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August 31, 2009
aaron in a pub

aaron in a pub

We returned from Ireland late last night.  This morning we were up at 4:00 am.  Damn you time change and jet lag!

I have many food tales about Ireland to tell, and a bazillion photos to share.  I’ll post more as I get my head screwed on straight.

This picture is of Aaron our first night in Ireland, in a pub called the Porterhouse Brewing Company in Temple Bar, Dublin.  This is one of our many many pub meals, which consisted of deep fried french fries (called chips) and other deep fried items, such as fish or chicken.  Aaron had a hankering for a hamburger here.

But do not despair, dear readers!  We unearthed some food gems in Ireland – it just took me a few days to get my food groove on to sniff out great places to eat.  But sometimes, after a long plane ride, a greasy pub dinner is in order and perfectly acceptable.

What I love about the pubs in Ireland is that they are:  1.  now non smoking, and 2. very kid friendly (kids are allowed until 10 pm during the summer months).   There was a rare restaurant in Ireland that did not have some version of a kids’ menu.  This made it an incredibly easy country to travel in with a six year old lad.

Now I must go recline on the couch…it is good to go away, but it is also good to be back home.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2009 6:28 am

    Welcome home! It sounds like you had a great time. I was interested to read about your pub experiences. My husband has great memories of sitting on a stool next to his dad at the pub, enjoying a Coke that his seven-year-old self thought looked just like his dad’s Guinness.

  2. August 31, 2009 6:41 am

    Well, this being our first night in Dublin, I actually asked a family who was coming out of this pub – ‘are kids welcome in there?’ and they looked at me like I was mad and said OF COURSE. But in a nice Irish way, of course.

    We only got warned off one pub in north Dublin – there was a grizzled patron standing outside having his smoke and he said to us: ‘ooooh, you don’t want to bring the young lad in there. There’s too many men drinkin’ and cursin’ – best to go to restaurant at the back’. It was good advice. Most pubs are family friendly and a few are serious hard core drinking establishments!

  3. September 1, 2009 1:04 pm

    I’m enjoying your Irish posts so far. Can’t wait to see the rest!

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