I'm leaving for Killarney, Ireland in a few days and am very excited to explore. I don't really have an itinerary. We'll be spending most of the time in that area, but do have a vehicle and I'm willing to pretty much walk, ride, drive anywhere (time permitting obviously). Anything I should be aware of? I'm excited to really check out the local cuisine and hoping to find a few local farms to try their product. Anyone have experiences with Ireland with a Paleo template?
Spent a week in Limerick a few months ago. The produce is way better than I am used to in the states, much more flavor and delicious. Eggs, dairy, and cheese are fantastic most places, if you do dairy.
The folks I stayed with shrug at the boring, fresh, never frozen, less than 12 hours off the boat salmon, cod, and sea bass, as if it is unremarkable. This was by faaar the best fish I've ever had in my life. The salmon I had there ruined me on salmon. What they think is typical is among the best in the world.
We drove all around south western Ireland, which was sometimes nerve wracking on tiny roads with roundabouts and on the wrong side of the car and road. But it was postcard beautiful and we literally had to stop once to let cows cross in front of us.
We found the cliches about pubs and hospitality to be absolutely true. We stumbled into a tiny neighborhood pub at 10:55pm on the Thursday before Good Friday. Pubs in Ireland are closed two days per year, Good Friday and Christmas, so this was 5 minutes before one of their two off days of the year. The only folks in the pub were the owner (who had run it for more than 50 years), his wife, their daughter, and her boyfriend. They didn't hesitate to pour us two pints... then two more... then two more on the house, with a bread and cheese plate (and yes I ate the bread fer god's sake). We stumbled out of there at nearly 2am having received the best hospitality I ever remember. What a place!
I haven't been to Killarney, but have spent some time on the west coast of Ireland. Incredible local food if you can find it!
Pub food in Ireland can be very good or just awful. See if you can check out restaurants on Trip Advisor.
Also www.chowhound.com is a great resource for foodies.
Super part of the world once the weather comes good for you; unfortunately summer so far has been a wash out!
I’m from Ireland and have recently taken a stay-cation! Most of the local cuisine you will be offered will be based around a hearty serving of potatoes! Most hotels and B&B’s offer a cooked breakfast – I opted for boiled eggs and smoked salmon if it was on offer for breakfast most mornings! Lunch was usually something very light and mainly revolved around berries with greek yoghurt or a can of wild salmon that I'd buy in a local supermarket. Dinner was pretty easy, blue steak with salad. Be sure to explain exactly how much salad you actually want as I found when I asked for a salad I usually got about one-quarter of I’d usually eat.
Enjoy your trip.
I was recently traveling around Ireland and found it was fairly easy to eat meals of seafood/meat and vegetables. However, I can't lie: a worthy cheat is authentic soda bread smothered in Kerrygold butter.
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