St. Patrick’s Day (Twenty-fourth Day of Lent)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!  Did you know that it’s almost a sin in Ireland to refer to a “Patrick” as “Patty”?  “Patty” is short for “Patricia”… you’re likely to get your block knocked off if you called a Patrick “Patty”.

“Patrick” is English for Padraig, or Paddy for short.  Hence, the proper term is St. Paddy’sNOT St. Patty’s.  

Okay, enough of the English (Irish?) lesson… let’s talk about what we’re eating today instead of bacon.  Well, St. Paddy’s Day might be my favorite day during Lent as far as food is concerned, because I get to eat corned beef & cabbage all day long!  Today, I traveled all over southern Palm Beach County trying salt-cured (or corned) beef.

First, I met Steve at Tilted Kilt.  If you’ve never heard of this chain restaurant, it’s been described as “Hooters with a Scottish twist” – scantily-clad female serves in short kilts.  But I was there for the food.

When Steve suggested the Tilted Kilt, I replied, “But they’re Scottish….”  But upon looking at their website, they claimed that they were “in the tradition of Scottish, Irish, & English pubs”, and that the Boca Raton location we were visiting was holding their Grand Opening party that day, so I went. Their corned beef & cabbage platter was good enough to start the day, but I found the corned beef cut too thinly and it could have been more tender.

Tilted_Kilt

Next on the agenda was Dubliner.  They are known for a huge St. Patrick’s Day block party every year – probably the official party of the City of Boca Raton.  They have a buffet every year of salad, Guinness mac ‘n’ cheese, corned beef & cabbage, shepherds pie, and bangers & fries.

Dubliner_buffet

If you notice, their corned beef is much thicker and moister – cooked for hours – and falls apart when spooned onto the plate.  And the Guinness-based shepherd’s pie and mac ‘n’ cheese are to die for.  Outstanding.

Dubliner

Finally, I went to home and grabbed Susan and we went downstairs to Banana Boat for their St. Paddy’s celebrations.  It’s not an Irish pub, but they’re always festive and serve food to match the occasion.  Their corned beef was tender and cut thick – they always seem to do a pretty decent job with the food there.

Banana Boat

All in all, it was a great day of food, Guinness, Jameson, Irish music, and green everywhere.  And if you can’t have cured pig, why not some salt-cured (corned) beef??

Day 44 – Friday, April 18th (Good Friday)

Okay folks – It’s Good Friday.  We’ve come to the last few days of Lent…the culmination of what we’ve been suffering for.  It’s a day of abstinence (no eating meat) and fasting (only one meal).  So for my one meal of the day, I decided to forego all those Fish Friday fast food sandwiches (i.e. McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish, Wendy’s Premium Cod Fillet, Burger King’s Big Fish) and simply walk downstairs to Banana Boat and see what they have on the menu for Good Friday.

To my surprise and pleasure, they had a great fish platter for lunch today!

Fried fish platter at Banana Boat

Fried fish platter at Banana Boat

So I had a flew glasses of white wine, finished my fish platter, and walked over to church for Good Friday services like a good boy.  I hope you were able to abstain and fast today as well!

Day 18 – Sunday, March 23rd

After Cruisin’ with Susan yesterday, I guess we didn’t get enough time on the water because when we woke up for Sunday brunch, we decided to go down to Banana Boat, a place right on the Intracoastal.  To go with our Bloody Marys, we started off with some peel ‘n’ eat shrimp – it’s boiled in Old Bay then chilled and served with cocktail sauce and a Bayou dipping sauce.  Yum!

Peel 'n' eat shrimp and clam chowder at Banana Boat

Peel ‘n’ eat shrimp and clam chowder at Banana Boat

Oh yeah – looks like we had some clam chowder too!  Don’t really what we had after that except more Bloody Marys.  Oh well…until next time!

Day 9 – Friday, March 14th

Today I woke up telling myself, “Hey – it’s Friday!  Don’t screw up like you did last week and eat meat like an idiot!”  So I went on a quest to find something satisfying that wouldn’t drain my wallet.  First I went to a local restaurant/bar, Banana Boat.  After Ashley handed me Bud Light, I perused the menu but couldn’t find anything that I could order and get served fast enough to get somewhere to watch the Florida/Missouri game in the SEC Championship.  So I decided to go up the road to the local Wendy’s and try their Premium Cod Fillet Sandwich.

Wendy's Premium Cod Fillet

Wendy’s Premium Cod Fillet

“Premium”?  I guess so – larger and more filling than their competitor’s fillet.  But a bit pricey – I think it’s twice the price of the Irish-sounding counterpart, McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish.  Wait – is that really “Irish-sounding”?  Maybe I think so because it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day – anything with a “Mc-” and an “O-” must be Irish.