Our St. Patrick’s Day

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We did a massive Charlotte bar and restaurant crawl tonight!


Petite Phillipe for sips of red wine and amazing chocolates:





If a chocolate is named OMG, you should definitely get it.  Yum, salted caramel!


But the Orange Basil ran a close second:


Shout out to Pierce, Charlotte’s chocolate master, who made those incredible creations!


OB note in the bathroom:


And then, we trooped over to Mellow Mushrooms for salad + pizza:



Two sliced of veggie with vegan cheese:


And I’ll have you know that I searched LONG and HARD for Green Beer but could not locate it – I was sooo sad!  But I did locate a Black and Tan (Guinness and Bass), which hit the Irish spot.


Left an epic Operation Beautiful note at Mellow Mushroom, too!


We hit up another three bars before heading home, but I was the driver so I stopped drinking.  :)  The town was totally alive with all the energy of St. Patrick’s day – it was awesome and made me so happy.  I hear a big parade is taking place on Saturday, too!


Today, we’re all Irish.  Even the English Husband. 😉


Hope you had a wonderfully green Thursday evening! 


How did you celebrate – green clothes? Pinching your friends?  GREEN BEER?!?!



  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 17, 2011, 9:52 pm

    Green clothes, green eyeshadow, and shamrock cookies!

    • Baking 'n' Books March 17, 2011, 9:58 pm

      Woot! The eyeshadow! Neat…and the cookies of course 😉

  • jen @ taste life March 17, 2011, 9:55 pm

    Didn’t vegan cheese give you a super bad stomach ache one time? Was that a fluke?

    • Caitlin March 18, 2011, 11:55 am

      It did! you have a great memory. this tasted totally different though – I wonder what kind mellow mushroom uses?

  • Baking 'n' Books March 17, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Love it all. You two are too cute. It never fails to pick me up when I come here – your smile and positive attitude really shine through.

    So sick of negative energy. Good vibes are needed!

  • Jen March 17, 2011, 10:00 pm

    Green beer is evil…I’m glad you didn’t find one, and extra glad that you went with a more authentic brew! Sounds like a fun night. Happy St. Patty’s! PS – you and the hus are adorable!

  • Carin March 17, 2011, 10:02 pm

    The Mellow Mushroom menu looks delish! Wish we had one here.

    It’s so funny that St Paddy’s is bigger everywhere in the world except England – we never celebrated it there (although some people used it as an excuse for a sneaky Guinness… and I see you’re one of them!).

    Glad to see you whipped out the green Post-its in honour of the day!

  • Kris March 17, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Sorry you didn’t find your green beer! The wine and chocolates looked great! I wore a kelly green workout tank for my bike ride this afternoon 🙂

  • VeggieGirl March 17, 2011, 10:07 pm

    I celebrated by wearing green bracelets and giving festive cards to my parents and Suave Slav 🙂

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 17, 2011, 10:07 pm

    I have heard “better” beers can’t be died green, but I don’t know how true that is. Usually it’s the Bud Lite and Natty that’s green anyway!

    Glad you had fun!

    • Caitlin March 18, 2011, 11:56 am

      Yea they usually die Miller Lite or something yuck.

  • Lee March 17, 2011, 10:23 pm

    I wore a green shirt. It’s something, right?

  • Maryann (The Balanced Bean) March 17, 2011, 10:32 pm

    I ate greens, does that count? 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 17, 2011, 10:32 pm

    I made fish and chips for the boys and I baked matcha cookies (to make them green). Sounds like you are feeling better!

  • Rebecca March 17, 2011, 10:34 pm

    Green in my Tshirt design, a green wristband (that I wear pretty much every day), and green socks!
    I also found out the original identity of Saint Patrick, and Saint Urho. In my Intercultural Comm. class.
    I’m part Irish, but St. Patty’s (St. Paddy’s? Why? No “d”s in the name! =\) has never been a big thing for our family.

    • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef March 17, 2011, 10:55 pm

      here’s why! http://paddynotpatty.com/

      i know this because my good friend married an irishman named patrick, aka paDDy. he’s very particular 🙂 in a good natured way of course. just something unique, probably similar to other nickname derrivations (i.e. why is it jim for james and not jam or something like that?) 🙂

      • Rebecca March 17, 2011, 11:32 pm

        Yeah, but Latin Patricius (that was how I learned it this morning). St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish, he was British. 😛

        Also Bill for William (although rhymes with Will…) and some others.

    • Orla March 18, 2011, 12:12 am

      It’s because the name Patrick comes from the Irish name Padraig – hence the d’s 🙂 In Irish, Saint Patrick = Naomh Padraig.

      I’m Irish and calling it ‘Patty’s’ day drives me absolutely bonkers. Patty is a girls name!

