Following The Bust, A Culinary Boom: 7 Places To Eat And Drink In Western Ireland

Restaurants and farmers markets worth visiting
Mar 17, 2014 10:00 am

It’s a boom time in Ireland once more. This time around it’s not about expensive cars and massive houses, it’s about the Irish appreciation for their own culinary heritage. The air feels heady with possibility in western Ireland, a region of the country celebrated for its food traditions. Here are seven ideas for what to eat and where to visit to experience the best the food world of western Ireland has to offer.

Kevin Thornton, Ireland's Hardest Working Chef?

Michelin stars come and go. Inspiration doesn't.
Mar 14, 2014 9:00 am

Kevin Thornton was the first chef in Ireland to receive two Michelin stars at his restaurant Thornton's in the posh Fitzwilliam Hotel in the Stephen’s Green neighborhood of Dublin. When he lost one of his stars in 2006, the chef didn’t greet the slight with the consternation that other chefs might. It liberated him. Read on.

10 Irish Whiskeys To Try Right Now

There's more to drinking Irish than just Guinness
Mar 15, 2013 2:02 pm
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With St. Paddy’s Day coming up this weekend, why not take a break from all that Guinness-drinking and reacquaint yourself with Irish whiskey? Here are 10 to try.

Darina Allen: Ireland's Alice Waters

A primer on the Irish farmers market movement
Mar 16, 2012 3:01 pm
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Who's Darina Allen? Well, you might say she wrote the book on traditional Irish cooking. After all, she's the author of the comprehensive tome Irish Traditional Cooking. She also happens to be the founder of The Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, one of the only cooking schools in the world located on an entirely organic farm.

The Tipperary Cocktail

A refined choice for going green on St. Patrick's
Mar 16, 2012 2:01 pm
The Tipperary Cocktail

Being the good Irishman that I am, I've downed my share of celebratory Car Bombs over the years, mostly while listening to the 8th round of "Whiskey In The Jar" on St. Patrick's Day. But finding myself more in cocktail bars these days, I'm guessing my greenish drink of choice will instead be a slow-sipper, preferably whiskey-based, followed separately by a healthy pint of Guinness.

Irish Whiskey Makes A Comeback In 2012

And not just because of clever marketing
Mar 14, 2012 4:02 pm
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When you hear Irish whiskey what’s the first thing that comes to mind? A shot of Jameson’s with a can of Tecate or PBR at your local dive bar? Maybe those ambiguous ads for Bushmills featuring cool kids like Bon Iver, Chromeo and Elijah Wood? Don’t feel bad if you’re struggling to think of anything else. Ireland’s brown liquor has had a tough time of defining itself over the last, oh, eight or nine decades.

Sean Muldoon Invades America

The man behind the world’s best bar has arrived!
Jan 27, 2012 4:59 pm
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If you’re into cocktails enough to travel to New Orleans in the ball-sweating heat of July for Tales of the Cocktail or even, say, to hit up the local cocktail fest in your own hometown – be it Portland, San Francisco or San Antonio – then you’ve probably heard of Sean Muldoon. In quaffing circles, he’s something of a legend, having designed every last detail of the bar at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast.


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