Madeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Madeline delves into foodie paradise, telling us the history of Irish food and reccomending some places to eat.
Before I came to Ireland, I had a lot of people warn me that the food in Ireland is dry and bland. According to them, all I would eat were potatoes and corned beef. The only person who told me that food in Ireland is good, was someone who had been there them self.
Photo: tea and strawberry scones
So where do these stereotypes come from? In my research about Irish food history, I learned that a lot of the stigma against Irish food comes from the wave of immigrants during the Irish potato famine. When the Irish came in to the United States, they needed to support themselves, so many opened restaurants. Since they didn’t have much money, they used cheaper alternatives in their cooking, such as beef instead of pork (hence corned beef). This may be where the stereotypes stem from.
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