From there I walked to The Bread Maker. It's a coffee shop/bakery that employs adults with learning disabilities. I had leek and potato soup with brown bread (they ask if you want "white or brown" instead of "white or wheat" like they say in the US). The soup was okay. I wouldn't recommend it, but I also wouldn't advise against it. The latte was great! The staff was so nice. I bought two mince pies to go. Don't know what a mince pie is? Click here.
From there I walked up the street to the Herd's Butcher Shop. On my way, I passed a Cheesemonger (sells cheese) and a Fishmonger. The Cheesemonger was on break. It was a sad moment. The fishmonger was open, but I didn't need any fish today, so maybe I'll give them a try this weekend. They had smoked haddock there, and it was not bright yellow. It had a slight orange tint. :o)
|I had to use a picture from Google Maps, because I accidentally deleted mine!|
"So, how do people in Aberdeen cook burgers with it raining all the time?" I asked. The butcher said in his adorable Scottish accent, "Well, we use the grill or fry them in a pan." I responded, "What is the best way to get a good flavor and keep it from drying?" He answered, "I personally like the grill." I was thinking, 'I wonder how they grill if it's raining ALL the time. Maybe he's not talking about the same grill that I am thinking about.' As if he heard my thoughts, his next sentence was, "Or if ye'r really brave, ye get yer coat and whiskey and cook it on the Bar-B-Que!" Riiiiight.. they call that setting in the oven "the grill." Remember my cake incident?
So I left with 2 venison burgers, some unsmoked bacon, and a pound of steak mince (as they call it here). He even took my reusable grocery bag and put it all in for me as he sent me on my way with an, "Alright then. Take care now. Thank you. Bye now!" Scottish people say long good-byes. I like it. They don't seem to be in a hurry.
Now as an aside. I'd like to end with a frame-by-frame, play-by-play of my efforts to get the posh, Texas-weather-acclimated, Frog dog to go out in the cold to potty. I posted these in sequence.
|"I want in there... it's cold out here."|
|"Hey you! Are you listening to me?!" (Translated from woof! woof!)|
|"In there looks so much better... I can hold it."|
|"Hey! Open the door woman!"|