A mixture of staying out maybe a little too late and the jet lag led to a pretty boring morning — we woke up for breakfast, ate, and then went back to bed until about noon. I was a little worried there might not be much to blog about, but it’s Ireland. Of course there’s plenty to talk about.
I grabbed a sandwich at a little place across the street from our hotel, Doughboys. It was the first lunch I’ve purchased while being here, and I probably couldn’t have made a better choice. I always love sandwiches, even better if they’re good sandwiches, and this one was so exceptionally great that I didn’t even have time to snap a picture before I wolfed it down. Doughboys knows how to do Italian subs, and let’s leave it at that.
We had class at the Dublin Institute of Technology, or DIT, that afternoon. We reviewed our final project topics together, helped each other out a bit, and solidified our plans. I’m excited to continue onward with my story, and I’m actually equally as excited to see what my classmates cook up. The final products should be especially interesting because we all come from such different areas of expertise; there really won’t be any two projects that are the same.
After class, we caught the DART up to Dalkey and had dinner at an absolutely amazing Italian restaurant, Ragazzi. Apparently it’s the hotspot in Ireland for all of the famous people to go to — including Bono. We didn’t see any stars that night, besides our waiter and the food. Oh, my god, the food!
But first, our waiter. We couldn’t catch his name, but he was probably one of the best waiters I’ve ever had in my dining out experience. He joked around with us, was as prompt as he could be with everything, and came off to be a genuine person who loves the food of his home — yes, he was incredibly Italian himself.
On top of that, it became clear why the stars choose to dine here, and why we made the hike out to Dalkey from Dublin. This food was beyond out-of-this-world. I can’t even think of enough adjectives to describe how incredible it was, but I’ll post pictures of my Tortelloni Ricotta E Spinaci and Tiramisu below. Absolutely mind-boggling how amazing it was. Seriously, the photos don’t do it justice.
After getting back into Dublin from Dalkey, a group of about six of us decided to hit up another bar on the way home. We stopped at Against the Grain, the place we ate at on the first night. We didn’t count it against our “no bar twice” rule, since we didn’t drink there previously. Alongside a chocolate stout, it was simply another night of just enjoying each other’s company. We talked about the neighborhoods we lived in, other neighborhoods in the city, and a little bit more about the projects we’re working on.
Before we left, we started talking to two of the other Irish guys that were finishing up the last of their beers. Not only were they a nice change of pace from our previous experience with Irish people, in that they were incredibly helpful and offering help when we were a little turned around, but they gave us some leads on stories (too bad we didn’t have that a few days ago).
Anyway, a much more low-key day than we’ve had leading up to this point, but still equally just as great. More to come! Stay with us.