Good Morning and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
It’s Monday and you are probably headed to work or already there. St. Paddy’s may be a national holiday in Ireland, but who needs to leave work when you can grab yourself a shamrock shake from McDonald’s during your break? If you are a planner you are wearing a green & white plaid button down (guys) or decided on that “green” Express sweater that kind of sort of counts (girls).
Ladies, we may have done our nails with shamrocks and green glitter:
St. Patrick’s Day Schedule
8 AM – 11 AM If you are on the east coast, you’re in luck! (ha) Dunkin Donuts has a full St. Patrick’s Day Menu. If you’re like me and still waiting for DD out west, most donut shops and grocery stores will be dying their pastry icing green because eating green things makes you lucky. Be the office rainbow and bring in that pot of gold for all to share.
If you’re feeling particularly hungry and don’t buy into ‘eating green makes you Irish’ then you could whip up some sausage, bacon (our readily available rashers), fried eggs, and toast or perhaps stop at a Perkins or Cracker Barrel for those on the go. Irish correspondent (my friend Jody Trehy) and current Dublin resident, informed me that breakfast is kind of a big deal today. So what’s on the menu?
Glorious Superquinn sausages, hickory smoked rashers, Clonakilty pudding, and a fried egg on soda bread washed down with gallons of Barry’s tea.
11 AM – 1 PM If you didn’t think to pack yourself a corned beef sandwich, not to worry. Try a Reuben (corned beef, sauerkraut, and thousand island) at a local deli or stop by one of these very American fast food joints so you can feel Irish: Arby’s, Corner Bakery, Firehouse Subs, Larry’s subs, Mr. Sub, Schlotzsky’s, or Jason’s Deli.
2PM – 4PM You’re exhausted from digesting lunch and it’s time for a sweet snack. McDonald’s offers a Shamrock Shake, or try a Starbucks Green Tea Latte or Frappuccino.
6PM – 8PM Long day. Here is the kicker. After much research and double checking with Jody, there is not really an “Irish dinner.” However, popular belief encourages us to eat more corned beef and cabbage or warm your belly (in preparation for beer) with a big bowl of Irish potato soup. You could also just start guzzling Guinness.
Irish folklore says that people used to put shamrocks in their whiskey and shoot it. Now that’s pretty cool, however, according to my friend, he has never seen that happen. Do all the restaurants in Ireland dye their beer green too? Uh, no. That is an American interpretation.
Commonalities? Lots of eating, drinking, and the wearing of green. American lads, if you’d like do what the Irish men do, then throw some shamrocks on the lapel of your suit jacket for ultra chic style.
8 PM – ? Bailey’s Irish Cream, Irish Coffee, cheap green beer or try one of the favorites from this list of top tens.
GO IRISH! On a special note, congratulations to Ireland for winning the Rugby Championship this past weekend!
*Please drink responsibly.