Open Up to Dublin Eats (Your Mouth, Not Your Wallet)

Apr 14, 2019 3:00:00 PM / by Emma Aulenback

No visit to any global city would be complete without getting a taste of the local food scene! In this week's post, Emma focuses on recreating signature dishes from some of Dublin's restaurants without burning a hole in your pocket. She also tells us how affordable fresh produce is in Dublin and where to find them!

Culture is something that can only be learned through the senses. One has to open up their eyes to consume the sun setting over the rolling green hills; their ears to savor the stories being told at the local pub; their nose to take in the salty sea air; their touch to indulge in the cozy wonders of a sheep’s coat; and finally, their taste—to be completely immersed in the flavors of a society!

This last one is my preferred learning style—and the Dublin food scene is the perfect classroom! Unfortunately, the student fees for food lovers are quite high here! Yet, it is possible to take a bite out of this cuisine scene, without eating up your wallet!

With your student LEAP card (provided by CAPA), you can hop on the bus and ride to a number of restaurants that offer incredible student deals! A few fan favorites include Koffee and Kale, Do Falafel, Dublin Pizza Company, Neon, and Burritos and Blues! To savor in an even more savvy style, I have recreated some of their signature dishes below!

As a vegetarian, the grocery stores here are a paradise when it comes to cheap, yet fresh, produce! I knew Ireland had their priorities straight when I walked into Aldi for the first time and saw that I could buy an eggplant (the world's most valuable flavor resource) for only 79 cents!

Lentil Curry inspired by Neon


- Tomatoes (79 cents)
- Bell pepper (30 cents)
- Lentils (56 cents)

Vegetable Tacos inspired by Burrito and Blues



- Tomatoes (79 cents)
- Tortilla (99 cents)
- Sour cream (75 cents)
- Eggplant (79 cents)
- Mushrooms (79 cents)
- Avocado (69 cents)

Thanks, Emma!

Emma Aulenback


Emma Aulenback is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2019, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sociology major at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

Emma's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.

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Topics: Dublin, Ireland, Food Abroad