It’s National Potato Day in Ireland today so to celebrate the humble spud here’s a hostel kitchen friendly but tasty potato recipe.
1. Heat a good glug of oil in a large pan over medium to medium high heat. To test the oil, add a piece of bread to the pan. It should turn golden brown in about ten seconds. Adjust heat, as necessary.
2. Grate the potatoes into a large bowl.
3. Finely dice the onion and add to the bowl.
4. Then add the egg.
5. Add salt and baking powder, then sprinkle in the flour and mix
6. Drop mixture into oil in small mounds, press down gently with spatula to form patties. Fry in batches so that each pattie is 1-inch apart until golden, about 3 minutes on each side.
7. Drain latkes on paper towels and enjoy!
Feeding the seals at Howth.
Hop on the Dart (train), feed the seals, go for a walk along the coastal hills and then treat yourself to some fish and chips along the seafront. What a lovely and wallet friendly day out.
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Five Free things to do in Dublin.
Free. It’s a wonderful word, especially to a backpacker. Here are a few suggestions so that you can experience Dublin without blowing your budget.
1. Take a Free Walking Tour of Dublin.
Leaving from Isaacs Hostel and Jacobs Inn at 10am each morning this free walking tour of Dublin includes Dublin Castle, Temple Bar and Georgian Dublin.
2. Walk the River Liffey
The River Liffey walkways run from Dublin Docklands all the way down past the Italian Quarter. You’ll see the Famine Memorial, the Ha’Penny Bridge, O’Connell Bridge and Temple Bar.
3. Have a picnic in St Stephens Green
This has to be one of the best people watching spots in Dublin City. Sit on the grass or in the bandstand and watch the people of Dublin go by. Bring a sandwich or an icecream and you’ve got yourself a picnic!
4. Busker Heaven
Grafton Street is choc full of buscars, especially on a Saturday. There are human statues, singers, full bands, fire poi, limbo dancers and occasionally a man on a grand piano. You’ll get some great photos and perhaps get a chance to see the next U2 play their first gig. (Thats where they started y’know)
5. iWalk Podcasts
Download one of the many iWalk podcasts from the www.visitdublin.com website and take your own personal tour of whatever takes your fancy. Themes include Guinness in Dublin iWalk, Georgian Dublin iWalk, In the Steps of Ulysses iWalk and lots more. Available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Everyone loves a good pub crawl, especially when it’s cheap and filled with people.
We’ve organised a backpacker pub crawl with some of the other hostels in Dublin and we’ve come up with a pretty-darn-good-crawl!
(It’s actually really good craic, I went on it last night for, erm, research purposes.)
The Gentle art of pulling the perfect pint of Guinness.
1. You need to have the right glassware, a 20 ounce pint glass is perfect.
2. Hold the glass at a 45° angle beneath the tap with the spout pointing towars the back of the harp logo.
3. Hold the glass at this 45° angle until the liquid reaches the bottom of the harp logo at which point you should slowly straighten up,aiming to stop pouring at the top of the harp logo.
4. Look into the glass. You will see the pint surge and then settle. Don’t even think about finishing the pour until the pint has fully settled.
5. Once the black liquid has settled it is time to top it off. A good head will be the same size as the distance between the bottom and top of the harp logo, roughly 15-18mm with a 3mm dome above the glass.
6. Present the pint with a steady hand a smile and a packet of Tayto on the side!
(Especially for Travors!)
River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland via
The annual Zombie Walk in Dublin last Saturday.
Isaacs Hostel and Jacobs Inn Dublin