It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been on vacation in places where I did not have very good (if any) internet access. Also, on the first part of my vacation I didn’t do any cooking and did very little cooking on the next leg of my vacation. Furthermore, since I came home from vacation alone (the hubs and girls are still away) and I don’t have anyone to cook for and the weather has been extremely hot, I just have not done much cooking.
I did manage to do quite a bit of eating on all of the portions of my trip! I am going to share some of the culinary adventures I had and confess that I will probably by doing my part to replicate some of these dishes or make my own twist on same or similar types of cuisine.
So, the hubs and I took our very first trip together since we have been married. We have had a few “overnights” away from the girls now and then, but this was the first real trip that we’ve gone on. We both have Irish ancestry and I have always wanted to go toIreland. We embraced the opportunity to see the country and enjoy the food (and drink) of Ireland.
Our trip started inDublinand nearby Enniskerry, where we stayed for several days. We also adventured toWaterford, Galway, and theAran Islands, seeing many other towns and sights. We even ventured to Northern Island, toBelfast. As much as I would like to share our trip with you step by step, bite by bite – I won’t. I will just give you an overview and some of the highlights.
The first “real” Irish meal we had was fish and chips, a mixed green salad with Bulmer’s Cider Vinegar dressing, and Guinness, of course! I love seafood and enjoyed the fish and chips. I asked our server a little bit about Bulmer’s and why this cider vinegar was important enough to be a highlight of the meal. His reply, “It’s Irish, of course”. I did like the dressing. What I learned foremost at that meal is that it takes 2 minutes to pour a pint of Guinness. Not less than 2 minutes, don’t even think about rushing this process. So, at least I knew from that first day to expect to wait for my pint.
I enjoyed my breakfasts inIrelandenormously. I think the Hubs did, also. We breakfast very differently. I usually have fruit and oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast with lots of coffee. The yogurt I had inIrelandwas so fresh and creamy it may have ruined me on most of the yogurt in stores here. They offered porridge (oatmeal) everywhere we had breakfast and a large assortment of fresh fruits and fresh pastries. Chocolate croissants are definitely going to be on the “to make” list. The Hubs went with the full Irish breakfast most mornings. Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, bread, juice coffee. He even tried the black and white pudding. That will not be making it to the “to make” list.
We both ate Irish stew, and the Hubs tried Shepherd’s pie. Actually I think he tried at least 4 different times and places. He liked it – a lot. I didn’t have Guinness with every meal, but did choose it with many of them. It is definitely creamier inIrelandthan anywhere I have had it in theU.S.The Hubs didn’t think the difference was quite as noticeable as we had been assured it would be. That didn’t stop us from continually trying it, just to see.
Our mutual favorite place to eat was a small Restaurant and pub inBarnaVillage, nearGalway. It is called Donnelly’s. We actually ate two meals there, since the first one was so amazing. We tried seafood chowder there, and it was the best I have ever eaten. We had some delicious Calamari, with an outstanding dipping sauce. The brown bread, which is served at every meal, was very hearty. I had a seafood crêpe with hollandaise sauce one of my meals and fish the other. They were both delicious. Aside from the very good food, the service was second to none. I have rarely had service that compares to the service at Donnelly’s. It is a place that if I ever have a chance to go back toIreland, I am definitely going back to.
I knew that once I had the opportunity to sit down and start writing about the food on ourIrelandadventure it would be very hard to pinpoint just the highlights. With that being said, I feel I have hit some of the key food adventures that we had. I promise I will share more of our Irish food journey, as well as some of the foods we experienced on the second part of our summer vacation another day.
Right now, I am going to think about seafood and Guinness.