What can I say about my eight day vacation in Ireland? A lot, actually. In fact, if I was still there that would be fantastic. Ideal, even. More specifically, in or near the Dingle Peninsula. It’s insanely stunning, a must visit for all travelers and vagabonds alike. But! This blog is about food, so photos of nearly everything I ate in Ireland shall commence.

During our trip Nathan and I stayed in Kinvara, Dingle, and Dublin. We also took short trips to Athlone and Galway. Irish food isn’t known to be the most exciting, flavorful or complex cuisine in the world, but you know what? Ireland isn’t the bland food factory that I had expected.

ATHLONE

On our way to Kinvara from Dublin, we had to stop at Athlone where Sean’s Bar is located. This town was quite charming and quaint!

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Sean's Bar
The oldest pub in Ireland, and allegedly all of Europe. 900 A.D.
Sean's Melody's Lamb Stew
MELODY’S- Sean’s doesn’t serve food but they team up with Melody’s next store! Lamb Stew that was surprisingly flavorful and tasty!
Sean's Guinness
I’m not a beer drinker but contrary to popular belief, Guinness in Ireland tastes like Guinness in America. Or so Nathan says.

Sean Award

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KINVARA

A small little fishing village right by the water. We booked a great little thatch roof cottage on Airbnb, which was located just a five minute scenic walk from town.

The short stroll from our thatch roof cottage stay into town.
The view from our short stroll into town.
Gentian's Chowder
THE GENTIAN- Seafood chowder. Their homemade bread was delicious.
Gentian's
THE GENTIAN- Fried chicken dish. I unfortunately forget the name.
Keoghs Oysters
KEOGH’s- Oysters
Keogh's Lamb
KEOGH’s- Lamb Special
Keoghs Dessert
KEOGH’s- Dessert was awesome.
Tide Full Inn Pizza
TIDE FULL INN- An Italian eatery. The food and cozy little ambiance were nice but our server was kind of a douche.
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Dunguaire Castle

GALWAY

We spent a short visit here so we didn’t get to explore the whole town. But the parts we experienced were bustling, vibrant and touristy.

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Mr.Waffle Latte (1)
MR. WAFFLE- Latte
Mr. Waffle
MR. WAFFLE- The Vegetarian Cheese. Great service, sandwich was okay.

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Did you know that Ireland, and all of Europe, isn’t cheap? Penang it is not, and dining out and drinking in the Emerald Isle costs the same and more! than say, here in Grand Rapids. And travel? The cost of gas alone was around 8 bucks a gallon! We had to get a rental car because we drove three hours one way, twenty minutes another, another three a different way, and four hours another. Insurance was high as well, but considering the country’s penchants for narrow and winding roads and plenty of on street parking, Nathan felt it was needed.

Am I trying to deter you from visiting this fantastic country? Absolutely not. Just be sure to be prepared if you have a certain budget!

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