Experience a real taste of Ireland

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The fish counter at Dublin gourmet market Fallon & Byrne’s.

Long before I started this blog, I was an evangelist for the high quality of food in Ireland where the seafood is literally fresh off the boat, cheese and butter come from grass fed cows, and local butchers still make their own sausages. In every home you will be offered a cup of tea, usually with a slice of cake or bread spread with deep yellow butter.  If you visit, you will quickly learn that hospitality is an intrinsic part of Irish culture and farm to table is not a fad, it’s a way of life.  Saveur magazine founder and award winning cookbook author Colman Andrews has called Ireland “…one of the most exciting food stories in the world today.”

If you want to experience a real taste of Ireland for yourself, Chicago travel company Global Gourmands,  is offering a culinary tour of the Emerald Isle this May.  Founded by luxury travel pros,  Susan Gillato and Claudia Royston, Global Gourmands specializes in small group tours that offer memorable food and adventures not available to the average tourist.    Forage for wild edible plants in a Wicklow forest.  Go fishing off the spectacular Dingle peninsula and prepare your catch at a local cooking school.  Explore the food stalls and make new friends at Cork’s historic English Market.  Enjoy traditional food prepared in new ways at world class restaurants.  The tour also includes two nights at the famous Ballymaloe House Hotel and a class at Ballymaloe’s world famous cookery school.

Wild garlic growing along a rural Irish road.

Wild garlic growing along a rural Irish road.

Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork.

Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork.

Listen to Susan and Claudia talk about their travel philosophy and the Ireland tour on Edible Chicago’s latest Deep Dish Cafe podcast.  Global Gourmands’ Ireland tour was featured in Edible Chicago’s Winter issue as well as the February 2016 issue of Irish American News.  For more information and recent news articles about the trip go to http://www.globalgourmands.com.  If you like this post, please share it.

Me with Cork's most famous fish monger Pat O'Connell of K. O'Connell's in the city's English Market.

Me with Cork’s most famous fish monger Pat O’Connell of K. O’Connell’s in the city’s English Market.



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