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This traditional Dublin dish has enjoyed a revival of sorts thanks to the success of the Boxty House Restaurant in Fleet Street. However, if you (literally) would like a taste of the capital prior to visiting the kip, here's the means and method how!
You will need:
2 Large raw potatoes,
1 teaspoon baking-soda,
2 cups of mashed potatoes,
2 tablespoons flour (approx),
1 teaspoon salt.
Grate the raw potatoes and squeeze out the liquid. Add to the mashed potatoes and add salt. Mix the soda with the flour and add to the potatoes. Roll out on a floured board to a circle of a 1/2' thickness. Cut in 4 quarters and put on an ungreased griddle. Cook on a gentle heat for 30 to 40 minutes, turning the bread at least once. The farls or quarters, should be well browned on both sides. Serves 4. For real aficianados try mashing in some boiled cabbage and/or lightly fried onions. Otherwise stuff them with a mixture of the same. (I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!).
And as the kids sing when skipping, wash it all down with a giant mug of stewed tea!
'Three pans of boxty, baking all the day,
What the use of boxty without a cup of tay?'
Gallagher's Boxty House in Temple Bar helped the dish's revival - it's now available in an increasing number of small restaurants around town.
The variation of bars in Temple Bar is amazing, from traditional to a sports bar.
After you have sampled the gorgeous Guinness, I recommend that you try a pint of Smirnoff Ice in Fitzsimmons Bar, but not too many or else you wont make it back to your accomodation!!
Pictured here is the Temple Bar, but it's not just one bar. It's an entire neighborhood that covers the area roughly between the river and Dame Street and from Fishamble Street to Fleet Street. I had heard about it from many of my American friends before I came to Dublin. They told me how great an area it was and that all the pubs were really enthusiastic and fun. I took this as a clear sign that this area must be a tourist trap, and for the most part, I was right. Local Dubliners from cab drivers to bartender to local VTers all confirmed that this area is a ripoff.
I suggest walking through it and taking a look at the pubs, the cobbled streets and some of the area's sights like City Hall and the Merchant's Arch. But don't eat here. Don't drink here. And buy your souvenirs elsewhere, or you'll pay too much. The typical lunch menus in this area would run 20-30 euros a plate (for lunch!), but you can go into a traditional pub anywhere else in the city and get the equivalent for 10.
Temple Bar.... just like any other city...
Our taxi driver said go to Temple Bar, spend ten minutes there and then get the he.. out so you can see some of Dublin. He's right. Temple Bar is one of those "musts" that you musn't spend too much time in or you'll miss the good stuff!
I know I know - it's in Temple Bar! But this is one of the most exciting projects started in Dublin in recent times. Mainly (though not exclusively) for children it is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of cultural awareness and artistic expression amongst children and the young at heart. If you happen to be here when they're running one of their participatory events, grab the nearest kid off the street and get stuck in!
meeting house sqaure in temple...
meeting house sqaure in temple bar for outdoor film screenings and art events, the gallery of photography, the photographic archive and two great restaurants - eden (pricey) and il baccaro (cheapish)
meeting house square is one of the best things about temple bar. during the summer they have free outdoor movies twice a week, during the winter they have art installations. every saturday there is the most amazing food fair with great hot food and loads organic veggies and stuff - with this busker with a voice like a roughed up angel. il baccaro restaurant is a real treasure too - two little caverns with a great charm. there's also the gallery of photography and the photographic archive - opposite each other and always worth checking out.
Temple Bar is the most fun for...
Temple Bar is the most fun for nightlife and shopping if you're inclined to be funky or artistic in any way. There are plenty of shoe stores, head shops, and anything else you could expect from a downtown area and there's a general GOOD feeling around that area.
Going Around Temple Bar
Go around Temple Bar and enjoy it's trendy restaurants and shops...
Temple Bar is Dublin's Cultural Quarter, where you will discover the eclectic mix of specialised shops and markets, as well as cultural centres, exhibitions and restaurants.
go into a pub, it doesn't...
go into a pub, it doesn't matter where, but in the Temple Bar (a district) there are a lot of bars, pubs and clubs.
meeting Dubliners, a lot of fun and Guinness, Cider and Whiskey, nice live music
Perhaps the most famous pub in the world, temple bar refers both to a specific pub and the surrounding streets. This has been a nightlife area since medieval times.
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The famous Temple bar.
This has to be the most famous pub areas in Dublin called the Temple Bar.
It was in my guidebook, so I had to take a picture of it.
We also ate dinner the last night before we left here.
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