Dallas Goes Green For a Day, Take a Cooking Class with Asian Mint and Canary Cafe

Last week in Hash Over we talked about the all the events leading up to the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, and now the actual day of celebrating the patron saint of Ireland is upon us. This Wednesday, March 17, is the day we wear green, drink lots of Guinness or green beer, attempt to dance to the bagpipes and make fools out of ourselves while talking with an Irish accent. While you're busy trying to decide if you should wear your green polo or "Kiss Me I'm Irish" T-shirt, let us help you out by suggesting a few places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

The Old Monk will be opening its doors early at 11:30 a.m. and will be offering traditional Irish dishes like corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew and fish & chips. They will also have live music later on in the afternoon by Homespun Remedies and RTB2 along with Irish dancers and a bagpiper. Of course, The Old Monk will never let you down when it comes to alcohol, offering more than 100 varieties of beer on tap and bottled.

If you're looking for something a little more low-key and during the day, then check out Central Market's cooking class. For $20, you will learn how to prepare three dishes: corned beef and cabbage sliders, shepherd's pie and chocolate stout pie. The class starts at noon and is an hour long. For more information, call 214-361-5754. McKinney Avenue Tavern will celebrate by offering green beer, Irish whiskey specials, and frozen green Skittles. Yes, frozen green skittles. Not really sure what that has to do with anything besides them being green, but we love Skittles.

Ringo's Pub at the Shops of Legacy in Plano will host a block party starting at 10 a.m. (do people not work on St. Patrick's Day?). They will have live music starting at 2 p.m. on the main stage, outdoor bars, gift bags and party favors to giveaway. Ringo's also will be offering fish & chips, burgers and banger dogs. You should probably get there early because after 6 p.m. they start charging $5 for cover charge.

The Killdares, Dallas-based Celtic rock group, will perform at the Idle Rich Pub starting at 7 p.m. The pub also will have bagpipers and Irish dancers while serving Irish fare all day long.

If you rather celebrate St. Patrick by eating sushi, then try Kona Grill on Wednesday. They will have green sake bombers, $2 domestic drafts, $3 import drafts and $5 mint martini special. Kona Grill will also being giving its customers a chance to win free dinner for a year.

To check out more events, visit our St. Patrick's Day event guide.

Also going on this week...

Asian Mint will host a cooking class this Wednesday, March 17, from 6-9 p.m. They will show you to how cook larb (Thai classic minced chicken salad), pok tak pad Thai, and Thai caramelized banana with a coconut sauce. For a bonus, Asian Mint will offer complimentary wine and sake plus Thai food goodie bags to students. For more information, call 214-526-3942.

Speaking of cooking classes, we wanted to give you a heads up on a Mediterranean cooking class and dinner at Canary Café next Monday, March 22. For $59 (plus tax and gratuity), chef and owner Mansour Gorji will focus on new Mediterranean cuisine and techniques while serving a three-course meal paired with wine. The menu will include medallion of quail breast, cioppino (a fish stew with salmon, drum, mussels, shrimp, scallops, clams and calamari), and fresh fruit. For class reservations, call 972-503-7080.

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