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Some foods can be naturally green, but not people.
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St. Patrick’s Day brought top stories today on Irish customs like making food green and incorporating alcohol into recipes! See our roundup after the jump.

• McDonald’s doesn’t sell Shamrock Shakes in New York City, but Chinatown Ice Cream Factory makes mint shakes sullied by specks of chocolate chips. [Blondie and Brownie]

• Shamrock Shakes were spotted in Buffalo. [Urbanite/amNY]

• The Treats Truck is hawking sprinkled shamrock cookies, cupcakes, and rice crispy treats. [Blondie and Brownie]

• A video on dyeing beer explains how to add coloring to the mug before beer. [Serious Eats]

• Italians can play along with a recipe for vibrant pesto. [Dishing Up via Serious Eats]

• The Wafels & Dinges truck parked on Sixth Avenue at 22nd Street over-dyed the waffles today. [Feed/TONY]

• Mixologist Junior Merino recommends you “shake up a Pot O’ Gold using G’Vine gin (the grape-based gin), Midori, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice, simple syrup and basil leaves. Garnish with a basil leaf and (lucky!) gooseberry coins.” [Fork in the Road/VV]

•The Frankies’ new Coffee Peddlar and Vinegar Hill House bake Guinness cake in Brooklyn. [The Moment/NYT] (Vinegar Hill’s dense, bitter chocolate version smeared with cream-cheese frosting often sells out near the end of the night if you don’t reserve a slice.)

• Make a Guinness float, or add the stout to foods like fondue and teriyaki sauce. [Decider]

• We unfortunately caught Katie Lee Joel decked out like a leprechaun presenting the same idea (stew! clams! cupcakes!) for the CBS Early Show this morning. [CBS News]

What garish concoctions have you spotted today?

Related: Go Green St. Patrick’s Day Guide 2009

Green Grub Guide