This week I did what all good German-American citizens do –  I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day like I was a full blooded Irish chick.

We started celebrating our Irish heritage on Saturday.  We hit up Fado (yes, this is what my cat is named after) for Irish breakfasts and Guinness around 12:30, then hung out for a little while.   Irish breakfast is seriously addicting, but at the same time a major meat overload.  You can literally feel your cholesterol climbing as you chow down.  But it’s so good, and salty. Yum!

Afterward we headed over to a another little Irish bar for a special St. Patty’s festival.  It was supposed to feature live bands and drinks outside, but of course it was 50 something degrees and raining so the outside portion was canceled.  We did manage to arrive early enough so that the inside areas weren’t completely filled up.  We hung out for a few hours, and checked out some of the bands who were playing inside.  There were beer pong and flip cup tables downstairs, so our group played a few rounds.  Around 9:30, T and I decided we were tired and done partying so we went home.  I think we were asleep before 11!  We just can’t party like we used to!

Sunday we busted out our Irish cooking skills and whipped up some very delicious corned beef and cabbage.  We had planned to use the crock-pot to allow the meat to simmer all day, but of course there was a broken piece on it when we took it out of the box.  We didn’t want to venture out into the cold and rain to replace it, so we opted to use the stove instead.  Let me tell you, everything turned out wonderfully.  We used this recipe and beef stock instead of water to give it more flavor.  We also added a couple of extra cups of stock and one of water to make sure the meat was completely covered so it would all be tender.  It was almost like a soup, but it tasted amazing!  The meat was super tender and the brother was killer.  Add in the veggies (we used carrots, celery, potatoes and cabbage), and we were completely happy campers!

Yesterday T and I (and JD and Little S) skipped out of work to celebrate St. Patty’s once more.  The weather was amazing – 75 and sunny – so it was hard to justify going to work.  We arrived a little after noon, so we were able to get in free.  The weather was seriously perfect.  It was warm yet breezy and super sunny.  We ate lunch then hung out outside to listen to the bands and enjoy some beer.  We ended up heading home a little after 4 before we went bankrupt buying beer (they were $9 a pop, even crappy beer was $6 a bottle).  Since it was so nice out, we decided to grill out and enjoy the rest of the day.

Taking off yesterday was amazing! I needed a little break from the monotony of work.

So, how did you celebrate everyone’s favorite Irish holiday?