Fresh Fare From The Food Isle - Ireland

Written by Mary Gallagher

Fresh Fare From The Food Isle – Ireland Cuisine Read Jetsetters Magazine at Read this entire feature FREE with photos at

It has been said that inrepparttar early 1980s Irish cuisine started to change forrepparttar 105385 better. Always blessed with naturally wonderful ingredients, chefs started a revolution incorporating nouvelle cuisine, flavors and techniques ofrepparttar 105386 world, and then all roads leading to a new level of ever evolving spectacular Irish fare.

As this was my first trip to Ireland, a primary gauge wasrepparttar 105387 five pounds this extremely picky eater gained in less than two weeks without ever drinking a Guinness! Outstanding game, grass fed beef, fresh vegetables and fruits, outstanding cheese and dairy (hmmm double cream, Irish butter), and as one is always close torepparttar 105388 sea, rivers, and lakes providing pristine fish and seafood.

Féile Bia is an Irish food organization with a commitment to quality. Their program emphasizesrepparttar 105389 importance of where food comes from before it reachesrepparttar 105390 hotels, restaurants, pubs and workplaces throughout Ireland.

Féile Bia organized withrepparttar 105391 Restaurants Association of Ireland,repparttar 105392 Irish Hotels Federation andrepparttar 105393 support ofrepparttar 105394 farming community in response to growing consumer concerns aboutrepparttar 105395 quality and origin of food offered when dining out. An issue we should all be concerned about wherever we live.

Members provide details confirmingrepparttar 105396 quality and origin ofrepparttar 105397 food used in their kitchens. Féile Bia participants are committed to sourcing meat, chicken and eggs from recognized Quality Assurance Schemes and gladly supply any customer requests for country of origin information.

Chefs and consumers throughout Ireland take care and pride in using products grown, raised and produced locally. One of those we visited wasrepparttar 105398 Burren Smokehouse.

Burren Smokehouse

The Burren Smokehouse is located inrepparttar 105399 legendary County Clare town of Lisdoonvarna, on Ireland's west coast, a family run organization started in 1989 by Peter Curtin, a local man and his Swedish wife, Birgitta. Lisdoonvarna is also home torepparttar 105400 world's best-known matchmaking festival that you can check out at It is a picturesque and historic stop popular with tourists any time of year. The town and Burren are totally free of industrial pollution so prevalent and makes thisrepparttar 105401 cleanest environment in all of Western Europe.

After researchingrepparttar 105402 smoking traditions of Ireland they patented their own process. Nearbyrepparttar 105403 Curtin family has ownedrepparttar 105404 Roadside Tavern for aboutrepparttar 105405 last 100 years alsorepparttar 105406 first place to serve their smoked salmon. Their belief inrepparttar 105407 finest quality food products, customer care and a great group workers ensures a continuous high standard.

We made our stop first at their Visitor Centre to watchrepparttar 105408 video showing how salmon is smoked, starting from filleting to finished product. The program is available in English, German, French, and Italian;repparttar 105409 centre has space for about 50 people. We were able to test a little wine and several varieties of smoked products with additional explanations by Birgitta. Actually we loved it all except for those of us too “chicken” to tryrepparttar 105410 eel. The smoked cheese was also wonderful.

Gourmet Gorging - Rafting the Bruneau in Idaho

Written by Robert LaGrone

Gourmet Gorging – Rafting The Bruneau in Idaho Read Jetsetters Magazine at Read this entire feature FREE with photos at::

When you look acrossrepparttar vast sagebrush prairie of southwestern Idaho,repparttar 105383 Bruneau River Gorge looks like a small arroyo inrepparttar 105384 distance. Fromrepparttar 105385 floor of that gorge, however,repparttar 105386 world looks stunningly different. The red-brown horizon is almost directly above you, so steep arerepparttar 105387 towering cliffs carved out byrepparttar 105388 river. Byrepparttar 105389 way, don't stare upward too long, or that big wave inrepparttar 105390 rapids directly ahead will tip you out of your raft for a nice, uh, invigorating swim.

This ribbon of snowmelt, fed byrepparttar 105391 smaller Jarbidge River upstream, flows throughrepparttar 105392 southwest corner ofrepparttar 105393 Gem State. Wilderness River Outfitters operates trips on these and many other rivers worldwide, although their home base is onrepparttar 105394 beautiful Salmon River in east-central Idaho. Joe Tonsmeire, a soft-spoken cowboy with a bushy grey mustache, has been guiding here with his wife Fran for 33 years, and they clearly love what they do.

Our adventure began in Boise, a pleasant capital city with its own scenic river. After a trip briefing and introductions all around, guides and guests went to a local brewpub restaurant for steaks and marionberry cobbler. One river guide, Kyle, collected on a wager: Tom, another guide, had bet that they couldn't fit all of their gear intorepparttar 105395 pickup truck before a previous river trip. Sounds more fun than video poker...

Speaking of trucks, Joe told us a tale from a past trip:repparttar 105396 dirt road climbing out ofrepparttar 105397 Owyhee River Gorge is so steep and rough thatrepparttar 105398 rear axle in one truck completely stripped its gears, andrepparttar 105399 vehicle had to be towed out ofrepparttar 105400 canyon. Trips like this are tough on vehicles. The story was evidently well known inrepparttar 105401 town of Mountain Home, where we stopped for gas and a stretch duringrepparttar 105402 six-hour trip to our put-in point. The man atrepparttar 105403 register asked, with a knowing chuckle, howrepparttar 105404 truck was doing. Kyle reassured us that Joe had seen every kind of unplanned event in his time, and I joked about jinxing our group by saying, "Great! Nothing can happen to us, then."

The spring sunshine warmed our shoulders as we waited byrepparttar 105405 gravel road forrepparttar 105406 other pickup truck to come to our rescue. Two simultaneous flat tires - what arerepparttar 105407 odds? Our driver Brad, an experienced wilderness survival instructor, helped passrepparttar 105408 time by showing us how to start a campfire without matches. We hoped this wasn't an indication of how long we might be here. Brad was here to deliverrepparttar 105409 Suburban torepparttar 105410 take-out point after we had unloaded it atrepparttar 105411 put-in. Soonrepparttar 105412 replacement pickup arrived, equipment and supplies were transferred, and as we got moving again, we elected to speak no more about unplanned events.

I like this group! Bill and Jim, businessmen from Boise and Seattle, respectively, are brothers who enjoy hunting and rafting trips whenever they can get together. Anna, a nurse from California, had rafted with WROrepparttar 105413 previous year and proved to be an experienced paddler with a wry sense of humor. Clint, a baker from Sun Valley, Idaho, displayed great skill with a Dutch oven as well as with a paddle.

Cont'd on page 2 ==> © 2005
Terms of Use