Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Happy St. Patty's Day!
Years ago, I was standing in a long line Dublin, Ireland. I was there on fall break, running around Europe and at that very moment, I was about to see my all time favorite band, Tool. As I stood there, my friend and I overheard the people in front of us talking about how Americans say, "Oh! I'm Irish!" because at some point their blood line passed through the Emerald Isle. I found this really funny, because I'm guilty of this. I claim a large part of my heritage as Italian, but there's a good chunk of Irish in there, and I love to play it up on St. Patty's Day.
I apologize for not bringing you a post yesterday, but my all afternoon bar hopping prevented me from pre-writing any posts for the week, so I skipped a day.
Little Rock's St. Patty's Day Parade was Saturday, and I went downtown with a bunch of friends to enjoy the day and drink some green beer. Perhaps there were too many green beers, but as I'm not one to bar hop, it was a treat.
We started at the new microbrewery Blue Canoe Brewing Co., which was cute and right on the parade route. We even got there early enough to snag a table. I started with the Razorback Rye, which was a tasty Imperial IPA. One was enough, though, as they're strong, so next I ordered up a green Paddler. The color was fun, but I did not like the beer one bit, so I switched with a friend to an Irish Red.
The interior of Blue Canoe is small and smelled a bit like varnish, but we still enjoyed hanging out in the space. The tables come pre-loaded with pretzles, although they looked a little soggy, so I stayed away.
We had quite the view, though. After the parade finished, we wandered into the street to enjoy the block party, but our tummies were rumbling, so we headed to the Rivermarket.
I feel like it's been forever since I've had the chance to eat at The Veg, so that's immediate where I went. My friend, Kimmy, split lunch with me, and we ordered a pile of delicious food to counter act the beer.
We got the lobster roll, which was delicious hearts of palm and avocado on a hoagie, and the BBQ nachos, which were covered in lentils and guac. This food was so incredible, and it really hit the spot.
They even let us try these samoa and apple almond donuts, which were very tasty. Those guys know how to do vegan food right. If you haven't checked them out, I highly recommend!
After lunch, we headed over to Argenta, where more fun was had. It's good to let loose every now and then!
How are you spending your St. Patrick's Day? Do you have a local place to get vegan bar food? Leave me a comment!