We spent the weekend in Mullingar which is a town in County Westmeath. One of Joe’s sisters and her husband very kindly let us stay with them and their 2 adorable dogs! When we arrived we had an amazingly delicious lunch of au gratin potatoes with smoked salmon and fresh salad. From there, we headed to the Kilbeggan distillery, where we learned the history and process for making whiskey. And, we got 4 samples (just like at Maker’s Mark)!
After that, we went to where Joe’s brother-in-law works, Wines Direct! Incredible place. You can pick up, order online, or join a wine club, to get artisan wines that are sold exclusively to them from all over: Europe, South America, New Zealand, and Australia. 380 varieties of wines are currently available that you wouldn’t find in any off-license (liquor store) or grocery store. So, of course, I had to pick up a bottle of one of the ones I sampled! We proceeded back to the house for a good old fashioned BBQ and then we were off to a pub. Live band, good company, I couldn’t have asked for a better evening!
Sunday morning we started off with an Irish breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausages, rashers, pudding, beans, and toast. Yum! Rashers is Irish bacon and reminds me of Canadian bacon, whereas streaky bacon is what they call what we are used to eating in America.
Soon after we packed up the dogs and ourselves and headed to Mullaghmeen, the largest Beechwood forest in Europe. The road to get there definitely could compete with Lombard St. in San Francisco for World’s Curviest Road. It was a beautiful place to take a morning stroll before heading back to Dublin!