Whether you're studying abroad in Dublin now, heading there soon and making your bucket list or just back in the United States and reminiscing about the food in Ireland, here are 10 resources you'll appreciate.
1. FRENCH FOODIE IN DUBLIN. As the name of her popular blog, French Foodie in Dublin, would suggest, Ballymaloe-trained cook Ketty Elisabeth was born in France, but she's been eating her way around Dublin since 2004. She started her award-winning blog about her love and appreciation for food in 2012. From practical posts about where to find the best bread in the city to restaurant reviews to recipes, if it has to do with food, you'll find it here. For additional foodie inspiration, check out Ketty's Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
2. DELICIOUS DUBLIN TOURS. Ketty from French Foodie in Dublin above also runs the Delicious Dublin Tours to share her knowledge of the city's best eats. Along the way, she champions some of the Dublin's small businesses and, often, young entrepreneurs who share their business stories with those on the tour to give it a more local and personal touch. Of course, the food is fantastic and you'll be full by the time you head home, eight or nine stops later. Tours cost €45.00 plus a small online booking fee and run most Saturdays throughout the year.
3. DUBLIN FOODIES ON INSTAGRAM. Ireland certainly has its fair share of food-loving Instagramers, so you'll find plenty of inspiration here. We'd suggest starting with Donal Skehan (Cook, Food Writer & Photographer, TV Presenter and YouTuber) who lives in Dublin. Also check out Trinity College Dublin graduate Indy Power's The Little Green Spoon for super healthy recipes from a local. You'd be missing out if you didn't also follow Katie Sanderson named "the new rising star of Irish Food". For a mix of Irish food inspo, scroll through #dublinfood, #dublinfoodie and #dublinfoodporn.
4. HAPPY COW APP. Happy Cow is an app (and website) that lets you use your location to search for restaurants and shops that sell vegetarian/vegan/veggie options. It's super handy for people who follow certain diets and you'll be able to use it in Dublin as well as on your travels since it works in other cities too. Most restaurants in Dublin do have menus that show specific dietary information. For a vegetarian recommendation from CAPA Dublin's own Hayley Ni Bhriain, hop on the DART for a quick trip to Greystones, Co. Wicklow, for the most delicious food at The Happy Pear (run by local twins who are very popular on social media with images and videos including handstands, yoga and yummy food on their Snapchat!).
5. TRIP ADVISOR. An obvious resource for foodies everywhere, but an extensive one worth using, don't forget about Trip Advisor. The main Dublin page for restaurants has 2,290 places listed in their reviews, but you can also find specific Dublin foodie guides like this one. Organize by rating or price, see which restaurants your friends have reviewed or filter by neighborhood or cuisine or narrow it down to cafes with free wi-fi. Remember to contribute your own opinions so you can pass on your advice to help future travelers (and other study abroad students) heading to Dublin.
6. DUBLIN COOKERY SCHOOL. Bring the taste of your study abroad experience home with you when you learn how to cook with a local! The Dublin Cookery School won "Best Cookery School in Ireland" in the Irish Restaurant Awards 2013 and 2015, so you'll be in experienced hands with owner Lynda Booth and her team. While it's not specific to Irish food, one of the most popular one-day Saturday classes is "World Street Food", covering the flavors of Latin America, the Mediterranean and the Middle East - very appropriate in a global city!
7. SNAPCHAT. Like Instagram, there are tons of Irish foodies sharing behind-the-scenes shots, market hauls, first bites, restaurant adventures and recipes on Snapchat. Donal Skehan (donalskehan), mentioned above, is definitely one of them for a look into his life as a celeb chef and recipe demos. Also from above, follow Ketty Elisabeth (FrenchFoodieinD) for lots of personality and a live look at her Delicious Dublin Tours. One of the city's rising Snapchat foodie stars is Karen Coakley (kenmarefoodie) for step-by-step recipes, cooking tricks, tips and advice. For more, check out these 7 suggestions from The Daily Edge and these 10 picks from Gastro Gays.
8. COOKBOOKS. Go old school, browse your local Chapters and take home a cookbook as a souvenir (or, if you're already home, buy one online). One of our newest favorites is My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve by Cathal Armstrong, sustainable food movement leader and four-star chef with restaurants in Washington DC who shares recipes celebrating Irish cuisine. See also Clodagh's Irish Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Traditional Flavors and Kevin Dundon's Modern Irish Food.
9. FESTIVALS. Dubliners love festivals almost as much as they love food, so the two come together often! You have The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, Dine in Dublin festival, Bite Food Festival and Taste of Dublin, to name a few. The hottest chefs in the city dish up tapas-sized tastes of some of their favorite creations. There's music, sunshine (if you're lucky) and plenty of Irish "craic" to make for a memorable few days out. One of the biggest worth traveling for if you're in the country at the right time of year is the famous Ballymaloe International Festival of Food and Wine that takes place on a 400 acre rural estate in East Cork.
10. MARKETS. What better foodie resource that Dublin's colorful markets and their knowledgeable vendors? We love Temple Bar Food Market for artisan breads, cheese, tempting pastries and coffee al fresco. The People's Park Market in Dun Laoghaire has excellent falafel wraps, fresh Irish produce, and sweet treats (carrot cake or apple brioche...??). A stroll down to the lighthouse afterward to walk off the food never goes amiss. CAPA Dublin's Hayley Ni Bhriain is also a fan of the Dublin Food Co-op. Ask her about it when you arrive!