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O’Brothers Irish Pub

Hey guess what?

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day!

& since I am part Irish (& Scottish & English & Cherokee Indian), you can bet I’ll probably be drinking green beer somewhere. More than likely, I’ll be drinking said green beer at O’Brothers Irish Pub in Riverside.

To prepare for the momentous block party, I had to check it out for happy hour. So I grabbed Stacey & Tee & we grabbed a few beers & appetizers to get a feel for the place.

During happy hour, draught beers are $1 off, so domestics are $2.50 & imports/crafts are $3.50. I opted for a Bold City Killer Whale Cream Ale (shocking):

Since we were just in a quick happy hour mood, we didn’t get a chance to delve into some of the more traditional Irish fare like the Guinness Mac & Cheese or Bangers & Mash offered by the menu:

But we did order Spinach Artichoke Dip (served with the best pita chips in the entire world… holy crap they were good):

& fried pickles (which I didn’t touch with a 10-foot pole because I hate pickles & want them to die):

How very Irish of us.

Overall, O’Brothers has a great atmosphere, affordable menu, a great outside patio area, & fantastically cold beer. Not much to complain about!

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Bacon White Cheddar Grilled Cheese

It started with an FSU victory & a pint of Guinness…

& before I knew it I was frying bacon…

& slicing some beautiful white cheddar, slathering German Dark Wheat bread with butter & lovingly laying it down in the frying pan…

I’m convinced Paula Deen may have possessed my body for a short period of time.

That’s the only explanation, right?

 

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Is That You, Fall?

Over the weekend, the cooler temperatures definitely had me convinced fall had arrived. I was able to do a long run at 10 am & not die of heat stroke, so I immediately started craving stew, pot roast, chili & all sorts of cooler weather comfort foods. I couldn’t decide what exactly I wanted to make until I saw some recipe cards from the Guinness Storehouse laying on my bedroom floor. In an instant, I knew I wanted to attempt the Storehouse’s Beef Stew with Mash:

Ingredients:

Serves 4

  • 1 12oz Bottle of GUINNESS® Draught
  • 1 lb. diced stewing beef
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 3 large carrot – diced
  • 1 large celery – diced
  • 3 large parsnip – diced
  • 48 oz beef broth
  • Sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary
  • Mashed potatoes (I used about a dozen small red potatoes & threw them in the mixer with butter, milk & Zoe’s Kitchen Spice of Life. Heavenly).

My only real change to the recipe was tripling up on the carrots & parsnips because I love the taste of vegetables in stew. I began by stir frying the beef & slowly added my diced vegetables & cooked until all was tender. I poured in the GUINNESS® & let it simmer & reduce by half. Since the original recipe called for thick beef stock, I substituted beef broth & some corn starch to thicken it up. I added the herbs and simmered very slowly for about 2 & 1/2 hours. The longer the better!

Serve with a large scoop of mashed potatoes & preferably a beer of your choice. I tried the Dundee Pumpkin Ale & it gave a nice complement. While Pumking is still my favorite pumpkin ale, the Dundee variety is not a bad option.

Now please Fall, don’t toy with my emotions.. Please be here to stay.

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Europe Part 6: Stonehenge & the Bitter End

Missed the previous recaps? Check ’em out:

Part 1: Dublin – Guinness, Guinness & more Guinness.

Part 2: Paris – Seine River Cruise, Adventures in French Cuisine, Creme Brulee

Part 3: Bon Anniversary – My birthday in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysses, the Louvre & Tiffany Pearl Earrings

Part 4: Bon Voyage Paris & English Afternoon Tea – McDonald’s & Wine in front of the Eiffel Tower & Afternoon Tea in London

Part 5: Wicked in Westminster – Wicked on London’s West End, Buckingham Palace, Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey

On our last full day in London, we scheduled a morning jaunt out to Stonehenge. We boarded a bus & rode for nearly two hours out into the English countryside to be greeted by one of the most amazing & mystical landmarks:

If you haven’t been before, Stonehenge really is out in the middle of nowhere:

Nothing but farmland surrounds the landmark & it’s actually quite serene. We spent awhile walking the circumference & discussing the various theories associated with its meanings. I believe it’s some sort of religious monument built to worship a deity. But that’s my belief.

