If you read this blog with any regularity, you know I am a foodie. Luckily, according to Saveur Magazine Cork is known as the gastronomic capital of Ireland.
Being a food away from home means I miss my favorite foods just almost as much as my favorite people. I have been able to stockpile and have family bring some of the foods I miss most and some are even available here, if you look hard enough.
Here is a list of my favorite foods or typically American items as well as where you can find them in Cork City. If I’ve not found them here yet, I’d love comments from anyone who has found them locally so we can all find a taste of home in our new home-sweet-home of Cork.
Peanut Butter Spread
This is rather available at most stores.
Found it once at Aldi/Lidl in Skibbereen, but maybe I was dreaming. No luck finding it since.
Fresh cranberries can be found in autumn, but for sandwiches and year-round enjoyment Marks & Spencer, Tesco, and Dunnes all carry some form of jarred cranberry that resembles jam or preserves.
Have not found it yet.
Pure Maple Syrup (Canadian)
Available from Mr. Bell’s Oriental Foods at The English Market for about 5 Euros
Macaroni & Cheese
I thought I found macaroni once, but no boxed Kraft mac & cheese found here yet.
Centra has Strawberry and Chocolate flavors made with beef gelatin.
Tortilla Chips & Salsa
The best we’ve found is Tesco-brand tortilla chips (the small plain clear/white bag) with Tesco-brand “Cool” salsa. They also have decent guacamole in the back corner of their produce section and canned black beans at the end of their soup aisle. Excellent tortillas (round/flat for quesadillas) in the bread aisle on the top rack.
Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
Dunnes has this.
More soon, but in the meantime we’d love to hear from you. What do you miss and where have you found it?