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Reunions and Expeditions

The last two days have been full in very satisfying ways. aquitaineq came for an overnight visit. We took her on long Thames walks upriver and a tour of the Belgian Beers of London. The impromptu beer tour began last night with a wonderful dinner at Belgo, an old favorite of ours we'd not been back to in several years. She and I drank our way through a whole assortment of Belgian beers. Inspired by this, we looked up the top beer stores of London that night, and planned the next day around it. Between a trip to Utobeer at the Borough Market and The Beer Store near Old Street, C. and aquitaineq both come home well-stocked.

After she left, C. and I took the train up to greater Ipswich for madcatlady's birthday party, the first chance we'd had to see her in entirely too long - five years in my case, and the better part of seven for C. She's a cat fancier and has some of the loveliest and best tempered cats it has ever been my pleasure to meet. She also has a very congenial flock of friends who set down for the weekend. We watched the new Dr. Who (on an enormous screen), played a cinema-trivia game, "Scene it?", and ate tasty Indian food which the birthday girl herself had prepared for all of us. The land was misty on the return trip, the fog shrouding the London skyscrapers in spring humidity.


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Mar. 27th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
So did the new Dr. Who start well?
Mar. 27th, 2005 10:14 am (UTC)
Keeping in mind that I've only ever seen the movie before, and never an episode of the series before, I think it did. As a one-off episode in its own right, it had its problems, but the audience seemed to think it was generally true to the spirit of the series.
Mar. 27th, 2005 10:07 am (UTC)
Sounds cool and enjoyable. In the vein of Belgos, may I recommend The Dovetail, 9 Jerusalem Passage, EC1? When we were there last, the friendly and knowledgeable bar staff recommended I try a Celis White (I think) white beer from Texas - it was thoroughly good. A Texan beer at a Belgian pub? But it just goes to show these guys have done their homework...

From http://www.whitebeertravels.co.uk/

Pierre Celis, who was seventy-eight when this photo was taken, is perhaps the most famous name in Belgian Beer. At his De Kluis brewery in Hoegaarden, he created the famous Hoegaarden Wit Bier, which is White Beer or Wheat Beer in English, see below. After the take-over of his brewery by a multinational, he emigrated to the USA, to set up a brewery in Austin Texas. There, he produced the top-class Celis White.
Mar. 27th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
I'd love to try the Dovetail. We called them on Friday, but they said they were closed for the four-day weekend. Next trip!

The Texan beer story is a good one - I'll pass it on to Colin.
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