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Dublin — By Jessica Colley on May 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm
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Irish Staple: Delicious Brown Bread

Somehow Irish food has gotten the reputation as being bland. While I can’t say that every meal I’ve had in Dublin has been great, I can honestly say that most of them have been above average, and never bland! Local products such as Irish smoked salmon, artisanal cheeses, and brown bread are among my favorite Irish staples. However, not all brown bread is created equal, so here’s where to find the best kinds in and around Dublin.

First of all, an introduction to brown bread. This healthy, wholemeal bread is dark brown in color and is served in a variety of ways. It can be eaten toasted for breakfast (with butter and jam or even with smoked salmon) and a couple slices are often served with a bowl of soup for lunch or dinner. You can also find it as the base for sandwiches, or served as the traditional basket of bread when you sit down to dinner. If you’ve never gotten on board with whole grain breads before, this Dublin staple is sure to convert you.

These are my favorite ways to enjoy brown bread:

1. Buy the Whole Loaf. If you’re traveling to Dublin during the warm months, plan a picnic in one of the city parks. After you’ve picked up your smoked salmon, cheese, and salad – go to Roly’s next to Herbert Park for the brown bread. Baskets of different bread varieties (including yummy tomato & fennel) will be tempting – but for the real Irish experience stick with the classic brown bread. Any leftovers will be great for toasting the following morning.

Address: Roly’s, 7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 2. (map)

2. Dunk it In Your Soup. Almost anywhere soup is served in Dublin, a couple slices of brown bread will be served with it. Whether you choose a classic seafood chowder or a vegetable-rich stew, brown bread is perfect for dunking. This is also a great value lunch, as soup is often the most affordable menu item and the bread adds bulk. I love the seafood chowder at Johnny Fox’s, and they bring along a plate of freshly baked brown bread to accompany it. Don’t be shy to ask for more!

Address: Johnny Fox’s, Glencullen, County Dublin.

3. Go Frugal at the Grocery Store. If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of local flavors to be found at your average grocery store. Pick up a loaf of McCambridge’s brown bread (my kitchen is always stocked with a loaf!), some Dubliner cheese, and a couple pieces of fruit, and you’re ready for a budget picnic!

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