Evening in the Olde Town
It had been a hot day, so as we headed towards the pub, it was nice to see the old street becoming quieter and cooler as the sun went down. All those poor employees in their hot costumes!
From Costumes to Uniforms
As we traveled down the street we noticed some different costumes. There seemed to be a number of men in uniform, looking very serious. There was also some crime tape around an area near the historic City Hall. It seemed someone had left a backpack on a wooden bench near a barrel.
We were curious, but continued down the road towards the pub, where we knew beer and food awaited.
The pub on the corner was appealing, with tower and weathervane above. There was a small crowd dining outside, which looked inviting.
The inside was actually pretty comfortable, with a bar and a few levels. Lots of big windows and iron light fixtures. But we are from Texas and we don't get to do much patio dining in the summer, so we waited for an outside table.
Beer and Food Made With Beer
Don was most excited about all the beer options. But I was pretty delighted with so many unusual choices on the Small Plate Menu.
The Rueben Croquettes were pretty crazy! Panko covered corned beef, Swiss and sauerkraut! And then Don went for some Mulligtawny, a yellow curry soup with chicken and coconut milk. Welsh Rarebit was my favorite of the three.
Excitement Besides Food
We enjoyed our food, while watching the tourists and locals wandering by the patio area. Then we had more to a watch, as a parade of emergency vehicles flew by, with sirens blasting. It was dark, but we were pretty sure we saw the words, "bomb squad" on the side of one.
Eat and Run
Since I'm always up for a dining adventure, I pushed Don to get the bill so we could go see what all the excitement was about. But we could no longer get anywhere near where the backpack was sitting on the bench. (which is a good thing) The crime tape area had been enlarged and we wandered around to the end, where the most important trucks were parked. We watched one man put on a suit that looked pretty much like the Michelin Man.
All is Good
There really is nothing amusing about this at all. It's a sad thing that a backpack, probably holding a water bottle and a guidebook, must be treated with such caution. But that's the world we live in now. Don and I watched while 2 suited men disappeared towards the backpack. Before long they returned, holding the pack. Their body language showed relief. There were high fives and the hot suits were removed.
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.