10 Places to Try in Dublin, Ireland

In May, I took my mom to Dublin for the first time. As it was her first time abroad, I was trying to make sure we hit all the best places to eat, grab coffee, and see the sights. During the four days we were in Dublin, we tried some of the most delicious food. Here are ten places we tried that I would HIGHLY recommend.

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1/ Elephant and Castle
Well-known for its wings, Elephant and Castle is a wonderful restaurant to hop into for lunch in the Temple Bar district.

2/ Crackbird
I’m getting hungry just thinking about Crackbird. It’s a chicken shop with epically large portions and you need to try the coleslaw.

3/ 777
With strong drinks and street corn that I still can’t stop thinking about, 777 is a cozy and gorgeous Mexican restaurant.

4/ Kaph
This hole-in-the-wall coffee shop is a dream. It offers a variety of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.

5/ 3fe
Another coffee stop. We did a lot of them. 3fe has delicious coffee and if you’re wanting to sit and eat, I highly recommend the pancakes at brunch. Yum.

6/ Brother Hubbard
The interior at Brother Hubbard is an Instagram dream, plus the food is everything you’d want and more.

7/ L Mulligan Grocer
Traditional Irish food in a very Irish pub.

8/ The Fumbally
Locally roasted coffee and fresh, organic food from around Ireland.

9/ Cocoa Atelier
I loved this place. Fresh macarons, chocolate pieces, sauces, and more, Cocoa Atelier is such a delicious and lovely place to stop while you’re walking around the city.

10/ Cafe Kylemore
If you’re hungover or really need a good, hearty breakfast, Cafe Kylemore is the place to go.

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A Weekend in St. James, MO

As much as I love the good ol’ STL, it’s nice to pack up a few things and get away for the weekend. Whether you’re wanting to drive to another city for a different kind of nightlife or escape to the countryside for stargazing and quiet, there are many places to travel for a great weekend outside the ‘Lou. This month I bring you the quiet, small town of St. James, Missouri.

Where To Stay

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The Painted Lady
Located right off the highway, The Painted Lady is a cute and unique bed and breakfast that accommodates all guests. The house is beautifully decorated with interesting antiques, comfortable beds and deep Jacuzzi tubs (with incredibly strong jets!). Innkeepers Sandy and Wanda Zinn keep the five rooms (Melanie, Little Tara, Scarlett, Prissy and the Guest House) immaculate and you might never want to leave.

Greenstay Hotels and Suites
For those of you who want an easy check-in and a quiet night, Greenstay Hotels is the place for you. Not only is the St. James Winery located right across the road, but it’s conveniently located off the highway and close to all major restaurants. This is the perfect stop for that weekend getaway.

Where To Eat

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Just a Taste
Recently opened and located right in the heart of town, Just a Taste is the wine and coffee bar of our dreams. The building, originally built in 1907 in the spirit of the St. Louis World’s Fair, accommodates the menu’s range of wine, whiskey, beer and cocktails. The owners, Eric Taylor and Casey Stuck, merged their two talents and passions–Taylor’s love for wine and Stuck’s passion for beer–into one fantastic location. Even though they don’t identify as a wine bar, coffee shop or pub, we can confirm their wine, espresso and beer on tap are pretty excellent.

Sybill’s
Friendly is an understatement when it comes to describing the staff at Sybill’s Restaurant and Gift Shop. Their fresh, flavorful menu–we recommend the Caprese– and large array of wine make this restaurant an oasis in this small town. One of the best parts about Sybill’s? The restaurant is committed to the environment and is a community leader in waste diversion and recycling efforts.

Country Bob’s
You can’t miss Country Bob’s Diner when you pass through St. James. The food is some of the best Southern comfort food you can get your hands on. Get up early for their Saturday and Sunday Breakfast Buffet to try the biscuits, gravy, bacon and pancakes. You won’t regret it.

What To Do

St. James Winery
With more than 160 acres of vineyard growing more than a dozen types of grapes, award-winning St. James Winery is a great place to get away to for the weekend. Start early and sample a wide selection of wines, ranging from very sweet to extremely dry. Our favorite thing at the moment is the Cranberry Sweet Wine–perfect for those family gatherings around the holidays.

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Public House Brewing Company
This recently opened brewing company has already had a successful run in Rolla and has brought good brews to St. James. Situated next to the winery, this is the perfect spot to grab dinner after spending the day at the winery. And all you have to do is walk on over–no driving needed! Head on over on a Saturday for a night of local (and not-so-local) artists in their taproom and try the award-winning Rod’s Cream Ale. Cheers!

Vacuum Cleaner Museum
Definitely an odd stop along the way, but still very interesting. If you’re not intrigued by their billboard on the side of the highway, you’ll be intrigued by their collection. There are more than 600 vacuum cleaners (all in working condition) including novelty cleaners such as the Hoover Constellation–a vacuum that is built to float like a hovercraft. No, really.

Meramec Caverns
One of our favorite places for a weekend getaway is Meramec Caverns. Whether your thing is camping and canoeing or delving into the depths of an old cave, Meramec is sure to have something for you. Feeling daring? We recommend taking an adventure along the tree tops on a zip line or embarking on a nightly lantern tour of the caverns.

Originally on my weekend guide on ALIVEMag.com. Check them out.