A Picture is Worth…

by Alaina on September 24, 2010 · 4 comments

As a blogger, pictures are so important to help portray the day to day lives of some, or the events that others wish to share with the blogging world.

It’s obvious that I am still a newbie to the whole blogging world.

Last night (This event actually happened on September 14) I invited a few people from work to meet me at Mr. Dooley’s, one of my favorite Irish pubs in Boston, for drinks before I started my new job.

I took one picture of my beer (a Harp) and that was it. It wasn’t until our food was gone did I realize Oops, I did bring my camera for a reason. Sometimes I get so caught up in the excitement of the evening, that I don’t think about stopping for a second to grab my camera and snap a photo.

So this post will be me trying to portray my evening in food and drink through descriptions.

One of the main reasons that I love this pub is because it really reminds me of an authentic Irish pub. I felt like I was right back in Dublin. It’s a small place with a long bar on the left, booths on the right and back and a few tables in the middle. Everything is in dark wood and there are NO tv’s. That’s another reason I love this pub. You won’t get the sports crowd; just enthusiastic bar-hoppers looking for some live music. And we got that last night too! At 9PM, the Dave Foley Band arrived and they started in on the Johnny Cash and other classic music. Tootie Frootie anyone??

Our night started out with some beers: Harp for me, Magners for David and Tracilynne, and Guiness for Wim. Oh, and our bartender is the best. Terry has been there for years and is from Ireland. Pretty much everyone who works there is from Ireland.

We then moved to a table in the middle. No fancy tablecloths here. Just a wooden table and some chairs. Nothing fancy and I love it. We order two appetizers to share and two entrees. Our apps were the spinach dip with tortilla and pita chips – oh and the pita chips were amazing! I don’t know the exact spices but I will have to do some investigating – and the chicken wing and tender sampler in buffalo sauce. They were just the right temperature for me (I’m a wimp when it comes to buffalo wings. My husband loves them hot.) I ate two pieces of tenders and some celery and carrots.

For an entree, all four of us shared two Irish Samplers. It included traditional Irish beef stew (Tender prime beef slow cooked in a traditional Irish style with fresh carrots, onions and potatoes in a rich beef broth served with Irish brown bread), shepherds pie (Ground beef sautéed with carrots, peas, corn, onions, herbs and Irish brown gravy topped with creamed potatoes) and cottage pie (Seasoned chicken breast in a savory hearty sauce with carrots, peas and mushrooms topped with creamed potatoes). Everything was really really good and hot! My favorite was the beef stew.

I should also mention that I have habit of eating all of the meat out of the beef stew. No veggies – just meat. I think that’s why it was my favorite. There were huge chunks of beef. When I was younger my parents always new when I got into the leftover beef stew because the carrots and potatoes had been precariously moved while I hunted for the beef. :-P

After dinner was done, a few people from my former employer (the Intercontinental Hotel) met up for some drinks and music. We continued to consume copious amounts of Harp, Guiness and Magners and enjoyed the music stylings of the Dave Foley band (who, by the way, totally looks like David Caruso).

So that was my evening at Mr. Dooley’s in the financial district of Boston. It is, and will continue to be, one of my favorite irish pubs in the city. And now, for the lone picture that was taken that night:

Beer

Wow, posts with pictures are soooo much easier.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tina September 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm

It took me so long to get used to taking pictures of everything. Now its second nature. I don’t even flinch doing it in front of people who have no clue about my blog. Like last night at my friend’s wedding. LOL

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2 MelissaNibbles September 30, 2010 at 4:35 am

I’ve never heard of this pub. It sounds fun. I like that you could just move the tables when you wanted. And I LOVE that you ate the meat not the veggies. I’ll have to check this place out! Thanks!

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3 thejoggingconcierge September 30, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Yeah, I’m such meat lover.

I hope you do check it out sometime! Especially on Tuesday. You get great live music without the huge crowd. :-)

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4 Angela (the diet book junkie) September 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm

i am HORRIBLE at taking pictures, thats why you’ll never see them on my blog. :P

it’s so funny to me that “irish pubs” can be found all over the world. i was planning our trip to New Zealand yesterday, and found the greatest irish pub on the south island. weird. :S

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