Join recent transplant Joelle Shea as she discovers food in central Pennsylvania for the first time. Get information on the restaurants she tries, as well as recipes and cooking tips.
I haven’t been posting on the blog lately because I’ve been traveling. We vacationed with family in Rhode Island in August, and in September we went to Ireland.
When we told people we were going to Ireland, we heard a lot of the same reaction: "You’ll love the people and the scenery, but the food isn’t that great." We were pleasantly surprised.
Sure, we ate the delicious-but-expected fare like shepherd’s pie, mushy peas, fish and chips and beef stew. But we also tasted fantastic Thai green curry, fresh Italian, and, quite unexpectedly, a meal the chef described as “street Mexican” that included pork belly and chorizo. Also, many of the restaurants we visited prided themselves on using local meats, fish, cheeses and veggies, making for fantastically fresh flavors (how about that for alteration?).
Ireland definitely provided us with some pleasant food surprises- not just the bangers and mash that we had been promised. What is your favorite meal you’ve eaten on the road? Was there a food you were pleasantly surprised by while traveling?