Friday, January 26, 2024

What Did I Eat In Ireland

During my week-long work trip to Ireland, my dining experiences were predominantly confined to hotel meals and pre-selected restaurants. Ironically, the culinary pinnacle of my journey—a remarkable food tour in Dublin—remains undocumented, as I failed to capture it through photographs. Despite this regrettable omission, I must express my pleasant surprise at the exceptional quality of food throughout Ireland. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to savor what I could, and the overall gastronomic adventure exceeded my expectations.

Breakfast foods: top left is my all-time favorite grilled cheese sandwich in Dublin, followed by eggs benedict, English breakfast, and hash. 

Seafood was another wonderful surprise. I had not expected the seafood to be so good in Ireland, and I'm not sure why - it's an island with ample coastline!

Scotch egg was another favorite

After many heavy meals I ended up eating a lot of salads too

Some of my favorite soups

Meat pastries were ubiquitous

Familiar Burgers and fries

I also got to try a Korean fusion restaurant in Dublin and really enjoyed it

Ate many desserts there as well. My favorites were sticky toffee pudding and Murphy's Icecream in Dublin

A few nights I skipped the dinners with the client and ate Indian food alone in my hotel room. It was appalling. I ordered Chicken Tikka Masala from two of the most popular Indian restaurants in Ireland and I have never tasted such disgusting food. The Chicken Tikka Masala was so sweet it tasted like chocolate. Apparently Indian food in Ireland has a ton of sugar added into it. Do you see those crazy bright, unnatural colors of the curry? It was horrible. 

The whisky tasting experience was transformative. I never liked whisky or scotch or bourbon in my life, but after Ireland I learned how to appreciate it. 

Gin was another favorite. We went to many distilleries so I got to try all kinds of gin cocktails.  

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