When was the last time you said to yourself, “oh man, I’m just craving a bowl of veggies (otherwise known as a salad)?” I’m guessing almost never, unless you are trying to be “healthy” or you just feel bad about the two Double Double, Animal Style Cheeseburgers (with chillies) you ate last night. And yes, if you didn’t know you could get chillies on your In-N-Out burger, you’re seriously missing out. So what’s my point? Meat is delicious. It’s honestly depressing to think of a meal with no meat. All I’m thinking about when I’m eating my bowl of veggies is “thank God I just got that out of the way, now where’s my steak?” So it was surprising to hear Shay say we should try this vegan restaurant in a little town called Greystones. Greystones is about an hour away on DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) so this was a huge commitment to eat a salad. All I can say is “holy sh*t!” I’m glad I decided to put my man card aside for a day to try an awesome meal at The Happy Pear.
Greystones is a coastal town, roughly 17 miles south of Dublin and 5 miles south of Bray. It’s popular for two reasons: The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk and The Happy Pear. No joke, people from all over Ireland travel to Greystones just so they can get a piece of the delicious Happy Pear menu. Due to it’s popularity, it can be very busy during lunch and dinner peak hours. Luckily we arrived around 11:30 AM, so we were able to beat the rush and only have to wait in a very short line. Lunch time meals are set up buffet style and change frequently. Shay and I each ordered the beetroot, walnut and feta burger, with a side of cous cous salad and coconut thai curry soup. I honestly can’t believe how good the food tasted, even though no meat was present. It’s shocking. Plus all the food tastes so fresh and healthy, that you literally just feel good about yourself after eating it. Including the desserts, which we of course had to try. We ordered their homemade Twix candy bar, carmel cake and a macaroon. The Happy Pear however is even more than just a restaurant, they also sell a bunch of produce and their own homemade sauces. We left with pesto in hand and after having a great meal, started the hike from Greystones to Bray along the coastline.
Sorry to interrupt this current blog post in progress but Kurt got too hungry writing and had to bail. Shay to save the day!
After what I like to call a divine experience at The Happy Pear, we didn’t really have much of a plan and saw arrows pointing to a coastal walk. We decided to take our chances (and our newly bought pesto) and go for it. Turned out to be about 10 kilometers (6 miles) along the beautiful coast between the two towns Greystones and Bray. We stopped multiple times to look back at Greystones and also to take photos in a sea of yellow flowers.
Not much else to say here except that it was absolutely beautiful. The weather was somewhat gloomy but that didn’t stop us from taking in the unreal scenery. We are getting better at exploring without a plan, which I think leads to some of the best adventures. Needless to say, we will be back for more deliciousness from The Happy Pear and another hike soon.
Sometimes I forget there is so much to see right outside Dublin. It’s easy to get holed up in your apartment in Dublin binge watching Sons of Anarchy (which we did this weekend) but every once and a while it’s important to remember what a beautiful country we live in. This is one of my favorite day trips we have done so far. Mostly because it was pretty spontaneous and unplanned, which Kurt and I sometimes have trouble being. With his paperwork still in the mail, we will be doing a ton more day trips and extended weekends traveling around Ireland. We don’t have plans for this upcoming weekend, which leaves nothing but opportunity to go explore another random town in Ireland.
I won’t divulge too much information but as soon as Kurt can leave the country, one of our first trips is to Winterfell. I am not kidding. THE Winterfell. Complete with direwolves. That’s all I will say for now.
Because this post was written by both of us, I will sign off with the following…