Monday, 22 August 2011
Anyway, the thing I got out of the show was the desire to do a bit more gardening, and looking for food in my environment. I am so keen on getting a fishing pole now and catching some pollock (a local fish.)
My other half and I have been making bread recently, and she's getting really good at it. I'm interested in growing fruit trees like the Orleans Reinette apple they raved about on the show. That's a French variety that was introduced in 1776! We plan on collecting the entire series of River Cottage Handbooks. They are written by experts in their field, who have appeared on the River Cottage show.
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
We like going to Costa because... well I'll just say it: I hate Starbucks. Apparently I'm not the only one. People hate Starbucks so much that Starbucks has started opening stealth stores without the Starbucks logo. You read that right; Starbucks is opening shops that do not have the word "Starbucks" anywhere in sight.
Costa is a nice alternative. They have decent caffè latte and they serve fantastic lemon poppy seed muffins. Mmmm. The interiors are generally comfortable and always decorated with the same stock-image artwork depicting cobblestone streets in Italy. They're going for the authentic-Italian angle, as opposed to the Seattle full-of-themselves angle. Generally speaking corporate coffee is corporate coffee, and comparing Starbucks to Costa is much of a muchness. However, attitude is everything. Costa seems to simply be about selling you a cup of coffee; they're not so much in your face like Starbucks is, pushing their retail crap on you. With their CEO's biography, corporate-compiled Jazz CDs and branded-breath-mints stacked up on the counter, it gets to be a bit much. Costa isn't selling that magic kool-aid. They're just selling coffee.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
This statue was installed in the early part of the 20th century after Irish independence. The sculptor was John Henry Foley. This is an example of public-friendly art. Not only is it beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, the base of the statue is a series of steps which invites pedestrians to sit and contemplate O'Connell Street along with Daniel himself. The statue is also bird-friendly, as you can see. Luckily it rains a lot in Ireland.
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
I like Dawson Street. They have Café En Seine, the Hodges Figgis book shop and this little beauty, The Celtic Whiskey Shop. This is where we get our Crabbie's Ginger Beer. OH yes, they sell more than whiskey here. Just perusing their shop window is like taking an around-the-world cruise of booze. For your enjoyment:
Hee yar Matie! Wind in the sails. Now... bring me that horizon.
I don't think that seal is going to be balancing anything after 151 proof!
Now there's something you don't see in America every day...
He's whispering to her, "You're going to be arse over teacups in an hour."
The 80-degrees refers to your angle after drinking said beverage.
Monday, 15 August 2011
Oh, hey. That's something you never see in natural history museums; preserved fungus. How cool would it be to have a mushroom exhibit? I guess they don't preserve well. Or at least, whey you dehydrate them they don't look much like they did when they were picked. Or the biologists keep eating the specimens. :)
Saturday, 13 August 2011
However, they are missing the dodo but then again, aren't we all?
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Regardless of the disposition of the clouds, people sat on the manicured lawns, enjoying the day. Groups of students in hoodies and tight Emo pants sat in circles and smoked, tourists made long movies of swans grooming, and two-year-olds tottered madly on the lawn with parents chasing after.
We sat by a lovely fountain and took it all in until it was time to deploy our umbrellas and head off. We made our way over to Dunnes Stores and bought our dinner, (pizza) then waited in the downpour on Dawson Street for the Dublin Bus to carry us home. There is more to explore in this park and we shall be back soon.
Sunday, 7 August 2011
The second time I went to Eddie Rocket's, I have decided the novelty has totally worn off. We were there for about 45 minutes and again my jukebox songs never came up. Damn! Is this thing even working?
So... this is supposed to be a 50s diner right? Bless her for trying, but our waitress was just off the bus from Poland who barely spoke English and didn't understand the word, "refill." She also got my order wrong: I ordered sliders and got chicken tenders. That culinary mistake consisted of three of over-fried nuggets of chicken dumped unceremoniously on top of a small pile of pathetic fries. I called them "digital fries" because each one was only an inch long and looked like a component from a digital display.
How much did all this cost? €6.50 for the "value meal" (chicken tenders and a Coke) plus €2.50 for a refill. In dollars that's $9.36 for just half of what McDonalds gives you in a "six piece chicken McNuggets" and a whopping $3.60 for a refill of Coke.
In my own head, I make up nicknames for fast-food chains. For example, Burger King becomes "booger fling" and Jack in the Box becomes "Yak in the box." I think Eddie Rocket's has become Eddie F**kit's. This rocket failed to get off the pad and cost us a small aerospace budget.
Saturday, 6 August 2011
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Monday, 1 August 2011
The train station in Dublin is very nice. Construction began in 1844 and it opened 1846. The railway company in Ireland is called: Iarnród Éireann. The trains are very clean and quiet, however the ticket prices are a bit steep; the cost for a round trip from Dublin to Galway is 48 euro. However, they do give a pretty good senior discount. Ireland has a free travel scheme where senior citizens do not have to pay for the bus, train or light rail. Frequent users of public transportation are able to opt-in to a tax scheme where they can deduct all their public transportation fares from their yearly tax liability. Another thing I just found out about: Ireland has a bike-to-work scheme where the government will reimburse you for 51% of the purchase price of a new bike costing up to €1000. Isn't that amazing? I am totally getting a new bike.