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Host: Elena

Dublin, Ireland

USD
$36-$90 per person

Healthy international cooking with a sea-view in Skerries

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Elena

Elena, also known as Lili, is a Romanian ex-scientist turned interior designer with an immense love for food and travel! She has visited more than 40 countries and has some fascinating stories to share. When she travels one of her favorite things is to sample the most unusual local foods she can find (from snails and frog legs in France to snake in Vietnam or crocodile tails and green ants in Australia!). Apart from science, interior design, food, cooking and travel, she loves photography and musical theater, and even performs with the local Rush Musical Society.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Elena's mother is a great cook and Elena hopes to have inherited some of her mother's cooking skills! She lives in a modern home on the shore of the Irish Sea in Skerries, a former fishing village. Her home has beautiful sea views - sunsets are particularly stunning! She lives with her partner Patrick and their eight-year-old daughter, Nadia, who will join the experience on days they are available. Elena will serve you a healthy Irish-fusion meal that combines her Romanian heritage and international inspiration with local Irish recipes.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Enjoy a fun and relaxed cooking class in a modern open plan kitchen with panoramic sea views.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Elena's local organic market, open on Saturdays, is a 10-minute drive from Elena's home. The market is located on the grounds of Skerries Mills - a unique collection of two windmills and a watermill with a mill pond, mill races and wetlands. On days when the local organic market is not open, Elena will offer a tour of the town and her favorite local shops.

Notes: Please note, if you plan to take the train from your hotel, it is a 35 minute trip to get to Elena’s home in Skerries from Dublin city center. The name of the three train stations in central Dublin are Tara Street, Connolly Street and Pearse Street, and you can choose any to get to Elena’s home in Skerries, depending on where your hotel is. Please get in touch with Elena for more details on the train time table and directions.

Languages spoken: English, Romanian

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Traditional Romanian beetroot soup with lovage and creme fraiche
  • Slow-cooked traditional Irish stew (beef/lamb) with Guinness served with homemade brown bread
  • Grilled sea bass on a bed of creamy mash and garlic spinach, served with a mixed bell pepper and red onion salad
  • To-die-for healthy banana pancakes served with seasonal fruit, nuts, seeds and Greek yogurt
  • Upside-down sponge cake with mixed berries or seasonal fruit and cream

Traveler reviews

This experience with the Lili was amazing! I high recommend booking this cooking experience. The food was fantastic and couldn't ask for a better host or gorgeous view of the beach for dining.
- Kims April 03, 2018

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Elena

$36-$90 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$46 $36 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 $54
Market Tour + Meal
$82 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $72 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$46 $36 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 $54
Market Tour + Meal
$82 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $72 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Elena

Elena, also known as Lili, is a Romanian ex-scientist turned interior designer with an immense love for food and travel! She has visited more than 40 countries and has some fascinating stories to share. When she travels one of her favorite things is to sample the most unusual local foods she can find (from snails and frog legs in France to snake in Vietnam or crocodile tails and green ants in Australia!). Apart from science, interior design, food, cooking and travel, she loves photography and musical theater, and even performs with the local Rush Musical Society.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Elena's mother is a great cook and Elena hopes to have inherited some of her mother's cooking skills! She lives in a modern home on the shore of the Irish Sea in Skerries, a former fishing village. Her home has beautiful sea views - sunsets are particularly stunning! She lives with her partner Patrick and their eight-year-old daughter, Nadia, who will join the experience on days they are available. Elena will serve you a healthy Irish-fusion meal that combines her Romanian heritage and international inspiration with local Irish recipes.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Enjoy a fun and relaxed cooking class in a modern open plan kitchen with panoramic sea views.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Elena's local organic market, open on Saturdays, is a 10-minute drive from Elena's home. The market is located on the grounds of Skerries Mills - a unique collection of two windmills and a watermill with a mill pond, mill races and wetlands. On days when the local organic market is not open, Elena will offer a tour of the town and her favorite local shops.

Notes: Please note, if you plan to take the train from your hotel, it is a 35 minute trip to get to Elena’s home in Skerries from Dublin city center. The name of the three train stations in central Dublin are Tara Street, Connolly Street and Pearse Street, and you can choose any to get to Elena’s home in Skerries, depending on where your hotel is. Please get in touch with Elena for more details on the train time table and directions.

Languages spoken: English, Romanian

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Traditional Romanian beetroot soup with lovage and creme fraiche
  • Slow-cooked traditional Irish stew (beef/lamb) with Guinness served with homemade brown bread
  • Grilled sea bass on a bed of creamy mash and garlic spinach, served with a mixed bell pepper and red onion salad
  • To-die-for healthy banana pancakes served with seasonal fruit, nuts, seeds and Greek yogurt
  • Upside-down sponge cake with mixed berries or seasonal fruit and cream

Traveler reviews

This experience with the Lili was amazing! I high recommend booking this cooking experience. The food was fantastic and couldn't ask for a better host or gorgeous view of the beach for dining.
- Kims April 03, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$46 $36 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 $54
Market Tour + Meal
$82 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $72 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$46 $36 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 $54
Market Tour + Meal
$82 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $72 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
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