International Grocery Stores in Cork

Being from Washington, D.C. and living for over 30 years in the United States, I am accustomed to a wide variety of the world's cuisines. When I cannot find a restaurant that makes what I am craving, I turn to the many international grocery stores to help me make it myself. Here is a list... Continue Reading →

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Home Square in Cornmarket Centre

When I first moved to Cork city about a decade ago, sourcing fun home decor items was a challenge. There was no HomeSense, TKMaxx, and especially no Home Square. I must admit, I LOVE Home Square. It is calm and well presented, with the items displayed in uncluttered, but fun ways. When my friend Steve... Continue Reading →

The Best Place for…

I am often asked for recommendations, so I am making a list of my favorite spots for various things. Sometimes it is specific, sometimes it is vague. But these are just a few because, as we know, Cork city has so much to offer and this list is just a tiny fraction of all it... Continue Reading →

Afternoon Tea in Cork City

I love afternoon tea almost as much as I love brunch. And there are more and more places in Cork offering elegantly prepared and thoughtfully served afternoon tea, so I decided to make a list. If you're stuck for a gift idea for Christmas, birthday, Valentine's Day, or Mother's Day, a gift voucher for afternoon... Continue Reading →

A Comparison of Jarred Cranberry Sauces in Ireland

As an American expat in Ireland, Thanksgiving falls under one of the more unique experiences. Firstly, the grocery stores are not chaotic with shoppers seeking sage, cranberries, or the elusive last-minute turkey. Secondly, Ireland's appreciation for good food and family makes Thanksgiving a natural fit. Thirdly, life goes on without fanfare, festivities, or feasts -... Continue Reading →

The Silence of Unshared Milestones

One of the hardest parts of expat life for me is the isolation and silence of unshared milestones. Yes, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and more still exist and take place, but without much celebration or, for lack of a better word, fanfare. There have been 10 Halloweens here, only one with trick-or-treating. A few Thanksgivings I... Continue Reading →

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