I really love living in Ireland. There are very few things–family and friends definitely NOT included–that I miss from or about the States. It’s rare that I think to myself “you know what I would really love?” and not be able to find it here in Ireland. Half ‘n’ Half is not one of those things.
Continuing on with the breakfast theme from last week. Because I love breakfast. I actually look forward to it when I wake up. I’ve never been able to sympathize with those people who say they aren’t hungry until they have been up for a few hours. Seriously? I wake up looking forward to the smell of coffee, excited about my decision between toast and muesli. Breakfast in Ireland is not really so different than breakfast in America. But there was one niggling difference that was getting to me.
I really look forward to my morning coffee. I have finally decided that this is an ok thing to do. I’ve heard that hot water and lemon is the ideal way to start your day, and that green tea really has a better overall caffeine effect AND is better for you to boot. You read about actresses, interviewed in glossy magazines, saying they drink fennel root tea every morning for their skin and to help keep their colon healthy. I wish I could feel the need to do that; I wish I could support my skin and/or colon in that way. But I feel excited when I think about my morning coffee. I have decided to be fine with this addiction. At least it isn’t heroine. I find that is a good mantra for life really: at least it isn’t heroine. It let’s me feel better about coffee, red wine, those jelly snakes I LOVE. But I digress….
Coffee is one of the pleasures of waking up; part of the excitement in starting a new day. In America we have a lovely little milk product called Half ‘n’ Half. Half ‘n’ Half is a formal name for half milk, half cream. Half ‘n’ Half is not fancy, but it is delicious. It makes coffee creamy and lovely. I like my coffee strong, no sugar, Half ‘n’ Half. Have a nice day.Why thank you, I will.
Ireland doesn’t do Half ‘n’ Half. America makes food products that you didn’t really need–or even want to imagine–possible. I put Half ‘n’ Half in the category of American inventions like spray cheese and that peanut butter and jelly in one jar thing; a product totally unnecessary but makes life so much easier, if more unhealthy. Half ‘n’ Half seems like a lesser evil in that category. Along with pretending to not be addicted to coffee, I was trying to convince myself that I liked drinking coffee with just milk. Whole milk, yes, but just milk. There have been a few very sad weeks on and off where I’ve used low-fat milk in my coffee. It just isn’t the same. So along with what I’ll call “the journey of acceptance” that seems to be occurring in my life (coffee being just the tip of the ice berg), I have begun making my very own half ‘n’ half at home. What the hell took me so long? Irish cream is deliciously rich and heavy, so my home brew is probably more like, 1/4 ‘n’ 3/4.
If I’m not drinking coffee at home, there are many places that do delicious coffee in Dublin. I don’t know why Americans think that Ireland doesn’t have good coffee. I don’t know why Americans assume Ireland doesn’t do delicious food in general. They’re all wrong. Dublin is currently being overrun with fantastic places to get coffee by baristas who take their time and really put some effort into every cappuccino and flat white. It’s not great for my wallet or my caffeine addiction, but it’s good news over all. Not only for the overexcited American tourist.
And for the record I do NOT eat spray cheese. Americans can be insane.