My Job

November 17, 2012

When you move to Ireland from small town USA, the culture shock is great. The weather, the cultural diversity, the dominance of the entertainment industry and the abundance of revealing clothes is all quite astonishing. What’s more, if you want to know anything about food and are curious by nature, every day in Cork can be an opportunity to move outside of your culinary comfort zone. Though this may be rather difficult when you are vegan in a country full of meat eaters, there are some rather great options here.

Let me introduce you to my favorite local eatery, Very Healthy Food. I love it so much, in fact, I got a job here! Going to work has been especially exciting and fulfilling since I began working here. The surroundings are inspiring. Everywhere I look there’s something (or someone) I want to know more about – ingredients, techniques, style, craft, food stories and big personalities abound.




I can still recall my first Raw Food Buffet at Very Healthy Food last winter. I had been invited to attend the first ever buffet by the Cork Vegans meetup group. The dinner consisted of a three course meal in which we were served a supergreen smoothie,  a huge falafel salad with assorted sprouts and veggies, and ended the meal on a sweet note with a raw brownie. Ever since the first bite I’ve been hooked.

Since opening doors in June 2011, Very Healthy Food has garnered a dedicated following. Not only do customers drive across town for a raw pizza with sun-dried tomato sauce and cashew cheese or a slice of raw chocolate cake, they return day after day for savory and sweet favorites with determined gusto.

I’m thrilled to be part of this lovely community of health freaks. If you’re in the area, be sure to pop in and say ‘hello’!


(Photos courtesy of Cork News and Very Healthy Food)

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  • That looks like my sort of restaurant! How lucky to get to work in such a fab place. I wish we had somewhere like that in Oxford..although I’m only a stone’s throw from London where vegan delights abound so I suppose I can’t complain too much…I’ve never been to Ireland but when I do I’m sure I’ll hit up “Very Healthy Food” :D

    • Katie

      Hi Emma, thanks for stopping by! I’m pretty lucky to work in such an inspiring environment – the food is absolutely delicious too! We only have a few options for vegans in Cork, but this place is by far my favorite. There are so many great restaurants in London. I’ll have to let you know the next time I’m in London.. and if you ever find yourself in Ireland, drop me a line :)

  • Delighted to see you’re now working at VHF Katie! We’ll have to drop in and say ‘hello’ soon…♥

    • Katie

      Thank you, Bronwyn! Hope to see you soon – either at a meetup or around at the cafe :) Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Oh I am quite jealous that you moved from the U.S. to Ireland. I have yet to make it to Ireland but I’ve always wanted to go! I’m vegan too and found your blog via Finding Vegan. I’m so glad I did. Thanks for the tip on Very Healthy Food and congrats on your job! What beautiful food! That’s my favorite part about being vegan, the vibrant colors!

    Cheers to ya,

    • Katie

      Hi Aubrey, thanks for stopping by! So glad to hear you found my blog. Though at times I do miss my family in America, I love the new life I have in Ireland. If you ever find yourself visiting some day, be sure to let me know!

      It was only after I started eating a plant-based diet that I really came to appreciate all the beautiful colors there are in nature. The beauty and deliciousness is undeniable.

      Happy new year! I look forward to connecting with you :)

      PS – Your blog is stunning!

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