An Irish Wake and Open Road

8 Oct

I’m off on the wide open road again today. My travels will be taking me to Nashville this time – for work, not fun. I have a work conference there and won’t be home until Wednesday. Blah. I don’t want to go. I want to stay home with my husband and sleep in my own bed, cook in my own kitchen, play with my puppy!!! Ok – enough whining for now! I’m sure it will be a good trip and conference. 🙂 It’s all in how you perceive it, correct?

Yesterday, Mr. Military Man and I decided to go out to explore Pensacola a bit more. There are still so many places in this town that we haven’t been.

Mr. Military Man has been dying to try the signature “Irish Wake” drink at McGuire’s Irish Pub since we moved here. Tons of people have texted, emailed, and posted on FB that we just HAVE to try this drink and this place. So, we made that stop #1. This Irish Wake apparently has a reputation for being really strong and knocking you on your bum lickety split. Mr. Military Man drank one down and exclaimed, “This isn’t that strong!”. He still has his senses about him, but later admitted it may have been a bit stronger than he first realized. He only had one though…thank goodness. According to our lovely faux-Irish waitress, the drink is  a mixture of OJ, Blue Curacao, Rum, and Bacardi 151 (the orange OJ and blue curacao make the drink pure Irish green). Sounds strong to me! I just had their house-brewed Porter which I really liked. And, it was only $2 during happy hour. Wahoo! McGuire’s was cool in an old, Irish sort of way I guess. But, I feel like it was way over-hyped. I found it to be dark and have a low energy level. I’m not sure I’d choose to go here often – for drinks or dinner. Hmmm….maybe I’m just strange, or maybe I prefer places with a view. Ha!

After McGuire’s, we headed out to a place called Seville Quarter. Basically, this place has a number of bars and restaurants under one roof. Inside, there’s everything from a dance club, to a coffee bar, to a poker room. It was neat. We hung out in an outside courtyard for a while, then went in to one of their restaurants to have dinner. I really really enjoyed Seville Quarter. It’s sort of like a casino (as in you have SO MUCH to choose from under one roof). I loved that you could sit down in one place in Seville Quarter, then decide to completely change your surrounding a few minutes later without ever having to leave. I hear it gets insanely crowded late at night, which wouldn’t work for me. But the evening crowd was pretty small so it was perfect.

Then, it was home to feed our puppy. She was staaaarving! Poor thing.

Since today will be full of packing and traveling, I won’t have much to share in the way of cooking and such. So, here are random photos and tid-bits to entertain you. Have a great weekend. Hopefully Nashville will be fun!

There's a whole lot of Iced Coffee happening in this house. Don't mind the Mocha Porter in the corner begging to be consumed. 😉

A little help for Mr. Military Man while I'm gone. Haha. He's actually a good cook!

Delicious salsa. I bought it because there is pumpkin in it. You're surprised, no?

New artwork in our kitchen. Every piece was given to me as a wedding gift. Love them!

Morning is peeking in through the dining room!

Duchess would like someone to play fetch. And, yes, her eyes are super creepy in this photo. Weird!

The view from our porch. We're pretty stinkin' lucky!

Our back porch with newly purchased rug. I really enjoy having this outdoor space here! (BTW: That is indeed a dying basil plant. I tried to keep it alive. It did not cooperate. Oops!)

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2 Responses to “An Irish Wake and Open Road”

  1. Marybeth October 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    Your pictures are so cute! Where does one purchase Chipotle Pumpkin Salsa?

    • Natasha October 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

      Thanks (re: the pictures!). One could purchase Chipotle Pumpkin Salsa at Fresh Market. Or, at least that is true in NW FL. 🙂 Good luck!

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