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Monday, July 18, 2016

Rigecrest Public House (Shorline, Washingtn, USA)

Ridgecrest Public House 165th and 5th, Shorline, Washington, U.S.A.  A very cool little neighbourhood pub that only sells beer, cider and wine.  You must be 21 and older to get in.  They are only open 4 pm to Midnight every day.  As for beer, they are all local craft beer mostly from north of Seattle.  They have 20 taps and 3 are for cider and one for root beer, the rest are for beer.  They also have over a dozen different types of wine all in the $6-8 range.  If you are looking for food, they have food trucks every night from 5 to 9 pm.  Different truck every night so check the schedule on their web page.  What a great idea!!  They have a side walk patio in front with umbrellas for the sun!  The service is friendly and helpful!  A very nice little neighbourhood pub!  I hope to come back again soon, and would love to try one of the food trucks.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, 1601 Main Street, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.  It is just south from Science World and south from the Sky Train, Main Street-Science World Station. If you can't guess by now this is and Irish themed pub. It has a beautiful long L shaped bar that seats abut 20 people.  There are 5 booths on the right as you enter that each sit 4 people comfortable.  Something different is there are lots of tables for 2 which is a change. As for larger pub high tables they have 4 that seat 6 to 8 people.  With over 20 different types of beer on tap and a good variety of bottled beer, I am sure you can find something you like.  As for the food, I started off with their home made sausage rolls, they came with a dollop of Dijon  mustard on top.  They were very good.  For my main course I had the Steak and Guinness Pie, AAA Alberta beef cooked tender in rich Guinness gravy with spuds and carrots, baked bubbly with a flaky golden pastry on top.  It is baked in a small cast iron skillet! Comes with fries.  It was exceptionally good!  I thank my friends for the recommendation!  I would go there just to have that again.  They also have traditional Cottage Pie.  One of my friends had the Bangers and Mashed, Two Rivers custom Guinness infused pork banger (it is big), served with creamy mashed potatoes, pale ale onion gravy & Crisp sage leaves.  Nice big portion.  I saw a couple of guys order an extra is enough for me! This whole area of Vancouver is being transformed, good to find  a place to park and walk around. There are lots of Craft Breweries in the area and after you finish at the pub just walk south a couple of blocks to Ernest Ice-cream.   I had the salted caramel in a waffle cone...mmmm.  Any way, there are 8 TV's in the pub for watching your favorite sports game.  The service was very good!  It was fairly busy and staff kept coming around cleaning plates and bringing drinks and water.  Our waitress was very cheerful and just happened to be from Ireland.  I would Recommend the Dubh Linn Gate!!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Charcoal and Woodz (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada)

Charcoal and Woodz is a pub that is attached to the Holiday Inn, at the corner of Hwy 15 and 64 Avenue in Cloverdale B.C.  This pub has changed names several times through out the years.  There is a nice 7 person sit up bar with blue accent lighting.  There are 7 Booths that are 3/4 of a circle with granite table tops, that can easily seat 6 people.  Great for conversations!  There is one large pub high table that seats 10, in the middle of the pub. There are 3 smaller 3 person pub high tables.  There house wine is "Chaberton" which is a very nice wine and is local from Langley.  The place has a nice smoky smell inside, no it was not of fire!  There is lots of parking that is free.  They have daily drink and food specials.  One issue we had was, the Bartender was also the waitress and she kept disappearing. With 7 TV's you can watch your favorite game in comfort.  Kids are allowed but I don't know if after a certain time they may not be allowed.  They have and outside patio, but it doesn't do much for me.