Wednesday, March 1, 2006

It's St. David's Day, bitches





I'm a food and drink guy -- drink especially. One of the key ingredients to any celebration, I think, is beer. This is one of the reasons Ramadan tends to go under the radar for me.

Despite the fact that the Welsh were at the heart of the temperance movement (Welch's grape juice was invented by a Welshman to be used in place of communion wine in Methodist churches), you won't have any trouble finding a Welshy who's up for a pint or four. In the most recent census, 70 percent of the Welsh population said they would prefer to spend their free time at the pub. These are indeed my people.

Brains is making an effort to establish itself as the national beer of Wales, the way Guinness is for Ireland, but as yet it is not available in the United States. The only Welsh-brewed beer I'm aware of that is sold in the United States is Welsh ESB, but it has very limited distribution. For example, it is not sold anywhere in the state of Minnesota. So, the best solution is to celebrate with Boddington's.

The erstwhile "Cream of Manchester" (now, I suppose, the cream of Preston, Manchester and Bristol) is bottled in Cardiff, and David Lloyd George was born in Manchester.

Foodwise, I suppose the most stereotypical dish would involve leeks and/or lamb, the latter of which I will be grilling tonight.

In addition to wining and dining and singing (you must sing -- it is a national duty), there are a number of things you can do to mark the day:
- Learn more about y dyn ei hun.
- Learn Welsh
- Learn Welsh
- Plan a trip to California to Learn Welsh
- Listen to Welsh-language radio
- Watch Welsh-language TV programs (most of these, like 'Caerdydd,' even have English subtitles)

6 comments:

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I quickly learned all I need to know about St. David: no meat no alcohol. Beat off, Dave.

Rhygyfarch: Good name for a Welsh band.

mona said...

So, not only are you learning welsh but you're spreading the welsh love, I have a feeling you are gonna do just fine there :)

heatherfeather said...

the thing about you that makes me outrageously happy and do the giggling is when you call us bitches.

wonderful_electric said...

you should have said. We could have collected our purses and sent you some Brains. It's good stuff! and I'm not even Welsh!

a. fortis said...

Hey, thanks for the plug.

Yeah, it's the whole drinking thing, and the incurable love of pork products, that will keep me from ever being a Muslim. (Shhh...don't tell my dad. He lives in blissful ignorance.)

Curly said...

Twas a good one again this year.

I was speaking to a friend who asked

"What the hell do you lot do on St.Davids day then? Drink Daffodil juice?"

Well, I laughed.