      • Rebecca March 18, 2011, 12:27 am

        My aunt’s name is Patricia, and we call her Patti, with an i. There’s a guy who helps out at our church named Patrick (not sure of his background), and a few of the kids sometimes call him Patty. At least, I assume they’d spell it with a t. It’s a t sound…
        I have several relatives named Pat. One’s a male. And I’m pretty sure it’s just Pat. And to me, Pat has always been a girl’s name, but he proves me wrong. As do the several Kellys I know who are male. 😛

        • Orla March 18, 2011, 12:38 am

          Pat can be male or female in Ireland, but PATTY isn’t 🙂 Patty for a man is a American thing. And I’m Irish, have a TON of male relatives called Patrick and have lived in Ireland for all of my 30 years, so I’m not BS-ing you! 🙂

    • Caitlin March 18, 2011, 11:56 am

      This is an awesome comment thread!

  • Hatty March 17, 2011, 10:35 pm

    OMG looks delicious!

    I went to see the Script (don’t know if they’ve made it over to the US yet?)
    seeing an awesome irish band on st patricks day was EPIC!

  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher March 17, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Vegan cheese pizza. HUH. Is it really satisfying if you really want a slice of real cheese pizza?

    • HVL March 21, 2011, 7:28 am

      Maybe vegan cheese was wanted? It’s better to think of vegan cheese as just another type of cheese to eat, rather than a replacement. Just because you’re not vegan doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.

  • Beth@attemptbalance March 17, 2011, 10:39 pm

    I made green egg whites with diced chicken, green peppers, and tomatoes, topped with a little cheese and wrapped in a tortilla. It was delicious and fitting for the day. Great Blog, I love your recipes!

  • Terri March 17, 2011, 10:40 pm

    Your sister-in-law is beautiful! No green beer…really!?!?!

    • Caitlin March 18, 2011, 11:57 am

      She says thank you!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 17, 2011, 10:42 pm

    I love the notes you leave- that second one is so cute!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns March 17, 2011, 10:47 pm

    Gotta love Mellow Mushroom! P.S. Those chocolates look amazing!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 17, 2011, 10:53 pm

    We had beer — but it was Corona. Too bad we didn’t have any Guiness in the house because I love that stuff!

    Too bad about not finding green beer!

  • Mary March 17, 2011, 10:57 pm

    I celebrated with a 10 hour work day and 7 miles!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now March 17, 2011, 10:58 pm

    Love all the OB love you showed today! 🙂

  • Carolyn @Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well. March 17, 2011, 11:00 pm

    A fender bender, swim practice, and took home an Italian Stallion… my new bike. 😉

    • Caitlin March 18, 2011, 11:58 am

      Sorry about your fender bender but YAY for a new bike. Im jeals.

  • Karolina March 17, 2011, 11:07 pm

    I’m not irish, so I’ve made SPD into more of a celebrate the mix of my cultures day… it’s fun though…

  • Kristen March 17, 2011, 11:18 pm

    No green beer, but I did wear green (shamrocks on my green shirt and socks), have Guinness, and even had an Irish Car Bomb. My most celebratory St Patrick’s day in a few years 🙂

  • Sarah for Real March 17, 2011, 11:25 pm

    I made a green beer at home! But then we wanted to avoid the insane combo of St. Patrick’s parties and Gonzaga fans at like, 90% of the restaurants… so we had Mexican 🙂

  • Rebecca March 17, 2011, 11:37 pm

    Just wanted to let Ya know awesomesauce has officially taken off-it was on Parks and rec tonight!

    • Caitlin March 18, 2011, 11:58 am

      hahah ya heard it here FIRST.

  • Catherine March 17, 2011, 11:38 pm

    Eeek– don’t ever let an Irishman/woman hear you call a Black and Tan an Irish drink in “real life”! I forgive ya, though 🙂

  • Angela @ My Pinky Toes March 17, 2011, 11:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, all that wine and chocolate and pizza looks soooooooo good! I wish I had some! Sounds like you had a great St. Patty’s Day!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) March 17, 2011, 11:59 pm

    Those chocolates look amazingly delicious!

    I was very anti-Irish today. I think the only green in my life was some salad and broccoli.

  • Jen March 18, 2011, 12:04 am

    No beer at all for me (I don’t like the taste). I wore green, ate some homemade Irish soda bread and drank Barry’s tea instead!

  • Orla March 18, 2011, 12:12 am

    I celebrated with Baileys 🙂

    • Orla March 18, 2011, 12:14 am

      oh and my roommate brought me home a shamrock shake!! how could I forget!

