If you have been reading this blog with anything more than passing interest, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that I am a bit food focused. Well, Cork may not be known for its gastronomy like Kinsale (except butter, of course), but we’ve been enjoying some delicious eats lately. Most recently, we’ve fallen in food love with the garlic and cheese bap at The Natural Foods Bakery. For just three euro you can make this hefty bap your own. There are also sandwiches. I had been missing the health-conscious hummus sandwiches I enjoyed in California so this place may just help me miss them less.
Dinner out at Wagamama was a pleasant surprise. Though the interior is bright and filled with benches and long tables, it feels nothing like a cafeteria and is surprisingly quiet considering the starkness.
We enjoyed brunch at Hardwood today. The selection was standard, but less black and white pudding than most Irish spots. They have blueberry pancakes, French toast, and much more. I had eggs Florentine and my hubby had eggs Benedict. Both were delicious thought he Hollandaise sauce was more cheesy than what I am used to. Though it went perfectly with the meal. I also enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate!
Lunch at Long Valley Pub on Winthrop (between Oliver Plunkett and Patrick’s) in Cork City Centre is a delicious and local experience. I love their corned beef salad sandwich on brown bread – slices of corned beef with some fine egg salad spread, lettuce, onions, and tomatoes on a tasty wheat bread. Delicious. It can also be done toasted with melted cheese. Mmm. A pint of Bulmer’s, Murphy’s, or the like goes nicely. It makes me miss Honey Hole Sandwiches (Seattle), Potbelly Sandwiches (D.C.), and Andronico’s (Palo Alto) just a little less. Each of the pub’s sandwiches are less than €6 and served until 18:00 daily.
Today, we visited Clonakilty. Thankfully, we were there at lunchtime! We found Emmet Square and O’Keeffe’s Cafe within a hotel there. It was an amazing meal. The soup of the day was broccoli and cheese and a bowl was ample and served with a slice of moist, delicious brown bread. I opted for the smoked salmon salad. I thought it had potatoes in it, but they weren’t on the plate. I meant to ask, but we had a side of chips (French fries) so I really didn’t care much. The smoked salmon was not fishy or oily. The capers on the plate were the size of caper berries! The salad had a refreshing house-made vinaigrette. My salad was just under ten Euros. Well worth it if you happen through Clonakilty.
We set out to explore east of Tragumna, specifically Castletownsend, but whatever else we passed along the way. Our lunchtime destination was Mary Ann’s of which we had heard wonderful things. We stopped by ruins on the way and enjoyed the 40 shades of green that enjoyed the rain. Lunch itself was good, though not mind-blowing. I had the tandori chicken. The chips (French fries) were too big without the outer crisp and inner soft I prefer. The entire lunch for four of us cost a whopping 83 Euros. Ouch.
Though I have found a good pot of tea already in Cork City, I have yet to find a good teapot, thereby making it possible to make a good pot of tea at home. The search will continue. Perhaps it will take a day or perhaps a month (or longer), but I am patient and a good pot of tea is worth the wait.
To celebrate Independence Day while in Ireland, it seemed only fitting to explore a little. We started at Garryvoe Beach then went to Ballycotton (home of Stephen Pearce’s pottery gallery and studio) then to Youghal followed by lunch at Merry’s in Dungarvan and finished the day in Lismore. At Merry’s, I had French onion soup and fish (cod) and chips. Mmm.