On the second day in Galway, we went to the Galway Seafood and Oyster Festival
We only stayed in Galway for the long weekend so we had to make the most of our last day to roam around. On our first day, we took a leisure stroll around the city center and visited a number of attractions around. And in case you missed it, you can read my entry here.
The next day, we woke up to a really gloomy weather. I even checked my weather app to see if things will get better. But to my disappointment, that day was expected to receive showers and gray clouds. That didn’t stop us from stepping out, though. We just prepared ourselves by wearing the appropriate outdoor gear to protect us from the rain! Continue reading “Galway and the Oyster Festival” »
Personal dining experience at the Eyre Square Hotel Restaurant..
We recently had a trip to Galway to show a friend around. And because it is only about a 3-hour train ride from Dublin’s Heuston Station, we took the early-ish train to go to Galway. We thought it is the best way to make the most of the city since we were only there for the long weekend – so we wanted to arrive with enough time to walk around before it gets dark. Apart from that, we also took my son’s naptime in consideration so it all made sense to travel in the morning!
Luckily for us, there was a 10:05 AM train to go to Galway. We booked our tickets online and arrived very early inside the station to have breakfast before the trip. The train ride was OK apart from some noisy group of guys onboard the same train car as us. We didn’t go hungry in the middle of the trip since we had a BIG breakfast before the journey started. But boy! We were so hungry when we finally arrived in Galway!
The great thing about Galway’s train station is that it is super close to A LOT of restaurants and pubs. As soon as we stepped outside, we immediately saw a couple of places to eat. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular at that moment – I just wanted to sit and have my meal. But we didn’t take the first restaurant we saw either. We had a look at a couple of “potential” places to have lunch and settled in at the Eyre Square Hotel restaurant instead. Continue reading “Review: Eyre Square Hotel Restaurant” »
I recently published a post thru ExpatPost about the Oktoberfest celebrations in Dublin. And since having my little boy around, my Oktoberfest celebrations has never been the same. For one, I don’t go there in the evenings anymore. Kids are not allowed to get inside the fence after around 5 or 6 PM. Plus, I don’t think I’d want to since the autumn winds are quite chilly over here, too.
Having a toddler has its advantages. Especially for a child who loves food, eating out is now our chance for some peace and quiet. These days, my husband and I try to go back to the places we loved to dine before my son was born. Restaurants and cafes with very limited space used to be a far distant memory. And I feared I might need to wait for my son to become a teenager before we can go back. Lucky for us, that didn’t happen. My son is a toddler who loves food and that allowed us to go back to places such as Chez Max at Baggot Street to dine for a meal!
Last Sunday, we went out for lunch and made a reservation to be safe. Continue reading “Review: Chez Max (Baggot Street)” »
Last weekend, we missed the Luas to go to Dublin city center. And because the sun was shining brightly, we decided to go for a walk. Before my son was born, my husband and I rarely use the Luas – especially during the spring/summer season. And since my son is no longer a baby and the weather still warm, we decided to use our feet to go to the city center.
It was great. We used the time walking to chat and appreciate the refreshing breeze outdoors. Apart from that, we also noticed that preparation for the Oktoberfest is now ongoing. Booths and food stalls (I failed to take a photo of, too busy chatting with my husband, 😆 ) are already setup. In case you are interested to know more about Dublin’s Oktoberfest celebrations, watch out for my article on ExpatPost tomorrow (16 September 2016) about it!
We went to mass at the St Mary’s Pro Cathedral located at Dublin city center. As usual, my husband and son stayed inside for the first half of the celebration. We were lucky we were seated beside the candles for prayer offering – allowing my son to keep still longer than usual. But that didn’t prevent him from running around the Church ( 😐 ). So eventually, my husband took him out and I was left inside to finish the mass.
After the mass, we have to wait a couple of minutes till the shops open at 11 AM. We decided to drop by a local Starbucks shop to wait and grab a bite, too. On our way to Starbucks, I had to appreciate the fantastic weather outdoors and snapped a couple of photos of some attractions at Dublin city center! Continue reading “Spending the weekend at Dublin city center” »
Personal dining experience at Il Fornaio IFSC branch
I can feel the cold winds of autumn are just around the corner – literally. Each day, the nights are getting longer and colder. Yellow leaves are starting to fall down into heaps around the pavement, too. For my son, that’s a great “toy” to play with but for us, we knew that the weather will now turn for the worse.
Whenever we find ourselves with an unexpectedly sunny day, one of our default places to go to is Il Fornaio at the IFSC. It is an Italian cafe with reasonable prices and yummy food items to choose from. Apart from that, our Italian friend loves to dine there. She mentioned once that the staffs were like her pseudo-family while she’s in Dublin. And I can say that they were really the nicest bunch of people, too. Continue reading “Review: Il Fornaio IFSC (Dublin, Ireland)” »
A great Thai/fusion dinner at the East Restaurant in IFSC!
While we are still in the nicer and warmer days of summer, we try to make the most of it. Especially when the temperatures reach more than 20 degrees Celsius, it is kind of depressing to stay indoors while the rest of Dublin is outdoors having as much sun as they want!
Sunday lunch with friends at Musashi IFSC branch turned out an epic day for everybody!
Last Sunday, we met our Italian friend for lunch. It’s been a while since we saw her, it was April this year – if I am not mistaken. She used to be on a long-term work assignment here in Dublin but ended December last year. So I definitely missed having her around! And now, after a couple of months working on a UK project, she’s back! So we will definitely see more of her in the coming months.
We went to one of our go-to places around IFSC called Musashi. As the name suggests, it is a Japanese restaurant offering various options such as ramen, soba, and sushi platters. We have been here a number of times before but I haven’t been able to write a detailed restaurant review (sorry guys!). In fact, I didn’t plan to write one today (proof is the lack of photos from our lunch). But a funny and high-five worthy experience from the staff made me want to write this “mini review“.
Finally, another ramen place in Dublin: The Ramen Bar
Gosh – I miss traveling! And whenever I get hit by the I-miss-traveling bug, I always think about our vacation in Japan a couple of years ago during spring. Japan will always have a soft spot for me. I don’t know why, but there is something so fascinating about Japan that I’d never think twice packing my bags to go there if I can!
When I miss a certain place, food cravings start to follow. It probably stems from the fact that whenever I travel, eating authentic dishes is a must so traveling and eating is ALWAYS a must for me!