Monday, June 12, 2023

Mystery and Chicken Wings

I've been pretty proud of our ability to keep up a social life despite our new roommate.

Lydia and Ernie having a "who's the sleepiest baby" competition.

We did an escape room with Sumit and Shubra. Hourglass Escapes' Mystery at Innsmouth was very well done. I knew things were going to be great when the introduction consisted of sitting in a spooky hotel lobby and listening to a radio show about what we were about to experience. There were some other audio/video elements throughout the game which I thought were great. It really added to the immersion.

We made it out before time was up like a bunch of geniuses. We only had to ask for one hint that I can recall, which was their fault in my opinion. It was like we have a code like "1920" and a four digit combination lock but the numbers wouldn't open it. The answer was to use the numbers in a different order. If I asked you for your bike lock combination, what sort of a dead-inside person would then give you the combination but in the wrong order? That's just not how humans convey information to eachother. Phew. I think I'm going to be ok.

The same company does this Evil Dead branded one which I've wanted to do for a while, BUT it's an easier difficulty than we usually do so people were balking. Too bad so sad. I love escape rooms and I pretty much want to do everyone single one of them in town.

After all that mystery solving we stopped by Nue for some dinner and drinks.

I liked this place's vibe a lot. From their website:

"We didn’t open Nue to preach some abstract culinary philosophy about what we think people should eat. We're not about saving an ancient approach to cooking for future generations, nor are we interested in teaching the world about the benefits of some high-tech, new one.  As artists and chefs, Nue is about sharing what excites us. Freakishly awesome food.

As avid travelers, and insatiable eaters, we set out to build the same kind of casual gathering, food and drink place we consistently frequent while abroad, but for whatever reason, can never quite find back home. As seemingly diverse as they are, the divey tascas of the Iberian Peninsula, the explosively colorful markets that blanket Asia, the smoky outdoor grills found throughout the Balkans and the vivid town squares of South America all share a lot in common: simple, unassuming, always unique, conspicuously approachable, often times surprising and most importantly, insanely delicious."

Lydia got this situation:

"French Tacos - 21
Also known as Lyon Tacos or Matelas (French for "mattress"), French Tacos are a popular Street Food originating in the Rhone-Alpes region of France but with North African flavors and roots. Grilled Flour Tortilla Roll Stuffed with Merguez Sausage, Algerian Sauce, French Fries, Harissa, Carrot Raisin Slaw, Ras el Hanout and Gruyere/Cheddar Cheese Sauce & Cumin Seed. Bon Appétit Señor(ita)"

I ordered a friggin' tower of chicken wings that was very close to reaching heaven.

"Chengdu Spicy Jumbo Chicken Wings - 22
Nue’s Famous Double Dipped, Crispy Fried Wings with Green Szechuan Peppercorn, Fish Sauce, Lime, Chili, Basil, Thai Chili & Mint."

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