I hope everyone had a great weekend!! I wanted to share what I did this past Thursday night. I attended San Diego Museum of Man for the Tower After Hours – Ireland event. For $20, I was able to partake in Irish food, beverages and performances for 2 hours. It was a fun time! I love going to Balboa Park, especially at night when the great architecture and amazing trees are illuminated.
Four restaurants participated: Hooley’s (La Mesa), O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (Carlsbad), The Field, and Dublin Square (both in the Downtown Gaslamp District). While sipping on a Smithwick’s, I enjoyed the various restaurant stations. Hooley’s offered their “Hooley Mac”: a penne pasta with a four cheese sauce, Irish Banger, Sautéed Peppers, and Caramelized Onions. O’Sullivan’s served Shepard’s Pie with Corned Beef and Cabbage. I was very impressed with The Field’s Wheatan Bread (aka Soda Bread) that was served with their Shepard’s Pie. It was awesome! There was a man standing behind me at one point, and he asked if I had tried the bread yet because he was loving it! I could have had that bread all night. I’ve had soda bread before, but I need to get their recipe for theirs! Dublin Square by far had the best Shepard’s Pie. I consider myself a connoisseur of Shepard’s Pie. I take the dish very seriously. Some places really under season it. I’m not sure why. It’s an easy dish to make. Dublin Square was the only one that seasoned their dish perfectly. They also served delicious Mini Corned Beef Sandwiches on tasty Rye Rolls. I was wishing the restaurants varied their menus a bit; I felt like it was Shepard’s Pie Sampling Night!
The entertainment was great. There were several traditional dance groups, traditional Irish singers, and the Tim Foley Band. Interestingly, I saw the Tim Foley Band after a beer bus tour at The Blarney Stone on Balboa Avenue. They’re a 3 piece band, and I highly recommend seeing them in person. I was glad I was able to see them perform again.
I rarely get out on a weeknight, but this was worth getting off the sofa! The major drawbacks were the crowds and lack of close parking. However, because we had to park a distance away, we got to see more of the park at night which is beautiful. It was great seeing so many people out, not only at this event, but all over Balboa Park. Even if you don’t go to one of the many special events being held at one of the many museums, theatres, or at The San Diego Zoo, at least grab a drink and appetizers at The Prado, a Cohn restaurant that has a great outdoor patio, and walk around the park. Also, the each Tuesday through out each month, certain museums are free. Check out the website: http://www.balboapark.org/visit/tuesdays We’re lucky to have this place in San Diego!