Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Day

After I dropped the kids off @ school, we walked down to Sidetrack only to find out they aren't opening this morning until 11:00 (5 minutes from when I type this) so we turner around & went to The Corner for their 4$ all you can eat breakfast buffet (bagels & Lucky Charms). We also tried the Corned Beef Hash. I hadn't eaten any meat since the bite of Haggis on Burns' Night, & it turns out I could have left it that way. It seemed like a towel that had been sitting in a damp tub... I could have rung out the fat w/ my hands. Needless to say, we didn't finish it. Their stout, on the other hand, was great. They've made 3 new ones for today, The Lucky Charms Stout, The Western Imperial Stout & the Roasted Marshmallow Stout.

* The LCS came equipped w/ a few LC marshmallows on top. Stephanie liked it a lot, claiming it was very "stouty," but after I had the WIS, the LCS seemed to lack body & depth. I enjoyed it though once I could taste it.
* The WIS is fantastic!!! Get there today & have a few. It doesn't seem as though they'll keep it long term, but maybe w/ enough begging, we can change their minds. Do yourself a favor & drink 1 or 6.
* The RMS was interesting & a nice novelty, but I wouldn't drink it all the time. It was made by suspending roasted marshmallows over the mash as it was fermenting which then oozed down into the goop. It has a sweet nose & a nice roasted marshmallow finish just as he claimed it would.

The whole time we were there, Isaiah sat in his stroller & ate bagels. He had a good time & even sparked the interest of the younger kids, 1 of which went so far as to snap a few pics of him. He was decked out in his St. Patrick's day attire & I'm sure Stephanie will post a pic of him today... super awesome!

In other St. Patrick's Day news, Arsenal faces Hull City this afternoon @ The Emirates in the FA Cup Quarter Finals. A win will put them through to the Semis against Chelsea @ Wembley. It's been a great week for them, making it through to the Quarter Finals in Europe & hammering Blackburn 4-0, here's to hoping they can keep it up.

Here are some fun Holiday links:
  • St. Patrick's Day Home Page
  • The History of St. Patrick's Day from The History Channel
  • The Guinness Home Page
  • Murphy's Home Page
  • The Jameson Homepage
  • A chick w/ Shamrocks on her titties
  • A good article about green beer... I like point 2

    jason said...

    The Stout sounds awesome! I'm jealous. I live in a town full of Irish pubs though, so maybe I can find something similar.
    That Russian dude is really kicking arse for Arsenal. I'm sure he'll have a goal or two today. But...
    Go Hull City!

    jason said...

    Here's a fun fact I learned about stout...
    The production of the stout involves the use of isinglass, a byproduct of the fishing industry derived from dead fish. Isinglass is used as a fining agent for settling out suspended matter in the beer vat, and while it's kept at the bottom of the tank, some isinglass may end up in the final product. So if you're the type who avoids gelatin and whey in your diet, you're out of luck.

    I saw that the Arsenal score was 3-0. I didn't see who won, but I assume it was Arsenal. Let's go Chelsea!

    Andre said...

    Weird... it was actually 2-1. Hull scored in the 12th minute but then Arsenal got 2 in the last 15. Van Persie and then Gallas. There was talk that Gallas was offsides, but I guess the ball came off of a Hull defender which meant it didn't matter where he was.

    I've heard that about some stouts, but not all. I used to avoid Guinness based on claims that it wasn't vegitarian, but I haven't worried about it in a long time. It seemed impossible to find out which companies used it and which didn't.