Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dinner with a Canadian in the UK

Matt’s Canadian colleague joined us in London.  He had a much shorter ride to London because he finished his vacation in Paris the day before - a quick ride across the The English Channel was all it took.  

The three of us went out to dinner on Monday night.  The Canadian is a certified sommelier and enjoys his liquor.  If you know me well then you know I don’t typically drink alcohol.  In my opinion it’s pretty nasty stuff.  Don’t get me wrong I occasionally enjoy a bit of Guinness, Blue Moon, or delicious Summer Ale. 

Anyway, we rode a black London cab to a tapas place in the Theatre District.  We sat at the bar and had a fantastic meal & great conversation with the bartender.  As the night progressed we consumed plates of soft-shell crab, empanadas, skirt steak, pork belly (I graciously passed), and alcohol.  The bartender and the Canadian had lively conversation about wine and spirit pairings for different dishes and ogled at different rarely seen bottles.  The bartender was quite generous with samples (for the men, thank you very much) of different wines and spirits.  He even made me an Earl Grey Iced Tea, which was spectacular.  I will have to try my own very soon.  It was certainly nice to eat in a restaurant without a kids’ menu.

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