I'm coming to the end of a wonderful trip full of warm welcomes in Sligo, where I learned all about the versatility of Irish stew, feasted on the most scrumptious food Ireland has to offer, and above all met some wonderful new friends.
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Sligo - A Culinary Town
I am thrilled to say my Guinness Beef Stew was awarded a Silver Award in the World Irish Stew Amateur Competition. A big thank you to the organizers of this fantastic, fun contest which I hope will continue to grow in years to come.
The official event photographer is going to send me some of his photos, so in the coming weeks we'll have a stewing good time. I never imagined there are so many ways to cook, season, plate, and savor the humble stew. So stay tuned to learn all about Irish stew.
A Delicious Meal
But rest assured there was far more to my gourmet trip to Sligo. I was thrilled to attend the Gala Banquet honoring the chefs and students who made this event possible.
Before I picked up my fork or spoon, or lifted a glass, I remembered to raise my camera to take a shot of these delicious dishes to share with you.
To-MAY-to or to-MAH-to, whatever you choose to call it, this was the most delicious soup I ever tasted. I don't even like tomato soup, but I could have thrown back a few more shots of this one.
Simply delicious - what more can I say.
No gourmet meal is complete without a fish course. Fresh, local fish from the shores of Sligo helped create this sumptious feast. Just perfect!
Irish chefs know how to cook good, wholesome food, plating it in a unique and inviting manner, to get your taste buds tingling and your mouth watering.
This dessert was my favorite course, a perfect combination of sweet and tart. My Irish sweet tooth was delighted by this combination. I always find American desserts a little too sweet, so I was in heaven as I savored my rhubarb blancmange.
To tell you the truth I am a little bit of a rhubarb freak. This summer I'll share some of my favorite rhubarb recipes with you. Can't wait to see some for sale in Louisville. Just like Ireland, rhubarb grows well in Kentucky soil.
Don't worry! It's Irish craic, not the American variety being promoted in this poster. After experiencing the culinary excellence of Sligo, my faith in and love of Irish food grew stronger. I definitely will make no apologies for Irish food.
Thank you to the Glasshouse Hotel and their amazing chefs and staff for treating us to such a wonderful meal.
Sligo is a beautiful town situated in one of the most scenic settings in the whole wide world. The sun may only have peeped out for one day of my stay, but that didn't stop me from taking photos. I'll share my shots over the coming days and weeks. So come back again for another taste of all that Sligo has to offer, or even better, make sure to visit Sligo and experience some of the wonderful restaurants throughout the town and county.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade