Sunday, March 15, 2015

Simple Pleasure Sunday: Small St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Your italiagal is part Irish and usually celebrates St. Patrick's Day. Even though I love going out to a bar every once in awhile, I don't enjoy huge crowds nor being out on the road when so many are likely to drive after drinking, so I knew I wanted to mark the holiday in a few smaller, more simple ways. In addition to dreaming about a visit to Dublin, I plan to wear a green top on Tuesday. I'll have to check if I still own it! Today on my day off, I celebrated a little bit early by having a bottle of Irish beer, Harp Lager, with my lunch and dinner.

Lunch: grilled burger, fries and pickles. 
Side Note: This is a rather unhealthy meal, so I load up a small rather than regular-sized plate since I'm still a finish-your-plate kind of girl. This keeps portion-size in check. (And know that the placemat is smaller, custom-made for my small table by my friend, F.) I know I mention a lot of good food on these simple pleasure posts, but a lot of my other meals are salad with homemade vinaigrette and/or whole grain pasta with tomato sauce for some balance. As a lifestyle blogger, I believe in savoring food I love, without guilt, but just in moderation.

I even found a pot of gold...

My kind of pot of gold, caramel popcorn I ordered from Dolle's on the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland. I thoroughly enjoyed it as dessert after dinner.

I hope you have a happy, safe, and lucky St. Patrick's Day!


  1. I think I've tasted that Harp before but then I don't remember because my BIL is a beer freak. I do like the taste of Magners cider. This is such a simple but fun to way celebrate St. Patrick's Day. And hamburger and fries all OK with me too, love them. Girl, that caramel popcorn, I gotta leave!
    This day falls on my hubs birthday but I'll still wear green and celebrate all. Cheers!

    1. I am not a beer connoisseur and haven't tried many, but to me, Harp is for those who have acquired a taste for beer as it is solid, but then it is also smooth, which is what I associate with pale beer like this one. I do like it a lot. I recently discovered it in December on my trip to Philadelphia.

      I have always enjoyed a meal of a burger, fries and coke. When it is within my budget, I do try to have a burger a week or maybe a pack of four patties to grill at home. When I was living in Italy for three months, I sought out a burger about once a month.

      I don't even like caramel that much in candy, but I love caramel popcorn! Especially in the summer since it comes from the boardwalk.

      Have a fun holiday! Happy birthday to your husband!