Joe’s Kitchen, Naked Boys Reading, favourite albums and it’s not your looks but your confidence which makes you sexy

16 Oct

Bad blogger. Bad bad blogger.

I’ve been AWOL, I know. Then again I’ve been busy and having fun and getting a lot out of my job, so I’m not THAT sorry.

Anyway – I’m attempting to cover a loooot of stuff I’ve done in a very short time. Most of it about 6 weeks ago. And anyway, this is my diary, not yours so meah.

(Much as I brush off my ‘audience’ (haaa) it is nice to hear from people when they found some good advice or good activities to do thanks to the blog. So, rest assured, I love you long time… I just love myself more.)

EAT: Joe’s Kitchen is a place I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. I’m a sucker for N’Awlins-Tennessee style southern USA comfort food and Joe’s Kitchen offers just that.

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I was excited to try Joe’s Kitchen mainly because their food sounds so damn delicious. My friend went for their chicken burger and I did NOT (for the first time ever?) go for a burger. I went for their special: the chocolate fried chicken.

YES. CHOCOLATE FRIED CHICKEN.

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Ok, so it was nice – the chicken was tender and the batter was yummy, but not muuuch chocolatey in there. Enough for it to be different, but not chocolatey enough. Then again, nothing is EVER chocolatey enough so I guess I’m tough to please when it comes to cocoa. The flatbread it came on was unfortunately quite tasteless and a little dry – I wasn’t that impressed.

Then, we had the Oreo cheesecake. It was as yummy as it sounds and yummier than it looked (then again, my camera is rubbish).

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Basically – the food is good but a little overpriced for what it is and the portion size. The restaurant itself is nice – cool atmosphere, awesome looking bar and a nice variety of specials which rotate and are worth checking out as well as the usual menu. I’d say the place is worth a visit but it’s not a causal drop in kinda place.

SEE: About 6 weeks ago I went to see Naked Boys Reading. Yes, literally. I invited a lot of female friends because, y’know… Naked Boys Reading.

Of course, my friend and I turned out and discovered that 1% of the attendees were gay women, 1% of the audience were straight women (me and my friends) and 98% of the audience were gay men.

IT WAS FUN. I made friends with this great guy who works for parliament and downed a bottle of wine whilst just making catty comments about the men on stage. Usually directly referencing their penises.

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Basically, the men get on stage, naked, and read out poetry, a short story (fiction, something they’ve written or an anecdote) and the audience laugh, stare and giggle. About half a dozen men got on stage in total, each staying on stage for 10-15 minutes. A real mix of guys too – tall, short, average Joes, SUPER well endowed, married, single, beautiful, not so hot… all gay (of course).

One guy read poetry. Another told a story about how his ‘friend’ (pfft) had been working as a male escort and was terrified that the guy who came round to see him had a gun in his bag (he didn’t, it ended well, don’t worry). Each story was told with a smile and confidence – some men were more nervous than others, but they clearly felt their confidence grow (not an innuendo, minds out of the gutter) as the audience responded positively and laughed with them.

Go. Get drunk. Look at naked men. One guy had a huge penis with numerous terrifying piercings (t’was impressive – the piercings that is. How people copy with the pain of getting their genitals pierced I’ll never know). Get drunk. Get involved (there’s a pitch black photo booth and only the photographer knows what goes on in there. Let’s just say fully clothed men went in and men in pants came out).

Oh, the coming out. Ha.

LISTEN: Desert Island Discs. I’m going to be completely self-centred and just tell you the eight records I’d take to my lovely desert island. I promise not ALL of them are Radiohead. I’ve hyperlinked you to my favourite song off of each album. You’re welcome.

1. Radiohead – Hail To The Thief  (here)
– the record that made me fall in love with Radiohead
2. Radiohead – OK Computer (here)
– the record with one of my favourite songs of all time on – ‘Let Down’
3. Radiohead – In Rainbows (here)
– every song is amazing. every single one. ALL OF THEM.
4. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (here)
– sorry, went for the biggest album. It’s legendary for very good reason.
5.  Nirvana – In Utero (here)
– Kurt Cobain and Nirvana got me out of commercial pop music. For that, I’ll be forever grateful.
6. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People (here)
– reminds me of Uni. Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl is an incredible song.
7. R.E.M – Automatic for the People (here)
– so good. so, so good.
8. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (here)
– one of the best hip hop albums to come out in the very long time.

LOVE:  It’s not how you look that makes you sexy. It’s how you feel and who you are. Remember that.

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