Mary Sheehan Coming Home To Cook

April 16, 2009

location location location

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Map of IrelandI recently received a query from an American who asked where exactly I am located in Ireland and suggested I post a map to help her out. So, here I am in the Burren on the west coast between Limerick and Galway. I can walk an hour west of my flat and be looking out over the Aran Islands.  Here’s some pictures I took on a gorgeous spring day on a road above Doolin.  A falcon was wind surfing around the castle and the ferry from the islands was coming in to dock. A perfect day!

Tourism and Food

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Ireland still has a “sketchy” reputation for food despite the advances in local restaurants serving fresh, seasonal foods sourced from local producers. Farmers Markets are bursting with interesting foods from farmers, cooks and from the demands of our diverse population As I travel the country promoting Coming Home To Cook and doing cookery demos I meet all kinds of people who are interested in new recipes and different ideas for cooking from our spectacular bounty of produce. Ireland has a long growing season, recently extended by the emergence of tunnel gardening.  Allottments are on the rise, giving those of us living in flats the opportunity to grow our own. And, new restaurants are opening in West Clare that are committed to serving fresh Irish foods. So, if you’re a tourist coming to Ireland for a holiday, search out the little local restaurants and Farmers Markets for the real experience in Irish food. And, look for the Food Festivals, there’s loads of them around the country from now through October. For some helpful sights in Co. Clare, go to Clare Focus and Slow Food Clare Check out Irish Seed Savers for news about native Irish plants and what’s in season (and it’s a great place to visit) and keep checking back here for updates and see my links for Irish food sites as well as Irish sites. For food news around the country check Good Food Ireland and Discover Ireland The most comprehensive Farmers Market list can be found at Bord Bia which is the website of the Irish Food Board.

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