One of the best things about traveling to new places is the food. Trying new foods that are part of the local cuisine is one great way to really understand the culture of a place. For that reason we will feature some of our favorite foods from places we have visited, whether that is grocery items or restaurant dishes. Follow along with us as we explore new locales one bite at a time.
In France we were surrounded by delectable food. When we left France for Ireland early in January of this year we thought we were leaving great food behind. I mean, Ireland isn’t exactly known for cuisine.
As it turns out, Ireland has a strong local foods scene. The eggs we bought from the local grocery store were raised less than two kilometers from the village. Most of the meats and vegetables available were labeled “Made in Ireland” and even went further, designating by county. That is impressive for a country about 6 hours drive across its longest diameter.
During the couple of months we spent in Ireland, we certainly did not want for delicious things to eat. It really helped ease the pain of letting go of our beloved French delicacies. Here are three of our favorites:
Kilbeggan Oat Cookies
We both fancy ourselves oatmeal cookie aficionados. I like mine with dried cranberries. Valerie favorite recipe has chocolate chips (We’re not raisin people, I guess). The Kilbeggan cookies don’t have any mix-ins at all… and they are perfect! Like the best bowl of warm oatmeal you ever ate, but in chewy, crispy cookie form.
I love these cookies so much that for my birthday breakfast I requested just a couple of these cookies and a banana. Let’s be honest: I ate that breakfast every day for a week leading up to the day. I just really couldn’t wait. When Scott, the Mudge and I came back to the US, we brought some of these cookies. They didn’t make it off the plane. Sorry family!
Cream Filled Doughnuts from Scally’s
I was late in the game trying these doughnuts, but Valerie and our sis-in-law Sue loved these, especially freshly made early in the day. Set conveniently on display near the bread, between the produce and meat aisles (clever, Scally, clever), these doughnuts were not what you would expect to find in an average grocery store.
Perfectly soft and heavy on the filling, these doughnuts just kept appearing in the house any time groceries were procured. Needless to say, they disappeared as quickly as they arrived at the house.
The Clonakilty Blackpudding Company is known more for its black pudding (obviously), and while that is rather good, it was their pork breakfast style sausage that really won our hearts.
It cooks up to a perfect delicate golden brown and is buttery and smooth, without the gristly bits so common in pork sausages. It is the best sausage we have ever eaten. Tyler was so impressed, he looked into exporting it to the US to the bed and breakfast we have invested in.
Thanks for following along as we reminisced about our time in Ireland and the delicious things we ate there. Do you make it a habit to try new things on your travels? What are some of your favorite travel food discoveries?