Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 13, 2021

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TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills 


Who was St. Patrick? While 
images of St. Patrick usually 
depict him driving the snakes 
out of Ireland, the Emerald 
Isle's patron saint is better 
known as the man who converted 
Ireland to Christianity 
in the 5th century. Born 
in Britain, St. Patrick was 
smuggled into Ireland by British 
pirates who sold him into 
slavery. After six years Patrick 
escaped Ireland and returned 
to his home coun-try, but 
was then was overcome by a 
miracle of sorts that had him 
return to Ireland to preach 
the gospel and build Christ’s 
church. Though St. Patrick's Day, March 17, marks the anniversary of his death, it is a 
day of celebrating Irish culture and the celebration of “Ireland’s Apostle.” 

I can’t remember the last Irish wine I tasted but that is of little concern as the country 
of Ireland is ruled by beer. A good Irishman has a personality as large as the earth, so 
it should not astonish anyone of visual power that Irish beer is discovered most every 
place known to the sun. Guinness has been around for over 300 years, but believe it or 
not, as my honest Irish friends say, Budweiser is as popular as leprechauns and gold. In 
terms of preparing your Guinness for service, I recommend acquiring it at room temperature 
and placing it in the re-frigerator before you are ready to drink. The instructions 
to preparing your beer are found, in typical Irish style, on the side of the can, and 
if you observe this Guinness gospel you’ll notice a significant difference in the flavor 
of your brown can of happiness. Two hours in the refrigerator is ideal for drinking. 
For the perfect experience, I prefer to pour the beer into a clean un-chilled glass over a 
spoon. Even though Guinness is brunette brown, the calories and the alcohol content 
are relatively low (and even less than Coors or Budweiser) - a celebratory beer to drink 
on St. Patrick’s Day, and you won’t be too bloated by the festivities. If you have never 
tasted Guinness before, imagine unsweet-ened chocolate with a hint of roasted flavor at 
the margins. 

Guinness was founded in Dublin in 1759, and first 
brewed by Arthur Guin-ness. Mr. Guinness started 
by brewing Dublin ale but soon diversified into 
'porter' — so-called because of its popularity with 
market porters. Guinness boasts breweries in 51 
countries and Guinness stout is sold in 150 countries 
across the globe, with 10 million glasses of 
stout being enjoyed each and every day. I will bet 
my pot of gold, St. Patrick’s Day sees Ireland taking 
care of that number all by themselves. 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Guinness is on sale at 
Vons on Colorado Pasade-na 

Email me at and tell 
me your favorite area restaurant and why !!! Ill 
publish the results soonPeter Dills 


USC Trojan Affiliates of the University of Southern California is holding its first ever 
Online Boutique, Silent Auction, and Virtual Scholar Celebration. The Online Boutique and 
Silent Auction will take place Saturday, March 20-Sunday, March 28, 2021 and shoppers will 
have access to the vendor’s websites 24/7. The Auction will begin at 8:00 a.m. on March 20th and 
will end on March 28th at 8:00 p.m. The Virtual Spring Celebration honoring USC Scholars will 
take place on Thursday, March 25th from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 

These events, which raise money for the Trojan Affiliates Scholarship Fund, are normally 
held in person, however due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the organization has opted this 
year to hold their Spring Boutique and Silent Auction online. The community will have access 
to thirteen fabulous vendors who are generously providing 20% of their sales to the Scholarship 
Fund. The vendors include Mermaid Arts, Hazels Bagz and Apparel, Olive U, Beach House 
by Mikala, Gourmet Blends, April Hicks, Lavenderblue, Savor the Flavor, Herban, Peg Board 
Highway, VIPSCentQueen, Mrs. Hovies Toffee, and Social Butterfly Designs. 

Guests are urged to peruse each vendor’s website and use special codes – either USC2021, 
Trojan, Trojan 20, TA21,USC 21, or FIGHTON21 to enable your purchase to benefit the Scholarship 
Fund. The website addresses may be obtained by entering the name of the vendor in 
your search engine or by contacting Spring Boutique co-chair Ann Palmer at acp3rd@gmail.
com who can email you a flyer listing all the vendor website addresses and the exact code to use 
when you make your purchase. 

Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on sixteen unique Silent Auction baskets. 
The baskets include a Dodger Basket and USC Basket, which include tickets to Dodger and/or 
USC games, an Italian Gourmet Basket, Basket of Linen products from Lavenderblue, and Taste 
of Sierra Madre Basket– an array of items from shops in the City of Sierra Madre. Ann Palmer 
may be contacted to provide guests with the Silent Auction link at 

A highlight of the Spring Scholar Week includes the Virtual Spring Celebration honoring 
the Trojan Affiliates scholars on Thursday, March 25th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Several of the 
ten scholars will speak about their experiences as USC students and sneak peaks of goodies and 
merchandise will be offered by Savor the Flavor and Hazels Bagz & Apparel. To gain access to 
the zoom code for this hourlong celebration, contact Membership Chair Kandi Wopschall at 

USC Trojan Affiliates, a women’s support organization within the USC Alumni Association, 
welcomes all interested women residing within the San Gabriel Valley to join its membership 
and participate in this weeklong event. Its next virtual meeting, featuring Beyondthebookwithjulie 
interviewer, Julie Chan Lin and filmmaker and author of contemporary and 
paranormal romances, Moni Boyce is scheduled virtually on May 6th. More information will 
be available in this newspaper in April. 

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