September 13, 2011

A Taste of the Old Country... in Dorchester

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Whether you're longing for the rich, earthy taste of Irish black pudding or for the melodic prattling of an Irish brogue, I suggest you pay a visit to Greenhills Irish Bakery on 780 Adams Street, Dorchester.

Let me tell you straightaway that this post is not a paid-advertisement for the bakery... I don't know anybody there, I don't have any long-lost-relatives who work there and I by no means expect to receive a free loaf of soda bread for having written this (although that would be awesome). I'm just a guy who has a constant, uncanny craving for Irish bacon and black pudding. That craving is what led me to the door of the bakery.

I first heard about Greenhills from everybody's favorite cantankerous TV chef and tour guide, Anthony Bourdain. During his Boston episode of No Reservations (which focused not on "fine-dining establishments," or "what new, young chefs are creating on the cutting edge of Boston cuisine," but rather on the "tough and infamous side of Boston."), Tony strolled into Greenhills for a taste of the bakery's infamous Irish breakfast sandwich.

As soon as I saw this sandwich on TV I knew I had to experience one in real life. Let's face it, Irish food is by no means outstandingly delicious (why do you think you only eat corned beef and cabbage once a year?). However, where the Irish culinary world really shines is at the breakfast table.

Irish breakfasts are AMAZING. Thick-cut Irish bacon (also known as rashers), black pudding, white pudding, bangers (sausage) and eggs. Throw all of those ingredients into a freshly baked bun, douse them with brown sauce and you are left with the greatest breakfast sandwich in the history of breakfast sandwiches.  

Seriously, this sandwich makes an Egg McMuffin seem like a Turd McNothin'. Keep up the good work Greenhills. Sláinte! 

P.S. Hey there! If you liked this post, I have a hunch you'll love NEON DRUID: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy. It's a collection of 17 short stories all rooted in Celtic mythology.

P.P.S. You can also check out my new blog, Irish Myths, where I unveil the secrets of Celtic mythology, Irish mythology, and Irish folklore.

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