Category Archives: Dublin

Shopping like it used to be!

Remember when – back in the days that airlines used to give you free booze – you could look forward to a good old-fashioned feed during your supermarket shop? Fridays were the best day for it, when you were almost guaranteed an aul cocktail sausage or two not to mention a cube of cheddar cheese. Never mind that you were seven years old and not yet in charge of the household purse strings. If you were really lucky you might get a taste of one of those hallucinogenically salty Findus pancakes that your ma wouldn’t dream of letting into her hallowed trolley. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the good old days, pop into Donnybrook Fair this coming Friday (13th – shh) for a good old-fashioned free feed… Read the rest of this entry

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Things I learnt last night

Last night, I was lucky enough to attend the fifth birthday party of Alexis Bar and Grill in Dun Laoghaire. The building it’s housed in on Patrick Street always comes to mind when I make, drink or even think of an Irish coffee, being where I mastered the art of making one. Read the rest of this entry

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Dublin’s Lucky 777

Tostados (little flat crispy discs) sporting lump crabmeat, chipotle cream and shaved onion.

Taquitos (yep, mini tacos), pastor style, which features ancho-flavoured pork and grilled pineapple salsa.

Ceviche of tuna in a habernero-pineapple dressing with avocado, onion and chilli.

Sea bream with chilli salsa, tortillas and escabeche Veracruz (think pickled vegetables a la Grecque, only Mexican).

Braised beef short ribs with smoked bacon, sweet potatoes and mole.

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Christmas cheer(s)

I remember trudging through the snow this time last year on my way to host the masterclasses at the FOOD&WINE Magazine’s Christmas Show in the RDS.

It’s back again this weekend, and I’ll be back tomorrow to present the M&S Sparklers & Champagne masterclass tomorrow at 4.30pm. We’ll taste a prosecco and cava, and discuss the quite different methods used for each, and then we’ll taste three very different Champagnes from the one house, before wrapping up with an interesting little treat at the end… Read the rest of this entry

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EVENT: For Food’s Sake presents Big Night

WHAT? For Food’s Sake Presents: A Special Screening of ‘Big Night’

WHEN? Thursday 7th July, 7pm–11pm

WHERE? The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2

WHY? If you’ve seen Big Night before, you’ll know why we wanna screen it. If you haven’t, you should check out the trailer or – even better – a couple of clips of the hilarious dialogue and sumptuous action. Read the rest of this entry

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EVENT: Unique to Dublin promotion

WHAT? A celebration of Dublin’s heavily encroached but nonetheless tenacious collection of independent shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, salons and boutiques.

WHEN? 1st–3rd July

WHERE? At various locations throughout the city – look out for the Unique to Dublin window sticker or search the website for what you’re looking for. Read the rest of this entry

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EVENTS: Taste of Dublin 2011

WHAT? Taste of Dublin 2011

WHEN? Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 June 2011

WHY? Okay, let’s be honest: Taste of Dublin is as much a knee’s up as it is a chow down, and by the time everyone’s had a drink or five, it’s the burger stalls and barbecue grills that prove the talk of the town. As such, it’s not always the more delicate, sophisticated, skillful or ambitious dishes that reward the participating restaurants best – and the amount of deep-fat-fryers in the temporary kitchens is a testamount to their hard-won wisdom. Read the rest of this entry

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In full Bloom

WHAT? Bloom at Phoenix Park: Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, brought to you by Bord Bia WHEN? Continuing every day until Monday 6 June, 10am–6pm WHY? Apart from the inspiring show gardens and range of plants for sale … Read the rest of this entry

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Defining Irish hospitality

Last night, the Restaurant Association of Ireland held its Irish Restaurant Awards in the Burlington to celebrate the very best restaurants, gastropubs, wine lists, chefs and service in the country. And fair play to all who picked up deserved accolades. … Read the rest of this entry

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Of Gorse and Wild Garlic Part III

If it was an insect it would be a bumble bee. If it was a sound it would be a big brass band. If it was a colour it would be the sunshine yellow of sand buckets on the beach. And if it was a game it would be tennis, played on a grass court in the shimmer of high summer.

What am I talking about? Gorse, of course. Read the rest of this entry

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