For our weekly flight into the city I was in the mood for some Irish music and a good old fashioned pub style lunch as the starting point for a ramble through town. I like a city Sunday; we often start with a nice breakfast at home and we tend to approach these excursions with only the briefest outline of a plan. Invariably there is food involved, and much walking. And last Sunday something directed my mind toward an early St. Patricks day.
My first mistake was skipping breakfast. My thinking was that I wanted to get this trip underway before any pubs became crowded and to give us plenty of time to wander at our leisure before people started to complain about getting home to catch the Walking Dead. By the time we arrived at a place called Dooleys I was well and truly famished, with that complete emptiness that drives any other awareness from your mind. Hungry.
The waitress was slow as molasses in January so I assessed my situation accordingly: we would break the habit of a lifetime and order appetizers, or I wasn’t going to make it until our lunches arrived. This dubious decision was lubricated by the three sips of Smithwicks I had immediately upon arrival. What other excuse is there for this:
I ordered the meatiest offering on the menu: whiskey marinated steak tips, sausage, Irish bacon, mashed potatoes, baked beans, and brown bread. I wanted to try each of these meaty delicacies, and give the vegetables a rest for one afternoon.
Obviously I couldn’t come close to finishing it, but I gave it a good try. My regular diet is almost exclusively vegan with occasional carnivorous splurge. A surprising result of this little gastronomic dalliance is that my appetite has transferred its attentions from nuts and seeds to meats, potatoes, and sugars. My stomach has discovered food and it likes it. I had successfully tricked my body into being satisfied with nuts & berries, but somehow this pub lunch has opened a Pandoras box and now I am desirous of hearty meals and sugary treats. If this keeps up at my age, I will be in trouble.