My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2020 #7

The Pizza Royal with ham, mushrooms and caramelized onions from the Chez Louise pizza truck is the best pizza we’ve had this year. Chef Stephan is from Alsace and his amazingly crispy pizzas have a thin crust that might remind you of an Alsatian flammenkuchen. The portable pizza stand is…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2020 #8

The sliced salmon salad served at the bar at Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare is garnished with capers and purple onion bits–the fish is sweet and silky with a mild smoke flavor. The house-smoked salmon is beautifully done by Chef McCreary who gave me a tour of the Lodge’s 25-year…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2020: #9

The Cod & Chips at Quinlan’s Fish Shop in Tralee is a cut above the rest. Quinlan’s is a fishmonger that sells fresh fish from a seafood counter as well as fried fish and chips from the chipper operation is the rear. Their batter is a secret recipe that they’ve…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2020: #10

The Mezze Assortment at Cedar House/Mejana in Limerick was shockingly delicious, mainly because we hadn’t seen fresh tabouli or pillow-soft pita bread hot out of the oven since our visit to Izz Cafe in Cork last year. Mejana’s hummus with meat, sausages in tomato sauce and stuffed pitas were all…

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Top Takeaways: Chez Louise Pizza Trailer

Well, the restaurants have closed their dining rooms again and we’re back to takeaway only mode. In our neverending quest for something decent to eat, we’ve checked out quite a few takeaway options. Chez Louise Pizza trailer is an old horse hauler with a wood-fired oven mounted inside. The pizzas…

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A Beekeeper’s Journal: Bees and Blackberries

Joe Shea is the beekeeper at Mourne Grange, a Camphill Community in the Mourne Mountains of County Down. Here’s his report on the current season: There’s an old time fiddle tune called Blackberry Blossom and there’s something in its busy run of triplets that describes very well the way the…

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Barrtrá Seafood: OMG! I'm Sitting in a Restaurant!

Citrus-cured trout with turmeric-tinted pickled cauliflower and vivid violet garnish started off a lovely Friday evening dinner at Barrtrá, a seafood cafe in Lahinch. After months of home-cooking and takeaway during the interminable Covid-19 lockdown, what a pleasant shock it was to be sitting in a restaurant again. We had…

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Lockdown Blog Blather

Other than my home baking, there haven’t been any food experiences to describe around here lately. And yes, my bread is quite ugly.     IrelandEats.com is supposed to be a blog that explores the Irish food scene including restaurants, food trucks, farmers markets, fishmongers and the gamut of food…

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Culinary Kerry: Sheen Falls Lodge

Cauliflower Cheesecake may sound ominously healthy, but trust Michelin-starred Chef Paul McDonald to turn the savory pie into a startlingly original starter. The snow-white cheesecake slice is topped with cured and quick-smoked trout and a dollop of trout roe. The delicate taste and velvety smooth texture of the cauliflower and cheese tart is…

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Dublin Crabshacks: Klaw/Seafood Cafe

Two of us split the succulent array of fresh Irish seafood known as the “Big Seafood Sharing Plate” at The Seafood Cafe by Niall Sabongi in Dublin. The awesome assortment comes with a whole cleaned crab, boiled shrimp, a live scallop sliced into bitesize bits, 5 varieties of Irish oysters, toast and dipping sauces. …

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