Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day

Everyone’s favorite Irish holiday is fast approaching, and we’re feeling the St. Patrick’s Day spirit here at Travel Essentials. Whether you’re Irish and proud or just a fan of corned beef and green beer, you’ll be able to have some fun this March 17th.

If you’re looking for a great place to celebrate this Irish holiday, you’re in luck because St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world. Here’s a list of the seven best places around the world to celebrate – including Dublin, Ireland; New York City; Chicago; Sydney, Australia; and surprisingly Buenos Aires, Argentina, which has a huge Irish population. All of these cities have huge celebrations, parades, green fountains and rivers. If you’re looking for a big Irish party, these cities are great places to pass the holiday.

If you’re looking for someplace that’s a little less focused on spectacle, how about a stop in an Irish pub? We found a list of the top ten Irish Pubs in the United States – ranging from New York City, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and even Portland, Oregon. These are places where you’ll find Guiness on tap, plenty of traditional Irish foods, live Irish music and fine whiskeys to be enjoyed.

But what if you want to pay homage to Ireland from the comfort of your own home? Pick up a bottle of Michael Collins Irish Whiskey and cook your own Irish feast. In the United States we usually opt for corned beef and cabbage – which is a great Irish-American dish. Whether you boil or bake your corned beef, you’re bound to have a satisfying meal. You’ll find a variety of recipes here with gorgeous photos accompanying. And, if you’d like to read a history of why the Irish are credited with serving corned beef, follow this link. Or if you’re looking for something less Irish-American and more Irish, this recipe for boiling bacon and cabbage is a delicious example of something you’d find served in an Irish home, where pork is king.