Now that I have no excuse to be dossing any more I have officially re-entered the real world as a bona fide Limerick person. Living in the city is great, we are walking everywhere, and I can now bring my kids to schmoozy events like art gallery openings. It's easy, they sit down and overdose on fizzy drinks and I swan around disowning them until we all get thrown out because they say they could easily paint something better than all that modern art rubbish. The event we went to, a summer exhibition of work from the cream of Limerick painters, was on at the Georgian House, a stunning building that was recently restored to it's former "I want to live there" glory. Ironically an old friend of mine used to live there in a bedsit for Euro15 a week back in the student days before they were all turfed out and it was turned into a museum. This place is a two minute walk from my new place, so long suburbia, busses and queueing up for hours for a cab.
On my eternal quest of all things foodie I dragged Son No.1 (that's some of him in the photo, the one in the T-shirt) into the famous fish shop Rene Cusacks just off the dock road. This place is fish heaven and my son, a self confessed fish-aholic (as I've mentioned before) is always keen to meet his meat before he eats it. The shop, established in 1916 now has a place in the milk market which will make the milk market, on every Saturday from 8-1pm, too good for words. Cusacks is so clean you could eat your sushi off the floor. The fish is appetisingly laid out and all manner of bad boys from Sea Bream and snapper as well as our "fish on friday" staples of whiting, cod, mackerel, plaice and other goodies. Son No.1 went straight for the lobster tank, he'd better start churning out those movies soon. The lobster and crab are all kept in temperature controlled salt-water tanks and make for entertaining viewing. Alongside a tank of nets of oysters and periwinkles are having salt water lovingly cascaded over them to keep them fresh and yummy, and ignorant of their impending doom! The guy in the shop was keen to entertain the small fella by fishing (sorry!) a lively snapper out of the tank for him to hold, he loved it and wanted to buy it immediatley. He also got out a huge beast with pinchers about one foot long, he weighed in at a cost of Euro113, from the shop!! Pricey in a restaurant. Cusack's supply to lots of restaurants in the Limerick and Clare area, you'll get everything you need for fishy treats and sushi here. One more to add to the shopping list. No there's no recipe. So far all I've cooked here is pasta with bacon bits!