Cook Up a Traditional Irish Christmas Feast
Dec10

Cook Up a Traditional Irish Christmas Feast

Who’s up for cooking a traditional Irish Christmas dinner? It will take some advanced planning, so here are some tips and recipes to get you going. Christmas dinners traditionally feature a roasted goose. Turkeys are a more recent substitution. Other dishes included three types of potato dishes: roasted, boiled, and mashed. You might also find roasted parsnips, cabbage, and brussels sprouts. For dessert you’d have plum pudding....

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The Irish Tradition of Buying Rounds in a Pub
Aug28

The Irish Tradition of Buying Rounds in a Pub

There’s a tradition in Ireland of buying rounds of drinks in a pub. One person buys a round, those on the receiving end reciprocate. It’s very simple — like wash… rinse… repeat — until the rounds extend beyond you and your two close friends. We covered the topic last year when we talked about Irish Pubs and Etiquette, but a post on the info-sharing site Reddit has put it in the spotlight again (we...

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An Afternoon with Brian and Kilbeggan Whiskey
Jul19

An Afternoon with Brian and Kilbeggan Whiskey

Finally! A distillery tour that got me up close and personal with the process of making whiskey! After years of leaving Irish distilleries (and breweries) feeling pleased but not quite satisfied, I thought the new industry standard equaled a tour of well-preserved artifacts displayed in the order they were used in the distilling process… and if I was extremely lucky, I’d get to see some bottles rush by on a conveyor with...

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Cuppa Tea, Anyone? Ireland’s Other “Black Stuff”
Apr30

Cuppa Tea, Anyone? Ireland’s Other “Black Stuff”

Of Course It’s Hot! On my second day in Ireland my Irish friend took my husband and me out to lunch. I ordered iced tea, something I did not do again. The server, who I believe was also the owner, was very polite and said, “We don’t have that. But I’ve had it before. It’s good.” Tea in Ireland is hot. My friend, who is well acquainted with Americans, said he had another American friend visit who kept ordering hot tea, and the...

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Last Dinner On the Titanic
Mar03

Last Dinner On the Titanic

Little did the First Class passengers onboard the RMS Titanic know that many of them would be enjoying their last taste of filet mignon, poached salmon with mousseline sauce, and peaches in chartreuse jelly on that fateful night in April 1912. As the ship’s 100 year anniversary approaches, there’s a buzz around all things Titanic. The Titanic Belfast facility opens March 31st and the RMS Titanic‘s hometown surely...

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Poitín: Irish Moonshine – VIDEO
Dec28

Poitín: Irish Moonshine – VIDEO

Irish Moonshine from Richard Bangs on Vimeo. Richard Bangs has a very nice series of Irish segments that are worth a viewing. This one gives us a taste of poitín! It reminds me of this day from our Irish-American Roadtrip… which includes our friend Bit telling us the connection between cowboy music and Irish...

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