Get your Irish on.
Of course who is not getting ready for March 17th? And who does not wear green so they don’t get pinched (or punched)? Who does not try a little green beer (even if the beer is a German lager with green food coloring?)*
A few days ago a co-worker and I went to a place in Rocky River called Casey’s Irish Imports (http://www.caseysirishimports.com/) just to see what this little story had as far as authentic Irish goods were concerned. [I will get to the real reason why we went soon]
The selection was great for being in the United States: coffee mugs, tea cups/pots, framed photos, clothing, china, crystal and pewter dinnerware and … food. Yes. I went for the food.
Anyone who has visited a World Market may have seen Aero bars or other candies from the UK, but Casey’s has items that I could not find otherwise: Irish Smarties (my wife had them before while on a mission trip to Ireland). Don’t let the word ‘smarties’ fool you. They are far from the powdery, tart candy that we call Smarties here. These Smarties were more akin to M&M’s but larger.
Ultimately, what I really wanted to get my hands on was something called Black Pudding or Blood Sausage. (Don’t worry. For those who aren’t as daring there is a similar food called White Pudding with one key ingrediant missing). Never had it, but I was curious. I bought a pound and I must say it was not as off-putting as it sounds. Actually, I have come to find out that it is a staple item of an English fry-up, or full breakfast.
So in light of March 17th, try something authentic, try something Irish.
*PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY