We are thinking of going to galway but have a son with food issues. Does anyone know if supermarkets there sell peanut butter, kraft macaroni and cheese and American style hot dogs. I assume you can spaghetti and sauce
If there's a Spar, Tesco, or M&S in Galway - - they all have Kraft and peanut butter. Hot dogs, beats me, but there's all kinds of sausages.
It really isn't hard to find those kinds of foods in Ireland, the packaging my look different though, it will often times be the same brands as we have back in the States just a different name on it.
With family that lives in that neck of the Irish woods, I've spent plenty of time in the supermarkets. You can get all of those things, although I will say I have never seen Kraft brand Mac & Cheese (not the kind with the dried orange powder or the liquid cheese in a foil pouch). Not saying that you can't get Mac & Cheese, you most definitely can (in a box, microwaveable, at the deli counter - hell, they even sell it in a can from Heinz) - but if your kid is going to go nuclear because it doesn't come out of a blue box that says "Kraft" on it, then just be aware. Same with hot dogs - never seen a package of Hebrew National or Ball Park Franks over there, but you can get "American Style" hot dogs in a shrink wrapped plastic package (pork, beef, chicken or turkey - I've even seen tofu dogs).
And for your picky eater, there's always Supermac's - Galway's version of McDonald's for hamburgers, fries & milkshakes (although the most entertaining time to go to Supermac's is right when the pubs and nightclubs close down and you can soak up the excess alcohol with an order of fries with curry sauce on the side - they do have plain old ketchup if you need it). Galway also has Subway, Papa John's Pizza, Domino's Pizza and many other fast food joints (it's a city full of University students that like cheap, quick food). About the only thing Galway doesn't have is a decent takeaway burrito joint which must be why my relatives are so keen to hit Chipotle at least once every visit to the U.S.
No doubt, someone will now pipe in that your son should broaden his understanding of the Irish culture by partaking in lamb stew or black pudding/blood sausage or something that's been marinated in Guinness or whiskey. Seriously? My own family born and raised over there doesn't sit around eating lamb stew or marinating things in Guinness, and the black pudding has only occasionally come out for a special Sunday "big breakfast" with eggs, otherwise it's cereal, toast or yogurt. You are on vacation and if you can't enjoy yourself because the child might have a freak out if presented with something out of the norm for dinner, then go right ahead and give him a hot dog and don't feel you need to cave to it.
I don't know if your going to be in Dublin at all before Galway but if so stop by Fallon & Bryne, it's kinda like PCC meets Wholefoods with just about all the famous American brands you can think of.
Thank you all for your help with my question. Hopefully this will help set my wife's mind at ease knowing we can take our dream vacation and have to worry about food.
If Kraft mac and cheese is so important, take a few boxes with you. The kind with the powdered cheese can be carried on, the kind with the cheese sauce would have to go in checked luggage.