Oysters on the Half Shell, Dressed

Every Irish tasting menu seems to include a raw oyster or two for each diner. The oysters are uniformly of that ever-so-dainty size that slide easily into the mouth in one bite. What’s unique are the inventive toppings that adorn the half shell these days. It might be as simple…

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Jambons: The Not-So-Full Irish Breakfast

Lighter than a breakfast roll but more substantial than a croissant, the cheese and ham-filled hot pastry called a jambon is my recommendation for an Irish fast-food breakfast. by Caitriona Devery Jambon means ‘ham’ in French, it’s also Irish shorthand for ‘panier jambon emmental,” or “ham and emmental cheese bread.”…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2021 #2

#2: Lobster and heritage tomatoes at Gregan’s Castle in Ballyvaughan- What a summer treat: Our local New Quay lobster perfectly cooked and served cold in a salad alongside Chef Robbie McCauley’s succulent homegrown tomatoes—with lettuce leaves underneath and sourdough toast on top. It was the perfect complement to the bubbly…

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My Top 10 Dishes of 2021 #6

#6: Wild at the Cave’s Pork Belly Salad- After a rousing 18 holes at Doolin Pitch & Putt, my golf chums and I went looking for lunch at Doolin Cave, a local tourist attraction. As I was looking over the cafe menu of toasties, snacks and sandwiches, one entree, the…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2021 #7

#7: Alsatian Flammekueche from the Chez Louise pizza truck in Kilfenora- Last year, at #7 in the 2020 Top 10 Irish Dishes countdown, we had the Pizza Royal with ham, mushrooms and caramelized onions from the Chez Louise pizza truck. This year, at #7 in the countdown, we have another…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2021 #8

#8: Spicy Curry Bento Box at Osaka Ramen & Bento in Ennis- The Bento Box lunch special at Osaka restaurant in Ennis featured a hearty combination of spicy chicken curry, two pieces of sushi roll, a crispy chunk of tempura onion and green beans and a big scoop of rice….

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F.X. Buckley: The Dublin Steakhouse

  Call me a meat junkie, but there’s something about a restaurant attached to a butcher shop that makes my heart race. I have come across quite a few butcher shops with steakhouses in my travels. F.X. Buckley Victualler & Grocer on Pembroke St in Central Dublin is a brilliant…

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Culinary Tourism in Ireland

When an American couple came to visit us in the Burren last week, we asked them which of the local sights they wanted to see. Castles, dolmens, and hiking trails ranked lower on their wish list than the local seafood. First, they made reservations at Linnanne’s Lobster Bar and Moran’s…

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West Cork Wasabi

by Caitriona Devery You may know wasabi as the bright green nose-burning paste often served in Japanese restaurants alongside soy sauce to accompany sushi. In fact, this substance is usually made from horseradish with green food dye and only a small amount of wasabi powder. The real deal, fresh wasabi,…

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