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.
The market and grocery store experience is not to be missed when visiting a different country or locale. Cork City is no exception. The English Market has dozens of stalls selling fresh fish, meats, pastas, produce, cheeses, olives, and convenience foods. Convenience foods is fast becoming my new favorite phrase. It is what Americans may consider “semi-homemade” or “from fridge to oven to table” dining. What I was accustomed to seeing in the frozen food aisle is available here unfrozen. Tonight, we will have Chicken Kiev with corn and a side salad. Maybe it is just my first impression and shock that their markets are not 1/3 frozen food aisles, but I must admit I am enthralled. Even the market has fresh-baked loaves galore, including loaves from O’Keeffe’s Bakery.
Cork is a very walkable city, so long as you watch out for all the cars. Pedestrians are not kings here like in the States. And 99% of pedestrians do not obey the crosswalk signs. I have yet to understand when one knows it is “safe” to cross, but hope to learn. It also sheds light on the title choice for David Monagan’s book Jaywalking With The Irish (available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk as well as in the travel essay section of bookstores).