After perusing several aisles at the local specialty grocery store, filling my cart with my favorites, I arrive at the tasting and coffee bar. I’m reminded St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, because the selection is corned beef and cabbage. I hate corned beef but hey maybe my tastes changed this year. Luckily, all you get is one spoonful because nothing changed. I hate beef masquerading as pork. It’s unnatural. Looking for another item to celebrate the day with, I stroll down the beer aisle. Even though it’s a special Irish Day, the Guinness and other Irish stout are pricey. I gaze lovingly at the Belgian beer with chocolate but alas I fail to make any Irish connection. I settle for a cheaper version of Irish ale made by Guinness, which is very disappointing.
I load up on cabbage at the local “carries every brand” grocery store; at least it’s on special. Jack shows me an email from one of our favorite restaurants, The Ram. St. Patrick’s Day celebration is Saturday and Sunday, with corned beef dinner, corned beef hamburger and Irish whiskey shots at a special price. I deliver my opinion of corned beef and Irish whiskey is not my favorite whiskey. They don’t have a Spirit of Spey celebration here yet. We decide to stick with my version of Irish stew, with lots o’ cabbage and some beer in the broth on Sunday. The stew needs a little spice so I throw a few drops of gourmet insanity hot sauce in. Somehow adding jalapenos just doesn’t seem right. It’s a nice bit o’ Irish stew, but your nose runs a lot while eating it.