Verge presents dinner and a movie

Daniel Davis

“Coyote Crossing”

If you want to discover some of the better Mexican food in the area (and possibly the state), you will find yourself located inside of Coyote Crossing in Conshohocken. Coyote Crossing provides an affable staff who are more than willing to answer any questions or refill some of the most artistically shaped water glasses I have ever viewed (you would swear they were freshly sculpted at a local art manufacturer). The environment is as tranquil as it is friendly, giving the customer his or her space to be alone for awhile, if need be.

Aside from the service, the bar has a great atmosphere with people just looking to relax after work. Intriguing art is ubiquitous throughout the restaurant, and the environment is utterly delightful. The price range is nothing unusual. Soups are around $5, appetizers are approximately $10 and entrees, on average, $20. Expect to pay around $35 dollars per person for a delectable meal with appetizers and drinks on a casual visit.

I started my meal with an ice cold water and lemon (as always). My dinner commenced with chips and salsa (the chips are unique, and the salsa is to die) I also got a side of guacamole at first. The guacamole is splendid and appears to be made fresh. My black bean soup was tasty but nothing extraordinary. I later found myself devouring the jalapeno poppers (simply wonderful) too hastily, so I slowed down and experimented with the surprisingly delicious chicken quesadillas. Finally, my steamy main plate of chicken and beef classic fajitas arrived. I couldn’t help but immediately dive right in, and the fajitas’ disappearance became inevitable. They were astonishing and I cannot help but state that Coyote Crossing has been the best Mexican food I have ever tasted on the East Coast. If you’re looking for awesome Mexican in the Philadelphia area, take a drive over to Coyote Crossing.

“Hero” – Action/Adventure

Comparable to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Hero” manages to utilize the “Matrix”-like, slow-motion action scenes to its advantage.  Jet Li plays a mysterious hero who has supposedly dispatched all of the assassins attempting to murder the new emperor, who is attempting to control all of China.  His tyranny is ruthless and will stop at nothing until he controls all of China and the people are united; however, he has established enemies throughout the region who are some of the finest warriors in the land and will stop at nothing to avenge their (dead) townsmen.  “Hero” qualifies as one of the better action/adventure movies released this year, yet finds itself with an oversimplified plot making the storyline borderline redundant. “Hero” also struggles with its translation (as most foreign movies do) and speed thereof.  The subtitles scroll entirely too rapidly and make it more of a task than enjoyment to understand what exactly is happening. Finally, the unrealistic action scenes (comparable to the “Matrix”) take away from the belief that something like this could have happened (especially when the heroes are able to defend a torrent of raining arrows from a palace and protect their people). Albeit, if you are a true lover of action and can’t get enough of slow-motion battling and if sword-fighting is a personal joy, “Hero” will definitely appeal to you.