Curried Mussels on St. Patty's Day

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When I think about St. Patrick's day, drunk, loud douche bags come to mind. That and our first-kiss anniversary. Who celebrates first kisses? We do. Because the husband made it a big deal (and because we like celebrations). That day, I received my first four-leaf clover and was taken to the most romantic place in Whittier, the barefoot boy statue/pond outside the library (which I hear now lives in some storage unit). There, at 14, I was tricked pretty good with that clover magic, and here we are, 16 years later, enjoying curried mussels and sharing our special day with drunk bros everywhere.

The husband has been pretty consistent with his annual four-leaf clover St. Patty's gift. But, the last few years, it's been tough. Four-leaf clovers are apparently hard to come by. I've never found one myself, but I have heard stories of five-hour searches. So this year, I told the husband he can skip the clover. If he wanted to do something for five hours, the garage needed a good cleaning. But, when I woke up that morning, a clover was waiting for me. And I was glad for it.
We started our day with brunch at King's Row in Old Town Pasadena, where I had chicken and waffles and a spicy Bloody Mary.

Then we visited our friends, who purchased a house nearby, and strolled around South Pasadena. We picked up mussels on our way home, and I steamed them with coconut milk and curry paste. We made salad with lettuce from the garden, and opened some fancy white wine. 

The mussels were delicious, with lots of garlic, lemongrass and Thai basil. If you've never cooked mussels this way, it's easy, and takes about 20 minutes. A quick meal, that's also fancy. Serve them with crusty bread, and be prepared to be impressed with yourself.
The husband made a new friend, Gina. 
Garden greens.
And here's to another 16 years. 

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