  • Kiran March 18, 2011, 12:23 am

    What a great way to celebrate with loved ones!! Y’all looking good 🙂 we celebrated by dressing green 🙂

  • christine March 18, 2011, 12:48 am

    No celebrating here! 4 hours of parent teacher conferences! Man, whoever scheduled them for tonight… Grr 🙂

  • Marina March 18, 2011, 1:56 am

    Omg chocolate sounds brilliant :)))
    I celebrated by going on a run in a green shirt, and having green colors in my lunch 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 18, 2011, 2:05 am

    No green beer here, but lots of green foods 🙂

  • khushboo March 18, 2011, 2:41 am

    Mmm that chocolate looks gooood! Btw I’m so with you about chocolate digestives! Love them- American chocolate (with the exception of reeses) doesn’t stand a chance compared to British choc (esp Dairy Milk)!

  • anne March 18, 2011, 4:03 am

    guinness isn’t vegetarian. it contains isinglass :-/ 🙁

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East March 18, 2011, 4:44 am

    Looks like you had a great night! Those chocolates look sooooooo good!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 18, 2011, 5:31 am

    I couldn’t locate green beer either!!! and since I’m in New Zealand, this was the only year until I am 21 that I could try it! ah, well, I have a long life ahead of me 🙂

  • Brittney March 18, 2011, 5:50 am

    Sorry it didn’t work out to meet up last night! I knew I’d be done early since I started around noon! Did you guys end up going to RiRa?

    • Caitlin March 18, 2011, 12:00 pm

      We went to the door, realized there was a cover, and bounced. I hate covers!

  • Emily March 18, 2011, 7:31 am

    FYI, Guinness beer is made with a fish byproduct. I’m not sure if that is a problem for you, but this is something I recently learned, and was shocked that some beers are not veggie-friendly.

  • Sherri March 18, 2011, 8:09 am

    I ate an especially GREEN salad and ran a 10k with “Home for a Rest” on my playlist. I had to stop myself from jigging as a ran. So fun!

  • Charise March 18, 2011, 8:26 am

    My husband and a friend took a half-day yesterday and the whole day off today for St. Patrick’s Day drinking and basketball watching. So I joined them for happy hour after work at one of our favorite bars and consumed a couple of my favorite local seasonal beers (Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale, yum!), and then we headed back to our house for dinner and more basketball. And the boys made green beer at the house. 🙂

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 18, 2011, 8:36 am

    I celebrated by working all day and going to bed early…hopefully there are some weekend celebrations happening in Boston! I love Mellow Mushroom. I didn’t know they had vegan pizza – interesting! Have a great day!

    • Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment March 18, 2011, 11:34 am

      I’m in Boston and don’t worry — unlike most other major cities, we’re celebrating St. Paddy’s THIS weekend, rather than last! The big parade in South Boston is Sunday morning/afternoon; if last night was any indicator, the city should be rockin’ the green pretty hard this year!

  • LIz March 18, 2011, 9:10 am

    We also couldn’t find green beer!! So lame!

  • Beth March 18, 2011, 9:23 am

    You probably didn’t want the green beer anyways…it’s normally pretty gross!

    We had a quiet St. Pat’s–it’s my birthday and I wanted to stay in. We’re heading to our beach house this weekend for some R and R, we’ll head out then!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy March 18, 2011, 9:27 am

    Found Green beer!

    • Caitlin March 18, 2011, 12:01 pm

      Jealousness ensues.

  • Kacy March 18, 2011, 9:36 am

    I did have a green beer. I wasn’t planning to, but when the opportunity presented itself I was all over it.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 18, 2011, 9:47 am

    I looked for green beer too but to no avail! I ended up just drinking beer out of a green bottle. Not as cool.

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing March 18, 2011, 10:53 am

    What fun! All I did to celebrate was make green cupcakes and cookies (using spinach). And wear green of course!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 18, 2011, 11:42 am

    Ohhh it looks like y’all had so much fun! I think i may try that Petite Phillipe place this weekend… it looks sooo amazing!

  • Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen March 18, 2011, 11:44 am

    My whole family wore green, and oddly enough, we ate sushi for dinner 🙂 At least the seaweed was green, right?

  • Amber K March 18, 2011, 11:52 am

    What a fun time! I didn’t do anything for St. Patrick’s day. It’s not one I usually celebrate as I’m not Irish in any way.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 18, 2011, 12:59 pm

    I wore green clothes yesterday – it was greeeat!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 18, 2011, 3:15 pm

    I celebrated with a pub crawl, but sadly no green beer! I did make myself a green vodka-kiwi smoothie at the predrink though haha!

  • Stace March 18, 2011, 3:38 pm

    I used to live in North Carolina and i so miss the mellow mushroom and their awesome crust.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 19, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I celebrated with a Guinness 🙂

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