☘️ Jameson Distillery 🥃

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I’m not much of a whiskey drinker, but I really enjoyed learning about how Jameson Whiskey is made. I took a tour of the Jameson Distillery free with my Dublin Pass. Jameson is considered to be the top selling Irish whiskey in the world. I took a tour through the distillery in on Bow Street in Dublin to learn how the whiskey is distilled compared to other whiskeys. Jameson has been distilling their whiskey on Bow Street since 1780. They have expanded their operations to the town of Midleton in County Cork. Next, you will learn about how it’s made. The whiskey is made up of both unmalted and malted barley, maize, and water. Then, it is aged in either sherry or bourbon casks. Secondly, you will come to a room where you will find two other types of whiskeys besides the Jameson and learn how many times they are distilled before tasting them. During the tasting, we compared the Jameson whiskey which is distilled three times to the Scotch whiskey, which is distilled twice. Then, we moved on to the American Jack Daniels whiskey, which is distilled only once. There is definitely a smoother taste the more often it is distilled. Finally, when the tasting tour came to an end, we were allowed to get a complimentary drink in JJ’s bar. As my complimentary drink, I had the ginger ale and lime mixed with the Jameson Whiskey, which complemented the flavor of the Jameson very nicely. If you are interested in checking out the Jameson Distillery’s online, I have attached both the Dublin and Midleton links down as well as the Dublin Pass below!

Jameson (Dublin):https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/ie/visit-us/jameson-distillery-bow-st

Jameson (Midleton): https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/en/visit-us

Dublin Pass: https://www.dublinpass.com

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© 2018 Sundown Pointe

 

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Dublin Zoo

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If you’re in Dublin looking for a kid friendly activity, I highly recommend the Dublin Zoo. The Dublin Zoo is located in Phoenix Park and is one of Dublin’s favorite attractions. It houses up to 400 animals including some endangered species. Some of the animals include elephants, lions, tigers, flamingos, sea lions, penguins, giraffes, and grey wolves. The elephants were eating lunch as the adorable baby elephants stayed close to their moms. My favorite animal exhibits were the sea lions and the penguins. The sea lions loved showing off to the crowd by swimming towards us as we watched them through the glass, while they were playing and making noises. I remember when I was talking, the sea lion swam over and seemed to stick his tongue out at me as he swam by under the water. While visiting the penguin exhibit, the penguins would follow the little kids walking back and forth along the glass fence. I added a short video below for your enjoyment. If you are interested in checking out the Dublin Zoo online, click here: https://www.dublinzoo.ie

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Guinness Storehouse 🇮🇪

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One of my most favorite attractions in Dublin was the Guinness Storehouse. The Guinness Storehouse is located right in St. James’s Gate Brewery and is Ireland’s most visited attraction. It consists of seven floors that include the brewing story, cooperage and transport, the tasting experience, world of advertising, Guinness Academy, food and drink, and finally the Gravity Bar. It’s hard to believe that Guinness is made with only four ingredients, which include water, barley, hops, and yeast. At the beginning of the tour, the tour guide tells us “you are starting your journey at the bottom of the pint glass,” because as we looked up, it looked like we were standing at the bottom of a pint glass. As we spiraled up to each floor as we continued through the tour, we learned each step of the beer making process. When we walked into the tasting room, they had aroma smelling stations of each of the four ingredients before we tasted the beer. Yummy! The next floor had their advertising room with displays of their digital and TV advertising campaigns across to the world. Next, was the Guinness Academy where we had the option to use our free ticket to learn how to pour the perfect pint, or we could get our free pint up at the Gravity Bar. I chose to spend my free ticket by getting a free pint at the Gravity Bar. As we entered the bar, we were suddenly surrounded by a breathtaking 360° view of Dublin. As you’re leaving the storehouse, you can take a horse and buggy ride to your next destination in Dublin. If you are interested in checking out the Guinness Storehouse online, click here: https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en

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© 2018 Sundown Pointe

 

