I'll start off with one of my favorite beverages, the Irish Coffee. Irish coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with cream. Several places claim to have developed the modern recipe, but speaking as a biased San Francisco native, I'm choosing this version. Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, maintains he brought Irish coffee to the United States after drinking it at the Shannon Airport in Ireland. Stanton worked with the San Francisco Buena Vista Cafe bar owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg to recreate the Irish method for floating the cream on top of the coffee. The group sought help from the city's then mayor, George Christopher, who owned a dairy and suggested that cream aged at least 48 hours would be more apt to float. The Buena Vista began to start serving the Irish coffee on November 10, 1952. Delaplane popularized the drink by mentioning it frequently in his travel column. The Buena Vista Cafe has served, by its count, more than 30 million of the drinks.
San Francisco is famous for its hills, but one hill's history, a hill that barely exists today but for a lonely bluff in today's Potrero neighborhood, remains both unknown and untold: Irish Hill. This dynamic, working-class neighborhood, situated between 20th and 22nd Streets, Illinois Street and San Francisco bay was populated between 1857 and 1918, mostly by single men. Many of them were first-generation Irish immigrants, who earned their living in the shipbuilding and other heavy industries at Potrero Point, today's Pier 70. At its peak, 1,100 people lived there, in boarding houses, hotels and cottages. They worked hard, and played even harder, in as many as 35 saloons in its ten-square block perimeter. Demolished by Bethlehem Steel during the First World War to make way for shipyard expansion, very little is what's left of Irish Hill today, near 20th and Illinois, a remnant of its former self in the midst of an industrial area.
In Dynasty, it's the mansion seen from the air - the one in which Joan Collins strikes that smirking pose on the grand staircase. The estate name is taken from the owner's motto "Fight, love, live", fi-lo-li. The Filoli estate is nestled at the base of the oak and redwood-forested coastal foothills of Woodside, California. The Dynasty icon is a 43-room, 36,000 square-foot Californian mansion built at the start of the century by William and Agnes Bourn. William Bourne purchased the Muckross House and 11,000 acres in Ireland for his only daughter, Maud and her husband Arthur Vincent in 1910. The Bourns travelled frequently to Ireland to visit their beloved daughter and grew to love the Killarney landscape. Towering spikily over the gardens are 210 Irish yew trees, all brought as cuttings from Muckross, then nurtured outdoors at the Empire Mine before being transplanted to Filoli. The Bourns brought clippings of holly and myrtle from Ireland as well. A huge rhododendron and azalea garden which meanders through the forested hillside also evokes Muckross. They even named features of the land after similar features around Muckross, and a bridge over a creek was named Brickeen Bridge after the bridge between the upper and lower lakes in Killarney.
Don’t forget to register for the Inaugural San Jose Shamrock Run 5k/10k on March 17, 2019 at San Pedro Square. 5k, 10k and Kids Fun Run. The shenanigans begin at 8am. Want some luck? Use code Represent10 for a discount.
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