A Celebration of Ireland by the Perennial Plate

I’ve never really understood the fuss about St Patrick’s day. In New York City the St Patrick’s day parade is the largest parade of the year, the Gay pride parade is the second largest.  Since I can remember the organizers of the St Patrick’s day parade (the Ancient Order of Hibernians) has excluded LGBTQ people. This still to this day is causing them some trouble.  Besides not being a huge parade fan I find the idea of green beer kind of disgusting 😉 My point being that I think there should be some far better way of acknowledging and celebrating the contribution of the Irish to our City/Country than a big exclusionary blow out once a year.

Reading Colm Tóibín’s beautifully written tale of what one particular young Irish woman endured to emigrate to New York City in his book: Brooklyn makes the reader painfully aware of just how hard the journey was to get here from Ireland.  How hard it is to emigrate to another country that may, or may not, really want you. Or remember years later what you have endured to get here and how much you have contributed.

These latest videos from the Perennial Plate (who are spending some time in Ireland working for the tourism board) help remind us of the rich culture and beauty these immigrants left and what they brought to share with us in this new country they now call home.  And after watching these videos may reconsider their original choice and may decide to move back 😉

The first video is a love letter to the history, landscapes and food of Ireland.  The second one is a charming, sober interview with the last fisherman fishing in Howth, Dublin.

Watch them both you’ll be glad you did.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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