Dublin Day

It was my birthday on Friday, and in true Laura style I try to start the birthday celebrations as early as possible – and when my long time, yet currently far away ( yes she may still live in Ireland – but Galway is far away! ) friend Em suggested we convene in Dublin I jumped at the chance So a whole week before my birthday we headed for the big smoke!

dublin1Now, dont let this photo fool you, I took it on my walk to the train home – for nearly all of our visit it WAS NOT sunny. I was not even a little sunny. In fact, by the time I met Em, she was wet from the waste down. I swear, if you had wrung those trousers out you could of filled a buckets! Jeans – they are not known for their quick drying properties….

So after considering our options – the day consisted of a lot more eating & drinking, than shopping. Which was by no means a disappointment ( you know me )  !!!

We started off on a hunt for The Pepper Pot Cafe which is located in my favourite browsing spot The Powerscourt CentreThe antique shops are the perfect way to while away a dreamy hour, coupled with a wistful while in The Dolls Store & some window shopping for wedding dresses ( no, I dont need one 😉 )

But food came first – Ems cold damp legs where in need of some tea!

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pepperpot5 pepperpot3I had the BEST SANDWICH IN THE WORLD – big statement – I know. But it was. And I cant wait to eat it, or one of its menu friends again next time I can get down to Dublin for the day! Roast pear, bacon & montgomery cheddar – and the bread just rounded off its perfect loveliness. Sqidgy with chewy crusts…. the bread I wish to one day be able to bake & eat every day!

Over breakfast Emma introduced me to something that apparently divides the Irish. Barry or Lyons tea!!! According to Emma their work place is divided, her friends are divided – its an all out war! We took the chance to order a pot of each, do a bit of a taste test!

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My vote went to the Barrys, to me it was just that the Lyons tasted stronger, more like builders tea! And the Barrys was lighter in flavour – more floral, and since I am a weak tea kinda girl, this had a nice flavour, even once it had been brewing for a long time! Though, apparently the Lyons is meant to be lighter…. so I am wondering a little as to whether I had them muddled up lol

We also went for a quick wander, and rain shelter in Georges Street Arcade – though I really need to get back there. I saw some fabulous little prints & paintings. They would make very sweet little tokens. We did however get some Bubble Tea – yes I know I am a big child, and yes I did get unreasonable excited about getting the little deer hello kitty! 

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After a quick sprint out in the rain we legged it to the gorgeous Fallon & Bryne where I picked up some tasty Ed Hicks sausages, and followed up with dessert in Avoca before jumping on our respective train / bus home. Just as the sun began to shine!

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I am really looking forward to a trip back to Dublin soon – with less rain! Let me know where your top spots are! xx

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