Author Archives: Aoife

Free wine anyone? Anyone?

Most of us like a glass of wine or two, whether we know much about it or not. And most of us at least know what kinda wine we generally like. But it’s always fun to get a little bit outside of your comfort zone and try something you mightn’t ordinarily get a chance to try, and maybe learn a little about it while you’re at it. And if you can get to taste a few new wines without having to pay for the pleasure, all the better right? So, today I’m giving you not one but TWO chances to sip and savour wine FOR FREE!
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Wine Fairs This Weekend

Don’t you love this time of year? The leaves are finally turning, Halloween has got us back in the party spirit and the December diary is starting to fill up with get-togethers of old pals who don’t see enough of eachother and reunions with loved ones returning to these shores. Any week now and we’ll be saddling up and heading across the festive frontier, so it’s a great time to give some thought to what supplies you might want to bring there with you.

With this in mind, I thought it timely to remind you of two excellent wine fairs happening this weekend, both in aid of great charities (not to mention in aid of the betterment of your festivities). Read the rest of this entry

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And we’re back!

Hi! We’re back! It’s been awhile but this afternoon I’m down in Ballymaloe at their inaugural Litfest which is going on until Monday, with loads of amazing international and Irish speakers programmed and a whole bevy of free stuff in … Read the rest of this entry

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Adios, till Addis (or maybe Istanbul…)

So here’s the thing. I’m on the bus on O’Connell Street. Destination? Addis Ababa. Via Istanbul. Courtesy of Turkish Airlines. I’m off on what several people have promised me will be the trip of a lifetime, and I’m inclined to … Read the rest of this entry

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Last minute cookbooks

It’s the 11th hour. Almost literally.

If you’re one of those people who’s thinking, I really should get up out of bed and go buy some Christmas presents, well here’s my brief Top Five Cookbooks of 2012 to guide your way through those last minute Christmas shoppers. Read the rest of this entry

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The Blind Pig comes of age

Is it too soon to embrace the Christmas spirit? It can be hard to know. But if you’re looking for an excuse to get the season started, The Blind Pig have thought of two. Of a Tuesday! Yes, that’s this Tuesday 4th December. Too soon? Read the rest of this entry

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From spoon to screen: the whys and hows of food blogging

WHAT? I’ll be hosting a discussion tomorrow night in the National Library of Ireland with a panel of some of the top food bloggers in the country. The event is part of the Library’s ongoing ‘Kitchen Archive’ series which has been focussing on how recipes and culinary skills have been communicated through the centuries in Ireland. Read the rest of this entry

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Supper on the Square

If you’re at a loose end on Saturday evening (10th November) you could drop a line (by following this link) to the good folks in Dublin’s Merrion Square and pop your name on the waiting list for their inaugural Merrion Square Supper Club. Read the rest of this entry

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A Grand Opportunity

Are you an experienced cook who fancies a little part-time sideline in a busy, boozy city-centre space? Does a three-month rent-free trial period leading up to and over the festive period sound like too good an offer not to investigate further? Read the rest of this entry

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Free lunch from tomorrow’s top chefs, anyone?

Wanna win a sneak-preview taste of Ireland’s future?

Next Tuesday 30th October, five of Ireland’s hottest young chefs will compete in Stage 2 of the annual Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year competition. It’s a big deal for up-and-coming chefs (previous winners include a fellow called Neven Maguire, who you may have heard of since) and a cleverly run competition emphasising all the things core to Euro-toques values: creativity, authenticity, seasonality and a commitment to the celebration of local food producers. Read the rest of this entry

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