Lovely Day for a Guinness

Right in the midst of my passport renewal, I had to make a quick work trip to Dublin.  After picking up my passport at the US Embassy, I was on my way!  Since it was my first trip to Dublin, I decided to go in on Sunday on my own to explore and have some Guinness.

Flying into Ireland was truly amazing – it’s just as green as I always imagined.  I landed on a surprisingly temperate November day in Dublin, dropped my bag off at my hotel just off Grafton Street, and walked to the Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate.  It took me about 30 minutes to walk the whole way from central Dublin, and as I got closer the neighborhood wasn’t as nice, but it was a beautiful day and a great way to work up my thirst.  You can buy your ticket online and the admission is good for any day and time of the year.  The tour itself really isn’t a tour but a self-guided walk through the Guinness museum, giving you a history and a briefing of how it’s made.  You end at the Gravity bar where you can enjoy your free pint and look out over the city.  The views were incredible and the Guinness really is much tastier in Dublin than anywhere else.

After having a lovely two pints and picking up some souvenirs, including Guinness chocolate – yes, chocolate! – I walked back to Grafton Street, popped into some shops and then consulted the concierge for a restaurant for dinner.  He recommended The Rustic Stone with chef Dylan McGrath, known for having a Michellin star at his other restaurant, Mint, and being a celebrity on the Ireland food scene.  The menu at Rustic Stone is comprised of (mostly) healthy but tasty dishes.  I started with some (okay, not so healthy) truffle chips with parmesan, along with an incredible fresh salad of tomatoes, zucchini, avocado, cilantro and dill.  I then had the truffle tagliatelle for my entrée and a yummy strawberry and lime Knickerbocker Glory for dessert.  A truly lovely meal and a great day in Dublin.

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© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2011.

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