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Snowdonia Pub Astoria

jonkyo | Oct 29, 2013 11:29 AM

Snowdonia, is the highest mountain in Wales.

I do not know much about Wales save for being the home of Dylan Thomas, and I can't say that I detected much of Wales at the Snowdonia Pub in Astoria.

It was an unintended, perhaps unavoidable farce, the pair of skies on the wall, and thinking that all the attendees of this pub were ski bums.

The symbolism ended with conversations, with the attendees and owners. Such revealing nothing more than a quaint atmosphere to imbibe and eat in.

For one like myself, I was far afield from my usual.

Not one imported beverage containing the word 'Beer'. I did have difficulty maneuvering with the extensive 'Craft Beer' menu, but settled on a canned Pils from the Bronx. It was not as good as what I usually am accustomed to drinking, but it was quite palpable.

The Domestic Craft Beer arena is extensive. Such a playing field is hit and miss, for this seasoned connoisseur of Latin American and Asian Lagers, and English Ales.

Thus said the menu provides hits, and no misses, I am certain, whether you take to German imports or domestic craft beers.

Arriving to this new Asotria pub late in the evening, the full menu was not available, but late night happy hour specials and late night bar plates were plenty.

A true certainty here at Snowdonia is the Fried Oysters. This dish and many others, are just the table props to engage in, while you take to the domestic beers, on hand.

As I peered at the two flat screen TVs over the bar, showing Dawn of the Dead, dvd, this Fried Oyster plate was splendid, and along with the Bronx Pils, found a nice sanctuary for nesting flavors that lingered.

Finding a niche at our table were also sliders, that were of the pork variety. They appear on the menu as Pork Belly Sliders.

With that my friend noted that the sliders contained shiso. The bar had much on hand of this, for mixed drinks of some sort. For whatever reason, they found their way into the sliders.

They were a bit on the light side, but plentiful in taste.

One last note, is the lingual piece of knowledge here, according to WIKI.

"The English name for the area derives from Snowdon".

The more exotic suffix in Snowdonia, the 'nia', may be indication of celtic roots in Wales (I am no linguist though, just a guess).

With that, if you get there during the day or diner time, check out the Welsh Cawl
said to be "a traditional Celtic-style soup".

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