In my naivety, I thought supermarkets in Ireland would be the same as in England. To be honest, I have a slightly skewed, inappropriate concept of the country. Until we visited, I saw the southern Republic of Ireland as still being affiliated with the UK. If I'm really honest, I thought I wouldn't even need my passport to visit (!). Suffice to say, the Republic of Ireland is not part of the UK, I did need my passport, and they have their own supermarkets.
Having said that, they do have Tesco, which we have, and Marks and Spencer food, which is quintessentially British. Even they stock slightly different foods though, and the mainstay of Irish supermarkets is SuperValu. We really liked SuperValu.
SuperValu had lots of unexpected vegan items. These included apricot jam tartlets and oaty flapjacks, above, and dark chocolate mint rice cakes, below.
Mr Bite picked up a packet of chocolate bourbon cream biscuits and in my standard scanning of ingredient lists, I noted with interest they were egg and dairy free. I tried one for novelty value and they were a flashback to the biscuits of my childhood. I have since discovered Tesco bourbon chocolate biscuits are vegan too, and there are vegan jam tarts under 'free from' brands in England.
|Even more surprisingly vegan|
Our food shopping wasn't limited to snacks. When self-catering in Killarney, we enjoyed a pasta meal, hummus salad wraps, and baked jacket potatoes, mine with a Mexican corn mix that was particularly delicious.
The observant of you may have spotted a date slice in an above photo. This came from the Quay Co-op in Cork. This was a delightful store, with an associated cafe and restaurant, stocking lots of whole foods and vegan products. It was basically a local Whole Foods and I liked it a lot.
As you would hope in a country renowned for bread, we did find Irish bread particularly enjoyable. Indeed, I found most of the food we had fresh and flavourful. It was never hard to find meals out, and extremely easy to find food in supermarkets. All in all, Ireland is a tasty place to visit, vegan or not!
What foods have you been glad to find when travelling?