World Cup Soccer Day

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Amber and Michael don't have to work today, so we're going with them to watch the world cup game at Mrs. Murphy & Son's Irish Bar and Bistro on N Lincoln Avenue with some of their friends. Five of us pile in the cab, which the driver is not happy about. Fortunately for me, the gang insists I sit in the front since I'm the tallest, sardines sit in the back. Our cab driver does not speak English (or acts like it) and is on the phone the entire time. He acts confused about where we're going - how can that be? The address is on the same road he picked us up on, it's a straight shot and we have the street number. What is it with cabbie that they can get away with that? My new policy, asking cabbies to get off the phone and pay attention to where they're going.

Me, Michelle and her daughter Amber.
(we'll see if I actually follow through on that one ha ha)

Although dark inside, it really does have a nice ambiance with some unusual items on the menu. Since we were not there for dinner we only ordered a selection of appetizers which were all great. My favorite was the Guinness Macaroni and Cheese Bites served with goat cheese fondue (mmm goat cheese), which I never would of ordered because of the mac and cheese part. But Amber convinced me to try a bite - and wow - these were fantastic!

Now just for the record, I have never watched any soccer and not much into any kind of sports with the exception of the odd basketball game my husband drags me to. However, I had a great time! And the game was so exciting to watch. Everyone was really patient with my dumb questions and comments and I'm sure they shared more than a few laughs at my expense. 

Of course, the game was exciting and the bar was over flowing with sports fans of all ages. The wait staff brought extra chairs  and stools into the bar area so everyone would be able to see the game. Obviously the parts of the restaurant without TV were deserted, but I'm sure it's popular on almost any other night.

As for the game, USA lost to Ghana, and I truly felt bad for all those that had so faithfully cheered their team on. 

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Me, Michelle and her daughter Ambe…
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Interesting bar with a wide select…
Interesting bar with a wide selec…
Cool floor tiles.
Cool floor tiles.
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