17th March 2008

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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14th March 2008

St. Patty’s Day Pubs

Looking for a place to enjoy a “traditional” St. Patty’s Day.  Try one of NYC’s many Irish Pubs.  New York Magazine has even taken the liberty of breaking it down for you:

NYC Irish Pubs

Here are a few of my favorites from the list by location…

Midtown

Stout NYC
The newly-opened cellar bar brings Stout’s total to five, which offer 130 different bottled beers and 22 on tap.
Take note: Celtic-rock band and Stout favorite Seythian takes the stage at 4pm. Pipe bands will also be stopping by after the parade.
• 133 W. 33rd St., between Sixth and Seventh Aves.; 212-629-6191 or stoutnyc.com

Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant
The W. 45th St. branch of this midtown chain of spacious Irish pubs is most notable for being the local home of Black 47, one of the city’s best-loved bar bands. The politically-conscious pub-rockers are performing at Knitting Factory St. Patty’s night, but expect plenty of the same raucous energy in their absence.
Take note: A limited menu of Irish specialties, including corned beef and cabbage, is served; live Irish bands (Shilelagh Law and Gael Force) perform from noon to the wee hours at the W. 45th St. and 14 E. 47th St. locations.
• 121 W. 45th St., between Sixth Ave. and Broadway; 212-597-5126; connollyspubandrestaurant.com
• 150 E. 47th St., between Lexington and Third Aves.; 212-692-9342
• 44 W. 54th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves.; 212-489-0271
• 14 E. 47th St., between Fifth and Madison Aves.; 212-867-3767

Downtown

Ulysses’
This 130-foot Financial District bar is almost as sprawling as James Joyce’s masterpiece. And co-owner Danny McDonald knows a thing or two about pouring Guinness—he owns the venerated Swift Hibernian Lounge and Puck Fair, and a bus sometimes shuttles free-wheeling patrons to all three.
Take note: The menu will emphasize Irish fare, including corned beef and cabbage. Plus, the Emeralds will play Irish rock at 9 p.m.
• 58 Stone St., at Pearl St.; 212-482-0400

My favorite amongst these however has got to be Stout. The place is just huge and will surely feature some authentic live music for the occasion.  It is perfect for the St. Patty’s day crowd!

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12th March 2008

The Art of the ‘French Kiss’

This specialty cocktail is one of a kind even going so far as to use special ice cubes!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups dry vermouth
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet vermouth
  • 6 strips of fresh lemon peel removed with a vegetable peeler
  • Directions:

    Make ice cubes: Stir together juice and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Stir in water, then pour into an ice tray and freeze until hard, about 3 hours.

    Make drinks: Stir together vermouths and lemonade ice cubes in a pitcher until vermouth is chilled. Run a lemon strip around rim of each glass and drop into glass. Fill glasses with vermouth mixture, including ice cubes.

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    11th March 2008

    Brazilian Sweets

    caipirinhaAfter a little trip around Brazil we thought we should share with you what seems to be the most delightful cocktail out there. Famous for its sweetness, yet two of them will give you an enjoyable buzz to start your night. Our advice though would be not to mix this cocktail with others, as the morning after you will probably regret everything about it. Made with Cachaça, a typical Brazilian rum made out of sugar cane, the so called Caipirinha can be found in every menu (In Brazil) and can be as cheap as $3.00 or 4.00 Reais. However we wouldn’t say it’s that sweet on its own, hence the added sugar. Read the rest of this entry »

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    6th March 2008

    Oh ‘Danny Boy’

    St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and local Irish pubs all over the city are getting ready for the big event.  Ordering a few more pallets of Guinness, a couple more handles of Irish Whiskey, oh and banning the popular Irish Song ‘Danny Boy’ from being sung on the premises.

    Thats right, you read correctly.  Foley’s Pub on 34th and 5th in Manhattan has chosen one unorthodox way of getting ready for the big event.  “It’s overplayed, it’s been ranked among the 25 most depressing songs of all time and it’s more appropriate for a funeral than for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration,” said owner Shaun Clancy.  Shaun has not only banned it for the big day, but for the entire month of March!  (CLICK HERE FOR MORE)

    Now I can’t say I disagree with his decision.  The song is overplayed and is certainly depressing.  I know when I’m drinking the last thing I want to hear is something that will get me down.  Don’t you agree? 

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    6th March 2008

    Best prank ever!

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    6th March 2008

    And the rebuttle…

    Watch the one below first!

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    6th March 2008

    I’m F*$cking Matt Damon

    For those of you who havent already seen this….

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