Saturday, April 3, 2010

Dancing Chalupa

Meade's Bar

We decided to take advantage of the nice weather and head down to our old stomping ground at the South Street Seaport. We took a quick cab ride down and walked around amid the tourists and headed for the smaller, cozier restaurants just off the main strip of shopping and larger restaurants. Meade's Bar is an unassuming place, it's clean and pretty and the historic building gives it a lot of character. So it looked like a nice but perhaps a little plain place to grab a light brunch. I ordered the Tater pie, which on the printed menu did not have a description. I thought it would be the tater tots in a small casserole, with the extra fried egg I ordered on top. What I got was a hearty surprise, from the bottom there was a layer of tater tots, then chili, then cheese, with the fried egg as the crowning glory. This was delicious, and I completely understand now, why they had a little "great cure for hangovers" next to its listing on the menu. It was absolutely delicious, maybe it's my love of tater tots...but the whole thing together was hearty, flavorful and filling. I highly recommend it, and alcoholic drinks for brunch were $12 but bottomless. John got the egg, cheese and sausage on focaccia and a tropical fruit salad. I had the fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice. Check it out it you are in the neighborhood, Meade is located at 22 Peck St, on the corner of Water St.

***Bonus Chalupa loves visiting the Seaport since most of the restaurants have outdoor seating, they have recently even installed permanent round picnic table/chair combos, so you could just grab some grub and find your own place to sit outside. Outdoor seating is a definite plus for people with dogs. They love the nice weather too.

District 9

So, it took us a while but we finally netflixed District 9, this is a movie that for some reason seemed to come and go in the theatres without much fanfare. I think it had to do with the trailers. They didn't really make me want to see it, I was mildly interested. But I don't think the powers that be cast the trailers in the right light. I mainly put it on our queue because a friend was raving about it and John really wanted to see it.

Let me tell you, it was a great movie. Suspenseful, well-edited, great creatures, and a satisfying resolution. The alien creatures themselves were very bug like and I thought about them a lot last night (we watched it yesterday) and overall I was on the edge of my seat. Yes, some scenes were just drawn out a bit, but overall it's a pretty tight story. With plenty of references to modern day evils like military business, merciless mafia kingpins, and apathetic worker bees. Not to mention the ignorance and scorn of the populace. The story is really about what happens when one poor, hapless chap gets put in charge (by his father-in-law) of the eviction of the aliens to a camp much further away from the rest of civilization. You follow his story, and he embodies the every man, which is what makes the story so real and interesting.

I don't want to give away any more of the plot. I just recommend the movie and I'm surprised there wasn't more buzz about this movie when it was out. It's a great rental.