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ireland, here we come!

August 2, 2009

I’m very excited to say that we are heading to Ireland later this month.  Any and all suggestions for eating out, shopping and activities in Dublin (Temple Bar) and Cork and area are greatly appreciated! Of note, we will have our six year old son with us – so upscale is out…but we appreciate kid friendly places that do NOT serve American burgers and fries.  We want to eat Irish food!

I’m especially thrilled that when we are in Cork, we are staying in a self-catering cottage at Ballymaloe House.  Here’s a photo from their website.  I’ve signed up for an afternoon cooking demonstration at the nearby Ballymaloe Cooking School.


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  1. August 3, 2009 8:02 am

    I am so jealous! Mike used to live in Dublin in the 90s, and we went back a few years later and it was incredible. I can only imagine how much fun you will have at Ballymaloe House. We’ll be reading your posts and dreaming of “one day”!

  2. Me & Marisa permalink
    August 11, 2009 4:53 am

    I just left the Ballymaloe House yesterday. I wanted to cry! It was absolutely one of the best trips of my life.

    Food suggestions…

    The Ballymaloe House is amazing, pricy, but worth every penny. Ask to see one of the cooks–Alistair Faucus–he’s fantastic and great entertainment– and can suggest a few local places to try out.

    Obviously the little cafe at Ballymaloe– the food served there is absolutely spectacular.

    Head to Nautillus in Ballycotton- its right on the water-gorgeous view and the best hollandaise sauce on earth.

    There is also a great little place called O’Briens– great for sandwiches and soups– I believe it’s in Middleton.

    On your way towards Ballymaloe, stop at the Cork English Market– best olive bar i have EVER seen.. with sampling of everything. Your son will love it as well.. tons to see and touch!

    The Ballymaloe Cookery School. Worth EVERY moment. Words cannot explain.

    The Cafe Bar Deli on Grafton Street in Dublin is so great we ate their twice– and a laid back vibe.

    I am a huge foodie.. so i took loads of photos. I am still sorting through them to post on my blog.

    Have a fantastic trip!


  3. August 11, 2009 6:37 am

    Oh Marisa, your comment is SO GREAT! Thank you so very very much for taking the time to write it…I’m printing it off and putting it in my Ireland envelope for reference when we are there!

    I’ll keep checking your blog for photos…the ones already up are lovely…


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