And now, a quick story to preface Brandy's adventure this week:
It was a balmy summer day in London in 1967 when Brandy ventured into a local record shop to purchase a vinyl copy (as indeed all music was vinyl in those days) of Mozart's Greatest Hits when she quite literally ran into a well dressed young man with shaggy blond hair.
"Pardon me, Madam," the young gentleman said as he side-stepped Brandy in order to browse through a collection of Anthony Newley soundtracks. Brandy noticed a few flecks of glitter on the man's otherwise perfectly shined shoes.
"You've got stardust on your loafers there, fella" Brandy pointed out to him, not sure if this was the new thing for the young and hip to do, or if the gentleman had simply trodden in an arts and crafts project.
The young man smiled at her with all the charm he could muster and said cryptically, "I've been experimenting with a new look."
Brandy pulled a packet of cigarettes from her coat pocket (no one thought twice about smoking indoors in those days) and the young man eyed it hungrily. "Could I bum one of those?" he asked sheepishly.
Brandy studied him for a minute, but didn't wish to seem up hip around the young. "A ciggy for you, stardust," she said, handing him the thinnest one in the pack. He nodded his head in thanks and went back to exploring the stacks of record albums.
A few years later when Brandy was once again in that same record shop (this time in search of The Best of Puccini), she noticed an album in the window entitled "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" by some young man with shaggy blond hair named David Bowie.
All in all, a wonderful way to spend a birthday, even if it was for someone who was only present in the music being played. Most plates ranged around $10, which for decent sized portions and genuine quality from a knowledgeable chef, isn't a bad deal at all. And just in case you were wondering if Brandy ever spoke to Mr. Bowie again, let's just say this: in cockney rhyming slang, "China" means "old friend," which perhaps is why Brandy has always favored the song "China Girl."
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* The writers of this blog were provided with a free meal from this restaurant in exchange for a review. The opinions of the writers' were not effected by this transaction.