We were lucky enough to stumble upon a great little pub near our hotel called Morpeth Arms. It’s a Young’s Brewery Pub established in 1845. They serve a variety of Young’s beers on tap & typical pub food.

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I opted for Steak & Ale Pie with steamed greens & mash:

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Steak & Puff Pastry? Delicious. You can pretty much put anything in puff pastry & it tastes amazing.

I never really got into detail about our hotel in London. In short, it was wonderful. After our small (read: tiny) , boutique (read: old with uncomfortable beds) hotel in Paris, this place was a God sent. We stayed at Mint Hotel Westminster & it was lovely. the staff was courteous & outgoing & the accommodations were superb. I remember how thrilled I was when we checked in, settled in our room & I took a nice, long, hot & steamy shower in the sparkling clean bathroom. That shower was heavenly & probably the best shower of my life (not even exaggerating).

& sadly, that concludes the gist of our trip to Europe. If you have any specific questions, feel free to leave a comment & I’d love to discuss further.

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Europe Part 1: Dublin

Whew! I know I’ve been back for a few days now, but it’s been a whirlwind of heading back to work, running & laundry. I finally went through all my pictures & I’m thrilled to present my review & recap of our 11-day European adventure.

The first three nights of our trip were spent in Dublin, Ireland. Upon our arrival, we immediately ran down to the hotel pub to grab some food & Guinness:

The Guinness, was breathtaking. I’d always heard that Guinness was just better in Europe. As a Guinness lover, I wasn’t sure how that was possible… But it is. It’s smoother. It’s creamier. It’s heavenlier? It’s just wow.

The food, however, was less than desirable (I am a food bitch, remember?). Presenting the world’s blandest potato skins:

The garliciest cheesy bread ever concocted:

I love garlic, but this tasted like half a bottle of garlic powder was poured on the bread. Not a fan.

But finally.. Something I could enjoy:

French fries (complete with approximately 4 kinds of ketchup).

I definitely noticed that the Irish weren’t really fans of salt & pepper shakers. I had no idea how much appreciation I had for these seasonings until I visited Ireland.

Thankfully, we had an awesome bartender the entire time we were there. He definitely made us feel right at home… talking soccer with Brandon & (according to Brandon) flirting with me. & the man can make a mean Bailey’s & Coffee. What’s not to love?

That evening we wandered over to a League of Ireland Soccer match between Bohemian FC & Bray Wanderers (a birthday present I purchased for Brandon):

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Man can those guys kick a ball around a field! It’s so impressive, but even I know they’re nowhere near the caliber of the English Premier League. But still, it was a lot of fun.

The next morning we woke up bright & early at 10:30am & took a short bus ride down to the City Centre. Apparently, the World Series of Hurling (don’t worry, we didn’t know what it was either) was that day in Dublin.

We started with a walk through the Garden of Remembrance & down O’Connell Street:

Through Temple Bar. I loved the little tile signs on stairs throughout Temple Bar. This particular one gave me a chuckle:

& stopping at Dublin Castle for a tour:

(Yes, you saw that in the movie Michael Collins).

After the tour & learning a lot about the government history of Ireland, we headed down to the Guinness Storehouse. The Storehouse is an impressive multi-story museum dedicated to Guinness’s history & brewing process. It has several pubs & eateries as well as a souvenir shop. On the 7th story, there’s a Sky Bar where you’re granted a free pint & nearly 360-degree views of the City:
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After enjoying our pints, we headed down to one of the restaurants to try the Guinness Beef Stew & Mash as well as a Guinness Brownie:

This meal is what I’d been waiting for since we stepped off the plane. Warm. Hearty. Savory. Guinness-y. Heavenly.

& Brandon had a case of post-lunch sleepies:

A few pints of Guinness will do that to ya every time.

The next day we went on walking tour that included St. Stephens Green, Grafton Street & Trinity College:

We had our picture taken with Molly Malone:

We ended our day with a tour of Kilmainham Gaol:

The history of the jail is incredible. So many important Irish historical figures served time & many died at Kilmainhaim Gaol.

& that concludes our time in Dublin. Any lapses in time were spent at the bar at Ardmore Hotel being pumped full of Guinness by Robert.

In all seriousness, despite the food, the entire staff & the accommodations at Ardmore were excellent. They made us feel welcomed & it’s not their fault that I’m a picky bitch. Much love to them 🙂

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London Calling

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Fun in Paris

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