IN IRELAND FOR CHRISTMAS?

Only a few days left to the big day. So few “sleeps” left. Sometimes we’re asked about things to do when visiting the Emerald Isle. We thought we’d give you a few ideas, apart from our favourite pubs like Doheny & Nesbitt’s, Mulligans in Sandymount and maybe Fish & Chips at Burdocks for some soakage!

CHRISTMAS EVE BUSKING — WHO MIGHT YOU SEE?

Last minute Christmas shopping in Dublin? Well, apart from the presents, there is a twist on Grafton Street. For years, buskers can be found belting out a tune over the hubbub of the crowds. But here’s the twist, some of the buskers are people like Hozier, Bono, Glen Hansard & The Coronas. All in aid of charity.

THE GOAL MILE CHARITY RUN

Fancy getting your Christmas day off to a healthy start? This short run, walk or waddle, is an easy fun event. 36 years young, families and friends have made this a Christmas Day tradition. Check out their site for one near you. www.goalglobal.org

THE WREN, THE WREN, THE KING OF ALL BIRDS

For decades the wren boys and now the Wren girls. A Stephen’s Day tradition, where we Irish,  dress-up in straw suits and a whole medley of colours. The idea is to “hunt” a fake wren and then put it onto a pole. The “mummers” will form bands and parade through cities, towns and villages all over Ireland.

FINALLY, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE TEAM AT THE JAMES JOYCE FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND SUPPORT.  THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE PUB.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

 

Thanksgiving 2017

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Join us at the James Joyce Madrid to celebrate and authentic Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the US and some of the Caribbean Islands and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.

In many American households Thanksgiving revolves around cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.

Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

Pumpkin Pie

The Single most requested Dessert for Thanksgiving!!

Ingredients
500 g ready-made dessert pastry
1 large butternut squash , quartered and seeds reserved
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons maple syrup
6 tablespoons caster sugar
3 large free-range eggs , beaten
200 ml double cream

You can replace the Butternut squas

Method
Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Roll the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin. Get a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin, line with the pastry and bake blind for 20 minutes. Set aside.
Lay the squash in a baking tray. Sprinkle with the nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon and drizzle with the maple syrup. Cover the tray tightly with a double layer of tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes until soft. Reduce the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.
Allow the pieces of squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh. You should have about 600g of cooked squash flesh. Don’t forget to scrape out the bits in the tray and the maple syrup. Put in a food processor and whiz until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the eggs. Mix well and stir in the cream.
Fill the cooled tart case with the mix and bake for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, wash the stringy bits of squash off the seeds, dry them and lay them flat on a tray. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and place in the oven with the pie for the last 10 minutes until crispy.
Remove the tart from the oven. Sprinkle with the seeds when cool. Serve with cream or ice cream, if you’re feeling naughty.

La Virgen – A fantastic artisan beer

On these long hot days, there’s nothing better than a Virgen. This Helles-style lager is malty and has a spicy hop flavour, with a citric twist. Matured for 45 days at 0*C. We’re proud to work with this independent brewery, based a few miles outside the city centre and you can even visit the brewery and we’ll happily arrange a tour for you. It’s a great beer any time of day or if you are having Fish & Chips, or one of our traditional dishes, chill-axing on our terrace.

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