Catch the “Luck of the Irish” in Downtown Alameda

St Patrick’s Day is this Friday! Enjoy a day of green shenanigans in Downtown Alameda on one of the most festive days of the year. Put on your greenest attire, gather your friends, and prepare to embark on a cultural journey.In addition to the abundant plates of delicious corned beef and cabbage, you’ll find culinary treats such as corned beef sliders and Reuben sandwiches, green beer and Guinness, all day drink specials, and even Irish Coffee flavored ice cream.

Some of our favorite stops:

Club House – Corned beef & cabbage; Guinness and Jameson drink specials

Linguini’s Pizza & Brew $3 green beer, $4 Guinness, corned beef & cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, and PRIZES

Lost Weekend Lounge St. Patrick’s Day PARTY starts at 9:00pm

Lucky 13 – Luck of the day drink specials all day

McGee’s Bar & Grill – Food and drink specials for St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness

Ole’s Waffle Shop Corned beef & cabbage dinner — served with a beer (for those 21+, of course)

Speisekammer – Corned beef & cabbage, Irish whiskey, beer, and Irish Fiddle music

The Churchward Pub – Guinness promos and specials

The Lemon Tree – Serving corned beef & cabbage at lunch and for dinner

Wine & WafflesCorned beef sliders

Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream– Irish Coffee flavored ice cream

To learn more about the St. Patrick’s Day happenings in Downtown Alameda, go to www.DowntownAlameda.com.

Irish Traditions That Began in America

corned beef and cabbageThe tradition of wearing of green on St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us, along with the tradition of drinking Guiness and eating corned beef and cabbage. But you might be surprised to learn that most St. Patrick’s Day traditions have their roots in America — not Ireland. *

St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious occasion in Ireland— for over 1,000 years the faithful spent the day in quiet prayer at church or at home in observance of the saint’s death. (In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17.)

The first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place not in Ireland but in the United States. The parade was organized in New York City on March 17, 1762 and helped the immigrants reconnect with their Irish roots. Over the years, Irish patriotism among immigrants flourished as celebrations got bigger and March 17 evolved into a world-wide festival of Irish culture with parades, music, and iconic foods.

On St. Patrick’s Day, countless merrymakers in the United States savor plates of corned beef and cabbage. In Ireland, however, a type of pork similar to Canadian bacon is the customary meat on the holiday table. So how did pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage?

In the late 19th century, pork was prohibitively expensive for most newly arrived Irish families, so they began cooking beef instead. Irish immigrants in New York City frequented nearby Jewish delis and became familiar with corned beef. Cured and cooked much like Irish bacon, it was seen as a cheaper and tasty alternative to pork. And while potatoes were certainly available in the United States, cabbage was a more cost-effective alternative to cash-strapped Irish families.

Corned beef and cabbage soon found fans across the country. Cooked in the same pot, the spiced, salty beef flavored the plain cabbage, creating a simple, hearty dish that could be enjoyed by everyone.

And then there’s the leprechauns… These little green men weren’t even a part of St. Patrick’s Day until Walt Disney introduced America to the leprechaun in his 1959 film Darby O’Gill and the Little People.

While 34.7 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestory, nearly 122 million say they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day — that’s 39% of the population. How about you?

(* source = History.com)

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website: www.DowntownAlameda.com.

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Downtown Alameda is the commercial, cultural, and civic center of our island city. We represent over 425 businesses in the Historic Park Street District and nearby side streets. Follow us on your favorite social media sites for updates: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

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