Colcannon, Bangers, and Guinness Stew

Having just returned from Ireland, I felt it imperative to revisit a previous blog and add my hand at Guinness stew. Colcannon In honour of Saint Patrick’s Day, I made Colcannon, an Irish dish of cabbage, potatoes, and a whiskey sauce. Simple, quick, and classic comfort food that can be served as a celebratory meal…

Ireland’s Only College Town, Maynooth

Just outside of Dublin, Maynooth feels more like a suburban neighbourhood than a town of its own.  It is artful and well-designed with no pretension. You can reach Maynooth by heading west on the M4/N4/N6 Motorway route that leads cross-country from Dublin to Galway. Our intention was to snap a few photos of the Maynooth Castle…

Northern Ireland and the Real Westeros

A short trip through Northern Ireland from Belfast up to the Giant’s Causeway has many attractions along the way, many that were used as filming locations in Game of Thrones. Not being a fan, I was still just as thrilled as the next  person to visit these beautiful landmarks. I know the series’ music and…

Science, Giants, and Geology

  The highlight of our tour of Northern Ireland was visiting the World Heritage site, Giant’s Causeway. The Causeway earned this honour back in 1986, the same year the Visitor Center opened, and is one of top four greatest natural wonders of the United Kingdom.   Take a 15-minute leisurely walk through the hills before…

Béal Feirste; On a Quiet Street Where Old Ghosts Meet

Belfast took its name after the Irish phrase Béal Feirste, loosely meaning the mouth of the river at the sandbanks, and has been the capital of Northern Ireland since the late 1800s. A leading city back in the Industrial Revolution and in textile manufacturing, as well as a great contributor to science and technology, Belfast graciously remains less…

Seafood and Shade

Boston has been hovering atop my travel bucket list for so long,  it’s too bad I only had time to stop for lunch.   Faneuil Hall Market is located about ten minutes from Logan Airport by taxi and is the perfect place to eat and walk around a bit during a layover. Our primary goal…