Guest Blogger Matthew Curran – Dimo’s
I’m a simple guy. A simple slice of cheese pizza will satisfy me most any day. So I figured I’d get one adventure slice and one plain slice. It wasn’t easy to choose between the various adventurous types, but I settled on the chicken and waffles slice. I was admittedly a bit worried that it was going to be too much. Too much chicken or, more likely, too much sweetness in the form of waffle and whatever comes with it. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised to taste a readily recognized but perfectly subtle or “just enough” amount of chicken and waffle, and particularly that the slice wasn’t overly sweet or overpowered by waffle and syrup or whatever it include on that end of the description. I ate it steadily, easily, and enjoyed every bite. Then came the cheese slice for the true litmus test. It was very good. Not a revolutionary slice of pizza, but a very satisfying, and familiar basic slice, seemingly of quality ingredients. I finished the meal with a small “Forager” salad. RED ONION, PECANS, CRANBERRIES, ROASTED RED PEPPERS, FETA WITH BALSAMIC DRESSING (A.K.A. MIXED GREENS). I was glad to see the choice of large or small sized salad, particularly because it’s usually difficult to get a quality salad in the “side salad” portion. This one costs a very reasonable $4 for an outstanding salad. Two slices, and a salad and I was very satisfied. Oh, and I drank a cocktail of some sort. Gin something. Can’t remember what it was called, or what was in it, but I liked it very much. They also have a water fountain available with cups for easy self-serve water. That pleases me. Always.
I liked the decor of the place. It was just funky enough with character and that something a little different, yet clean and comfortable and with plenty of seating, and plenty of room at our booth for four people to eat and talk comfortably. I would gladly go back to try other adventure slices as well as returning to the standard cheese. Two thumbs up.
Matt makes his debut as Helmut Langeschlange in the new opera The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera. By Gordon Beeferman. We’re not kidding.
Praised for his “smooth, rich sound” and “stylish power” by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun, bass Matthew Curran brings a blend of intelligent musicianship and strong dramatic instincts to a variety of repertoire. Mr. Curran begins the 2015-2016 season singing the role of Ramfis in Aida at both Opera Southwest and Baltimore Concert Opera. He also appears as bass soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with St. Andrew Music Society in New York City.
In the 2014-2015 season Mr. Curran debuted as Timur in Turandot at St. Petersburg Opera in a performance praised as “stalwart and moving” by area press. He also sang Polonio (Polonius) in the American premiere of Amleto (Hamlet) at Opera Southwest and joined Baltimore Concert Opera as Ferrando in Il Trovatore. He appeared as bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with New Jersey Master Chorale, as bass soloist in a program of sacred music from 17th Century Rome with the Mallarmé Chamber Ensemble and The Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, and as bass soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass with Long Island Choral Society where he was Artist-in-Residence. Additionally, Mr. Curran performed in the premiere reading of The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, a new comic opera by Martin Hennessey, as well as in the first reading of excerpts fromThe Wing Wherewith, a new work by composer Julian Grant and Pulitzer prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell. He also appeared in recital with pianist Michael Fennelly as part of the University Glee Club Afterglow Series in New York City.
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