A Taste of Ireland
Happy New Year! We have returned from Dublin. Our luggage has been returned to us. And my food poisoning has subsided, which means I can once again think about food!
I’ll be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for the food in Ireland. Recalling the subpar culinary memories from my summer studying in London, I was ready for heavy pub food and not much more. While potatoes are as popular as legend would have it and we had plenty of heavy pub food – some of it better than others – our culinary experience didn’t end there. Ironically, guess what my favorite meal was? The long sought out Full Irish Breakfast – heavy pub food at it’s finest.
And no ‘Taste of Ireland’ is complete without talking booze!
- Becky Morgans: as we learned on our walking tour, every Irish person’s favorite pub is the closest one! This one was ours, and where we rang in 2017 singing with the locals.
- Brazen Head: said to be Ireland’s oldest pub. We spent a jovial night dancing to live music with kilted collegiates. And the food was good too!
- Stag’s Head: which apparently was just selected best pub in Ireland! We believe it. We stumbled on Ukulele Tuesday, and Courtney joined the regulars in hours of tunes, including a nod to George Michael, Leonard Cohen, Prince, and the other musical talents we lost in 2016.
- Hairy Lemon: while we only had lunch and didn’t experience the nightlife, a quick walk the funky rooms and “snugs” led me to believe it would be excellent. And if our waiter was any indication, the staff knows how to have a good time!
- Temple Bar: we know it’s touristy, but we had a good time. Perhaps because we scored a table right in front of the live music, a predictable but fun mix of Celtic tunes and American classics.