Friday, March 18, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Redux

And if a wise person makes the best of what life sends their way- we made the best of a day in Cleveland- and celebrated St. Patty's Day a wee bit late.

Irish Eyes... smiling.

A favorite restaurant, The Harp on Detroit Ave. in Lakewood is reason alone for raising a glass to good music and boxties. Considered to be "poor man's bread," potato pancakes happen to be... delicious!
And why speak of St Pat's on a botany blog? Have you ever known a people who's lives and hardship were more completely tied with botany? The Irish Famine was due to a potato blight, and it changed the course of a nation's history.
A potato infected with Phytophthora infestans (blight).. photo Wikipedia
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan is a fascinating book- which covers the history of potatoes as well as several other influential plants.
Ah, but today, I was more interested in hops.

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