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Saturday is the 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. And that means as a Sullivan, I must uphold my Irish roots, however distant it may be. (Is Pfaff Irish?) As I was shopping at Safeway today, I noticed a big sign advertising corned beef on sale. As expected, the pairing ingredient of cabbage also had a sale sign next to it. For many, St. Patty’s Day is a rookie night out at the bars… meaning, similar to New Year’s Eve, it’s one of two holidays when folks who don’t normally go out to bars try to relive their wild partying days.
St. Patty’s Day being a Saturday, will likely bring out even a larger rookie class than normal. I used to do that as well. I remember St. Patty’s Day in Philly years ago, hitting the Walnut St bars all through town; starting with The Irish Pub, then Moriarty’s, McGillin’s, The Irish Bard’s, Roosevelts, New Deck Tavern, Cavanaugh’s, Blarney Stone and finally Smokey Joe’s. Last year for this holiday, I celebrated St. Patty’s Day with friends in Chicago; eating White Castle burgers and taking in the city. This year I expect a quieter holiday, making myself a little home-cooked corned beef and cabbage. If you’re planning your own St. Patty’s Day festivities, may I recommend that instead of the doing the trite (i.e. Going to the overcrowded Irish bar with other rookies to drink green beer), why not create a little shepard’s pie at home, or better yet, some boxty and Guinness stew. If you want to freak out your family, put a little green food coloring in a gallon container of milk and see if they’re willing to eat green-milk cereal… hehehe.