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A Pub That Refused To Serve Irish People Popped Up For St. Patrick’s Day

While most people were frolicking in the streets, pubs, and bars to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, one “No Irish Pub” paid their tribute to the holiday by reminding the United States how the country treated Irish in the past.

The pub wasn’t real, but was set up in Detroit, Michigan by Dan Margulis to portray the bitter racism Americans treated the Irish with so many years ago. As folks partied around them in bright green and pretended to be Irish, the fake pub rejected anyone who claimed to be Irish or wore the iconic color.

“On a day when everyone is proclaiming solidarity with an immigrant group … we wanted them to feel what it was like to be treated like an Irish immigrant … years ago in this country, and hopefully that would get them to think about the way we treat current immigrant groups,” Margulis told the Irish Central.

As expected, many people got angry over the “No Irish Pub,” and hidden cameras were on hand to capture footage of their reactions. You can view those in the above video. Brochures were also handed out along the street and inside the pub so folks understood what was happening.

For Margulis, this wasn’t just about sending a message about Irish immigrants. It was also about DREAMers and the struggles they’re facing under the current administration.

“The general sentiment (is) that we’re becoming more and more anti-immigrant. As we got closer to a day that celebrates immigrants, I thought if those two things collided, I thought maybe it’s a way to get people to think about how we act today.”

Shedding light on how we used to treat the Irish could be a strong symbol of how immigrants should be treated today. In the past, Irish were reviled and hated in this country, but we’ve grown to love them and turn one of their biggest religious holidays into a day of festivities. We already celebrate significant days in other cultures, Cinco de Mayo being a chief example. Why can’t we treat immigrants from these countries the same way we treat the Irish today?

In the case of immigrants in the United States, it really does seem like hindsight is 20-20.

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It’s Your Lucky Day, McDonald’s Has Brought Back The Shamrock Shake

With St. Patrick’s Day coming closer, McDonald’s blessed the world by bringing back their Shamrock Shake on Feb. 21.

The shake hasn’t changed too much since it’s 1970 debut, still rocking the green hue and minty flavor we’ve come to love.

Last year, McDonald’s tried to shake things up by offering up different variations of the beverage, like the Chocolate Shamrock Shake, the Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappé, the Shamrock Mocha and the Shamrock Hot Chocolate.

Thankfully, the fast food giant didn’t inundate the classic with the unnecessary additions and let the Shamrock Shake shine on its own.

Obviously, this is a limited time release, and while it probably isn’t too hard to recreate on your own, any Instagram aesthetic is immediately beautified with the presence of this mint-green delicacy.

While many on Twitter are quick to push their hatred of the shake, Dixon Police comes through with the truth.


It’s the police. Listen to the police. Get a Shamrock Shake and stop being a Carl.

 

Photo Credit: https://www.instagram.com/westfieldwheaton/
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This Is Why We Drink On St. Patrick’s Day

Americans are notorious for finding excuses to drink, as evident by happy hours and even Taco Tuesdays. If there’s anything that even remotely resembles a holiday, it’s a great reason to drink. We even gladly accept holidays from other cultures if it means we can pop open a brewski with our friends.

The Irish have a reputation for having a good time with alcohol as well, so it makes sense to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a night of drinking, as was the tradition in the Middle Ages.

USC Professor Lisa Bitel, who is an expert on St. Patrick’s Day, said the reason people started drinking on St. Patrick’s Day, was simply because it was a feast day in Ireland.

“In Ireland… when you had a feast day, especially for a national saint, it’d be a great day for celebration, and people would eat and drink,” Bitel said.

Even in Medieval Times, the Irish were just like us, looking for any opportunity to celebrate. But here in the U.S., we’ve seemingly upped the ante on the festivities.

“It’s compounded by the English characterization of the Irish as drunkards,” Bitel said. “That’s an old one.”

While the origins of St. Patrick’s Day drinking can be linked back to Irish celebrations in the 15th century, it has totally become Americanized since then, what with the parades and green-clad parties.

Heck, until the 1970s, pubs in Ireland were closed on St. Patrick’s Day, so there probably wasn’t the rampant drinking you’d expect on the holiday.

Don’t let that fool you, though. The Irish still have a solid reputation for their drinking, as Bitel said there are English government accounts from the 1500s where complaints came down of the Irish introducing English troops to whiskey and getting super lit with them.

It’s all a global party now. Even Ireland does big parades, too, granted they might be mostly attended by Americans, but it’s a parade nonetheless.

You probably could have guessed that we took another country’s culture, blew it up, and made it something way bigger than it probably should be, but if the Irish were cool with feasting and drinking to celebrate the patron saint, then we sure as hell can chug a Guinness and do the same here in the America.

