin with Robert Schumann’s lilting Scenes from Childhood, as played nicely by someone else in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3vLj8_T7fE

      Then, I would seque into what might be considered a more romantic piece, Beethoven’s Fur Elise–as illustrated here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAsDLGjMhFI&feature=relmfu

      And, we might end with some show tunes that we could sing to together. One of my favorites is the love song from Lancelot to Queen Guinivere, If Ever I would Leave You–because it describes a faithfulness to love so complete that Richard must surely know how deeply I admire him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsSnNk0CSh0

      And then, Richard and I would stroll through the lovely gardens in the moonlight, amongst the flowers, speaking to each other from our hearts–as dear friends, because I a married to a wonderful man who is the love of my life. And I wish Richard to find the love of his life and be happy as well.

      And to close, here is DeBussy’s lovely, Clair de Lune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LXl4y6D-QI

      Sincerely, Grati ;->

      • I caught a BIG error in Fine Dining: the painting ”Absinthe” is Edgar Degas, NOT Edouard Manet. Too late, bloglet had “gone to press” and appeared. Writer’s block is sometimes a temporary problem, but proofing one’s own work is far harder than proofing other’s. Requiring discipline.

        Gratians, Fur Elise makes me cry. So does the andante from Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21 (Elvira Madigan.)

        • Presto chango, it’s fixed. The viewer is giving me fits at the moment. It’s coughing up gibberish so I did a direct link to Google Doc which isn’t cricket but Gratiana’s post is linked to it and I want everybody to read it. Hopefully I’ll have a better solution soon.

          • Thank you, Judiang, for inserting the correction change!

            Have had problems with Google Google Chrome, too.

          • Gosh Judiang and Fitzg!
            Thanks for the inspiration for my expanded post bouncing off my comment to Fitzg’s Fine Dining post. And, thanks for linking my post back to Fitzg’s post. Blog land is so wonderfully collaborative!
            Cheers! Grati ;->

            • @Gratiana, the collaborative is such an attractive aspect of this RA group in Blogland. Judiang has my gratitude for letting me try (and muck up) my non-tech etc skills. And Ali et al for maintaining RAnet and allowing free access to their gallery. We have even more stringent copywright rules in Canada, so I’m being careful there, as the bloglets issue from Canada. Probably over-careful…

              • Hi Fitzg,
                I’m also leery of copyright infringement issues. And I’m in the academic milieu. So, that’s why I always “cite” my sources and provide links to the original art and such–just like I would for a bibliography for a research paper or article that I might write.
                Cheers! Grati

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