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The rain was coming down in sheets in County Cork,Ireland but it didn’t stop the devoted golfers from getting drenched on the emerald green courses. I, on the other hand, journeyed to Ireland’s gourmet capitol, Kinsale. First stop was Kinsale Chocolate Boutique, to buy a macaroon and watch people on the street who are used to rain in the summer. Kinsale chocolate boutique

This small and charming seaside town has lively multi-colored shops and picture postcard appeal. I stumbled on Koko’s chocolate shop and Frank Keane has been in the business 25 years. Today he was making truffles with Paddy’s Irish Whisky. I had to conduct a taste test and the uneven ball was full of smooth, rich chocolate and the dash of whisky calmed my sweet jitters.

Hand made truffles with Irish Whisky

Hand made truffles with Irish Whisky

Admittedly, I had just left Jo’s Café where the cookie/biscuit filled with buttery crème crumbled into divine delightfulness. Since confections were on the top radar, I did pop into Granny’s Bottom Drawer a shop owned by Clodagh Murray with gorgeous linens, cottons and woolens draped lovely and bringing to mind authentic Ireland of days past. #KokoKinsale #Grannysbottomdrawer

Fine Irish linens, cotton and wool

Fine Irish linens, cotton and wool

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