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41 Irish Terms For Being Drunk, Recited By Jamie Dornan [WATCH]

Jamie Dornan’s known for his starring role as a steamy sexual deviant in the “Fifty Shades” movies, but while on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Irishman indulged in another vice, as he shared 41 different terms the Irish use to say they’re “drunk.”

With today being St. Patrick’s Day, it was fitting for Kimmel to bring in the Irish actor to reveal terms you’ve probably never even heard before.

It started off simple enough, with phrases such as, “Hammered,” and “Intoxicated,” but it got a little more complicated after that.

For example, have you ever drank so much that you were, “Rat-arsed,” or “away with the fairies”?

Each term gets better than the last, and it’s mind boggling that anyone would even use these in normal conversation.

To be honest, some of the best ones were probably, “Off your tits,” and “Fucking the waitress.”

Choose your favorite as you celebrate the luck of the Irish this weekend and get “shit-fucked.”

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Restaurants

Tear Into This Green Eggs & SPAM Burrito For St. Patrick’s Day

Every March we get green with envy at all these dope spots dropping colorful St. Paddy’s Day menu items for a short while.

Our neighbors, Ninjas with Appetite, has an annual tradition of creating a burrito based on the beloved Dr. Seuss children’s book Green Eggs and Ham. The burrito plays on the titular dish with a meaty twist: SPAM.

The Green Eggs & Spam Burrito features garlic fried rice, wasabi micro-greens, and teriyaki-glazed Spam wrapped in a green spinach tortilla. The burrito also comes with the option of adding mozzarella cheese, which comes highly recommended to keep everything together.

A couple weeks ago, NWA also launched a Teriyaki Cheesesteak Burrito which has been flying off the grill ever since. The menu item was California’s answer to the Philly Cheesesteak.

Every year, we beg them to keep this St. Paddy’s Day burrito on the menu. Alas, our pleas fall upon deaf ears.

You can find the emerald burrito at the brick-and-mortar Ninjas With Appetite location in Downtown Santa Ana on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 for that day ONLY, lads and lasses.

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Fast Food Sweets

For One Day, Krispy Kreme Is Bringing Back Their Emerald Doughnuts

St. Patrick’s Day is only a few days away and we’re trying to figure out where to spend our evening. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts made sure we had our St. Paddy’s morning locked down with a stunning green doughnut that’s certain to brighten up our social feeds.

The brand’s iconic Original Glazed Doughnut will undergo an emerald transformation on March 17, also known as St. Patrick’s Day. To get even deeper into the spirit of the Irish holiday, Krispy Kreme is changing the name of the popular menu item for the first time in history.

For just one day, the Original Glazed Doughnut will go by the O’riginal Glazed Doughnut. Get it?

If you’re trying to get your hands on one of these doughnuts, make sure to mark your calendars for this Friday.

You can find the colorful O’riginal Glazed Doughnuts at participating Krispy Kreme locations in the United States and Canada on March 17.

Also, we’d like to take a minute and remind everyone to have a safe St. Patrick’s Day.

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Fast Food What's New

McDonald’s Secret-Menu Chocolate Shamrock Shake Officially Joins The Menu

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Around this time every year, McDonald’s releases their iconic Shamrock Shake. The mint-flavored ice cream beverage boasts an emerald aesthetic and admittedly pretty smooth taste. This year, however, McDonald’s decided to drop four new drinks to coincide with the release of the green milkshake.

Along with this year’s return of the Shamrock Shake, comprised of vanilla soft-serve with green mint syrup, McDonald’s has added the following:

The Chocolate Shamrock Shake, which boasts a layer of chocolate shake on the bottom half, with a top half comprised of Shamrock Shake. The drink, originally a secret menu item, has officially become a part of the seasonal shake menu.

A Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe that’s blended with Shamrock Shake syrup and finished with whipped topping, green syrup drizzle, and green sugar crystals.

In the hot beverage end of the menu are the new Shamrock Hot Chocolate and the Shamrock Mocha which feature hot chocolate and mocha beverages combined with the Shamrock Shake syrup.

You can bet your pot of gold we’ll be giving these new Shamrock drinks a fair shake. Bad puns aside, they do look pretty delicious.

Image: McDonald’s

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Fast Food

Shake Shack Is Adding Something New To The Menu For St. Patrick’s Day

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Be still my heart and silence the vibration of my loins; Shake Shack has brought back their IRISH FRIES.

The St. Patrick’s Day-specific special is an offering of their crinkle-cut fries, topped with horseradish cream, scallions and a sprinkling of their applewood smoked bacon. Availability on these fries will only be for a few days, according to VegasNews, which cites March 13-17.

They will also be offering a chocolate mint frozen custard from March 16 through 22 for those looking to round out the green festivities.