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May 11, 2011 In life

observations in belfast: part three

if you’ve read part one and part two of our belfast adventures, you should have come to the conclusion that the only highlights of belfast, for kristen and i, were roslynn’s maternity session and FOOD. our absolute, absolute favourite restaurant of belfast and of the entire trip was at made in belfast restolounge. made in belfast has two locations, city hall and cathedral quarter–we had lunch at the city hall location on wellington street.

from the first five seconds on the company’s website, i was in love. then we walked into their restaurant and saw the decor. the perfect mismatched display of tables, chairs, vases, pillows, fabrics, ceiling lamps, wallpaper. it was sensory overload in the best sense. there were round tables and square tables, large tables and small tables, or couches if you’d rather. newsprint covered one wall, mirrors were used to write the daily specials. twinkle lights lined the wine cupboard and lit candles were on every table, although it was only lunch hour.

kristen ordered greek brim with goat cheese, rocket, potatoes, and zucchini in a tomato-based sauce. i ordered the sweet potato salad with pomegranate, beets and goat cheese with fresh vegetables on the side. we both died in happiness. everything about the experience was phenomenal including the creative presentation of the bill which arrived in a stapled envelope, crafted from a copy of the menu. you simply must go.

when i declare food the only highlight of belfast, i don’t want to come across as ignorant. we spent an hour on a tour seeing the “sights” of belfast and the history we heard was incredible. i have been to few cities with a more brutal history of religious discrimination, violence, blood and war. stories of innocent people being slaughtered daily throughout the 1970s–all in the name of the church and individual beliefs. it’s disgusting. no doubt this war has affected belfast’s economy and overall morale still–many neighbourhoods feel deserted, no neighbourhood children play, a large percentage of stores are closed, the broken windows of buildings plastered with “to let” signs. we were happy we included belfast on our UK trip itinerary–although not as popular as london, as glamorous as edinburgh or as picturesque as st. andrews, it was worth visiting and learning a bit of the history.

  • OK, just looking at the PICTURES made my heartbeat race with all the prettiness! I AM GOING to that restaraunt someday! Its gorgeous. The food looks good too!

  • Kate

    I love your style! What lenses you take when you’re travelling?

  • That restaurant looks so cool! I hope to try it someday!

  • that food looks divine! and the restaurant, oh my details! so fun seeing the world through jamie and her camera :)

  • I agree! Made in Belfast is a gorgeous place!! I love that part of Belfast around city hall =) Glad it was all well in the end!!

  • Yen

    thanks so much for all of your travel posts. i enjoyed “traveling” with you. :)

  • karen

    beaaauuttttiful photos of made in belfast jamie! it really shows it off to its true glory! i could spend many many hours in there just looking at all the different bits and pieces!