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HD Photo of the Day: A Killer Seafood Platter From Fenton's in Dingle, Ireland

After making the requisite joke's about how funny Irish names sound to American's (ah, to be single and mingle in Dingle) we walked down the quaint, pub-lined street to Fenton's, a restaurant with a description that sounds like it could be straight out of Williamsburg. The menu features local seafood—some of it, like the periwinkles, hand picked by the chef's family—and Irish-meats produced on the smallest of small scale farms (by our standards, pretty much every farm in Ireland qualifies as small scale), all simply prepared and reasonably priced. It was easily the best seafood meal we had during our 10 days in Ireland. More

Snapshots from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

The most popular tourist destination in Ireland? Nope, not the Book of Kells at Trinity College or the Blarney Castle. It's the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Situated on St. James Street in an industrial complex overlooking the rest of the city, this is where Guinness has been brewed since the stout's inception in 1759. But to clarify, the Guinness Storehouse that's open to visitors is not the physical brewery; it's a six-story (pint-shaped!) museum full of interactive exhibits explaining the Guinness brewing process and its Irish heritage. More

10 Delicious Irish Products You Should Get to Know

Whenever St. Paddy's time rolls around, corned beef and potatoes seem to be the only "Irish food" people can jabber on about. Well, as many Irish people will tell you, they hardly even eat corned beef (potatoes, on the other hand, they can't get enough). As the resident Irish-American editor on staff here, I felt it was my duty to share some of the many lesser-known Irish food gems. More

The Irish Cheese Revolution: 6 Irish Farmstead Cheeses You Should Know

Irish cheeses are defined by erratic weather and wild landscapes. With no rulebooks and a history of tiny farms doing their own thing, the Irish cheese landscape is one of small volume, seasonal products, and funky finds. This makes discovering Irish cheese a particularly rewarding endeavor for cheese lovers. Here are 6 farmstead cheeses to look out for. More

Where to Drink in Dublin: An Irish Bartender's Guide to Pubs and More

The fine editors at Serious Eats asked me, a 15+ year Dublin bartender, to opine on the best ways to imbibe in my city. This guide is intended for newcomers to Dublin and should give you a very rough idea of where to go and what to drink (whilst simultaneously preventing you from coming to harm on your first night). What happens after that is your own business: I take no responsibility for your safety, wellbeing, personal finances, romantic entanglements, hangovers, the stock market or anything else that happens while you're here. If you go home with stories to tell, well, then you've got the idea. More

The Cider Press: Irish Cider

I could wax poetic about Ireland's budding cider revival and hand-crafted Irish ciders, but shipping a bottle of cider half way around the world is expensive, and Irish ciders aren't widely available in the States. Instead, we pretty much have one option in America for a St. Patrick's Day cider: Magners. More

Another Kind of Irish Breakfast: Queen of Tarts in Dublin

A full Irish breakfast may come with eggs, rashers, and white pudding, but my personal favorite Irish breakfast—and, in truth, one of my favorite breakfasts anywhere—is of a slightly sweeter nature, found at the Queen of Tarts in Dublin. While there's truly nothing bad on the menu (and I've tasted everything), I'm happiest with a massive, buttery raspberry scone, served with a dainty pot of jam, or just a thick, buttered slice of the house-baked brown bread. More

Happy 250th Birthday, Dear Guinness

[Photo: Carey Jones] Pull a pint and raise your glass: Guinness turns 250 years old today, marking a quarter-millennium (!) since Arthur Guinness took over a brewery at St. James's Gate, in Dublin... on a 9,000 year lease. (Here's hoping that gives us 8,750 more years of the black stuff.) Honoring the occasion? Join drinkers across the world in a toast today at 17:59, Dublin time. (That's a minute to one in the afternoon on the East Coast. But nothing wrong with that—Guinness is good for you.)... More

You Can't Even Drink Away the Misery

The crap economy has forestalled Guinness's plans to open a "super brewery." St. James Gate, the company's historic Dublin brewery, was to consolidate older buildings and sell off the freed-up land to finance the new operation. But, as the Wall Street Journal reports, that's down the drain now.... More

Cool Video: The BBC Goes Inside a Frozen-Pizza Factory in Ireland

The BBC has a fascinating video inside a frozen pizza factory in Naas, Ireland. It's amazing how few people are needed to run the place, which turns out 2 million pizzas a week. It's all very Laverne & Shirley intro, minus the wacky charm of human beings. When the pizza "bases" are topped with to-mah-to sauce, it'll sort of remind you of the Play-Doh Mop Top Hair Shop. And the pepperoni stick machine--looks sort of like some octomonster has been caught in a trap. [via Tien Mao]... More

Irish Carve Turnips Instead of Pumpkins

Carved turnip with vision troubles. Photograph from soozums on Flickr My Irish kin have some interesting Halloween customs, including turnip-o-lanterns. The jack-o-lantern creation story actually starts with a turnip in Ireland during the 18th century. A blacksmith named Jack dropped a coal ember into a gouged-out turnip, and so it began. When Irish immigrants arrived in America, they substituted turnips with pumpkins—much plumper, and thus, better carving potential.... More

Dear Slice: Pizza in Ireland

Or, 'Irish Pies Are Smiling' I received this intel quite a while back. I'm not even going to say when. Suffice it to say that the gatherer of said intel, science fiction author Diane Duane, emailed me recently to nudge me to publish it. (Apart from sci-fi, fantasy, and TV and film scripts, Diane also writes about food at European Cuisines.) Here it is, Diane, and thanks for the report on one sliver of the Irish pizza scene. —The Mgmt. A red-onion-and-pepperoni pie at Gotham Cafe in Dublin. First, a note from a native (though rather displaced) Manhattanite: Love your... More

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