Ireland is not exactly world-renowned for its cuisine. Not quite as much of a food outcast as England mind you but also not quite on par with the French. So prior to departing for the Emerald Isle, we here at Food City Bytes decided to do a little investigating into what type of food dishes to expect and what to look for.
Basically, you have your local pub food: Mussels (as prepared below in a white cream sauce) as a main dish, Salmon (my god, Salmon was EVERYWHERE!), Brown Bread (yum) and a variety of Vegetable Soups.
In keeping with this Irish medley of pub grub favs, we found and ate the following in a little pub in Doolin, County Clare…our first Irish pub stop:
Mussels in a white cream sauce. This is what I ordered.
Then…..drum roll please……the salmon:
This one was actually a salmon salad plate that my mom ordered. Veggies included zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage and red onions all in an Italian (uh, guess there’s no Irish dressing) vinagrette.
And…….second drum roll please…..Salmon!!! This time with a “side of mash”:
The salmon’s really quite good but it does get a little overwhelming because a lot of the pubs have only the salmon entree if you want to venture out at all into either a) seafood or b) something other than just soup, brown bread and sandwiches.
My aunt has always been a picky—nah temperamental eater—-sooooo:
Chicken nuggets and steak fries for her. And she’s in her late 50s!
Here’s the bunch of us:
And with that we say, Tá dúil agaibh i bhur gcuid mar Fhrancaigh (Enjoy your food!)