I finally met up with Kevin of 604foodtography.com.
We had planned to meet up for a few months but failed to for one reason or another. When we came to a date that suits both of us, Suanne had to go for her canning workshops. So it was just I who went and met with Kevin.
We met at the Alibi Room. The Alibi Room is located on Alexander Street in Gastown.
Having never been to this part of the town before, I thought it was just next to Water Street in Gastown. I was running late and I did not check the exact location before I parked at The Harbor Center.
Boy, it was a long walk to the Alibi Room from the Harbor Center. And to add to that, Alexander Street was so empty and quiet. I thought for a moment I was at the wrong place. Spin around the Google Street View above. It IS that quiet with hardly a soul in sight. It is situated in an old heritage building and there is no prominent sign on the restaurant front.
The Alibi Room opens at very odd hours. I am curious as to why they keep such odd non-uniform opening hours. See their hours here:
Tuesday – 5pm ‘til late
Wednesday – 5pm ’til well after dark
Thursday – 5pm ‘til closing time
Friday – 5pm – 1am
Saturday – 10am -1am (brunch 10am-3pm)
Sunday brunch 10-3
Monday – CLOSED
The Alibi Room’s decor is minimal and laid back. This adds to the charm of this place. It did appear to me that this is primarily a beer place. That is fine with me even though I am intolerant to alcohol. Since it was at that time there was a discussion on chowtimes about beer, I thought this would be a great place to learn a bit more about beer.
You know how bad my alcohol intolerance is? I first found out about my condition in the worse of circumstances. Of all times, it was at a … wine tasting session many many year ago. Without knowing, I tried a LOT of different wines … red, white and what nots. Within an hour I erupted in rashes — all over my body. It was so bad that I was in pain for two whole weeks and had to see a doctor. Even today when I get an injection at the doctor’s, the alcohol swap would cause a rash. Sad, huh?
Alibi Room is known for their selection of beer on tap. Their beer menu has 25 types of beer with each of them representing a different micro-brewery. The price list above shows that most of them are $4 for a small one and $5.75 for large. A few of them are more expensive.
All of us ordered what they call the Frat Brat Sampler. For $9, you get to select four from the beer menu. Kevin and his friend were obviously experts on beer and they ordered what they wanted. For a beer noob like me, none of them made sense to me. So, I left the choices to the waitress.
The samplers are served on a bat. I thought it was cool. The waitress told us what beer each one was. Frankly, what she told me went in one ear and out the other. All I knew was that all of mine were the clear types, like lager. I still can’t tell one beer from another, let alone the difference of a lager from pale ale. What I do know is that a stout is black.
Oh yeah, my face were so red that it was embarrassing. Kevin and his friend was kind enough not to mention it, let alone laugh at me. I am sure it was obvious to them! This is unlike Suanne who ALWAYS had to make a remark about it.
We had some “food” with the beers. We had the Skinny Fries … real skinny ones. Too skinny for my liking actually although it was quite crisp and nice. I prefer fries the size of Burger King’s.
The Skinny Fries came with chili garlic vinegar & house made ketchup.
That’s all we had … beer and fries. We chatted about blogging and cameras. I enjoyed that because it gives me a fresh perspective of what I am doing. We did not stay as long as we wanted as it was obvious that the waitress was trying to politely shoo us away.