Celebrating St. Patrick with Vino & Co. in Palermo, Sicily

Today is the day when the Irish all over the world celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick.

Italia’s day is coming soon (Wednesday for San Giuseppe to be exact), but far be it from me not to join in the festivities with my Irish brothers and sisters.

After all, I may be just a wee bit Irish as I had a great-great-grandmother by the name of Maggie Kennedy.

I’m not into the green beer thing, I’m afraid, but I will offer up some vino for the occasion; how about a fabulous red from Vino & Co. in Palermo, Sicily?

Vino & Co., Palermo, Sicily on Flickr

I personally can’t think of a better excuse to take an empty 5-liter jug and head to a filler station like this one.

Fill ‘er up at Vino & Co., Palermo, Sicily at Flickr

This was just a few minutes from our hotel, but unfortunately, Cherrye and I didn’t plan ahead and bring a container large enough–no regular old plastic bottles allowed.

But back to the green-themed day, I also found this page for those of you in need of some last minute party supplies that will also make you laugh as you’re browsing. The faces on some of these models are just hilarious.

And, I guess, effective because a lot of this stuff is actually sold out. Go figure.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to those celebrating!

Pot o’ gold by Turtblu on Flickr

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20 Beans of Wisdom to “Celebrating St. Patrick with Vino & Co. in Palermo, Sicily”
  1. 03.17.2008

    OH my, “fill er up!” is the only thing that comes to mind, seeing that filler station! lol
    What a good doggie posing like that. I can’t even get my girls to pose longer than 3 seconds for any photo.

    Giulia’s last blog post..Palm Sunday 2008

    Me too Giulia–that’s actually what I called the pump photo on Flickr 😉

    And yes, that dog sitting like that amazes me too. Well-trained really doesn’t cover it!

  2. 03.17.2008


    Also, my grandmom? MARGARET MARY HOGAN. Between the two of us, we’ve got Irish UP THE WAZOO over here.

    Miss Expatria’s last blog post..Mistral Sunday: Pictures

    Yup, for when you just *need* 5 liters (or more!) of wine. I wish I would’ve looked closer at the price (think it’s cheaper or more expensive than benzina)?

    And woohoo for the Irish ancestors 🙂

  3. 03.17.2008

    What if you brought a funnel and just lied down under it? That way you never have to worry about your container.

    running42k’s last blog post..Crisis of faith

    So long as you bring a friend to help you up when you’re finished 😉

  4. 03.17.2008

    Top o’ the mornin’ to ya me gal 😉

    Can’t wait to have a Guiness and my traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner tonight. Mmmm, Mmmm Good!!

    My Melange’s last blog post..Love your dog

    You’ll have to have some for me as that’s *not* on our menu tonight 😉

  5. 03.17.2008

    Come over for dinner! I’m making corned beef and cabbage with potatoes.

    bella’s last blog post..my babe

    You know I’ve never had that, and since corned beef isn’t going to happen here, I suppose I’ll have to wait until I’m back in the States…or in Ireland 😉

  6. 03.17.2008

    Happy Paddy’s Day!

    Diane Mandy’s last blog post..A special case

    Thank you much Diane!

  7. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you too. I love the shamrock graphic! Since Mr. SGCC is half Irish, I’ll be doing the corned beef thing too. I’d rather be having osso bucco. 😉

    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy’s last blog post..Baking With Mom, Part 1: Pizza Rustica

    I thought that was a pretty cute shamrock graphic too 🙂 And mmm…osso buco…we’ll be having a seafood misto with pomodorini over homemade (by P’s zia) pasta 🙂

  8. 03.17.2008

    I had no idea about San Giuseppe. Thanks for the heads up, Michelle! 🙂 Wonder how they’ll celebrate here in Napoli?

    mentalmosaic’s last blog post..Foxy Guys Cooking & Nerdy Inside Jokes with the Universe

    I’m thinking cream puffs will be involved…be sure to check out the link in the post for my description last year–click on San Giuseppe! 🙂

  9. Happy St. Patricks to you!

    Living in L.A. I forgot all about the holiday.

    Back east there was the parade. In school they would give out green carnations…it was a big deal. For some reason my very West Indian mom would always make corned beef and cabbage on this day. Ha.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano, I’ll Steal You Away by Niccolo Ammaniti

    Oh that’s too funny! Some holidays just become mainstream it seems 🙂

  10. 03.17.2008

    So much to celebrate this month!!

    So true Laurie 🙂

  11. 03.18.2008

    Top o the mornin to ya and the rest of the day to meself! You’re not into the green beer thing!? I’ll have one in your name! Happy St. Patrick’s Day

    Coleen’s last blog post..Happy St. Patrick’s Day

    Please do Coleen! With a name like that, you’d better 😉

  12. 03.18.2008

    Are we talking wine vending? I thought Japan had interesting and innovative vending machines but I think the Italians may have topped the Japanese.
    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

    cheeky’s last blog post..Be Back Soon

    Why yes, yes we are. Wine at the pump! I’d never seen this before, but since I’ve been to Palermo, I’ve actually seen another one of these (in Italy) on TV…guess I wasn’t looking for them before 😉

  13. 03.18.2008

    well, I’m celebrating with a nice, crisp Pino Grigio, thank you. No green beer for me! Happy St. Pat’s day!

    kacey’s last blog post..Still Life Challenge Results

    Mmmm that works for me too!

  14. 03.18.2008

    two thumbs up for the mask-wearing dog.

    michelle @ TNS’s last blog post..TacoGate ‘08: Sweet Potato & Red Chard

    Pretty cute huh? Mine would never stand, or ahem, sit for it.

  15. 03.18.2008

    Wonderful post! I love the pics..you always have something interesting to see here 🙂

    Britt’s last blog post..What is sanity again?

    Well thanks Britt! And thanks for coming by 🙂

  16. 03.18.2008

    I sure hope no one gives their dogs green beer… yikes!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..Music Monday – “Stop! In the Name of Love” – Diana Ross and the Supremes

    Ew. I totally agree.

  17. 03.18.2008

    Hi from N Ireland – I posted yesterday about our St Patricks Day traditions…or not! Hope you can drop by.

    No corned beef and cabbage here – think it must be a marketing ploy by the American Cabbage Growers Association!

    JanMary, N Ireland’s last blog post..St Patrick’s Day Celebration and Giveaway

    Oh too funny! Now you have me wondering about the history of that . . .

  18. 03.18.2008

    I have no Irish blood in me whatsoever but it’s a fun holiday. I have vague childhood memories of McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes. Have no idea what went into those nor do I want to find out.
    I always forget about poor old San Giuseppe. Since it’s also Father’s Day, I have to run out and buy a tie for Mimmo asap!

    Linda’s last blog post..Like a meme virgin

    Yes Shamrock Shakes! I remember those too. Can’t remember if I ever had one though . . .

  19. 03.18.2008

    Ha! Cute picture…

    I *told* you we shoulda carried an empty 5-gallon jug – just for fun!?!

    When you’re right, you’re right 😉

  20. 10.28.2008

    Here’s looking forward to this years st paddys day.

    I’m in Ireland (well Northern Ireland – the part in the UK) and now it’s winter and it’s snowing for the first time since the blizzards of January, I’m getting depressed. The only good thing is December with lots of drinking and eating then the wait till St Paddys day and no matter how cold it’s always sunny. It’s the start of summer again, bring it on.

    Quite a bit away, but yes, St Patrick’s Day is always fun 🙂

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