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St. Patrick’s Day Contest Entry: The Potato Aficionado

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I have always been interested to see how Ireland differs from the United States. I’m a quarter Irish, but my grandmother never had many stories for us. The stereotypical view of Ireland usually involves heavy drinking, but I’ve always questioned that. On the other hand, I’m sure there are plenty of great pubs, and I would definitely visit several during my trip to Ireland! At my college, we celebrated “”Unofficial””, and it was basically unofficial St. Patrick’s Day because the actual St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t always on the ideal day. We would all get up at 6 am and proceed to get absolutely hammered. All drinking aside, I think that Ireland has much more to offer than pubs.

From the pictures, Ireland looks like a beautiful place to visit, and I bet it is full of history. The great potato famine is one tragic historical event that comes to mind when I think of Ireland. I am a potato fiend, so I’ve always wondered if Irish food makes good use of potatoes. I honestly will eat potatoes in any form. After watching The Martian, I question if I would enjoy existing on raw potatoes, but I would be good to go with a few different cooking methods and spices. I love french fries, baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, cheesy potatoes, potato stew, roasted herb potatoes, potato casseroles, potato chips, chili cheese fries, croquettes, Swedish rosti, twice baked potatoes, hash browns, gnocchi, au gratin potatoes, latka, patatas bravas, potato pancakes, potato salad, potato skins, waffle fries, potato wedges, poutine, raclette, samosas, tater tots, and even the occasional sweet potato. I recently entered a recipe contest, and I was beaten by a potato torte entry. That one stung. I was betrayed by my beloved potatoes. Anyway, potatoes are cool, and it’s terrible that a plague wiped out the crops.

Ireland represents a slice of my background that I never fully understood, and I would love to get back to my roots by visiting Ireland and seeing what it’s really like. I have always enjoyed visiting places that have been around for longer than the US. Castles and ruins are absolutely fascinating to me. I visited Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and it was incredible. I felt like I was in a fairy tale! The architecture is so beautiful, and it is completely different from the blocky skyscrapers that crowd the US. When I visited Rome, I was blown away by the Coliseum, and it was incredible to think that the ancient Romans were able to build it with their level of technology. I love traveling the world because there’s nothing quite like stepping off a plane into a new “”world””. I think you can never get a true feel for a place without visiting, so I hope to go to Ireland some day soon!


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