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Next in our series of food you must try when travelling is the small but very green country of Ireland.  You can check out what to do and where to visit in the Guide to Ireland.  Once you have figured out where you want to go, it’s time to know what you are going to eat when you are there.


The first one on the list has to be potatoes.  Mashed, Baked, Chipped, Skins whichever way you like it, you will pretty much be guaranteed to have potato on your trip around the Emerald Isle.  It usually is a side to a hearty meal, but can be a meal within itself.


Irish Stew

The cold weather does call for a nice warm stew and the Irish stew doesn’t disappoint.  It’s a mix of local root vegetables with a bit of meat.  There is no exact recipe for Irish stew, so each one you try will be a little bit different from the last.


Photo credit: http://www.lancashirehaggis.co.uk/black-pudding/

Black Pudding

Warning: this is not a desert, far from it.  Black pudding is known as a blood sausage.  It is usually made from Pork beef, oats and blood.  You can usually order Black pudding with an Irish fry.  If you didn’t know what was in it, you might actually like the taste.


White Pudding

Like its cousin, the black pudding, white pudding is far from a desert.  It is made up from pretty much the same ingredients as Black pudding, but it doesn’t contain the blood.  This is the choice for all you non vampire people out there.  You will also find this on the traditional Irish breakfast.


 Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soda_bread

Soda Bread

It uses baking soda instead of yeast and buttermilk instead of milk.  These two ingredients react with each other leaving the Soda Bread as the result.  Most people use soda bread to mop up their brown sauce and tomato sauce from their Full Irish Breakfast.


Potato bread

Now I did tell you the Irish like to eat potato.  So much so, they have replaced a large majority of flour with potatoes to create their bread.  This is great to dip into your soup or an Irish stew.  Keep an eye out for it and be sure to give it a try.



Ireland is home to probably the world’s most famous stout – Guinness.  A visit to Dublin is not a visit until you have seen the Guinness storehouse.  It’s worth it to go up to the viewing platform, but I think the best part is to taste a Guinness at the top of Dublin.  To pour the perfect Guinness, you need it in the specifically designed glass, pour three quarters full, wait, and then top it off.  This process takes 119.5 seconds. 



What’s your favourite food to have in Ireland?  What are you dying to try?  Leave a comment on our Facebook page or tag #itchyfeetescapades on Instagram!


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