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Notes somewhat related to Ireland:
Today Roland was back to work at DR Shannon, Ireland after spending his honeymoon in Sicily. 
Limerick City Baptist Church has their website up.
 
Joel and Katrina ate at Claddagh Irish Pub in Maple Grove, MN.
 
Before we left, I asked the waitress what was in their "soon-to-be-famous shamrock sauce".
She said, "green tabasco, cinnamon, honey…" that is when I stopped listening.
 
With two beverages (Joel asked for a "PINT of iced tea"), two entrees, and a tip,
the bill came to $40 (almost made us feel like we were back in Ireland).
 
Homemade Shepherd’s Pie
An irish meal of ground beef, carrots, peas, and onions
simmered in traditional gravy,
topped with fresh whipped garlic potatoes
 
Connemara Chicken
A full 8-ounce chicken breast stuffed with rasher bacon
and herb cream cheese, lightly breaded and baked. 
Served with garlic-mashed potatoes
topped with rosemary gravy and fresh vegetables.
  The carrots and zucchini matchsticks were excellent: slightly sweet-not salty. The gravy had a bit too much herb to it: I need to work on recognizing herb flavoring…I thought the rosemary was thyme! There was enough chicken to feed two people.
  Joel had a cup of soup: potato, cabbage & bacon.  My salad came with diced tomato & red onion, 2 slices of crisp cucumber and tarragon-dijon dressing.  We both got two small rectangles of soda bread. It looked like they put golden raisins in the bread.  In Ireland the bread was darker and drier.
  Joel said that the interior of Claddagh reminded him of Dolan’s Pub in Limerick.  It was brighter in Maple Grove, though, because of the many windows. Strangely enough, they were playing Mexican music, tonight.  We sat at a "high top" made from a Guinness beer barrel, which you had to straddle in order to be close enough to reach your food in a "civilized" manner.
 
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