#foodiefriday May-26-2017

Happy #foodiefriday!

This past week I had a birthday and I got to celebrate by grabbing a free scoop of ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s! I’m not much into sweets, but ice cream is my one true weakness, especially if it’s chocolate! Of course, I had to get Chocolate Therapy so I could fully indulge myself in birthday bliss.

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What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

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#foodiefriday Mar-10-2017

We are officially one week away from St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve begun to round up some celebrations happening throughout Downtown in a special blog post here! I look forward to all the fun Irish food every year, and Downtown most certainly does not disappoint.

Some St Patty’s Day #foodie highlights:

  • The Rover serves an amazing traditional Irish breakfast that will be served up starting at 6am and feature giveaways all day long!
  • Stark Brewing Co. will be serving their classic corned beef and featuring two new stouts for St. Patrick’s day only: Raspberry Chocolate and Tirimisu made with cold pressed coffee!
  • The Shaskeen will kick off at 5:30am with breakfast, and of course pints, and feature their Irish Classics for lunch and dinner: The Corned Beef Dinner and Guinness Beef Stew!

For more details, visit our full St. Patty’s post here!

#foodiefriday Apr-8-2016

Happy #foodiefriday! I was SO excited about yesterday. Why? It was National Beer Day! In the past year or so I have been trying my best to expand my beer palette and with the patience of some great friends I am well on my way! The beer world is more extensive then I ever thought and our Downtown pubs, tap houses, taverns and brewers are at the forefront of the craft beer revolution! There are plenty of places to celebrate this amazing day a day later (safely, of course!). See our online restaurant directory here, or check out some spots we’ve highlighted below!

I found some details on the origin of the day on www.nationaldaycalendar.com. They write:

On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.

Our research found that this day was created as National Beer Day, an “unofficial” holiday by Justin Smith, a Richmond, VA Craft Beer Examiner and his friend Mike Connolly from Liverpool, England.   April 7th was chosen because of the Cullen-Harrison Act being signed into law and becoming effective on this day.  In 2009, a National Beer Day Facebook page was created by Smith and Connolly from which they invited friends to join.  From that page, word has spread and April 7 is known by many sources as National Beer Day.

What’s your favorite place in downtown to grab a cold one?