Something just scared the bejesus out of Tam .
Apparently, the giant plush snake that just been poked at her from the car idling right next to us. Not the recoil she's used to handling.
The snake was being wielded by a dapper elderly gent in a pristine Volkswagen "Thing". Her "eek" gave way to laughing and he then picked up his companion from the passenger seat. A giant stuffed marsupial of some sort, holding it up at us so we could see its teeth and furry claws, waving its paw at us, then turning the corner on the green light with a cheery wave.
The camera was out, the button pushed but dang. No memory card. I left it in the laptop at home.
Tam's still laughing. You come to Broad Ripple for some art and some food and sold old guy flashes his snake at you. But hey - It's Broad Ripple, home of the weird. But not wanting to miss any more of the weirdness, we stopped at the CVS on our left for a new memory card, then off to the
We checked out the specials, always a good idea here, though the standard menu is always good.
Tam ordered an appetizer for us to share.
The Hurrah (The Smoking Goose Edition) Smoking Goose thick-cut lamb bacon with cheese crock, The Fig and Pig Tureen with chipotle honey, and The City Ham with stone ground mustard.
I really didn't think one could improve on bacon made from a pig. We could hear PETA collectively fainting from a mile away as we munched on smoked, peppered bacon made out of tender little lamb.
The bacon and ham didn't last long and it was on to the "pig and fig" A pate made of ground smoked pork shoulder mixed with red wine and figs, wrapped in caul fat and packed into a terrine mold. The texture, comforting, the taste, oh my.
Then comes part 2.
A half order of the Alamo B&G - Sour dough biscuits covered with chorizo and herb pork sausage gravy, then topped with a fried egg and fresh cilantro.
I had a bowl of Herdsman Chili made with beef and bison brisket. Yum!
Before we left, we checked out some of the cool bikes that are always out front, the Monon Trail being across the street.
I said "it's cool" then noting the lettering on the front " what's Bike Polo?"
He came around the fence to chat with me
"It's like regular polo with bikes" and flashes this killer grin at me. This guy looks like he's in the kind of shape he could play polo with or without the bike.
I pointed down "I blew my knee out walking my dog".
With a laugh, Tam and I were off on foot to explore what's new in Broad Ripple.
Hey Tam - there's a Tool Store!
Tam - "uh B?"
I peer across the street.
"Hey, why are there mannequins in their skivvies out front?"
Ahh. Look in the window. Underwear, swimwear, active and lounge wear.
I see London, I see France -
We stopped to check out interesting things at Locally Grown Gardens, including all the fresh produce, unique beveragles and home made breads.
She spotted it first. "Oh OH OH oh oh oh!" We stopped and both jumped out to look at it with total British automobile lust, the driver apparently also totally used to seeing a 6 foot tall blond and a redhead flinging themselves out of a 4 x 4 to point and take photos.
So much new life and old around this historic neighborhood.
"B. - I have to show you this!" There, growing out of the ancient base of a sweet gum tree, a little pine tree. Bonsai for real.
Enjoy what's left of your weekend. There are new and unique things always going on in the world, if you just slow down and look around. Having a friend to help point them out is even better.
Cheers - Brigid