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Since opening in 2000, the Dublin Village Tavern (27 S. High Street – Historic Dublin) has become a beloved watering hole for locals and visitors alike (*try to find the signed picture of George Killian Lett – great grandson founder of Killian’s Brewery in Ireland -who made a visit to the tavern on its first St. Patrick’s Day). The pub recently unveiled a new menu that combines favorites and fresh additions. Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Irish Egg Rolls – filled with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese served with a side of 1000 Island
  • Village Chowder – made with Potato, ham and cheese with fresh jalapeños
  • Irish Kettle Dinner – Simmered corned beef, Irish banger, cabbage, carrots, parsley buttered redskins potatoes and pot liquor
  • Guinness BBQ Burger – topped with choice of cheese, bacon & our house B.B.Q. sauce on a toasted Kaiser
  • Braised Beef Shepherd’s Pie – slow cooked in Guinness and red wine with carrots, celery, onion and peas baked under a potato crust
  • Geri’s Mac & Cheese *my personal favorite – baked with a blend of cheese and spices (top it with chicken, salmon, hamburger, ect.)
  • Irish Car Bomb Brownies – warm triple chocolate brownie with Guinness-whiskey caramel and Baileys whipped cream
  • Bread and Butter Pudding – served warm with Irish whiskey sauce and whipped cream

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Don’t forget to stop by during Happy Hour Monday-Friday where all beer, wine and drinks are $1 off. Try an Irish import on tap!

The Tavern also regularly hosts bands and book signings by local authors. Keep up-to-date by visiting their website at www.thedublinvillagetavern.com or the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

~Post by Dawn

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As you may have guessed, the March is our favorite month here in Dublin, Ohio! Our city is home to one of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country, and we strive to cultivate Irish attitude year-round. In fact, Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau recently partnered with the City of Dublin and local businesses to offer a calendar of unique Irish experiences, and many of them are being held this week! Here’s a quick run-down:

March 16

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Historic Dublin (11 a.m.)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Brazenhead (12 p.m. – 12 a.m.)
  • Irish Manor House Dinner Demo & Irish Pub Experience at Whole Foods Market Columbus-Dublin (1 p.m. / 5 p.m.)
    • See how to prepare an Irish dinner that is inspired by products of the Irish countryside and the heritage of the Manor Houses.
    • Sample Irish food, drinks and music at The Local.
    • Ireland’s High Crosses & Irish Tea at Tehku Tea (2:30 p.m.)
      • Learn about some of Ireland’s most famous crosses like Clonmacnoise’s Cross of the Scriptures and Monasterboice’s Muirdach’s Cross. Hear some stories about how these crosses might have affected the lives of people in Ireland’s age of saints and scholars. Materials will be provided for those who would like to create stories of their own on paper crosses. *$5 registration covers take-home gift.

March 17

  • Mezzo with an Irish Attitude (5 – 7 p.m.)
    • Enjoy a special adult prix-fixe menu ($20) that includes several Irish-inspired items (Ham and potato soup, Shamrock Salmon with Dublin Sauce, Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake, ect.), a children’s buffet, drink specials, musical entertainment and more! *10% of all food/beverage revenue generated from this event will go the Dublin City Schools Dodgeball Tournament to Benefit Dublin Special Olympics
    • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Brazenhead

For more activities, visit http://www.IrishApproved.com or call the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~ Post by Dawn

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St. Patrick’s Day might be 12 days away (yes, we’ve been counting), but there’s a party going on in Historic Dublin this Thursday! The inaugural Jig Thursday (a reboot of Sláinte Thursday) kicks off at 6 p.m. on March 7 and will take place the first Thursday of the month throughout the year. A number of Irish-inspired activities are scheduled during the evening, including:

Other features of the event include fare from local food trucks, trolley rides (from 6 to 8 p.m.), store sales and a special walk led by Olde Town Ghost Tours.

For more information, visit the Historic Dublin Business Association website at www.historicdublin.org or contact Brenda Kocak at Brenda@modernmalespas.com.

~ Post by Dawn

A frog float in the St. Patrick's Day parade!

A frog float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade!

