It’s funny – one of the big attractions of London is that you can find pretty much everything, including to eat. But in some ways, that can work against you – London is so big, that unless I’m specifically seeking out a good restaurant I’ve heard about or meeting a friend, I’m unlikely to come across a cute little bagel place or an amazing Mexican restaurant if it’s not right near my home or office!
Dublin is small, but one of the things I love about it is that after 5 years, you do get to know it well and know what’s good, what’s bad, what’s authentic, what’s not! Although when I come back to visit, I’m constantly surprised as how much Dublin has changed – some for the better (I can so get behind the increase in baking shops and American-style pizzeria), some for the worse (always sad to see a favoured coffee shop having gone out of business) and some quite humorously (the recent explosion in burrito bars. When I started college in 2005, there were juice bars everywhere, and now they all seem to have been replaced by burritos. I’m a lover of Mexican food, so I consider it a change for the better, but it is a bit overkill.)
I headed back to Ireland in June with Beardy Boyfriend, Beardy Bestie Fran and some English friends for the weekend. I was excited to be participating in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon (with a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes!), which I assumed gave me carte blanche to eat whatever I wanted for the weekend.
I was pretty determined to find some of the places that I loved and see what had changed.
I’m posting some foodie photos of my trip through Dublin – try not to let your mouth water…
This is itsabagel in Arnotts in city centre- my onion bagel is toasted just the way I like it.
Some cute kitchen goodies from Stock
There aren’t enough good breakfast places in London. Lemon, which specialises in all day breakfast, manages to serve everything from a maple syrup-drenched crepe (top left) to my toast and bacon and cheese omelette. My friend Nina described this as her favourite toast of all time, which is saying something.
My favourite guacamole on the face of the earth: Dublin’s Acapulco. I have no idea what it makes it so delicious (probably nothing good for you), but I used to come there ALL the time for lunch, when the Nachos Supreme was half price. And it was great to be able to bring my friends back.
It was absolutely gorgeous to be home – do you like to eat in Dublin? Any recommendations?