and, after unhitching, immediately set off for lunch at an Irish pub that Chuck found on-line. I punch the address into the GPS and when we come to 101 Chuck puts on the left turn signal. “San Juan Bautista is to the right” I tell him.
“Aren’t we going to Gilroy?” he asks.
“No, you told me that the restaurant is in San Juan Bautista.”
“I did?” he asks.
So we turn right and head into San Juan Bautista. When the Lady Who Lives in the Dashboard signaled that we had reached our destination we found ourselves with fields on both sides of the road. We continue to drive and after circling the business district (such as it is), Chuck says “I am sure we want Gilroy.” So we reprogram the GPS and finally find ourselves at the Claddaugh Irish Pub in – of all places – Gilroy.
As we were seated, the (or should I say, The) Ohio State vs. San Diego State game was just ending. Final score – OSU 42 SDS 7. Suddenly a voice from behind us could be heard saying, “Make that a double, barkeep. I had money on the Aztecs.”
Still, there were a few token Irish artifacts like the two mirrors reading Harp and Guinness and the sign reading “Céad míle fáilte” or “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes”.
And I know that I have told this story before, but cut me some slack. I like it. “Although it is sometimes stated that the term ‘bangers’ has its origins in World War II, the term was actually in use at least as far back as 1919. The term ‘bangers’ is attributed…to the fact that sausages, particularly the kind made during World War II under rationing, were made with water so they were more likely to explode under high heat if not cooked carefully…” (wikipedia.org).
For the entrée we chose the Combo Platter with cod, calamari, prawns, and fries.
We left happy and full after our 4.5 Addie meal. So full that some of the banger bites along with the ranch and mustard sauce plus some fries came home to become a light supper some night.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.