Battle of the Two Star Michelin Chefs :: Dublin, Ireland pt.3

After walking and tasting we had developed quite a thirst, just in time for a visit to the Guinness Storehouse – Ireland’s #1 tourist attraction. While touring the massive seven story glass and steel building, modeled after a giant pint glass, you’ll learn everything from the brewing and fermenting process to barrel crafting in the Cooperage, to how to pull the perfect pint of the black stuff—which we learned actually isn’t black at all but rather a deep ruby red. The high point is when you’re offered a complimentary pint of Guinness at the glass enclosed Gravity bar on the top floor where visitors can enjoy 360-degree views of the city.

Tip: Unless you’re really interested in the whole process, which quite frankly I found a wee bit dull; I suggest you save your money and head for the nearest pub.

Perfect One-stop Food Shopping

I had just one hour to spare before I needed to clean up for dinner, so I scurried over to Fallon & Byrne– the Dean & Deluca of Dublin or as they refer to it, “A Proper Grocers.” Their shelves were loaded with choice food gifts to sneak through customs, as well as departments featuring well-hung meat, smoked and newly caught fish, mighty coffee, sinful cakes, fine artisan foods of every kind, and the freshest of fruit and vegetables. I bought a variety of Irish biscuits, oatcakes, fruit puds, jams, cheeses and smoked salmon, but unfortunately ran out of time before I could plummage their wine cellar with over “600 wickedly quaffable wines.”

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  1. I’m so glad to hear these comments about the Guinness Storehouse – I had a few friends in college who traveled through Europe and are always going on and on about how you have to go there it’s the best spot. But I’m a little prejudiced against “number one tourist spots” – so I appreciate your assessment. Sounds like you really have to be into beer and not just like to drink it. I think we both know which category of person I am. 🙂

  2. Stephan L. Cohen says:

    Thank you, Janice, for such an interesting series of articles. I plan on going soon, and your comments have given me an outline of what to do and where to eat. Keep up the great work–I love reading your articles!!!

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