What's been surprising to me over the years is the whole concept of food being part of a trip that people actually want to experience with you. What I did on my flights, to just about wherever I ate on the Emerald Isle, I took pictures of the food (if you want to see the pictures, ask):
Since I was flying business class on Delta, the foodie experience started there. Since I was on an evening flight, the experience started with dinner: shrimp with grilled pineapple, and iceberg wedge salad with tomato basil soup (which would become more popular to me on the trip), followed by a choice of beef short ribs (with garlic smashed potatoes and broccolini), fontina cheese stuffed chicken (with tarragon lemon sauce and farro risotto), pappardelle pasta (with mushroom bolognaise and fresh mozarella cheese) or an antipasto plate (prosciutto, soppressata, bresaola, stuffed grape leaves, mozarella balls and sun-dried tomato bean spread) (I chose the chicken), followed by a choice of desserts: vanilla ice cream sundae (with your choice of sauces, whipped cream and chopped nuts), a tasting of sweet treats, or a selection of fine cheeses (offered with fresh fruit) (I took the sundae - after all, we're talking real
ice cream). For "almost there" (about 90 minutes out), there was seasonal fresh fruit and a choice of vanilla french toast (and scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese served with chicken sausage and maple syrup) or granola cereal (with milk). I had the french toast. It had been so long since I'd had french toast.
After the recording session, the group of us from Star Trek Grissom went to dinner at a place called Pho Viet
(the link will take you to some information about it). It was my first real meal in Dublin, and it was what I needed. The following morning, I had the full Irish breakfast at the Ardmore House.
Once I reached my host's home in Belfast, I was able to sample some of the eateries local to him. I tried fish and chips at a place called "Suttons" which was about 1000' down the main road from where I was staying. The chips were what Americans would know as steak fries. The fish wasn't as plentiful as, say, what I'd have gotten at Leo Burdick's in Dublin, but it was fresh, as were the chips, and I slathered it all in malt vinegar (no tartar sauce or anything like that for me!). One night I tried Chinese takeaway from Golden Sand Chinese Takeaway (no link, I'm afraid). It was sort of OK, I guess. Nothing really to write home about. Wednesday night, I was taken to Sakura Restaurant
. The one aspect of this restaurant which surprised me (and which caused me to take 2 videos) was the fact that there was inexpensive sushi coming around on a conveyor belt! The price of each plate was based upon the color of the plate the sushi was on. Wasabe an pickled ginger came in small buckets! For Thanksgiving, my host and I did Indian takeaway from Everest Restaurant
, which is an Indian/Nepalese eatery. The food was rather good, and definitely different for Thanksgiving (or Thanksgivukkah, for that matter).
Lunches were sort of miss and miss. The only time I had lunch out was at The Nook at Giant's Causeway
, which I described in an earlier entry. For some reason the pub's website
wouldn't work for me. Maybe you'll be luckier. I don't know.
Once returning to Dublin, I stayed near my hotel and splurged a bit at Eurospar, as I explained in my last entry.
For the flight home, since it was an 8:40 AM flight, the menu looked as thus: smoked salmon (I don't eat salmon), seasonal fresh fruit, yogurt, roasted chicken breast ((with olive and tomato sauce, saffron orzo and sauteed sugar snap peas), been tenderloin and omelet (with Swiss cheese and carmelized onions, served with sauteed potatoes), apple ricotta crepes (with pecans, pork sausage and syrup), granola cereal (with milk) or a chilled deli plate (bresaola, ham and smoked turkey breast, with a deviled egg, brie, smoked gouda cheese and grilled asparagus) (I chose the tenderloin and omelet), followed by a choice of desserts: vanilla ice cream sundae (with your choice of sauces, whipped cream and chopped nuts), a tasting of sweet treats, or a selection of fine cheeses (offered with fresh fruit) (I took the sundae again). This was followed close to landing by "warm chocolate chip cookie service" followed by a choice of a chicken cobb salad (topped with corn, tomato, egg and cheddar cheese, served with breadsticks) or a hamburger (with Swiss cheese, onion, tomato and pickle) (I took the hamburger).
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