It’s been a while since I’ve sat on my computer to concentrate on something that truly makes me happy, writing about food, coffee and exploring. This whole year has been consumed by a lot of uncertainty, panic and general confusion in life. Who knew that by starting the year in 2020 we would now be sitting down in October 2020 with what has been the longest and shortest year yet, looming another lockdown and a lot more anxiety on the horizon. My laptop for the last 9 months was consumed by work, work, work and when you are looking at a screen for 8+ hours a day, the last thing you want to do is log on again to do things that you once generally enjoyed. But after a few weeks of a reduced screen time and social media hiatus, I want to come back to some of the things which bring me calm and happiness and that is exploring new places (Mainly Food and Coffee, let’s be honest).
I moved back to Cork from Dublin at the beginning of this pandemic, and although there has been a lot of adjustment, I have not looked back nor have I missed the hustle and bustle of the city. It has allowed me to explore the countryside of Cork a lot more and is bringing me back to a sense of grounding. Don’t get me wrong, my worldwide adventure is not over just yet.
Good Day Deli Experience at Nano Nagle Place
On that note, let’s start with a grounding experience at Good Dat Day Deli .Tucked away in the gardens of Nano Nagle Place (Douglas Street, Cork City), This beautiful cafe is a promoter of organic, sustainable, fair trade and seasonal produce. Having lived in Dublin for the last 3 years, I had always heard of Good Day Deli but had never got a chance to get to it whenever I would have been down in Cork visiting. I have an Instagram page where I upload of all my food and coffee photo’s and I had started following them. They have a good presence on Instagram and so I saw that even with Level 3 restrictions, they had a 15 person set-up outside (with a covering) and I thought to myself, ‘you know what, I am going to get to this place as soon as possible’ (a) Before it gets too cold/ rainy to want to do it and (b) in case (quite possibly) we head back into a Level 5 lockdown.
I arrived at Good Day Deli and was greeted with a friendly hello and informed of how the set up worked in terms of menu (scan QR code, no app required) and the 1 way system in place, with the advice to wear your mask when not seated at the table). All very reasonable and easy to follow guidelines.
I started off with a coffee with some hot oat milk. They serve cow’s milk but in the full fat version and nothing about the diet culture here, it’s just that sometimes full fat milk just doesn’t sit well with me, and you know what the more oat milk I am drinking the more I like it as an alternative (my friend got me into it with her love of oat milk cappuccinos). As you can see from the picture below, we were sitting on the patio area of the café outside, but it was covered. Now I did bring along a blanket (just in case) but I was warm in my jacket, and the sun kept coming out to say hello in the midst of the rain, which I have to admit was a lovely warming feeling, listening to the rain, eating good food, and keeping warm and dry.
It seemed like it was a fish taco day all around as everyone by the looks of it was ordering the fish tacos judging by the what was coming out from the kitchen. Look how yummy they look, they consisted of a lightly battered hake served on mini corn tortillas with pickle, raw slaw and coriander aioli, served up with hand cut paprika fries (drooling or what)
We couldn’t help it… oh no we couldn’t. A side of Halloumi HAD to be ordered, and it was delicious. I mean who cant order a side of halloumi when its on the menu right?
Now after the chats, and the delicious fish tacos, I was pretty much full to the brim, but I had in true Sinead style looked up the menu before I had arrived and the pictures of the cakes were just too tempting, and let’s be honest whenever there is anything LEMON on the menu I just find it too tempting not to say no. I went for the Lemon polenta cake with lemon ricotta icing and by god it did not disappoint but I couldn’t finish it and of course I didn’t want to leave it behind so I asked for a takeaway box (and I delightfully finished it off later that evening)
The owners were so warm and welcoming, and you can just tell by their attitude that the food is prepared and served with love. You can just tell this is what they love doing. The one thing that really struck me was when they said “thank you for taking the time out of your day to come and visit us” – I mean WOW!
So if you haven’t guessed already, I really enjoyed the experience and will 100% be back to try out that Beamish Stout & Chocolate Cake.
Hopefully this is the start of some more but limited exploring for EarlieGirl, and just remember do what makes you happy, and be around those that bring you calm.