Ireland is a beautiful country, filled with rolling hills and beautiful green meadows. Visitors to Ireland can find everything, from excellent pubs and shopping to medieval towns and amazing museums. The country has held onto history, but has accepted the future, and is the perfect blend of the old world and the new world.
Those visiting Ireland should be aware that most restaurants and pubs use only fresh local ingredients, and that meat or dairy are included in a majority of the dishes created. Most of the meals are fairly heavy and tend to suit the damp climate to a t. There are excellent fish restaurants available to eat at, and Irish beer is not to be missed.
The potato is famous for being the cash crop of Ireland. Almost a million people died when, in 1849, the potatoes were subjected to blight and were unable to be harvested. Since then, potatoes are used frequently, but are not depended on as the sole source of food. Some of the traditional stews that kept the poor alive during the famine are considered by some locals to be “famine food”, and are eaten without much joy.
There are a number of hearty traditional dishes that are still popular in Ireland. One such dish is called colcannon. Colcannon is a dish created by mixing mashed potatoes, salt, pepper, butter and kale together. This dish was found regularly on plates during the famine, and is still eaten today. Champ is a similar dish, and is made by mixing mashed potatoes with scallions that have been diced up.
Irish stew is famous for coming from the beautiful country. Irish stew is made by using lamb or mutton. Sometimes the trimmings would be used to create the stock, and would then be thrown away after a thick stock was created. Vegetables, such as turnips, carrots or parsnips, were added along with the meat that was edible. This hearty stew now appears all over Europe and is a very popular dish on a cold winter’s evening.
When it comes to drinking in Ireland, tourists are always encouraged to try a Guinness. Guinness bear is brewed in Dublin and is now shipped around the world. It has a rich flavor and a creamy head, making it an appealing beer even to those who are not that fond of beer. Amazingly enough, it has been discovered the Guinness is actually beneficial to dink. This is because there are antioxidants that help to prevent cholesterol from being deposited onto the walls of the heart.
When it comes to eating out, tourists have to basic options. They can choose to eat at a traditional food at a pub, or they can choose to eat the newer haute cuisine at one of the many gourmet restaurants available in the larger cities. Both types of restaurants have excellent meals associated with them, and many visitors find that they stop at both types of restaurants on their trip.