So from Northern Ireland, currently living in Belfast and am intrigued if there's anyone else the same?
Alternatively, if there's anyone coming to Northern Ireland and want some hints and tips or any recommendations on where to go or how to get here, fire away (pardon the pun).
The truth is out there....but is it in Belfast?
asked byRebecca_L (637)
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on March 14, 2013
at 11:12 PM
Thanks. In belfast now. Finding this city interesting. Will update more.
on July 15, 2014
at 07:30 PM
I was wondering the same thing. I am moving to Belfast from Denmark on friday, and even though I already have friends in Belfast, it might be good to connect with some paleo/primal folks. I am just getting started again though, since I fell back into old habits about a year ago. Hope to hear from you.
on July 13, 2014
at 03:46 PM
Hi @Rebecca L, I know this is an old post, but I just searched paleo and Belfast and this is the main thing that came up. I've just moved back to NI from China and am planning on staying in belfast for the foreseeable future so i would be good to connect with other paleo peo
on April 15, 2013
at 02:36 PM
Hi, Long pending update - Got along well. Put up close to Donegal Square found a rental place. In the initial days it was difficult. Found people very friendly. One of the shops (The Allotment, Upper Queen street) happily swapped butter instead of oil in Ulster fry and veg instead of bread. Weatherspoon runs a steak club every Tuesday and ok to swap veg instead of chip. Dint try Barking Dog yet as it is little far from where I live.
But could not be anywhere near strict Paleo. But was doing it on and off. I loved the wheaten bread. Soda bread tried it just once and it was not made well. Boojum is another place where I tucked my tummy with all sorts of stuff.
Since I moved into new place where there is a kitchen -no freezer, started with some lamb steaks from Tesco. Visited the Saturday Market and it was awesome with quite a lot of sea food spread. But as I fell of the wagon, it is very difficult to restart with limited facilities available away from home. But giving it a try anyway.
on February 25, 2013
at 12:33 PM
How long are you staying for and where are you from? Northern Ireland is very paleo in some respects and in others very much not. Here we are a traditional farming country. There's plenty of vegetable and butcher shops everywhere. The idea of beef not being grass fed is unusual, bacon isn't processed and grass-fed butter is normal. In fact restaurants often write in the menus that the chicken is corn-fed as if it's to be praised. The ways in which it isn't paleo is that we love bread, porridge and have no idea what a yam is. We have all various types of bread from the potato bread to soda bread to pancakes (drop scones) to fruit scones to wheaten loaves. We love bread and butter. Another way we aren't paleo is that we love the SAD lifestyle so there's plenty of junk food and takeaway places and you can buy butter alternatives readily (hydrogenated vegetable oils).
As for restaurants, yes and no. Most restaurants have meals like pasta and meditteranean veggies (aubergine, courgette etc) which is not the norm here. Your usual fayre in a restaurant will either be pasta or meat served with potatoes; the potatoes being served in the form of either boiled, roasted, mashed (or also champ) or the most popular, chips (fat fries) or in fact wedges, which are wedge-shaped fat fries. You're guaranteed a burger + chips or battered meat/fish + chips.
One restaurant I know is very good is the Barking Dog on Malone Road, South Belfast. It's good because they are very sensitive (no pun intended) to gluten and other intolerances. Whatever meal you fancy on the menu they will make whatever way you want. If you fancy crispy prawn salad, say you are gluten intolerant or you want it unbreadcrumbed/battered and they will do it. Good to know they cook fresh!
Places to live: that all depends on how many of you there are, how long you're staying for, where you want to stay and what your budget is!
A good hostel is Paddy's Palace on the Lisburn Road. Short-term lets are VERY hard to find but if you're moving here, try Gumtree or Spareroom.com