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Boston

The day before the Boston show, we met up with Paolo’s cousin Jordan and his wife to get into the city for some food and drinks. I don’t recall the last time I was in Boston (if ever even) so I was excited to get into the city and tear it up (food and drink-wise and Trivium-wise). 

We went to one of the “oldest taverns” in the city for some decent seasonal local-brew, then off to one of the “oldest restaurants” in town. I don’t recall the names of either, nor are they in my notes – but I hate to say – bum out on the food. I would list it with a warning if possible, but I can’t recall – but it was one of those nostalgic places that’s more of a tourist-refueling station of food-product than somewhere to get good food. I know there is good food in Boston – but this wasn’t it. I should have known – anytime a restaurant has a “thing” like: “oldest” or “banquet rooms available” or “live music” – they’re not paying attention to food quality. Continue reading

L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel, Koko, Juste Nouilles

Montreal

For some reason, as a person and as a band – I/we used to hold a massive misconception of Canada. We used to get bummed when we’d have to do the trek over the border into our Northern neighbor. It may have been due to the fact that first several shows we played in all provinces of Canada – the shows were always lined with disaster.

I recall on the Dillinger Escape Plan tour (Trivium was first of 4, Read Yellow second, The End direct support, DEP headlining) that the crowd hated us. I think one night they sat on the floor during our set (that may have been Montreal), in Toronto on that tour, the local sound guy started literally throwing our drum kit pieces around after our set… I exchanged some words with a woman there who was the promoter rep (I wish I remembered her name – I’d happily write it down with her cell phone number if I had it all) – I said “We have never been treated this badly – I will be having a word with our booking agent.” Her response was something along the lines of “**** you kids – get the **** out of my club – I am going to end your career in Canada. No one will ever book you again!” The security guards swarmed around as all 4 of us Triviums got in a screaming match with the venue – then were basically thrown out.  Continue reading

Seattle

Immediately after wrapping up what was one of the best shows on the Dream Theater tour, Ash/Me, Meg/Evan, Sean/Melissa, and Paolo made our way to another highly recommended place from our friends – Palace Kitchen.

If I weren’t in the air right now between Sydney and Melbourne, I could ask Evan who the owner/chef of Palace Kitchen was again… Evan mentioned that one of the best chefs in Seattle owns a few food spots, and that Palace is one of his places. 

A sleekly designed, well-lit, modern-looking New American spot is the Palace Kitchen. Invitingly designed, a large open bar in the center of the floor, tables surrounding – in the back is the kitchen – openly viewable by patrons of the restaurant. Everything here is done right. When you come to a New American spot in a place like Seattle – everything down to the menus, fonts, sources of meats and vegetables, music, lighting, decor, casual (but still uniform) look of the servers – is all done right. Seattle has got to be one of the best food cities in all of North America (alongside Portland, San Francisco, New York (inclusive of Brooklyn of course), and Vancouver). Continue reading