Author: IrishMike

Podcast Episode 5 – DeVries Estates with David DeVries

Podcast Episode 5 – DeVries Estates with David DeVries

  Show Highlights My guest today is Dave DeVries, missional and pastoral coach and winemaker!  We will discuss briefly is unique career and we find out about DeVries Estates, his family wine label.  We will take a “layman’s” journey through wine, specifically in Washington state, […]

Podcast Episode 4 – Why Football Matters with Mike Shigley

Podcast Episode 4 – Why Football Matters with Mike Shigley

 Show Highlights On today’s podcast, I am honored to talk my favorite sport, football, with Mike Shigley, former youth football coach and led the rise of the junior football program for Eastside Catholic, the first faith-based youth football program on Seattle’s eastside. We discuss […]

Podcast Episode 3 – Finding Fine Chocolate with Barbie van Horn

Podcast Episode 3 – Finding Fine Chocolate with Barbie van Horn

Show Highlights In today’s podcast, I am pleased to welcome Barbie van Horn, a passionate follower of all things chocolate. She is the founder of findingfinechoclate.com and the PNW Chocolate Society with another Seattle-area chocolate legend, Lauren Adler. Today we take time to discuss the […]

Scottish Shortbread

Scottish Shortbread

I talk about my Irish heritage all the time but let us be clear…my mother’s maiden name is MacPherson, therefore putting me squarely with the Scots as well.  MacPherson was originally Mc but was changed because another guy in town had same name and apparently […]

Podcast Episode 2 – Youth Homelessness on the Streets of Seattle interview with Rob Stewart

Podcast Episode 2 – Youth Homelessness on the Streets of Seattle interview with Rob Stewart

Show Highlights Episode 2 of the podcast is an interview with Executive Director of New Horizons, Rob Stewart, where we discuss the youth homeless ministry in downtown Seattle he helps lead. We cover the following: Tell me a little bit of the story on how you […]

Podcast Episode 1 – The Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa Interview with James Lovell

Podcast Episode 1 – The Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa Interview with James Lovell

Show Highlights On today’s podcast I have the honor of having James Lovell, director of development for the Chief Seattle Club in Seattle, WA as a guest. Not only has James been an advocate for the homeless, specifically in the Native American community, he has […]

Macaroni and Beef

Macaroni and Beef

One of our favorite “Midwest” pasta dishes is this super simple macaroni and beef recipe. I suppose sometime I will write up something fun about casseroles, bakes, and other pot luck style dishes made famous in the heartland of our great country but for now […]

Cigars Part 2 – What is the proper technique for the initial light?

Cigars Part 2 – What is the proper technique for the initial light?

This is the continuation of a two-part series on cigars with my good friend, Philip Meech. I really want to give a shout out to him and his coffee roasting company, Caffe Lusso. We have been ordering coffee from him consistently. My personal favorite is […]

Eating Dinner as a Family

Eating Dinner as a Family

I was fired up awhile back. I started this post in 2014 and haven’t come back to it because frankly I forgot about it.  So the other day when I was going through my blog “drafts” I noticed it, reread it and got re-amped up […]

Happy Hour – Woo Woo

Happy Hour – Woo Woo

Ridiculous name…I know. Don’t get me started. When I was the 30-something, over-weight server and rookie bartender at O’Doherty’s several years ago, when it came to alcohol, we were known primarily for our good selection of traditional Irish and Pacific NW micro brew.  But occasionally […]