Dublin Irish Festival

We got tickets to go to the Dublin Irish Festival so went over this afternoon. Personally I didn’t think there was much there apart from a lot of Irish shops but I wasn’t interested in buying some Irish tat ;-), a lot of overpriced food and drink stands but the Funnel cake was delicious and the first time I’d had one. It was very hot so the soft iced lemon stand was doing very well and was nice and refreshing.
After wandering around the festival we headed back to the traditional stage and watched Gaelic Storm perform a set. They were very good with a lot of audience participation. I’ve uploaded my photos of Dublin Irish Festival to my zooomr profile (as it has more space than Flickr) and also set up a smartset in case other people also upload photo’s.
I also managed to take some video of one of their drum solo’s which I uploaded to YouTube.
Edit Updated the YouTube link as I uploaded the wrong video to start with!

Geek Food?

geekfood.jpg You know your wife is a geek when she mentions that there are 10 kinds of geek food, French fries and Onion rings 🙂 Photo quickly mashed up from Judy Baxter after a search on flickr
This was after a discussion on the geek dinner that I hope to go to in August as part of the In The Trenches. However I’m not sure how long it would take to get to Cleveland – 2.5 hours according to google.

Angel Food Cake

I had my first ever portion of Angel Food Cake tonight – VERY nice. Unfortunately Kristen took some for herself and then left the cake bowl on the table next to me…it’s now empty – how was I supposed to know that you are not meant to eat that much when it is so nice and very light that it doesn’t feel like you’ve eaten too much?


Two weeks ago I got the honour of being the employee of the quarter from work which I am pretty chuffed about 😉 Thankfully I didn’t have to give an acceptance speech as there would have been too many people to thank. As a prize I was firstly awarded a Batbelt – complete with (nonworking GPS). This was because of the gps but mainly because of the fact that I always have a software tool to solve a computer problem and it’s become the joke to ask if I have a tool on my batbelt for a particular problem. Needless to say, everyone thought it was funny so I proudly hooked it up to the top of my cubicle to be on display – this also means the little dart gun is close at hand in case I need to ward off a particular nasty case of job sloping.

I also received an avaya t-shirt – again a gag gift – as I have done so much work on the avaya phone system that support should really be doing, that everyone thinks I am an avaya employee now! (incidentally I got a compliment from the tech I was working with last night (on our third firmware upgrade to solve persistent phone problems) when he said it was nice to work with a customer who actually knew their way around a computer and could help in the diagnostic problems)

Caricature at North Market The third gift was two tickets for the North Market 10th annual Apron Gala which we went to on Saturday night. The event was really good fun with loads of posh food to try out. We didn’t stay right to the end but did enjoy being there at the beginning when there wasn’t too many people around. One of the most popular stalls was Bob the fish guy who had two huge containers of shrimp which were really nice – lots of people made several trips to that stall! The picture framing stall had a caricaturist doing pictures so Kristen and I got ours done as you can see on the left – click for a bigger picture. We also purchased two aprons as our donation towards the event – the pockets in the apron were great for keeping napkings, forks and a cup handy whilst walking around.

Kristen also got me a congratulations cookie biscuit (thanks Rob!) which we are now half way through – thanks luv!

Employee of the Quarter!

Information Improvisation

Due to extensive wireless internet coverage, a number of wireless internet service providers are prospering. These include at&t wireless as well as rogers wireless. With the advent of wireless internet, how distances have been reduced to nothing is not exactly a miracle. Services like cingular wireless have made sure that one can find wireless internet anywhere.

My first Indian meal in america at a restaurant – Amul India

We’ve now lived in the States for almost 10 months and we still hadn’t been out to an indian restaurant let alone a takeaway – after last night, that situation is rectified and we’ve found a great restaurant. I was actually looking on the internet for somewhere to get Fish and Chips from as a celebratory meal and one of the ads on googles map pages was for an indian restaurant – the amul India – with reviews on Columbus City Search. All of the reviews were extremely positive with comments like “the best indian food” so we decided to head to this place instead.
We were not disappointed – on a Friday night we were seated straight away, which seems to be almost impossible in american restaurants nowadays, and we were given plenty of time to read the menu. A lot of the other patrons were indian, which was a good sign, and the place had an atmosphere – a little bit of indian music in the background, but not too loud – and the chatter made us both feel comfortable and at home.
Ordering from a new indian restaurant is often a gamble as you have no idea how spicy their food is going to be and the spelling of every dish always seems to be different from any previous menu’s seen. I decided to have the Amul India special which consisted of “Aloo tikki and pakora, chicken tandoori, lamb curry, dai, mater paneer, nan, rice and dessert served on a silver platter” for the princely sum of $12.99, Kristen ordered the chicken curry, some papardam’s and mango chutney.
My starters arrived very quickly with Kristen’s papardams – which I’ve just read were described as crispy spicy lentil wafer’s – we’ve never had spicy, or lentil one’s before and they were pretty spicy- unfortunately too spicy for Kristen. The funny thing was that she thought it was one of the relishes so was eating more papardum to try and cool down but she had the opposite effect. The relishes were pretty spicy too – should have been a warning of things to come really 🙂
The main course arrived – Kristen’s curry had been ordered as Regular, and she loved it – she must have said how good it was about 20 times or more. My food was also excellent but a bit too spicy for me – I had ordered the medium, but it didn’t take long for my head to start sweating – I dread to think what the Medium hot, Hot or Extra Hot would taste like!
My dish was a reasonable sized sampling of 4 dishes and was delicious. A couple of the them were extra spicy, but mixing in the rice and nan cooled it off enough to eat.
The dessert was (I think) a Gulab Jamun – a fried cheese vall soaked in syrup which was really nice – it was a suprise when I bit into it as it was cold – I just thought it was part of the main course so I was expecting something hot!
Everything was reasonably priced (apart from the mango chutney which seems very expensive at $1.75 for about 2 tablespoons worth), food was great and the service was good too – Highly recommended and it deserves the 9 points it gets on citysearch.

Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal on Friday went very well with lots of direction so we all knew where to stand, move and stay 🙂 Afterwards we all went to Fratelli’s in Roswell for a fantastic feast of italian food. Everyone had the chefs special which seemed to be about a 20 course meal. It started off with 2 plates of salad, Fruschetta (sp?) bread and calamari. After that course, the entree’s started arriving and continued to do so for a good 20-30 minutes. They timed the arrival of the next dish to be just after the previous one had done the rounds around the table. By the end of the meal I think I counted about 9-10 different entree dishes on the table. Each one tasted really good and left you wanting more, but knowing that you shouldn’t as there was more to come.
The dessert looked (and tasted) delicious too. It had different types of cake on the plate – chocolate cake, Canoli’s (sp?), Tiramisu and Cheesecake. My favourite was the cheesecake, but that is hardly surprising for someone who’s irc nickname was CheesecakeBloke on occasions.