Meat Picks | 3.14.13

All Things Irish

According to the History Channel, Irish families celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by going to church in the morning and partying in the afternoon (Lenten restrictions were ignored for the day). People danced, drank and feasted on “the traditional” meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. In modern Ireland, the St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin is a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks shows.

Anyone acquainted with Ireland knows that the morning of St. Patrick’s Day consists of the night of the seventeenth of March flavored strongly with the morning of the eighteenth.  ~Author Unknown

If you’re looking for some culinary inspiration, Bonappetit put a great spread out in honor of St. Patrick’s Day – lots of menu ideas and recipes for a Modern St. Patty’s Day, having an Irish Cooking Party, and even a recipe for stout floats with chocolate syrup.

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

The Chicago River will turn green again at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. Due to construction, it is recommended the best sight lines will be from the East side of the bridge at Columbus Drive or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at noon on Columbus and Balboa.

An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.  ~Irish Saying

Irish pubs were included in Chicago Zagat’s most “down-to-earth-bars” showcase earlier this week. O’Malley’s Liquor Kitchen in Wrigleyville, D4 Irish Pub & Café on Ohio, Kasey’s Tavern on Dearborn and Declan’s Irish Pub in Old Town all made the list.

For more libation, eats and event ideas try these links: Suburban Pub Events, Metromix picks this weekend and TOC’s St. Patty Day guide, music line ups and other ideas.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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