Find Your Zen with Erin in Ireland

Erin Hazelton Paris, FR


Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.

Where did you eat your best meal and what was it?

People eat as they are meant to here—lots of local everything! Fish come from fishermen. Kale and potatoes come from the neighbor’s farm. Everyone is mindful of what’s used in the soil and fed to the animals. I ate dairy there and even met the cows! There are lots of agricultural restrictions and policies that the U.S. could benefit from.


I’d have to say one of the five-course meals I had at the Ballymaloe House was tops of my list. Their sauces are insane—especially the salsa verde on the John Dory. And they’ll give you the recipe if you ask!
I also found this little cafe called Organico in Bantry. Their frittatas and vegan chili was out of control. Same for the gluten-free scones and locally-sourced, chocolate-covered dates stuffed with nut butter.

Ballymaloe House, morning mist in the Golden Room

Where did you stay…and want to stay forever?

We moved around a lot over three weeks, but to end our trip we stayed in a suite at Adare Manor, which is stunning beyond belief.


I’d move in if I could. The wallpaper…the scenery…the complimentary mini-bar…

Adare Manor

What’s the one thing you’re glad you packed and why?

A hoodie. We took lots of windy cliff walks and popping my hoodie saved my ears and cut the wind so I could still hear the podcasts I listened to. 

A detour off Ballycotton Cliff Walk

What souvenir(s) did you buy and why?

I got one brown, chunky knit sweater made by the lady who owned a yarn shop in Bantry. I also got an amazing pair of Victorian opal and diamond earrings at auction from Adam’s in Dublin. Claire-Laurence Mestrallet is in charge of the jewelry department there. She’s really good. 

Bantry House, rear view

What do you wish you’d done, but didn’t get to?

Galway, Kerry and a drive along the Atlantic coast…