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A lackluster experience at Slainte Pub in Baltimore’s Fells Point

November 9, 2010

A picture of Fells Point, the neighborhood Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant is located in

During my Washington D.C./Baltimore trip a couple of weekends ago, my friends and I went to the Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant in Fells Point (Baltimore) to have lunch and watch some pro football.

Unfortunately, our experience wasn’t that great. We ordered spinach artichoke dip with baguettes for our appetizer. There were very few baguette slices so we ran out after a couple of minutes. I asked for another baguette and it took more than 20 minutes to arrive (so the dip was no longer warm). I had to mention something to the waitress several times and she kept giving an excuse.

The restaurant wasn’t even that busy for a football Sunday. For my main course I got corned beef, cabbage and potatoes.

My food

It was very bland. I know the Irish aren’t exactly known for their flavorful cuisine, but usually corned beef is at least a little tastier. I feel like the brine-curing process lends itself to yummy goodness. And provided the meat is scrumptious, the potatoes and cabbage can taste rather plain. So hopefully they’ll work on the meat!

The other disappointing thing was related to football. When we arrived, we asked our waitress to put the Buffalo Bills game on one of the TVs (our group included a Bills fan). We were the only ones in the room so she gladly turned it on. About a half-hour later, the room was pretty full of people. One of the groups asked the same waitress to turn the same TV over to another game. She went ahead and did so for them.

When she came over to our table we told her we were disappointed she had changed the game when we had been the first ones in the room. She said she had completely forgotten we wanted to watch the Bills game, and was very sorry. But instead of changing the TV back to the game, she kept it on the game the other table wanted. That was too bad.

At least the restaurant had a cool view of the water:

Here are a few other pictures I took of Fells Point:

This was out for Halloween. It's pretty cool-- all the Fells Point shops and restaurants give candy out to children on Halloween.

I like how this looks.

Dogs get the royal treatment in Fell's Point.

What happens if I don't eat them (don't get me wrong-- I love mussels!)?


A visit to Norwich University

October 19, 2010

My boyfriend’s brother attends Norwich University, a military college in Northfield, Vermont. This past weekend we visited him. Here are some pics:

This is a picture of a competition between juniors and seniors over who could disassemble a cannon, bring its parts across a field, and reassemble it first. The winning team got to fire its cannon. It was pretty fun to watch. By the end everyone was quite tired from running back and forth. It also seemed like a challenge for them to put the parts back together. I mean, they pretty much knew what to do but at one point the juniors (who actually won) got held up by a misplaced part.

Here’s a picture of the juniors about to win:

We visited the Sullivan Museum and History Center on campus. They had an impressive collection of new and old war artifacts. Here’s a large highway sign depicting Saddam Hussein that was taken from Baghdad in 2000. The text beneath the image reads “Saddam Hussein, Great Leader, Great People.”

Other artifacts included a piece of Adolph Hitler’s desk, Benito Mussolini’s phone, and a swastika armband. I learned that M&Ms were invented in 1941 for American soldiers. They needed a shell-covered chocolate snack that wouldn’t melt in their pockets.

I also learned that Norwich’s founder, Alden Partridge, would travel around the region, speaking about the importance of higher education and a well trained military. He would charge men to see him speak, but women would get in for free. That’s pretty sweet, huh? I guess it’s the old version of women getting into bars and dance clubs for free. Maybe Partridge was trying to meet a wife this way.

Speaking of women and the military, we saw an awesome photo exhibit in the Sullivan Center depicting different aspects of World War II. One of the photos showed a YMCA dance (in the New York City area) that had been held for soldiers on temporary war leave. The caption stated that girl “volunteers” attended the event to guarantee the soldiers had a good time. Organizers made sure that there were two of them for every soldier. Not a bad deal for the soldiers, huh?

We also watched the Norwich vs. Husson University (in Bangor, Maine) football game. Norwich crushed Husson, 52-7. Here’s a picture of Norwich freshmen soldiers-in-training (they’re called rooks) doing leg lifts during the game:

It was pretty funny seeing the rooks do various exercises (including push-ups) whenever Norwich did something good.

Right next to the football field is a giant anchor dedicated to the Navy and Marines. I’m not sure if it was actually used on a ship.