Win My Stomach, Win My Heart: A Valentine’s Travel Guide, Vol 2

Hello Lovers! This week, we are exploring unforgettable (and unique!) Valentine’s Day food adventures. In the last blog, we explored the tempting and tasty Florida Keys. This time, we are heading to Europe for a bit of that Irish luck. Leave the Russell Stover chocolates at home and come along with me to the Emerald Isle!

Option #2: Dublin. Ireland is one of the most stunning places on Earth. I envy those shades of green! But it’s also an undercover gem in the food world, gaining accolades for its gourmet gastropubs. And is there a more romantic drink to share with your partner than Guinness?

The romance can begin before you even leave the airport. Stop by the Chocolate Lounge in Terminal 2. This “grown up” chocolate shop features chocolate sandwiches, fondues, sundaes, and cocktails. There’s also a cool conveyor belt around the bar, showcasing delicious cakes and pastries right before your eyes. Toast your lover with a shot of Aztec Chili Chocolate.

Tour the Guinness brewery! Besides being super interesting, you’ll end up on the observation deck of the factory with a stunning panoramic view of Dublin. You can also visit the Old Jameson Distillery for a tour and tasting. Tipsy love is the best love!

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A thing of beauty.

Check out Dublin’s emerging gastropubs. Located in the city center, The Exchequer is both an award-winning cocktail experience and a high-quality eatery. The food is elegant yet essentially Irish at its core. You can order Steamed Cockles and Mussels with Spiced Sausage, or share a plate of Pan Fried Lamb’s Kidneys. For your main plate, try the Venison Pastie.

Meat Pastie at Exchequer

Meat Pastie at Exchequer

Your next step for romance? Rent a car and explore the Irish countryside. The best food finds are yours to discover along the way in charming village pubs and seaside restaurants. Ask the locals, be adventurous, and let you hearts and tastebuds be your guides!

Design your custom Valentine’s Day food adventure around the tastes of your significant other, and you can’t go wrong. Wishing you butterflies in your stomach and tasty travels!

Pro Tip: Impress your date by ordering the Chocolate Fondue at Chocolate Lounge at the Dublin Airport. Featuring dark, white, or flavored chocolate and seasonal fruits, marshmallows, and brownie cubes for dunking. You had me at fondue.

Image Credits: Top photo- http://www.chocolate-lounge.co.uk. All other photos: Lara Pasternak

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