St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and soon everyone will be wearing green and drinking beer. Having Irish roots myself, it happens to be one of my favorite days to celebrate. If you’re looking for something different than the corned beef and cabbage, I have good news! I scoured the interwebs for St. Patrick’s Day ideas from cooking and baking to even traveling to Ireland.
And contrary to belief, Saint Patrick didn’t chase the snakes out of Ireland, it’s was too cold a climate for snakes. To find out other interesting St. Patrick’s Day facts, check out Historical Traditions and St. Patrick’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know blog post. Be sure to check out these other blog posts for ideas on beers and drinks, Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Beers That Aren’t Guinness pr Green With Envy and 11 St. Patrick’s Day Beer That Go Down Like a Guinness World Record, and 8 Irish Mixed Drinks That Will Have You Seeing Leprechauns.
St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Food:
Beef and Guinness Stew
I love some home cooked Guinness Beef Stew. When I traveled to Ireland, I found this dish in nearly every restaurant we went to. I am not normally a fan of Beef Stew, but this was some good stuff. It’s even better with a side of Irish Soda Bread! Find the recipe here from the Guinness Storehouse. A side note: If you are not into stew and are more of a pot roast person, substitute 1/2 cup of Guinness for 1/2 cup of liquid for your pot roast and add to your slow cooker.
Chocolate Guinness Mousse Cups for Two
Who doesn’t love chocolate? These cute desserts look just like the rich, foamy goodness of Guinness. The desserts consist of just a few ingredients and are fairly simple to make. Check out the recipe here from Chocolate Moosey and check out some of the other recipes as well.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda bread is a quick bread and uses baking soda instead of yeast. On occasion stout can be used to replace the buttermilk. Find this easy recipe from Let’s Dish here.
St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Drinks:
I found this delish cocktail called Shenanigans from Friends Eat. Made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, it gives the drink a kick and it tastes little bit like Irish coffee (without the coffee). Find it and fourteen others here.
Irish coffee can be found pretty much anywhere, but in Ireland it only has Irish whiskey in it. I had this in Dublin after a meal and it was tasty. Find this recipe here from happily unprocessed.
The Tipsy Leprechaun Cocktail
Easy to make cocktail that consists of Guinness, Irish whiskey, Irish cream liqueur and ice cream. This recipe can be found here from DrinkedIn
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland:
If you want to get away for St. Patrick’s Day, you can travel to Ireland and do some sightseeing of historic places. We’ve rounded up some stores with Cash Back in travel and what’s better than celebrating a holiday than in the Emerald Isle?
In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day became a public holiday in 1903. It wasn’t until 1996 that an actual festival was held and music, parades and fireworks were part of it. The festival started as a one day event and in 2006 it grew to a five day event. 2009 saw close to one million visitors. More information can be found here courtesy of wikipedia.
Some of the top sights to see while in Ireland:
- Titanic Belfast (the birthplace of the Titanic)
- Blarney Castle
- The Cliffs of Moher
- Rock of Cashel (also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock)
- Kilmainham Gaol
- Trinity College (home to the Book of Kells)
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- Guinness Storehouse
- The Old Jameson Distillery
- Dublin Zoo
- Bunratty Castle
- Burren National Park
- Wicklow Mountain National Park
- Ring of Kerry
- Aran Islands
- Boyne Valley
- Giant’s Causeway
To just name a few
I highly recommend if this is your first trip to Ireland and you stay in Dublin, take the Hop On Hop Off bus tour. The bus tour takes you around the city to the top attractions around Dublin and tells you about the history around the city. It is pretty in depth and you can choose to stop at an attraction and get on a bus after you sight see. The buses will even stop at hotels and pick you up in the morning. My last tip for visiting Ireland, do not try to see it all in a week. It can not be done and you end up missing a lot of cool things.
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