Named for things that please me (“me gusta” in Spanish) and rhymes with balabusta (Yiddish for “good homemaker”).

Chocolate Mini Guinness?

Yes. And myMEGusta was a little scared by this dessert description until it arrived: a deep, dark chocolate pudding topped with perfect whipped cream, looking just like a glass of Ireland’s favorite brew.

Mini Chocolate Guinness

Mini Chocolate Guinness

Absolutely delicious.

The setting was a tasting of recipes from Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries, by Irish chef and television personality Clodagh McKenna, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  It was a veritable taste of Ireland, with a spotlight on their Slow Food movement, and a celebration of their wonderful cheeses, Farmhouse Cashel Blue my favorite. Another highlight was her Farmhouse Pate, a melange of very flavorful pork and Kerrygold butter.

But, back to Guinness, the iconic St. Patrick’s Day beverage, thanks largely to its own promotions around the holiday.

My favorite Guinness experience occurred just north of the border.

Guinness and the Antarctic Scientists

Guinness and the Antarctic Scientists

Not THAT border! Just a few degrees north of the Antarctic Circle.

The Lindblad Endeavor made a stop at the Palmer Research Station in icy Antarctica. In reciprocity for letting us passengers tour the facility, the scientists were invited on board for a party including their favorite libation, draft Guinness.

A Penguin or a Guinness?

A Penguin or a Guinness?

And doesn’t the penguin look a little like a Guinness, too?

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