DT #206, 25 July 2014 (Cross Bay Nightfall)   Leave a comment

Cross Bay Nightfall Vine Cumnor

 

Jello says, “Drinking beer
In the hot sun. I fought the
Law and, uh, I won.”

Name: Cross Bay Nightfall
Type: bitter
Venue: The Vine Inn, Cumnor

Review/notes: I’m off work for a few days and with the long shifts this week decided to start early.  On the bus at 12:45, I was off it in Besselsleigh for a short run on one of those rare 80°F (26°C) sunny days.  I knew it was going to be a short run with a beer break at the turnaround (The Vine) but as I was famished (another 6 am start today) I thought I might also try to weasel a late lunch out of their probably closed kitchen.

The place seemed dead except for one chatty punter at the bar and a family out in the garden.  I had never seen Cross Bay before and gave it a try finding it refrigerator cool and quite bitter…it might have done well to warm closer to normal room temperature but as I drank the first few sips my skin erupted with sweat and I was happy for the cold glass.  The old guy seemed bemused by the running and was probably even more so when I strapped the back pack on again as soon as the meal was demolished, threw back the last of the beer, and left the door already at pace…with the Dead Kennedys blaring.

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The Vine, Cumnor, Oxfordshire, Chippy Challenge #79   Leave a comment

vine Cumnor fish and chips

 

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: garden peas and shoestring fries
Evaluation: “We are out of chunky chips,” she said as soon as I asked if the kitchen was still open.  “Any chips at all?” I asked in reply.  “We’ve got fries.”  So, that’s how I wound up with shoestring potatoes from a freezer bag.  The fish wasn’t great, either, but at least as good as I can make myself (which I wouldn’t inflict on anyone).  The best part of the meal was the venue (I love The Vine), the beer (which I would have anyway), and the cloth napkin — too classy for this plate.

Days since last: 2 (Rainbow Take-Away, Kidlington)
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DT #205, 24 July 2014 (Le Cru des Amoreux Saint-Amour)   Leave a comment

Le Cru des Amoreux Saint-Amour

 

NPR’s Car Talk
When you don’t have a motor
And live in UK.

Name: Le Cru des Amoreux Saint-Amour
Type: red wine
Venue: house

Review/notes: Digital radio is good but interweb radio rules: I listen to Arrow (station out of Amsterdam) on the ride to work, catch ‘Good Morning Blues’ on Radio Free Georgia during lunch breaks, and occasionally do NPR talk shows in the evenings. But, podcasts are even better and two weekly treats come in the form of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Car Talk.

Another treat was this Saint Amour. When we first started drinking decent wine I splurged on a bottle of this one Christmas. I still have a pretty pedestrian palate but this is a wild party in a glass and any rich food you know is invited.

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Posted 2014/07/24 by 1pumplane in Daily Haiku, Daily Tipple, wine

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Rainbow Take-Away, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, Chippy Challenge #78   1 comment

Rainbow Take-Away Kidlington cod

 

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: none
Evaluation: Ghastly.  I knew it would be, too.  Self hatred is a dreadful thing…not as dreadful as this fish, mind, but worthy of mention.  Sad when the best thing about the meal is the bag you bin the rubbish in, afterward:

Rainbow Take-Away Kidlington bag
Days since last: 4 (Sim’s Chippy, Swindon)
Map link.

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DT #204, 23 July 2014 (Brains SA)   Leave a comment

Brains SA Red Lion Kidlington

 

G’s will shall be done
By the faithful with powder
And some stamina.

Name: Brains SA
Type: bitter
Venue: Red Lion, Kidlington

Review/notes: Eight hot miles into a G-Had effort (note: this link will be valid late 28 July 2014) and I really needed a break…and by ‘break’ I mean a tasty beverage (and a short walk afterward while I scarfed down a greasy piece of fish).  There is little that is tastier than Brains SA, too.

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DT #203, 22 July 2014 (Thatcher’s Perry)   Leave a comment

Thatcher's Perry Four Candles Oxford

 

Life Scientific,
Today featuring my boss:
It’s worth a listen.

Name: Thatcher’s Perry
Type: Perry
Venue: Four Candles, Oxford

Review/notes: The day went well starting with listening to the boss get interviewed on a show that features only the most eminent scientists; during this I was out childishly obliterating a pre-laid trail for a Hash House Harrier kennel so the forces of nature balanced out.  The lab seemed to hold together after the weekend fiasco and I got away from the building just before 5 and had time for a truly sublime pint of pear cider.  Sunny and low 80′s F…grand.

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DT #202, 21 July 2014 (La Metropole)   Leave a comment

La Metropole

An early morning
And very late evening.
I am so knackered.

Name: La Metropole
Type: red wine
Venue: house

Review/notes: The power at work failed (again) just as I got the last of the instruments running again, around 9:30 this morning.  By 11, I was done running around making them safe for the day as the building was supposed to stay shut down until tomorrow.  I was home at 12:30, and got some chores done and just checked my email for updates before heading out for a run at 3.

There were several urgent emails saying that they really needed to test the system load at about 5:30 and asking would it be possible for me to bring the lab back up at that time…of course.  So instead of a run, I killed the time before the next bus in the best way I could think of–with a glass of red wine and a chicken sandwich.

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Posted 2014/07/22 by 1pumplane in Daily Haiku, Daily Tipple, wine, work

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