Erin Go Bragh

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

To start, I would like to share a favorite Irish saying:

“May those who love us, love us; and those who don't love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn't turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we'll know them by their limping.”

[Side Notes]: 1.Yes, I did say the above saying to a few customers and co-workers - they found it funny, and 2. I don't actually know Gaelic - referencing the blog title.

With the last name O'Neill and being roughly 25% Irish, it's important to recognize the Irish holiday. I hope you are wearing your green and getting into the spirit of pinching those who are not. I am certainly decked out in my green. Even at work the green was possible...Starbucks classic green apron. Plus, I also had a bit o' green on my shirt collar. Now, work is over and I'm sporting all my Irish jewelry (i.e. claddagh necklace, shamrock earrings) and a green sweater.

Although it brings out childhood memories, I don't think I'll be watching Darby O'Gill and the Little People. I tried re-watching it a few years back and I just couldn't get into it. It shall have to remain a nice memory. Also, I think I'll leave the Irish drinking music to my parents. Actually, the music is mostly my dad; he just loves it. However, my mom did try to make an Irish drink based off a Irish song once. I wasn't there, but the stories say it ended up being mostly just whiskey.

If you're having trouble getting into the spirit, I got a fun quiz you can take about the holiday -- check it out. Who doesn't like quick, fun quizzes (remember those emails that used to go around where you had to fill out the quiz about yourself and email it out to people - those were the days)? Or, you can find out more history here.

As for food, I won't be making corned beef and cabbage. Naww, what's the point? Sure they eat it and it's an Irish dish, but guess's really not that common there. From experience I find you should have brown bread and tomato soup. I ate that everywhere when we visited. They even served the brown bread as the "before dinner" bread at an Italian restaurant (we got tired of Irish food, so yes, we did eat Italian in Ireland). You could also do chicken cordon bleu - that was on the menu all the time. Oh, and not to mention potatoes. They served those with everything. And to drink, Guinness - but not for me (ahem, yes I know I'm Irish, I still don't like it). I think I'll just stick with wearing green today.

That's about it folks. I'm sure I'll remember something and wish I had mentioned it, but for now this should do it. To bring it full circle, let's end with another saying (or blessing):

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

O'Neill Pub