Planning a Trip to Ireland

by Maggie Battista on March 22, 2013

in Holiday, Ireland

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Ever since I was about ten, I wanted to visit Ireland. I think it was because of the way my family spoke of the Irish, always with fondness for their ways, appreciation for their struggles and admiration for their fortitude. To this day, my uncle can’t enter a pub without mentioning that he’s never met an Irish man he hasn’t instantly loved.

And now that I’m married to an official Irish citizen, I plan to skip from pub to pub in that tiny country this summer. I’m going to explore and meet my husband’s family. I hope to stay in an old stone house, and stare for miles at a sea of green and the actual sea. I also want to soak up all the food goodness that I know is hiding in the nooks of the land. Between the cookery schools in the south and the bloggers I’ve come to know all over, I hope to return with a few good stories on amazing Irish food gatherings.

And this is where YOU come in…

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After this blog post last week, I’ve heard from so many of you about your past visits to Ireland. I’d like some advice on where to go, who to meet, and the various foods that I must enjoy on my trip. I’m sure you took a pint at a favorite pub – which pub? Perhaps you took a cooking class that I would just love – which class? And I’m guessing you all know an Irish food-oriented person that you also instantly loved – would they like to meet up for tea or, better yet, a whiskey? Introduce us!

Please share, because…

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… the thought of planning this Irish food trip is exciting but daunting too. I need help so I’ve created an Ireland 2013 Pinterest board to track all the things I want to see on my trip. If you’d like to join that board, just email me.

Oh, and did you know that I’m on Pinterest and Eat Boutique is on Pinterest? Are you? Share a link to your Pinterest account in the comments below as I’d love to follow you too.

Lastly, these photos make me fall in love with the trip I’m planning. Between the landscape shots and the food shots, I’m just too excited. They were taken by two pretty amazing women: Sara and Imen. If you do not follow their blogs today, well, get to it!

The photos of Sara’s Honeymoon are beyond gorgeous. And, Imen and I both love Irish Cream Pavlova; I cannot wait to see the documentary Small Green Fields she’s been working on.

Thank you, ladies, and… thank you all for the Ireland advice! More soon…

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All photos taken by and appear with permission from Sara and Imen

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Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.

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  • http://saralynnpaige.com/blog Sara

    What a lovely feature, Maggie. I really hope you enjoy your time in Ireland. There was this lovely bed and breakfast that we stayed at right on the Cliffs of Moher that I would recommend if you are out that way. It’s called The Moher Lodge. Such a truly lovely couple running the place!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Hi Sara! I pinned that Lodge, thanks so much for the suggestion. I can’t wait to see the Cliffs of Moher… xox, Maggie

  • http://twitter.com/savvybostonian Jessica Gioglio

    Such a well done blog entry, Maggie. I’ve never been to Ireland, which is surprising given how often I am in London. Your post makes me want to go to Ireland! I’ll be excited to read the blog entries about your trip.

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Jessica, I hope to share every bit of it when I’m back and in real time on Instagram (mizmaggieb). I’m excited, and if you’re in London, you should go! Thinking of you! xox

  • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

    Someone emailed me to suggest: “Darina Allen’s ballymaloe cooking school, on a 100 acre organic farm” — I hope to go! xox

  • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

    From Susie: “Just wanted to tell you that if you’re going to be in the Dublin or Wicklow area, go to the Avoca Cafe at Powerscourt. Their scones and jam are amazing and you get to eat them with one of the most spectacular views in Ireland. They locally source as much as they can. While there, visit the gift shop and pick up one of their cookbooks.” – on my list! xox

  • Emily

    I second the suggestion about the Ballymaloe House. Even if you don’t do the cooking class, just having dinner there and walking the garden and grounds is unforgettable. Their bright green spring pea soup is HEAVEN. It’s a must visit! Enjoy your time in Ireland.

  • Imen McDonnell

    Maggie, I’ve not seen this until now! Thank you for sharing my blog…did you come this summer?! Would have loved to meet you. I know our paths will cross one day soon…xx

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