Dining at the Shelbourne Hotel

by Kristin on October 24, 2015

It’s hard to keep up with Dublin’s dining scene these days. Every time you turn around a new restaurant has opened, each one hotter and hipper than the last. As exciting as that is, it means it’s easy to forget about the older places on the edges of the limelight, keeping their heads down and quietly […]

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Honest2Goodness Market

by Kristin on May 2, 2013

I have high expectations when it comes to farmers’ markets. Before I moved to Ireland I was living in Madison, the capital city of Wisconsin and home to the biggest producer-only farmers’ market in America. With 300 vendors, it completely encircles the huge capitol building and has everything you could possible need or want and […]


Dublin Coddle

by Kristin on February 28, 2013

In Ireland, people don’t say How are you?, they say, What’s the story? They say, Sit down. Have a cup of tea. Come here to me, wait till I tell you. Because people want to hear the story. There’s always a story. Ireland is a country in love with language, with words, with writing. The Long […]


Bon Appétit, Malahide

by Kristin on September 13, 2012

When I was in Malahide a few weeks ago to eat at Bon Appétit, I wondered why I hadn’t been back in so long. The last time I was in the affluent Dublin suburb was 10 or 11 years ago, when I did a two-week TEFL certification course there. Malahide is a pretty seaside village […]


The Phoenix Park Tea Rooms

by Kristin on August 11, 2011

Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction (almost 1 million visitors last year in a country with a population of only 4.5 million) and we take the kids once or twice a year. I like the zoo as much as the next person, but my favourite part isn’t the tigers or the elephants or […]