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reviewed Irish Cuisine. April 12, 2011
Irish Food
When I first visited Ireland a couple of years ago, I dreaded what I would have to eat. I thought  it would be dreary. Who's heard about Irish cooking other than corned beef and cabbage? Was …
reviewed Bru Bar Hostel. February 03, 2011
posted in Travel Ireland
Bru Bar Hostel
When my friend Steffie and I were  plotting our travels to Ireland last year, I knew that I wanted our home base to be in Cork, even though we would be leaving for the east and a bit north the day …
reviewed Cafe Gusto. December 22, 2010
posted in Dining Out
Cafe Gusto
Though we technically did not eat a full meal there, I feel that Cafe Gusto warrants its own post because it is a place I personally endorse and want to see thrive – not that it really needs my …
reviewed Liberty Grill. December 22, 2010
posted in Dining Out
Liberty Grill
My travel pal Steffie and I are partners in crime when it comes to our shameless love for breakfast food; it’s the meal that can make or break my day. If I have a good breakfast, that has set the …
reviewed Cafe Paradiso. December 22, 2010
posted in Dining Out
Cafe Paradiso
        This is a post long in the making. I’m not just talking about the three months it’s taken me to write this up, no. I’m talking about the fact that …
reviewed Greenes Restaurant. December 22, 2010
posted in Dining Out
Greenes Restaurant
Adjacent to the Isaac’s Hotel and Apartments is the Greenes Restaurant, a lovely fine dining restaurant that my friend Steffie and I decided to splurge on our last night in Cork. I had been eye-balling …
reviewed Guinness Draught. November 08, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
I am going to review Guinness Draft not as a beer snob but as a home brewer.  I don't drink much beer I buy because I brew enough mead and beer for myself and probably my friends too :-).   …
reviewed Touch of Ireland. April 05, 2010
Touch of Ireland
If you like very detailed costumes, Touch of Ireland probably has just about everything.  Want to be a Disney Princess?  Irish maiden?  The selection is incredible and is growing all the …
reviewed Guinness Draught. February 19, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
Everyone's heard of Guinness. even if you don't drink beer, you've heard of Guinness.  As the gentleman in the TV ads would say, their marketing is, "brilliant!" Unfortunately, their beer …
reviewed Ireland: A Novel. May 07, 2009
Ireland: A Novel
Frank Delaney's Ireland is my kind of novel. Rich with character, history, and lyrical language, it is at once the chronicle of a nation and the coming of age tale of a young man. The story opens with …
reviewed Guinness Draught. February 27, 2009
I'm not too into dark beers, but Guinness does have a pretty nice, crisp finish.  I prefer it as part of a "black and tan" (half Guinness, half Bass Ale) but can certainly finish one or two pints …
reviewed Guinness Draught. December 10, 2008
Guinness is one of my favorite beers.  The thick, creamy brew feels like you're almost drinking a dessert.  Interestingly enough, a Guinness has less calories than the same amount of a regular …
reviewed Guinness Draught. December 10, 2008
I have to begin by saying that I'm a little bias when it comes to beer. There are so many beers that I haven't tried, but of the ones that I have had, I can be very picky. I don't really care for American …
reviewed Mythic Ireland. August 18, 2008
Mythic Ireland
Michael Dames sets out to tie the Irish landscape into the mythic tales of the Irish (mostly pre-Christian but also Christian as well). He paints a compelling image of Ireland's geography and living myth …
reviewed A Secret Map of Ireland. February 24, 2008
A Secret Map of Ireland
A longtime journalist for the Irish Times, Boland's narratives move along generally with efficiency, detail, and organization. Her style, honed at the newspaper, tends more towards that of the personal …
reviewed Globe Trekker: Ireland. February 03, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Globe Trekker: Ireland
I've long been a fan of the Globe Trekker travel series. Each one has its own trekker, apparently chosen for just that journey, with a great sense of adventure and humor, a willingness to go off the beaten …
reviewed The Transformation of Ireland. June 14, 2006
The Transformation of Ireland
A lecturer at St Patrick's College, Dublin City University, Ferriter, barely in his mid-thirties, has produced a massive compilation of Ireland's 20th century worthy of a professor's lifetime's worth …
reviewed Ireland for Dummies. April 22, 2006
Ireland for Dummies
I was given the opportunity to speak at a user group meeting in Dublin this upcoming June, and I decided I didn't want to be completely ignorant about the country. While it won't be a touring vacation, …
reviewed Ireland's Eye: Travels. December 16, 2005
Ireland's Eye: Travels
A brisk overview of a changing Ireland from a perspective of a Canadian son of an English father and Irish mother. Under the guise of finding out how his grandfather died in a Dublin canal the same August …
reviewed Ireland's Treasures. February 10, 2005
Ireland's Treasures
This massive compendium of artifacts from all of Ireland's periods of artistic development offers a handy, if weighty, one-volume overview. Harbison's chapters are well-written, summarizing the highlights …
reviewed Irish Music. July 16, 2003
posted in Music Matters
Irish Music
The painting of the countryside in County Clare, just above Doolin, on the cover of the CD Irish Music suggested that All Hands Around was an Irish band. Neither the list of traditional tracks on the …
reviewed Guinness Stout 2404b. June 13, 2000
Guinness Stout 2404b
Pros: Rich, Thick, Creamy, Excellent Flavor     Cons: An acquired taste, Expensive for beer     The other night, I went to meet an old friend from high school at …
reviewed Guinness Stout 2404b. June 13, 2000
Guinness Stout 2404b
Pros: Rich, Thick, Creamy, Excellent Flavor     Cons: An acquired taste, Expensive for beer     The other night, I went to meet an old friend from high school at …
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