In case you hadn’t noticed, St. Patrick’s Day is just 27 days away, and in Dublin, Ohio, the city where Irish is an attitude, this holiday is a BIG deal! You see, in 2012, Dublin, Ohio’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was actually recognized by Orbitz as one of the “Top 10 Spots to Get in the Irish Spirit on St. Patrick’s Day”, and about 20,000 people attend the festivities.

This year, the City of Dublin, Ohio, will hold its St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 16. To start your day, have a hearty meal at the Lion’s Club Breakfast at Sells Middle School (food is served from 7 – 11 a.m.). The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Then, head over to Metro Center for an Inflation Celebration (9:30 a.m.) and watch the giant parade balloons come alive before your eyes! Next, get in the groove while listening to the Hooligans. The band will play at the Review Stand on Bridge Street near Indian Run Elementary.  Finally, the self-proclaimed “greenest, grandest parade”, led by the 2013 Grand Leprechaun, Cap Clagg, will kick off at Metro Center and continue through Historic Dublin. The spectacle features more than 100 floats* showing off their Irish attitude!

*To participate in the parade, apply on the City of Dublin website by Friday, February 22.

For more information, including a map of the parade route, road closure information, volunteer form and more, visit the City of Dublin website or call 614-410-4545.

We hope to see you in March! Visit www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com for more things to do in Dublin!

~ Post by Dawn

Our Cupcakery's Valentine's Cupcake box!

Our Cupcakery’s Valentine’s Cupcake box!

We’re just one day away from what some consider the most romantic day of the year! If you have yet to find the perfect gift for your special someone, I’d like to offer a simple piece of advice – you can never go wrong with sweets – and here in Dublin, Ohio, we have a number of shops with Valentine’s Day deals. So, if you’re looking to do things a little different this year, visit one of these local businesses for a special, sweet treat:

1. Our Cupcakery is offering a Valentine’s box (regular or king-size) containing a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter filling and chocolate buttercream, a vanilla cupcake with raspberry filling and signature buttercream, a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese filling and dipped in ganache and a dark chocolate cupcake with ganache filling and raspberry buttercream!

2. Graeter’s has a Valentine’s Pack (available online) that includes pints of Black Cherry Chip, Mint Cookies & Cream, Cherry Chip, Vanilla, Strawberry and Black Raspberry Chip as well as a variety of chocolates in stores.

Valentine's sweets from Sisters!

Valentine’s sweets from Sisters!

3. The Sisters Sweet Shoppe has ripe, chocolate covered strawberries, frosted sugar cookies and decorated gift baskets and tins filled with gourmet chocolates, fruits and nuts.

4. Menchie’s is giving their Facebook friends a buy one get one free coupon to use tomorrow only.

5. Winans of Dublin features an assortment of chocolates (separate or in gift packs), coffees and their signature chocolate covered strawberries.

6. Jeni’s Valentine’s Day Collection has pints of Banana Cajeta, Double-Toasted Coconut, Guava Cloverton and Roxbury Road.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For more information on things to do in Dublin, Ohio visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com.

~ Post by Dawn

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s probably time to decide (if you haven’t already) where to take your dinner date. Dublin, Ohio, has restaurants that suit all  tastes – whether you prefer an upscale bistro, casual pub or groovy pizzeria. Here are a few of our favorites:

Arancini from Mezzo Dublin

Arancini from Mezzo Dublin

1. La Scala – An elegant Italian bistro featuring handmade pastas, gourmet pizzas, prime steaks, seafood entrees and more. Enjoy a nightly happy hour in their martini lounge and  live music throughout the week.

2. Mezzo – A Historic Dublin restaurant offering modern Italian cuisine and a full wine list. Try the weekly prix-fixe menu while admiring the beautiful interiors. If the weather is warmer, take your pick of three outdoor patios.

3. Oscars – A restaurant and wine bar on the north end of Historic Dublin with a menu featuring gourmet pastas, steaks, seafood and more. Listen to regularly scheduled live entertainment and / or enjoy some fresh air while sitting on the outdoor patio.

