Posted by: mdmusingsie | July 4, 2016

Happy 4th Of July!

Greetings from Dublin on this July 4th, which of course is not a holiday in Ireland, but that doesn’t stop Americans abroad from gathering around the red-white-and-blue.

When someone tried to book a meeting on my calendar at work for after 6 pm on July 4th, I was like…really?  Obviously I was the only Yank on the invite (a few Canadians, several Irish and a Scotswoman).  I may have to work that day but I don’t have to work late.  Thankfully, it didn’t take too much prodding to get it changed to a different date.

So I headed out from work to meet up with some Americans living in Ireland at a restaurant/bar in Dublin.

We were in their “winter garden” or covered and heated rooftop bar.  The covering was handy as the typical Irish rain sprinkled or poured down at intervals.

It was Mojito Monday where Mojitos were €5.  Not being much a drinker, I’ll have an occasional glass of wine, I was shocked at the price of a drink – €11 to €12! (I think that means I’m getting old…’when I was young, there were two for one nights and you still got nearly half your $10 back in change.’) I opted for the economical Mojito, which I quite enjoyed.

There were no hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, potato salad, apple pie, or anything even remotely American.  I called it some kind of Asian Fusion as there were things like duck and squid on the menu, but the guy who organized it called it nouvelle cuisine. Most of us had flat breads with assorted toppings.  The flat breads were more like the very thin crusted Italian style pizzas (for friends and family in Wisconsin – think Maria’s).  The toppings were unique, again featuring duck, squid, lamb, and veal.  I opted for the squid-less (and black olive-less) chorizo version, which turned out to be quite tasty.  If you’re interested, the place is called Fade Street Social.

While not your typical American 4th of July, we did our part to celebrate American independence.

Happy 4th to all my family, friends, and followers in the US and around the world.





  1. It’s nice to know that you could celebrate “with” us, Dawn! Dale and I saw fireworks in Washington MO where we plan to move before the end of the year. Long (but happy) story.

  2. My friend in blackburn asked what’s the 4th mean to you? Just to annoy him in jest, i said…. freedom from y’all.
    …glad you had convivial times, just the same. ..

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