Sometimes you just stumble across something when you’re travelling and suddenly it defines your whole journey. Ireland and Seafood Chowder are a little like that. I’ve always loved seafood chowder but had forgotten how much. Then a friend reminded me and suddenly it was all I could think about eating.
Ireland is rightfully proud of its chowders, especially along the west coast where the Atlantic Ocean seafood is big, fresh and tasty. County Galway, Co Clare, Co Limerick, Co Mayo, Co Cork and Co Kerry are full of villages with pubs and restaurants that will proudly serve you a hearty bowl of chowder with a plate of brown bread and a pat of Irish butter on the side. The soups may vary from county to county but the variety will make you a connoisseur and give you an obsession to compel you from village to village, town to town.
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