Lastly, if you could recommend one place in Ireland for our subscribers to visit – where would it be?
Honestly it would have to be Dublin. The city has one of the most diverse, and consistently high-quality range of food out of anywhere I have ever been, and I have been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit!
You can get amazing, genuine Sichuan hotpot, Indian food, Vietnamese pho, Arabic coffee, Taiwanese bubble tea, masala chai and anything else that make take your fancy - and it is only growing!
A new Bolivian restaurant opened up recently, right beside a Balkan one and I can’t wait to try it. When it comes to our food, we’re a pretty international bunch here in Dublin, but that’s not to say that the local cusine isn’t incredible as well. Traditional Irish seafood is unreal, and readily available in the centre as well as in any of the coastal towns. You don’t even need to rely on a car to get there, with plenty of scenic trains and buses on offer – meaning you can enjoy a few pints with your platter if you wish!
You can take a 30 minute train along the coast from the city to the village of Dalkey, where Ken the ferryman will bring you across to Dalkey Island - which has been occupied since the Mesolithic age. There are the ruins of a 7th century church, and a pagan stone altar, and wild rabbits, goats, seals and a colony of roseate terns. You can go there to kayak, or spot the seals and seabirds, and of course have a picnic with a few beers or a bottle of wine on a summer's day – as long as you’re sure to clean up after!
Many of the stone age and Viking artefacts found on the island are now in the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare St, which is free to enter like many other museums in Dublin city centre. And, while you’re there, make sure you catch some of the amazing pubs and live music that’s on offer all through the city!