met dan at fenway 13 to see men in black ii
, followed possibly by a free screening of lilo & stitch
(by free screening
i mean, sneaking in). on my bus ride into harvard square, i bumped into that taiwanese girl again. we chatted, apparently she's here only for the summer to study english (she's a 4th year college student), heading into the city to her school to use the internet. we exchanged personal info at the station and i grabbed the subway into the city. there was a baseball game and i took the trains filled with red sox fans all the way to kenmore square.
i arrived late to the theatre, dan was already waiting, doing his portuguese homework. a ticket ($7) and some food (hot dog, medium popcorn, small coke, $10) later we were inside waiting for the movie to start. some good trailers, the two towers
, and star trek: nemesis
is the movie i can't wait to see, valentine's day 2003, i could care less about ben affleck (although i think he's a better action star than his friend matt damon, albeit a clumsy one at that), but jennifer garner as elektra, that is perfect
casting. after mib2
, dan and i moseyed our way to the other side of the theatre, trying to find the screening room to catch lilo & stitch
. i had tepid feelings about the movie, but since i wouldn't be paying, it was the perfect kind of movie to be watching for free. unfortunately we couldn't find the room, so we opted to rewatch the bourne identity
, already 20 minutes in progress. after the movies, 3:30pm, dan and i split up to go back to our respective homes.
for dinner i went to tasca (1612 commonwealth avenue), a tapas restaurant in brighton, to meet eliza jones, paula, and her man jonathan. i got there early, parked in a residential parking space, and waited for the rest of the party to arrive. eliza showed up first, got her car valet parked, then paula and jonathan walked down the street (they live nearby). this was my first tapas experience, and i was interested to see what it was because i've heard it's sort of like chinese dim sum. we ordered 7-8 dishes, all very flavorful and unique and interesting, but to be honest, i just wish the servings were a little bit bigger for the price we paid! paula had a glass of sangria, and so did eliza. they tried in vain to get me to try some, explaining how it was a lot like fruit juice. i found tapas, spanish in origin, to be similar to a lot of other european cuisine that i've had in the past. i can't quite place my finger on it, the presentation of the dishes is certainly important, but it's missing a certain flare that i find in some other ethnic food, like asian food. not enough hot and spicy maybe. i'm biased of course, but i'm always curious to try the cuisine of other countries because i think what people eat says something about them. tapas is certainly delicious, but like i said, wish i could have just a little bit more! i left the restaurant still feeling hungry, but maybe that's what tapas is, appetizers, that's why they also have entrees in the menu.