Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Kinsale & Cork, Ireland

Kinsale is an adorable little fishing village in the south of Ireland - along the Wild Atlantic Way. It popped onto our radar during a cooking class in Bali, of all places, where we met two Irish girls who told us we MUST go to Kinsale. It is a foodie hot-spot, and fittingly, we had some of our best meals here.

After a long day of driving around Beara, we took it easy our first evening. We arrived and headed straight for dinner at the White Lady (just your average pub, but the Asian-inspired meals were quite a delicious surprise!). Afterwards, we wandered around the harbor a bit, savoring the 10pm daylight! 

The next morning, Jason woke up early to go play a round of golf. He really enjoyed it becase many of the holes were situated along the ruins of an old castle! I had a bit of a lie in and then went to gym/sauna/spa for a relaxing morning. 

When Jason got back, we went to lunch at Fishy Fishy. This place is pretty famous and later, when we were wandering around Dublin, saw the owner's picture everywhere! Apparently we met a celebrity? Haha. 

Both of our dishes were amazing, but we both agreed that the best dish was my Fishy Fish pie. This was made of white fish, salmon and shellfish cooked in a cream sauce topped with herb breadcrumbs and house mash. SO good. After lunch, we headed out to James Fort and walked around the little "island" for a bit.

Earlier that day, we decided to spontaneously make late night reservations for The Steakhouse. The atmosphere of this place was right up our alley - brick walls, tall ceilings, moody lighting. We ended up closing the place down - losing track of time talking with the delightful staff members. Just something funny - my salad had more potatoes than lettuce. When in Ireland, right? My favorite part of the meal was the banoffee pie though. I'm obsessed with all things banana and this was no exception.

The next morning, we drove up to Midleton, the home of Jameson Distillery. This tour was actually quite fun and concluded with Jason doing a "whiskey comparison" and me discovering my new favorite drink - Jameson, Ginger Ale & Lime. Quick tip: When they ask for volunteers, shoot that hand up in the air ASAP!

The rest of the day was dedicated to exploring Cork. We walked through the English Market, grabbed lunch at Farmgate Cafe, bought TONS of Butler's chocolates, had a pint of Murphy's in the Oliver Plunkett, and explored the University College Cork - which was super close to our hotel, the Kingsley. For being the second largest city in Ireland, it really had a great small-town feel.

The next morning, we packed up and drove 3 hours north to our final stop in Ireland - Dublin!

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