Food, Friends & New Adventures

Part 4 of my “photo diary of the best summer of my life” series (Summer 2018) … featuring food, friends and new adventures in Dublin. This isn’t so much a blog post as it is a photo diary and memory record for me. This is the final post of this Summer 2018 series.

As you know, I went on a spontaneous trip to Italy (Roma and Verona) in June. I decided on this trip for three reasons: 1) to see a very good friend I hadn’t seen in years, 2) to explore a region of Italy I’ve never been to (Verona) and 3) to eat.

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Eight years of friendship! I first met A on my very first trip to Italy in April 2011.

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Amorino opened in Dublin in early summer

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I enjoyed numerous dinner picnics in Stephen’s Green (and yes, I often bring my own hot sauce!)

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The picture of summer in Dublin! Can’t beat the Dublin light. St. Stephen’s Green

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Greystones in April

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I had the pleasure of seeing my best friend / life wife graduate with her PhD! An incredibly perfect day for us, and a memory I will always treasure.

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Teddy’s 99!

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I ate a record amount of ice cream in summer 2018.

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Pure happiness at the Happy Pear

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We went all out for breakfast at the Happy Pear

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One of my favourite brunches in Dublin… peanut butter avocado toast at Two Pups Coffee! Trust me, it’s delicious.

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An incredible newcomer as of last summer… my beloved Nutbutter!! I had the pleasure of catching up with a friend I met on the train to Aguas Calientes, Peru at Nutbutter.

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I’m a Bunsen fanatic and it will always be my #1, but BuJo is a close second!!!

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Vietnom @ The Glimmer Man Pub – fabulous!

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Yet another Happy Pear breakfast

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One of the best flat whites I’ve had in my life @ Noshington. 

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My second to last night in Dublin – celebrating the best way I know how: with “I” at Cirillo’s, my greatest pizza addiction! (the best Neapolitan pizza I’ve had outside of Napoli)

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Countless walks (at least once every day) through Stephen’s Green

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Making new friends

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I started boxing in May… went a little bit crazy on this day and had to casually ice my knuckles while walking through Grand Canal (this was the smallest bin bag the bar could find, ha)

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I got to appreciate so many sunsets in summer 2018.

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I treated myself to Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre for the second time – this time alone!

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I happened to be walking by the Taoiseach’s house when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were getting ready to leave

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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An average sight in Dublin

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Beautiful Victorian Dublin

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Appreciation for Dublin’s architecture

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Can’t beat a Dublin summer sky! This was taken from my flat window

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… so was this!

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Dublin street art

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Fascinating tour of the Freemasons’ Hall

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The sight of these stairs instantly relaxed me every single time!

The single greatest decision I made in summer 2018 was to sign up for one month of unlimited yoga classes at Yoga Hub on Camden Street. I took my first yoga class in college and hated it, because I had the unfortunate experience of having an odd, over-the-top instructor. I unfortunately carried this hate with me for 10+ years. In July, I decided I wanted to force myself to like yoga, which is why I signed up for an unlimited month of classes. Luckily, Yoga Hub was only a 5 minute walk from where I lived and it became my haven, my escape, my happy place. I completely fell in love with yoga during this month and my discovery of my love for yoga was the greatest blessing, especially at that particular time in my life. This just shows you sometimes need to give things (and people) a second chance in life. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have discovered my love for yoga.

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Combining my two greatest music loves: orchestra and traditional Irish music at the National Concert Hall

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“I” showered me with mermaid gifts for my 30th… to my absolute delight!

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A Simply Beautiful Day in Dublin

Today is not even over yet, but it has been a sweet, simple beautiful day in Dublin. I am so happy.

I started off my day by having brunch at Brother Hubbard with my dear friend K. Brother Hubbard is an adorable little cafe that whips up some of the most gorgeous and delicious food you’ve ever seen/eaten. K and I have decided we will go there on a biweekly if not weekly basis… so in love with this precious discovery!

K and I both had the Eggs Menemen (“a classic Turkish dish of soft scrambled eggs, with a whipped feta yogurt, kalamata olives, fresh mint & other herbs with red onion, a roast pepper & tomato sauce & a little fresh chili, served with baby spinach leaves & toasted sourdough”) and I had a glass of fresh orange juice and K had their fantastic hot chocolate. We also split a cinnamon and walnut pastry. My mouth is watering again just typing this.

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Eggs Menemen @ Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard is set up French style in the way that if you are only two people, you will be sitting at a table with other people. This ended up working out beautifully for us because we sat with a lovely Irish brother and sister duo. They were lovely people, very friendly and funny – incredibly entertaining. They ended up asking us to help choose a pastry and they wanted to share with us. They even ordered a glass of prosecco and shared that with us! Their friendliness blew our minds but little did I know what was to come. He disappeared for a few minutes and I thought he was going to the toilet or something. He came back and they got ready to leave which is when he informed us that he payed for our brunch.

What?! Excuse me!?

We were in shock. Complete and utter shock, in the best way possible. I couldn’t believe his kindness. To the dear brother and sister that we sat next to, if you ever read this, thank you so very much. People like you give me hope for humanity and for the world. I do hope we meet again.

Then, I went on a little journey 20 km outside of the city centre to my host family’s house where I used to live. On my journey there, it was a typical awful Irish winter day – cold and very rainy. By the time I got off at my bus stop, it was one hour away from sunset, the rain had stopped and the low sun was shining in a beautiful way. The pavement was wet from the recent rain, the mountains looked gorgeous in the distance and the smell of lit fireplaces filled the air. I happily walked the 10 minute walk to my old home, realizing I had missed this area of Dublin.

What a simple day full of happiness. I wish you all a lovely weekend.