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Host: Elena

Dublin, Ireland

USD
$36-$90 per person

Irish and international cuisine in a modern home in Skerries

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

Meet Elena

Elena, also known as Lili, is a Romanian ex-scientist turned interior designer who inherited her mother's talent in the kitchen. Elena has 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, Elena 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: (1-6 guests) Join Elena in her modern home with beautiful sea views on the shore of the Irish Sea in Skerries, a former fishing village. If you're there in time to catch a sunset from her dining room, you are in for a treat. Experience a cultural dining experience as you share a homemade meal with Elena (and her partner Patrick and young daughter, when they are available). Elena will serve you a healthy Irish-fusion meal that combines her Romanian heritage with local Irish recipes. Your menu may include dishes such as traditional Irish beef stew cooked in Guinness with brown bread, Romanian beetroot soup with lovage and creme fraiche, and grilled sea bass on a bed of creamy mash and garlic spinach served with beer or wine. You will end your meal with a dessert like upside-down mixed berry cake and fresh cream.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Enjoy a fun and relaxed cooking class in a modern open plan kitchen with panoramic sea views. Learn to cook a healthy, gourmet meal that combines Romanian and local Irish cuisine. You will learn to cook dishes such as Romanian beetroot soup with lovage and creme fraiche, Irish stew or grilled fish with sides, and dessert. After cooking, enjoy the meal you helped prepare with Elena at her dining table.

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 about the train timings 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

We had a beautiful dinner including appetizers and drinks, borsh, duck with potatoes and salad, Tiramisu for dessert. It was fun to spend the evening with Lili, Patrick, and Natasha. We would strongly recommend having dinner with them when you are in Dublin or Skerries.
- Tim October 01, 2019

I was looking for an interactive cooking experience for myself, my husband and our 13-year old son, and I'm so happy I found Lili and her family! She was so wonderfully welcoming, and not only did she make a great meal, but she took us all around Skerries - which is really beautiful and so very different than Dublin. Beyond food, we love making meaningful connections when we travel, and this was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. I'd highly recommend this and send our thanks to Lili, Patrick and Nadia!
- Jill August 05, 2019

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% VETTED
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$46 $36 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 $54
Market Tour + Meal
$82 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $72 Not offered
Alcohol
$18 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$46 $36 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 $54
Market Tour + Meal
$82 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $72 Not offered
Alcohol
$18 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 who inherited her mother's talent in the kitchen. Elena has 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, Elena 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: (1-6 guests) Join Elena in her modern home with beautiful sea views on the shore of the Irish Sea in Skerries, a former fishing village. If you're there in time to catch a sunset from her dining room, you are in for a treat. Experience a cultural dining experience as you share a homemade meal with Elena (and her partner Patrick and young daughter, when they are available). Elena will serve you a healthy Irish-fusion meal that combines her Romanian heritage with local Irish recipes. Your menu may include dishes such as traditional Irish beef stew cooked in Guinness with brown bread, Romanian beetroot soup with lovage and creme fraiche, and grilled sea bass on a bed of creamy mash and garlic spinach served with beer or wine. You will end your meal with a dessert like upside-down mixed berry cake and fresh cream.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Enjoy a fun and relaxed cooking class in a modern open plan kitchen with panoramic sea views. Learn to cook a healthy, gourmet meal that combines Romanian and local Irish cuisine. You will learn to cook dishes such as Romanian beetroot soup with lovage and creme fraiche, Irish stew or grilled fish with sides, and dessert. After cooking, enjoy the meal you helped prepare with Elena at her dining table.

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 about the train timings 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

We had a beautiful dinner including appetizers and drinks, borsh, duck with potatoes and salad, Tiramisu for dessert. It was fun to spend the evening with Lili, Patrick, and Natasha. We would strongly recommend having dinner with them when you are in Dublin or Skerries.
- Tim October 01, 2019

I was looking for an interactive cooking experience for myself, my husband and our 13-year old son, and I'm so happy I found Lili and her family! She was so wonderfully welcoming, and not only did she make a great meal, but she took us all around Skerries - which is really beautiful and so very different than Dublin. Beyond food, we love making meaningful connections when we travel, and this was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. I'd highly recommend this and send our thanks to Lili, Patrick and Nadia!
- Jill August 05, 2019

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 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 $54
Market Tour + Meal
$82 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $72 Not offered
Alcohol
$18 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$46 $36 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 $54
Market Tour + Meal
$82 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $72 Not offered
Alcohol
$18 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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