Luck of the Irish

I can’t decide if I want to post on weekends. I went back and forth several times and ended up deciding that I don’t want to decide. Maybe I will? Maybe I won’t? It’ll be a surprise each weekend! It’s my blog, I can do what I want ;)

Anyways, the real reason why I decided to post this weekend is because I have something to post about!

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It turns out Moncton is not as desolate when it comes to brunch as originally thought. When I saw The Old Triangle pub had a brunch menu I sent it to my mom right away. She’s my new brunching buddy. Who also happens to be a rather large fan of pubs. Convenient.

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The Old Triangle is of the Irish variety. One look at the brunch menu and I knew exactly what I was destined for.

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The traditional Irish breakfast! Obviously.

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I’ve seen something similar in many places. There’s also Angharad’s proper English breakfast. Basically, if I could assemble the perfect breakfast for myself, it would contain very similar components.

Well, except for the blood pudding. I’ve been frightened of blood pudding ever since I was a small child.

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You see, my mom spent part of her childhood in Ireland where blood pudding was a regular weekend breakfast treat. She loves it and would talk about it all the time growing up. It’s essentially blood cooked with some sort of filler (meat, oatmeal, potato, etc) and put into a sausage casing.

Well, I decided Saturday was the day I would conquer my childhood fear.

It was actually kind of delicious! I would compare it to a milder, more crumbly sausage.

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However, my favourite part of the meal was the Irish soda bread. LOVE that dense, soda-y loaf. Also on the plate was breakfast sausage, eggs, bacon, “boxty bread” which tasted like a pancake, fried tomatoes and “white pudding” which is like blood pudding but without the blood.

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Total domination. This is how a good Saturday or Sunday looks right here. Eat a small breakfast, go for a run, eat a gigantic afternoon brunch, then a couple snacks to tie me over for the rest of the day. Absolute perfection. Absolute Irish, bloody, soda-y perfection. Now where’s my black & tan?

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Posted on May 15, 2011, in Restaurants, Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I love soda bread. When I lived over in England we used to eat it so frequently when we went and visited our relatives up north. Ah now I’m really craving it ha.

  2. Man, it looks like you really hated that breakfast :). I love when you post about restaurants. Because we eat so differently it lets me see dishes I never would otherwise.

  3. The Fry is missing mushrooms (my favourite part, well, aside from the eggs, sausage, rasher, and black pudding) but it still looks like it was right deadly (a common Ulster expression, it means great, I promise). And yeah for giving black pudding a try. I love it but convincing people to try it is really difficult.

    Also, you should google the lyrcs for ‘Johnny McEldoo’. There’s a joke in there.

  4. My dad is Irish and has told me about blood pudding. Definitely a childhood fear of mine too! I still haven’t ever tried it. I need to face my fear.

    I wish we had an Irish Pub in my tiny town.

  5. Looks like a rough breakfast ;) haha love irish soda bread.

  6. Mmmmm….
    And I could go for a black n tan

  7. Mmmmm….
    And I could go for a black n tan

  8. The blood pudding scares me a bit too. Not sure why since I eat steaks pretty bloody. I am not in danger of being presented with this anywhere near my home but if I ever manage to visit Ireland I’ll try it.

  9. Does anyone know where I can buy “white puddings” in Moncton, NB. All I can seem to find are “blood puddings”. Thanks.

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