Pouring the perfect Guinness Pint

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Wow, what an amazing time I’ve had in Dublin. One of the things I always wanted to do in Dublin was pour my own pint of Guinness. This is such an amazing opportunity that I think everyone should take advantage of if they are ever in Dublin. You can pour your own pint at the Guinness Storehouse or there are a few pubs that will let you pour your own pint if you ask. I went to Ned O’Sheas Pub to learn how to pour a pint and had a blast! It is an excellent pub near the river in the Viking Quarters with an amazing atmosphere. You can pour your own Guinness pint, and find a variety of traditional Irish dishes. The Guinness stew is a great dish to have on a chilly day while sipping on a pint of Guinness. Finally, after pouring the perfect pint you can celebrate by drinking the pint and take home the certificate they give you with your name on it. They also have t-shirts that says “I POURED THE PERFECT PINT AT NED O’SHEA’S DUBLIN” for €15. For anyone who’s interested in checking out Ned O’Shea’s click here: http://www.nedosheas.ie

How to pour the perfect Guinness pint:

  1. Tilt the glass at a 45-degree angle
  2. Open the tap by pulling it all the way forward until it reaches just underneath the harp
  3. Set the glass down and let the Guinness sit for 2 minutes. This allows the beer to settle
  4. Once the beer is settled, put your glass back up to the tap and finish filling it, so you get that nice foamy top as shown in the picture above
  5. Enjoy!!!

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© 2018 Sundown Pointe

 

Niall Horan Flicker World Tour (Dublin)

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On Thursday March 29, I saw Niall Horan at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland for his 2018 Flicker World Tour. Niall did another fantastic job performing as per usual. This show was a little better than when I saw him in Boston because he sang some songs by other artists such as Crying in the Club by Camila Cabello and Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen. He gave us a pleasant surprise by playing the piano while singing an unreleased song called So Long that unfortunately didn’t make it onto his Flicker album. His set list consisted of songs such as On The Loose, The Tide, This Town, Paper Houses, You and Me, Dancing In the Dark, Seeing Blind, Too Much to Ask, Flicker, Fools Gold, So Long, Since Were Alone, Fire Away, Crying in the Club, Mirrors, Drag Me Down, Slow Hands, and finally On My Own. He was excited to announce that he went platinum in Ireland and sold a total of 40,000 tickets just for his two Ireland shows. That is something to definitely be proud of because something like this doesn’t happen everyday to a lot of artists. Therefore, I send all of my congratulations to him! He has come so far as an artist from when he first started out with One Direction to now. I wish him many more years of wonderful success! For anyone who’s interested in checking out the remaining tour dates for Niall’s Flicker World Tour, click here: https://vipnation.com/tours/niall-horan/flicker-world-tour-2018

I look forward to seeing him again! #FlickerWorldTour2018

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Julia Michaels

Before I went to see Julia Michaels open for Niall Horan at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, I didn’t know a lot about her. However, after I saw her perform, I was truly surprised. I can now say that I have a new music artist that I like to listen to. During the performance, she sang some of her big hits from her album Nervous System which included Pink and Issues. During her performance, she really got into her music by dancing and twirling around the stage while singing. She was a bit nervous and self-conscious, but she had no reason to be with such a fantastic performance. She is a very talented artist with a beautiful voice and an emotional presentation of her music. She also really puts her self out there for the audience to feel her passion and emotions when performing. She really related her emotional music and made a strong connection with the audience while singing.

I look forward to seeing her again soon!

 © 2018 Sundown Pointe 

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

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Sprinkles Cupcake ATM is a cupcake ATM machine that is open 24/7, and has a number of cupcake ATMs across the United States. When I first heard about this cupcake ATM, I wasn’t quite sure how a cupcake from an ATM would taste. The cupcake ATM is positioned outside their bakery shop, so they can stock the ATM with fresh cupcakes every day. I stopped by the one in Nashville, Tennessee that offered a wide variety of flavors such as dark chocolate, banana, carrot, chocolate marshmallow, cinnamon sugar to name a few. I chose the red velvet cupcake, and was truly surprised with the result. It was the moistest and tastiest cupcake I’ve ever eaten. In fact, they also offer a doggy cupcake, if your taking your pooch for a walk. If you are in an area with a Sprinkles cupcake ATM, I highly recommend stopping by the cupcake ATM machine to try their cupcakes. You definitely won’t regret it!!! If you stop by to try a Sprinkles cupcake bakery with a cupcake ATM, let me know what you think.

Here is a link to their website: http://sprinkles.com/cupcake-atm

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