Tip your frosted Guinness mugs and break out your green shirts because it’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Once a year, many of us endearingly celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, although the holiday’s origin may be lost on some of us—the spirit still lies strong. At the heart of the traditional Irish holiday is a recipe for sheer delight; consumption of corned beef and cabbage dishes, lineages of Irish descendants participating in parades, children searching for the hidden pots of gold, and cheerful adults clinking mugs of beer with one another.
One tradition that seems to top the rest in my eyes is the Dyeing of the Chicago River. Evidently, this tradition has been taking place for the past 52 years in the Windy City, and the hoopla behind it is incredible. Some people refer to the sensation as a miracle because the river turns into a perfect shade of green, while tourists from afar come to watch and celebrate. As a Midwesterner and Irish girl myself, I plan to experience this fun tradition one day and cross it off my Irish bucket list.
This year, however, I am excited to spend St. Patrick’s Day in San Francisco and plan to make my way to the esteemed Buena Vista Café to enjoy one of the best Irish coffees in the nation. Since 1952, this café has been a phenomenal hit, once Jack Koeppler and Stanton Delaplane succeeded in re-creating the original Irish recipe. To this day, crowds gather around this coveted café on a daily basis near Ghiradelli Square, and I plan to do the same on this festive occasion.
Knowing I will be office laden tomorrow, I am not sure when the perfect time will strike to sneak away from work to experience Irish coffee euphoria. However, I will make sure to share the evidence on social media with all my fellow Irish loving followers when I do. Here is to celebrating St. Patty’s Day in your own unique way. May the luck of the Irish is with you.
In the spirit of St. Patty’s Day, slainte!