ireland by land and sea: CorkWhen I first visited Ireland more than 30 years ago, I didn’t have the slightest idea that Irish blood flowed through my veins. Nor did I care since I was there to party and have fun with a small group of friends celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. In America, then and now, St. Patrick’s Day was an excuse to drink beer, be it green or not, and generally act stupid. Wearing the only green shirt in my slim wardrobe at the time, I would jump into a limo with a handful of similarly dressed and motivated friends and bar hop around Ocean Beach until we could hop no more. Story & Photography by Ron James READ MORE
SEARCHING FOR THE JAMES FAMILY ROOTS IN IRELAN
There’s no doubt that searching for your family roots is much like a detective novel, only you know that there’s going to be a case solved at the end of the novel… not always the case in genealogy.
wdt tribute to anthony bourdain
“A little fear is OK. It’s a survival instinct that has served humans well since they started walking on two legs.”
BY RON & MARY JAMES
fear of travel
A little fear is OK. It’s a survival instinct that has served humans well since they started walking on two legs. It rears up while traveling since you’re out of your comfort zone – out of familiar environs and routines.
WDT Master chef Series: Noel McMeel
by ron james
It’s been more than three decades since I last set foot on Irish soil. I have many fond memories of that visit; however hard as I try, I can’t remember what I ate – although I do remember drinking a fair bit of Guinness. I’m sure I filled up on pub food – good grub but hardly fine dining. A lot has changed in Ireland since then, including the state culinary affairs, as I learned when I interviewed Noel McMeel, executive chef at Lough Erne Golf Resort and Hotel in Enniskillen. McMeel is a passionate evangelist for what he calls “modern Irish cuisine” – think slow cooking and farm-to-table with an Irish twist.