Eating and drinking during our seven weeks in Iceland, Ireland and the UK was a very large part of our overall experience. For those following our trip on Facebook you’ve seen some of the wonderful meals and read my comments. Let me expand a bit.
I like fresh dark roast coffee, plain and simple. I order a smooth French Roast from Cafe Mam in Eugene, Oregon and grind my own beans. The Pacific Bold for our pod coffee maker also passes the taste test. I don’t usually like restaurant coffee (except here in Port Townsend) and I’ll order an Americano when Pike Place is the only option at Starbucks.
Coffee was variable on our trip. Ireland had the best, often made with a French press at breakfast in both hotels and B&B’s. I could order dark, drip coffee, called “filter coffee,” most of the time. “White coffee” was drip coffee with cream. It went slowly downhill from there. A dark roast was the exception in Scotland and medium roast was the rule in England. So I drank a lot of Americanos. Coffee is not ready at 0600 anywhere we stayed, and we like a cup or two while getting up. We eventually procured some Starbucks Via to tide us over. One admission: I did have a Pike Place drip at the Glasgow airport and I swear the blend in Scotland is different from here and quite drinkable.
FISH & CHIPS
I am completely ruined from ever eating fish and chips again. As you can see from the picture above, that’s a filet of cod, flaky and light, done in a light ale batter with hand cut “proper chips.” The sauce was usually flavored with capers rather than dill. The green in the small bowl is mushy peas, more often served under the fish. The peas in Ireland were just mushy, but in Scotland and England they were fresh tasting and only partially blended. “Proper chips” are definitely not French fries and sometimes were actually separate sides on the menu. It’ll be really hard to stomach the fish patties that pass for food here, even in Port Townsend!
More to come…