This time last year I was standing in the cold misty rain, surrounded by a thousand green revellers, drinking a pint of Guinness. I had just arrived in Ireland and was ringing in St. Patrick’s Day in the heart of Dublin. The chaos, the crowds, the drinks, the newness of it all. It was exactly what I had been craving and what I thought I wanted. So why was I feeling so sad? Continue reading
One warm, sunny morning last October, I walked through a crowded, busy market in the old town of Split. Located just steps away from the harbour I could smell the sea breeze and see the bobbing sailboat from where I stood. I wandered slowly around the packed stalls with their mountains of sweet, ripe, fly-covered fruits and vegetables. No intentions. No thought of where to go. No plan for what to buy. I just observed. Continue reading
After 15 years of being a vegetarian I decided it was time to expand my culinary horizons so on one rainy night in the UK I ate fish and chips complete with mushy peas and tea. Frankly it wasn’t as shocking as I thought it might be. I predicted that I’d hate the taste and have to choke it down. Others predicted I would love it and immediately see the error of my vegetarian ways. But honestly it wasn’t really either. I ate it without any remorse, guilt, or disgust, but I certainly wasn’t craving any more of it. If that is what the omnivore world has to offer, I really haven’t been missing anything.
I have been wanting to try Hakka food ever since my brother-in-law explained the concept to me about two years ago. From his description it something of a blend of Chinese and Indian foods. According to online sources it is Chinese preparation with Indian flavours. Needless to say I was intrigued and salivating. So when a friend of a friend suggested we go to a Hakka Bar in the west end, I was ridiculously excited. Unfortunately, due to the wine beforehand, the free whisky shots during and the beers afterwards, I am ashamed to tell you I can’t actually confirm the restaurants name or location, but I kinda think the mystery adds to the adventure.