|My First Guinness|
|Warm Winter Vegetable Tartlet|
As an aside, I loved the clean lines and simple settings of our tables when we ate in the hotel restaurants. The minimalist in me was very cheered by that.
I really intended to do a good job of taking food photos, but inexplicably I was hungry each time we sat down to a meal (even though mostly I hadn't done anything but sit, or maybe stroll). Therefore I tended to launch into the food, and then think, oh yeah, meant to take its picture. Sigh.
Fish and chips - check. Sadly, no photo, because I basically inhaled the order I got at a food stand, since we were in a hurry to get
|Salmon Wrap - Museum of Country Life|
|Blurry photo of someone else's Irish stew|
|Shepherd's Pie - Scarriff Inn|
Irish stew - check (multiple times--a favorite of mine.) I loved it so much, I had thought it would be fun to make Irish Stew for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but that project is on the back burner, so to speak. I need to get with the local extension office to find a source for lamb. Unless I end up becoming a vegetarian after all, which is always a possibility.
There were myriad desserts too, and the ladies I hung out with were partial to the chocolate concoctions. The photo here is a poor representation of the dessert sampler two of the ladies shared.
|Amazing Dessert Sampler in Killarney|
So prettily presented, and so delicious (I heard), it was a topic of conversation and cause of happy sighs for the rest of the trip. I estimate that I consumed more dessert on the trip than I had eaten in six months prior. Why? Because it was there, and "free" since we had prepaid our hotel meals with the tour package. Luckily I no longer own a bathroom scale, but my jeans let me know I should have exercised a little more discretion.
|Proof that I once ordered Fruit Salad for Dessert|
My biggest food surprise was the pureed/creamed vegetable soup, which was delicious each time I tried it. First trip to the grocery on returning home, I bought a bunch of veggies, sauteed onion in a pan, dumped in the rest and boiled it. I've made my recipe-less version three times, and it always tastes heavenly. Evidently my body craves veggies and in general I don't eat them as often as I should. I've used different combinations of potatoes, carrots, onion, zucchini, yellow squash, and cauliflower.
|Bacon and Scrambled Eggs|
And just because, here are some more food photos. The toastie was super yum, and the atmosphere of Blarney's Pub in Dublin added to my enjoyment. My second Guinness of the trip didn't hurt either.
|Classic Pub Toastie at Blarney's in Dublin|
If memory serves (a slight possibility) the Ciabatta was an appetizer at one of the hotel meals. We always had two or three options of appetizer, main course, and dessert at the hotels.
Coffee was always available, and was quite good, although the people who wanted decaf were disappointed to have instant. I'm fortunate to want caffeine when I'm in a coffee mood, so no instant coffee for me. Tea was on hand too, and there was an electric tea kettle in each hotel room. You can see more photos of those here. And the hot chocolate was just that. If you wanted it sweet, as we usually drink it in America, you needed to add sugar.
I loved that, even at food stands, there were always little metal spoons to add your sugar and stir. It was refreshing not to always be assailed by plastic-ware as is the norm in my life here in the States.