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December 26, 2019

Duck tacos at McHugh's Pub in Ennis

Another Eire-Mex masterpiece from McHugh's Pub in Ennis! These sensational tacos featured a rich duck confit dressed with chili sauce served on Blanco Niño corn tortillas with some greens for texture. Duck confit is a perfect taco filling--it reminds me of the asados and guisadas that you find on the t...

December 24, 2019

Cod, wild mushrooms and verbena at LOAM in Galway

The cod was perfectly cooked and the mushrooms were intriguing, but it was the tart verbena sauce (it's the green puddle under the fish) that made this dish remarkable. Lemon verbena is common in Irish gardens, it's popular for tea and as a flavoring for a pitcher of water. I'm not sure w...

December 18, 2019

A Modern Irish Breakfast at Nash 19 in Cork 

The menu at Nash 19 in Cork presented an early morning dilemma. The restaurant is located on Princes Street, a spud's throw from the English Market. The kitchen staff combs the market for the highest quality seasonal ingredients, then turns their gleanings into alluring breakfast dishes and cl...

December 14, 2019

The "Spicy Devil" pizza at Fallon & Byrnes, Rathmines, Dublin

Hot chile fans will find the "Spicy Devil" pizza at Fallon & Byrnes in Rathmines only mildly picante. Nevertheless, the Toscano salami and peppery Calabrian 'Nduja sausage are a delicious combination with the creamy fior di latte (fresh cow's milk mozzarella).

There were a doze...

December 8, 2019

Shoyu Ramen with housemade noodles at Bia Rebel Ramen in Belfast:

The Tokyo ramen shop has been recreated all over the world in the last 10 years. New York,

London, Paris, and Sydney each have dozens of Japanese-style soup stalls boasting authentic ramen bowls. Much debate goes on in the food press and twitterverse about which ones are to...

December 5, 2019

Hash Brown Chips with Pickled Onion Mayonnaise at Clanbrassil House in Dublin:  

The Irish are connoisseurs of the potato. There are so many varieties for sale at the grocery store, it staggers the imagination. And each has a preferred use. I am slowly learning how to cook them all. Here in the rural west of the country, m...

October 2, 2019

Cork is the Culinary Capital of Ireland. Though it's population of 120,000 is dwarfed by the million plus in Dublin, it's the undisputed hub of the Irish food scene.

Cork boasts the English Market, which is easily the nation's best food market; Ballymaloe Cooking School, Cafe and Organic Farm, home of Darina Allen's food empire, and a we...

September 21, 2019

Mungo Murphy's Seaweed Company offers one of the most interesting tours in Ireland for seafood lovers. At their mariculture operation on the Connemara coast the Japanese species of abalone is farm-raised in large tanks full of seawater. 

Abalone flesh is a luxury in China that might show up on a banquet buffet alongside shark fin soup. I...

September 13, 2019

Native oysters from 6 Irish bays were presented for a public tasting Thursday night at the 65th annual Clarinbridge Oyster Festival. No such side-by-side comparative tasting of Irish oysters has been held in recent memory, according to participants.

From south to north, the oysters came from: 

1.) Tralee Bay (Kerry)

2.) Galway Bay (Clarinb...

August 10, 2019

We had a big lobster dinner last Saturday. Nine fat ones were steamed for family and friends and served up with drawn butter, crusty bread, a big salad and some Moet Brut Champagne.

We ate at a table in the backyard decorated with linens and flowers. Ramekins of melted butter were kept warm on candle-heated metal stands.

Our lobsters were...

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