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Top 5 Irish Foods I wish I could buy in Malta

It must be said that there are a large number of Irish and (especially) British foodstuffs available on the island, which is why this list is not over-long.   For example Kerrygold butter is in every shop, and Irish beef and lamb is very easy to find too, as is (British) Cadbury chocolate which many Irish emigrants in the U.S. pine for.
However there are those few items you sometimes wish you could get your hands on, although there’s always the friendly neighbourhood internet to help in such cases…

Here’s my list, and if you see any of these in a Maltese supermarket be sure to let me know:

5.  Butler’s Chocolate
Bit of a luxury product to kick off with, so not exactly an everyday staple, but these chocolates are pretty special.  I got a box of them in the post last summer from my generous aunt, and even though the Maltese sun had turned them into an amorphous glob, they still tasted great.  That, my friend, is the sign of good chocolate.


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Fruit, Vegetables… and Doughnuts

Part of the charm of Malta for many visitors from the UK (and various other locales), is it’s ‘olde worlde’ feel.  I’m talking about the way you can find a blacksmith’s or a cobbler’s in every town, and most of the shops are small family-run places rather than extensions of some corporate entity.  Another manifestation of this is the vans that trundle through every suburb, and set up as fruit & veg stalls in what seems like every second back-street around.  It’s nice to be able to pop downstairs and pick up a couple of fresh tomatoes or a bag full of oranges.

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Gluten-Free in Malta

Here in the western world, it seems like allergies of various kinds are on the rise.  And no, it’s not because ‘young folk are softer than when I were a lad…’,  scientific studies seem to back this up.  Maybe it’s because of the amount of chemicals we come into contact with every day.  Or due to the fact that we eat such a wide variety of foods from around the globe.  In the case of gluten allergies, there’s a theory that that whole Neolithic period when people started growing crops and eating dairy products may have resulted in our digestive systems becoming somewhat messed up.  It could be all or none of those things.  I don’t know, because in spite of what you may imagine, I am not a scientist. 
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Top Ten Things to Eat (and Drink) in Malta

Humans like top ten lists.  (Especially the Men humans, lists make us feel as though there is organization and righteousness to the universe, and we need that reassurance sometimes).  So here is my list of the top ten things – in very particular order – to eat and drink during your stay on the beautiful island of Malta:

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