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Hot Pots In A Cold Land

Although Mother Nature wreaks occasional havoc over this land, she also extends an apology by providing Icelander’s a special retreat in the form of hot pots. Bathing has become an … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Iceland’s Ancient Ways….. Sorcery For Survival

In a land of rumbling earth with dark winters and endless daylight summers, with hot steam rising from ginormous cracks in the ground and numerous mountains belching forth ash and … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Iceland’s Ancient Ways…. Shelter

When the vikings first arrived in Iceland back in the 9th century, they discovered a coarse yet manageable new world ripe for the picking, uninhabited but for a few Gaelic … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Taste of Iceland

The remote shores and dramatic environment of Iceland make for delicious but slim pickings in the way of culinary choices and on occasion brings a moral dilemma to the table: but … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Pedal Through Yesteryear

It was a gray, misty day which only made the fields look more green, as if that were even possible here. The air had a faint sweetness of spring blooms, … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 6 Comments

A Dry Day In Ireland a.k.a “No Pints Friday”

It’s Easter Holy Week in Ireland, and being immersed among a deeper see of Catholics than almost anywhere besides Vatican City, i’m intrigued at the faith and traditions that move … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

Finding the Sacred Pancake

As i was making my way through London City to one of the most extensive collections of food and wine archives i happened upon a large and excited crowd gathered … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Winter’s Finale & Spring’s Invitation

For centuries, today January 6th marks a transitional moment in the winter spiritual and social calendar. Twelfth Night, Feast of the Epiphany, Yuletide end, Feast of Fools, even the Roman … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

A Sip Back In Time

Wandering the streets of Dingle Ireland, I happened upon a shop window reminiscent of an antique/junk shop in America, upon entry I was pleasantly surprised to find a pub. An … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Visiting With A Master

You never know where one conversation might lead you. This one lead me to the beauty found and the legacy being built from the art of Irish Crystal. I arrived … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

A Day At the Farm…Dinner Inspired!

A sunny day in Ireland, so I took full advantage and wandered a wee road trip out to the very small hill top village of Ardcath to see a man … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

An Apple a Day… In A Glass of Cider, Please!!

The Forest of Dean in west England holds many tasty discoveries; artisan cheeses, rolling green hillsides of plump lamb & mutton, farm after farm of fruit orchards, and most note … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 4 Comments

Brown Bread on The Hill

One of the wonderful friends I’ve met while here in Slane is Eamon. A tall, strapping, football loving Irishman, who’s family has lived on the Hill of Slane in the … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

Stoneing, Fox Hunting, & Hot Whisky Does a Holiday Make!

The day after Christmas back home in Missouri includes waking up to a house strewn about with new toys, spending the day indulging on Mom’s Christmas dinner leftovers, and 60% … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

For Meat Lovers ONLY….Vegans Be Wary

Being raised in a house full of hunters, dating a few riflemen and cowboys – I’ve eaten my fair share of woodland bounty. Never being a big fan of game … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

Mr. MaCabe and His Fresh Veg

The Irish historically have been a people to develop and perfect skills of  life unlike most other cultures of early existence. The Celts were navigating the earth and building sacred … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

Rugby a Short History …OR… You Did What?? (My Mother Is Not Gonna Like This One)

One of the most grueling pastimes around, Rugby is a sport of constant battle, skillful footing, strength, wit and endurance. Bruises, cuts, sprains and breaks are all part of this … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · 3 Comments

Shepard’s Pie….A Poor Man’s Dish, That Everyman Loves

The Shepard’s Pie is a loved dish throughout Ireland and across the British Isle. It’s origins stemming from the Middle Ages when minced meat pies were in favor.  Most likely … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

Peter & The Whole Hogg Farm

Sourcing tradition and quality when it comes to food is a very easy task when in Meath County Ireland! Meet Peter Whelan, of The Whole Hogg Farm, located near Slane … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 5 Comments

A wee Irish Tune

It doesn’t take too many pints or “pleases to get an Irishman singing, and I’m finding that pretty much all Irishmen can sing beautifully!! After our visit with artisan butcher … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 6 Comments

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