Let me begin with a quick apology for the three-week blogging hiatus -- I do apologize, but Ireland called, and I unwaveringly answered back. I was fortunate enough to spend six days in Dublin, Ireland to finish up my final grad school class and even more fortunate to be given another 9 days to explore a massive portion of the coastline. Words alone cannot do this 9-day exploration of jaw-dropping scenery, culture, and comfort-food justice, so I have included a picture along with a few brief words to touch on the trip and the peculiar title of this post.
Ireland was just the breath of fresh air I needed to clear my graduate-school-stressed mind, overflow my heart with happiness, and remind me that living in the moment is the quickest way to find my own balance and harmony. Don’t fret, I’m not going to get all Zen on you and convince you to Feng Shui your living room, but I had to veer onto the touchy-feely side to get the point across. Along with all this touchy-feely loveliness, there was of course a wide-range of delicious food (no, not just pub grub) to satisfy even those with an appetite for fine dining, enough Guinness to keep your belly full and your foot uninhibitedly tapping to the traditional music, forty plus shades of eye-popping emerald green to keep your jaw dropping, and an abundance of cheery Irish accents to keep you smiling. In my case, there were also enough cuddly lambs and doe-eyed cows to convince me that it was finally time to do something I had been painfully debating for quite a while: become a vegetarian. Well, pseudo vegetarian – some call it a pesco-vegetarian because, at least for now, I will still be eating seafood. This decision was not an easy one because while I can live without chicken, turkey, and ham, I really enjoy a good filet and rack of lamb (Oh yes, I just intentionally rhymed/rapped there... in my head it's a rap, but let it flow as you please). However, I’ve found myself increasingly conflicted over my love for these meats and my love for animals, and it was finally time to put an end to my personal debate. While I may now be a pseudo, pesco, or whatever-you-want-to-call-it vegetarian, I still love delicious food and it is my promise to you that if I post a recipe, it will be worth making. That being said, check back soon for a few posts on meals I enjoyed in Ireland and how to recreate these post-worthy recipes.