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January 25, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing. ~ Robert Burns
★~ Opposite Day:
Rooted in playground tradition Opposite Day is a fictional holiday, in which everything you do or say means exactly the opposite. Often used at the end of a sentence to negate what you just said. “You look nice…. on Opposite Day!” However, obviously this is wrong, because if everything is opposite, than opposite day cannot exist. And no, it can’t go the other way, obviously, since there is no opposite day.
Wishing you a sad un-Opposite Day.
★~ Burns Night Super:
The annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796). Celebrated on, or about, the Bard’s birthday, January 25th, Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of this range, and adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honoured form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard. Click on over to Merrilymarylee’s blog for more details on how to host a Burns Night Super.
★~ Irish Coffee Day:
Irish coffee is a cocktail made with black coffee, sugar, Irish whiskey, and whipped cream.
Joe Sheridan, a bartender at Foynes Airbase in Ireland, invented the drink in 1942. A group of passengers stopped at the bar after a miserably cold eighteen-hour journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Joe brewed hot coffee, added a splash of whiskey, and offered the concoction to the travelers. According to legend, one of the passengers asked him, “Is this Brazilian coffee?” and Joe laughed and said, “No, that’s Irish coffee.”
Ten years later, Jack Koeppler, the owner of the Buena Vista bar in San Francisco, and travel writer Stanton Delaplane teamed up to bring Joe’s famous Irish coffee to the States. They experimented for months before they got the taste just right and put it on the menu. The popularity of the drink soon spread nationwide and it’s been a favorite ever since.
‘Did you know’ (scroll down) shares some ways to celebrate Irish Coffee day.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1533 – King Henry the 8th secretly married his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Henry’s desire to end his first marriage and take a new wife led to a major split with the Catholic Church.
♥~ 1858 – After Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was played at the wedding ceremony of Princess Victoria, daughter of England’s Queen Victoria, many future couples chose to use the song at their weddings making it the “official wedding march.”
♥~ 1905 – The world’s largest cut diamond, The Cullinan (3,106 carats, 621.2 grams or 1 and 1/4 pounds) was discovered in the Premier Mine, near Pretoria, South Africa.
♥~ 1915 – Alexander Graham Bell in New York spoke to his assistant (Thomas Watson) in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service. Click for fascination phone facts.
♥~ 1964 – The Beatles reached the #1 spot on the music charts, as their hit single, I Want to Hold Your Hand, grabbed the top position in Cash Boxmagazine, as well as on the list of hits on scores of radio stations. It was the first #1 hit for the Beatles.
♥~ 1984 – Apple’s Macintosh computer went on sale. Price tag: $2,500.
★~ Trending Right Now:
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♥~ 1759 – Robert Burns beloved Scottish poet (“Oh wad some power the giftie gie us / To see oursels as others see us!” ). Robert Burns rose from humble beginnings, wrote his first poem at the age of fifteen, and published his first book of verses, “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect,” at the age of twenty-seven. He became instantly popular among the upper classes and was also celebrated as the poet of the common man. Perhaps one of his most famous contributions to modern-day culture is the song, “Auld Lang Syne.”
♥~ 1882 – Virginia Woolf author: Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, Golven;
♥~ 1938 – Blues, soul, and gospel singer Etta James.
★~ Did You Know: Irish coffee!
♥~ The classic Irish coffee is made by stirring together fresh brewed coffee, brown sugar, and a jigger of Irish whiskey, and topping it all off with thick, heavy cream. Try lightly whipping the cream and pouring it over the back of a spoon for that perfect layering effect.
♥~ The Nutty Irishman: This coffee recipe uses Bailey’s Irish Cream and stirs in a shot of nutty Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur. Add chocolate syrup and whipped cream and call it a day. For an extra punch, try using hazelnut or almond-flavored coffee.
♥~ Irish Mint Cream Coffee: Mix one cup of espresso with 1/2 shot of Bailey’s Mint Cream or Creme de Menthe, and 1/2 shot of Irish whiskey. Stir in one teaspoon chocolate syrup and top with whipped cream garnished with chocolate chips and a sprig of fresh mint.
♥~ Irish Tea: Mix a cup of freshly brewed chai tea with two teaspoons of brown sugar and one jigger of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon or a cinnamon stick.
♥~ Irish hot cocoa: Mix a cup of your favorite hot chocolate with one or two shots of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Top with freshly whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
♥~ Irish Coffee Cupcakes: These chocolate cupcakes are flavored with espresso powder and brown sugar and topped with a whiskey-spiked frosting. For an extra kick, try filling them with an Irish whiskey ganache before topping with frosting.
I’m going to wish all our Aussie El Morno friends a Happy Australian Day (1/26/2013) today because by tomorrows, El Morno, Australia Day will be almost over. I like to stay on top of these things. However, more details on this special holiday will be featured on tomorrows El Morno–so by all means stay tune!
It snowed! Not a lot of snow but it snowed and it looks like more snow it on the way…YAY Chicago.
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16 thoughts on “Opposite Day, Burns Supper, Irish Coffee Day”
I’ll take Irish coffee, thank you very much. Bard dinner, no thanks!
Soon you will be sipping your Irish coffee with the Irish…how cool is that! Very, Very, Cool!
Burns the Bard, lol.
Irish coffee is a great drink which I have been known to indulge in. I suspect a lot of Chicago isn’t as happy about snow as you are especially if they are driving to work.
Going from the Hornets to the Pelicans is a little Odd.
Thinking about heading to Florida for a few days next week to golf, I’m going to check deals this weekend.
TGIF. Enjoy your day and snow.
Golfing in Florida sounds FUN. No, not everyone is happy about the snow but I am and that is all that counts…right?
Its opposite day again? Oh well, guess I need to go back to bed cause it is Friday. Have a wonderful snow day and drink an irish coffee for me.
Yep the years fly by…Try the Irish hot chocolate…very tasty.
I’ve never had Irish coffee — or Irish tea! Shame on me, huh? With today being as cold as it is, though, that Irish mint cream coffee sounds very appealing!
We didn’t get snow. We got a glaze of what looks like snowy ice. Not something I’m eager to experience — glad I filled up my car yesterday!
Have a super weekend!
It seemed very cold yesterday even with the bit of snow on the ground. I ran to Target and my hands froze on the quick walk into the store. I actually had to go to the restroom to run lukewarm water on them. That will teach me to leave my gloves at home.
I have not tried the Irish mint coffee but I might this weekend. Can’t believe you have never had Irish coffee…that just seems so wrong on so many levels.
Booze in coffee? I’m in.
not a coffee drinker even with liquor as an ingredient. maybe the irish hot cocoa or cupcakes!
the beginning chords of *i want to hold your hand* still has me reaching to turn the volume up.
what a voice etta james has. love her tune *at last*.
warm here all week. i needed another shower yesterday after being outside all day in the, for me, too warm sun for this time of year. i know….be careful what you wish for.
stay warm & safe!
I made the Irish cocoa yesterday and it was very tasty. I think you can safely wish for a little cold…or at least a little cool down. Hope you and Nik have a fun romp today (assuming you will romp since it is now Sat)
Irish coffee, YUM. I haven’t had that in years. However since my darling daughter and Grandson bought us a bottle of Irish whiskey when they went to Ireland, I just might fix a cup, or two!
I say let it be 72 degrees year around.
I think you are suppose to drink Jameson whiskey straight up….I would hate for a hand from the heavens to smote you if you pour it into coffee…just sayin’
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