Lessons in Luxury: Why Ireland's Galway should be your next gourmet getaway

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Lessons in Luxury: Why Ireland's Galway should be your next gourmet getaway

If, like me, you grew up in Ireland in the Eighties and Nineties, we likely ate the same dinners. I remember hillocks of buttery mashed potatoes, smooth as gelato; flaccid veg (left on the boil while we went to Mass); and mugs of corrosively fizzy Club Orange. I demolished it all, of course. But when I emigrated some 15-odd years ago I realised other people spoke enthusiastically about the quality of Irish produce â€" it began to seem weird we didn’t make more considerate use of it domestically.

That’s changed. My hometown of Galway, an upbeat university city, is Ireland’s cultural capital and has become a dining destination, too. This year the west of Ireland has been declared the European Region of Gastronomy, a recognition of the bounty derived from its thousands of family farms, the superlative seafood and the ingenuity of local chefs, many of whom have returned f rom abroad with novel ideas on how to showcase traditional ingredients.

Source: Google News Ireland | Netizen 24 Ireland

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