Phew! What a full two weeks we’ve had touring around Ireland. Having just hopped off a plane from Dublin without a single recipe for green anything, in the place of a recipe I have a few pictures from Ireland on this most Irish of days – St. Patrick’s Day. The photo below is of me at the Giant’s Causeway, where the wind was insane – I think this one took about 6 shots and I still look like I’m in a wind tunnel.
Every year of our marriage (okay, there’s only been two so far…), my husband and I try to have one big vacation – a solid two weeks to give plenty of time to unplug, recharge, and plan for the year ahead. After a whole year of delicious planning and slightly annoying saving, we were ready for a big adventure. This year we went all out decided to leave the country, and a friend studying in Belfast seemed to be the perfect reason to go for a drive through Ireland.
Throughout our trip we had really great food. My favorite dinner was at a cute little cafe in Dublin called Busyfeet and Coco Cafe. A delightful mashup of coffeehouse, wine bar, and bistro (all of my favorite things), I had a tasty sandwich of goat cheese (very popular in Irish restaurants now, I gathered) and salami with arugula and pesto on a baguette… add a glass of Malbec, and a slice of Chocolate Peanut Cake and I was in heaven. And of course I couldn’t leave without drinking a pint of Guinness! I’ll stop there with my food diary, as I have a fun post planned with tips for how to eat well (and not break the bank) while travelling.
The best place we stayed was in a converted farm outside of Belfast that has a restaurant out front and apartments in back called Cleneghans. My favorite two places in our apartment: cooking breakfast on the Aga cast iron stove (never heard of one before, but boy have I been won over!) and soaking in the claw-foot bathtub.
We actually got an apology from an Irishman about the quality of the weather (only 1 or 2 days of rain in 2 weeks)… It was too grand and giving us an inaccurate impression of Ireland, for which he was very sorry!
This post is getting long, so I will finish with a link to my Google Map of our Irish Adventures, where our favorite activities, accommodations, and eateries are marked with some of my comments, in case you’re planning a trip to the emerald isle on the other side of the pond.