September 24th, 2014 | Uncategorized
Anyone who really knows me from back home knows that I can eat – and I’m definitely not shy about it. As a collegiate athlete, food is an important part of the equation to be successful! While I’ve been in Ireland, I frequently get the same question from my friends: “How’s the food?”
Quite honestly: it’s not that different from the US!
There is virtually every type of food restaurant around Limerick City – from Chinese, Italian, Indian, Thai, classic Irish and more. However, there are certain foods and combinations that are different here from back home. “Chips” here are the same as French fries back in the US… and they’re also eaten with salt and vinegar on top! Also, a “full Irish breakfast” is complete with eggs, sausage, bacon, baked beans, black and white pudding, tomato, mushrooms and toast. I’ve also noticed that the vegetables, fruits, and especially the bread all seem to taste better over here and are always very fresh. Lastly, every meal isn’t complete without a cup of hot tea!
Of course, I do get my random cravings for my favorite foods from back at home. For example – Chipotle, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and Mexican food in general (specifically La Fiesta in Burlington, NC) just to name a few. Traveling around Limerick City I have found some great go-to spots that I’m sure I will be frequenting more and more (particularly a restaurant called Bad A** Burritos).
Let’s be real here – I was pretty spoon-fed back at Elon. I took full advantage of my meal plan and never had to think too much about my next meal since all I had to do was walk to the dining hall or café literally down the street. Here, I’m finally being forced to step out and cook on my own as much as possible. Jon and I have been doing pretty well so far, if I do say so myself! I think we could rival some of the Top Chefs once we really get in our weekly cooking routine.
We might even have to make our own cooking show out of it! 🙂