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With all the doom and gloom about, it’s hard sometimes to see the upside of Ireland, which is why I like this video from Failte Ireland.
It’s given me a little pep in my step!
I’m delighted to hear that the readers of Frommer’s have voted Ireland as the best travel destination for 2011! Let’s hope it brings a few people to this country, because the Irish tourist industry could use a boost.
I am ashamed to admit that I’ve never been to the Listowel Food Fair, since something has always seemed to come up with the business during it, but I am going this year (it’s on from the 5th – 8th of November), no matter what. I have heard so much great feedback over the years, and I’ve just been looking through the website. The lineup is most impressive. From the farmhouse cheese awards to Organics with Attitude to a children’s food art workshop, I’d say there would be something for everyone.
There’s even a seminar for artisan producers!
Check it out if you can.
Today, we had to go to Tralee to pick up a few bits and pieces for the baby, and we stopped in for lunch at the Kingdom Food & Wine Store in Oakpark. Anyone in Tralee feeling peckish or looking for some interesting food products should check it out. They have a great range of gourmet foods, an impressive selection of wines, and delicious sandwiches and other goodies.
It’s on the Listowel Road and within easy walking distance to the bus/train station, so stop in if you’re heading on a trip!
I had a long but enjoyable day today in West Cork, visiting customers and chasing down a few leads. It’s really a remarkably beautiful part of the country. My first port of call was Barleycove Beach Hotel in Goleen. Under new ownership, it looks like it will be a tasty port of call for anyone travelling the area, with a chef trained in a Michelin starred restaurant and a real commitment to fresh, local ingredients. I can tell you the ice cream ain’t bad, either . Below is a little video of Martin, the owner, and the blue flag beach.
I ended up in Kinsale, visiting the new Blue Haven Gourmet Store, that stocks our ice cream.
I also met with someone about a scooping cabinet. So, there’s a possibility there will be Murphys ice cream cones to be had by this summer in Kinsale!
If you find yourself in Tralee around lunchtime, there’s an excellent place to get a sandwich or other nibbles on Courthouse Lane in the middle of town. It’s called French Flair, and they not only make their own bread but have a good selection of cheeses, meats, etc. They have a good wine selection, as well as chocolates and other gourmet nibbles.
They have added a new cafe, and although I didn’t have time to sample their wares, it looks cute and comfortable.
I’m just back from Kinsale, where I was one of the speakers at a Soho Solo Ireland event.
I really like Kinsale. For all of the chains that have been creeping in many places, it’s still full of boutiques and interesting bites of food. We ate lunch at Cucina on Market Street, and I can certainly recommend it.
The crab tart special was very yummy and came topped with Caesar salad (photo above).
I do feel for anyone trading in that town, though. The streets are still dug up (how long has it been?), and it must be quite a challenge to keep going.
After our experience in Killarney, I know what that kind of disruption is like. Best of luck to all of them!
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