Ahi Tuna Flatbread from Matt the Miller's

Ahi Tuna Flatbread from Matt the Miller’s

4. Matt the Miller’s – An eatery serving tavern classics with a twist  and an extensive beer / wine selection. Visit throughout the week for $5 appetizers and drink specials during happy hour.

5. Dublin Village Tavern – A Historic Dublin watering hole featuring home-made tavern fare in large portions. Treat yourself to an Irish Egg Roll, Irish Car Bomb Brownie or a nice helping of Bangers & Mashed.

6. Mellow Mushroom – A funky pizzeria serving handmade pies (gluten-free available), hoagies, calzones and salads. Try The Marley, Hey Dude or other item unique to the Dublin / Polaris locations.

For more information on restaurants in Dublin, Ohio, visit www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com

~ Post by Dawn

*This is the first post of our new, monthly profile series that will highlight local businesses (and partners of the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau) in the Dublin area. 

Q & A with Lori Crock of MovNat Ohio

1. What is the practice of MovNat?

MovNat is moving naturally the way the human body is intended to move by walking, running, jumping, climbing, balancing, lifting, carrying, throwing and catching. Through the practice of MovNat, you become naturally, “all-over fit.” We teach safe and efficient movement progressions with training at our studio in Historic Dublin and outdoors at nearby Dublin parks.

Log jumps

Log jumps

2. How did you become familiar with this concept?

I read about MovNat on a friend’s blog and then attended a week-long MovNat workshop in a beautiful area of the mountains in West Virginia a couple years ago. After attending a couple more single day workshops, I began working with MovNat, LLC. as a communication consultant. Then, I founded MovNat Ohio with my business partner, Jeff Turner, after we became certified to teach MovNat. MovNat Ohio is the first MovNat Affiliate Gym in the world.

3. What different programs do you offer?

We offer a new program called Ultimate X-Training that includes MovNat, Kettlebells, TRX, body resistance exercise and weight-lifting, both indoors and outdoors – our system is all about “Fitness Freedom.” We provide fitness coaching in personal and small group sessions to people of all ages, skill levels and athletic abilities, including pre- and post-physical therapy. To fit our client’s busy schedules, we also offer online fitness and food coaching.

We host team-building workshops for sports teams and corporate organizations and we present a Lunch-and-Learn series called Fitness, Food and Fitting it Into a Busy Life. We also design custom fitness programs for Brides, through our Primal Bride program.

Creek Jump

Creek Jump

4. Describe some of the movements performed in a typical session.

For example, during a MovNat session we may teach people variations of jumping — on the ground, onto boxes, logs, whatever the environment presents, indoors and outdoors. Then we would walk them through the progressions focusing on efficiency of jumping form to progress our trainees to a high level of proficiency and they become very fit in the process.

Another example of a movement we teach is climbing. We have a custom climbing unit in the studio and teach people how to climb and in the process and again, they can achieve a high degree of physical conditioning while having fun learning a new skill.

We may also include kettlebell swings, a run, and maybe a lifting component … it really depends who’s in front of us, goals, and the challenge presented by the environment.

5. Do you have any upcoming programs scheduled?

Lori using kettlebells

Lori using kettlebells

We kick off our new series of classes — Ultimate X-Training, Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., starting Jan. 15th. We will also have a Saturday at 9 a.m. class. The first two weeks of classes are free, but advance registration is required on our website.

We also offer a fun and very personalized Train-with-the-Trainer (we’ll be training along with you),on Tue. and Thu. at 6 a.m. with personal training attention for a special price.

We present a 4-hour Learn-to-Lift Workshop (Weights, Kettlebells, and other cool stuff) on Sat. Feb. 16, from 9-1, with a focus on teaching beginner and intermediate adults safe movement with good form. We are offering a MovNat Fundamentals Workshop that is a 1-day intensive, 10-4, on Saturday, March 9th.

*6. Is there any additional information you’d like to share?

We are a teaching fitness studio – not a bootcamp studio – and we believe in providing people with a solid foundation of knowledge about how to lift heavy stuff, move, get fit and be active to fit their life and achieve their very personal goals. We believe that fitness has to be simple, practical and sustainable – check us out at www.movnatohio.com

MovNat Ohio is located at 54 S. High Street in Historic Dublin. 

~ Post by Dawn