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St. Patrick’s Day in Belmar: All is Quiet on Homefront for Holiday

From left, Belmar Bagels’ Lindsey Fisher, Kyle Newins and owner Don Westin have some fun with the shop’s green bagels, made specially for St. Patrick’s Day and a big favorite on parade day. Credits: Cathy Goetz
At Sweet Tease Tea Room, owner Kate Walters stands behind her counter brimming with baked goods for St. Patrick’s Day, including Irish soda bread, which she will be baking through Easter. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Darcy Rosen, right, of Wall and her 3-year-old daughter, Ivy, enjoy their St. Patrick’s Day morning at Sweet Tease Tea Room, each with a slice of chocolate cake. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Renee Schaadt, right and her mother, Alberta Schaadt, drove all the way from their home in Perth Amboy on St. Patrick’s Day to get some artisan doughnuts at Main Street Donuts. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Beach Haus Brewery’s Ashley Baldanza and customer Ken Crane of Toms River stand next to a display of Parade Day Coffee Stout, made with coffee from Turnstile Coffee in Belmar. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Tracy Latham and Peter Coulas get ready to serve up the first platter of corned beef at Jimmy’s Place on Ocean Avenue. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Irish pride was on full display at this residence at the corner of Eighth Avenue and E Street. Credits: Cathy Goetz

BELMAR— After chalking up another successful parade day two weeks ago, Belmar was pleasantly peaceful — relatively speaking — on St. Patrick’s Day.

But it wasn’t lacking in spirit, as businesses in the central shopping district and a handful along Ocean Avenue offered food and drink specials inspired by the celebration of everything Irish.

At Sweet Tease Tea Room, the counter was topped with a basket of Irish soda breads — in the shape of shamrocks — muffins and all sorts of colorful treats. In fact, owner Kate Walters is featured during this weekend on an NJTV segment featuring how to make soda bread (see below). The video also includes coverage of the borough's Irish Soda Bread Throwdown, held at the Belmar Community Center on March 2.

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Recently opened Main Street Donuts had its special foursome of St. Patrick Day-decorated donuts, along with its assortment of handcrafted artisan creations.

After selling dozens of green bagels at the recent St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 4, Belmar Bagels owner Don Weston once again had them warm and ready at his Belmar Plaza store.

Beach Haus Brewery was gearing up for a busy St. Paddy’s afternoon and evening, with a full display of its Parade Day Coffee Stout, made with coffee from Turnstile Coffee in Belmar.

Along the brisk and breezy beachfront, corned beef and cabbage platters and sandwiches warmed up the day at Jimmy’s Place.

Time would tell whether Belmar would stay tranquil and calm as the day turned into dusk, and dusk into prime party time for Belmar and neighboring Lake Como, where there are eight bars and five liquor stores squeezed into 1.3 square miles.

Below is the NJTV episode of Belmar's Irish Soda Bread Throwdown.


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