Craving for St Paddy's Day
IRISH-born Stephen Somers always feels right at home on March 17.
Having lived in Australia for nine years he loves celebrating his homeland's national holiday, St Patrick's Day.
Mr Somers said this year he will mark the day “probably by drinking a little too much”.
“I'll go out and find somewhere that has good Guinness and have a couple of pints.”
He added this is also how they celebrate the patron saint in Ireland.
“It's pretty much the same,” Mr Somers said. “Most towns have big parades. It usually turns into a pub day.
“It didn't surprise me to see how celebrated it was here. I was pretty aware it was a big day around the world.”
Tomorrow, as head chef of The Coolangatta Hotel's Crave Restaurant, Mr Somers will help other people get into the St Paddy's Day spirit by serving traditional Irish meals.
“We'll have Irish specials, including beef and Guinness pie, traditional Irish stew and corned beef and cabbage,” he said.
“I'm cooking them as authentically as I can. It's been a while since I cooked them and I'm really looking forward to it.”
He said most meals, such as corned beef, are not out of place in Australia but the traditional Irish stew is made wrong in most places.
“It's made too thick over here, it's supposed to be watery.”
Mr Somers moved to Australia in 2000.
“My wife and I met in Ireland, she's local, from the Tweed area,” he said.
“My daughter was born over here so I'm here to stay.
“A big bonus here is the weather.
“It's a 12 month summer as far as I'm concerned.”