Dining out in Dublin and our changing eating habits
23 August 2017
Eating Habits - Dining Out in Dublin with 'Free From' Friends
Post by Edwina Elizabeth O'Connor from www.thelifeofstuff.com for Rustic Stone
I was originally going to title this post as 'Dining Out in Dublin and Our Changing Diets' but felt the word diet could be construed from the definition I'm writing about. To diet is to essentially, restrict oneself. I'm not talking about that definition. I'm talking about the kind of food people are eating. People's diets, in other words our eating habits and the kinds of food we eat.
Ireland's culinary journey is still on its life adventure. Yes the 'meat and two veg' traditionalists still exist, and long may they do so. However alongside these folk are those who are eager to introduce their taste buds to new flavour filled ingredients, spices and cooking techniques.
In yester year, only those who travelled outside of the Island of Ireland were fortunate enough to tickle their taste buds with these new tastes. Nowadays we just need to pick a world cuisine and book a table at a restaurant, all from the comfort of our home.
So with this in mind you would think that booking dinner for a group of friends would be easy? Well, it can be once you consider who you are dining with. Lets just take some of the following factors about our eating habits on board before we make that booking.
Ireland has one of the highest coeliac disease rates in the world. They say one in every hundred person has coeliac disease, making it a good chance that one of your dining partners eats a gluten-free diet. Then of course there are those who aren't coeliac but prefer to eat gluten-free because it makes them feel better. So you could add another dinner guest to that list.
Not only vegetarianism, but being vegan is on the rise in Ireland. According to The Vegan Society, Britain saw an increase of 150,000 vegans to 500,000 within the last ten years, and numbers are still growing. Ireland is following suit. But many who start their no meat-eating, eating habits often start their journey as pescatarians. With this in mind could one of your dining partners follow a free from meat diet? Are they pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan?
While we're on the subject of free from, did you know that Ireland's organic food market is worth over 100 million euros, and that the amount 'natural' or 'no additives' products on Irish shelves more than doubled from 13% to 28% from 2005 to 2014. Well you do now.
Adding these factors to your thirst for a top class dining experience that everyone in your party can enjoy might lead you stranded when searching for the ideal restaurant. Thankfully though, there are establishments in Dublin that have moved with the times. They've adapted to Ireland's ever-growing 'free from' evolution, or revolution - depending how you see it.
One such restaurant is Rustic Stone on South Great George's Street in Dublin 2. Rustic Stone's menu is driven by taste and nourishment. It clearly identifies which dish will suit your eating habit, but more importantly which wont. It offers a mix of worldly cuisine but stays true to local produce where possible.
Taking a look at the Rustic Stone Menu and the meat lover amongst your dining party won't be disappointed with their ‘Braised lamb shank and baby shells' selection. The pescatarian guest will bask in the glory of their ‘Superfood salad' choice. The vegetarians amongst your group will be fulfilled with taste rather than blandness. The gluten-free diner will delight in their dessert of ‘Rose and orange blossom triffle. These dishes are to name a few, but each and every option offers focus on healthy eating within your eating habits, whether free from or not. Now the next question could be should you choose to cook your own food 'on the stone' or just dine it raw!