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Aoife’s Fantasy Festive Food & Wine Wishlist

It’s that time of year when everyone’s writing lists and checking them twice. My hairdresser has all her presents bought (well, 42 of them) and wrapped. I know: it’s not even December yet, for jeebus-jumpers sake! So, I’ve made a list too. My very own wishlist of what I would love to receive from family, friends or enemies looking to lure me into a false sense of security. I’ll admit that some of them are more realistic than others, but a girl can but dream. So, in no particular order, here follows my Fantasy Festive Food & Wine Wishlist (as it appeared in IMAGEdaily, only with links, and some pix in case my words don’t cut it for you)… Read the rest of this entry

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Tuscan tasting

If you’re in the market for a mid-week treat, and if a top-notch five-course dinner with gorgeous matching wines presented by an internationally renowned wine-maker sounds like your bag, then you are indeed in for a treat this week. Read the rest of this entry

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A Taste of Mexico

This week Dublin is getting a Taste of Mexico, thanks to the return of the annual ‘food and culture festival’. I’m reliably informed that tequila and mezcal are counted as the latter (culture) and I imagine that they have in their time been considered by some as the former (they’re certainly delicious enough) but either way, both feature big in this week’s celebrations. Last night I attended a free tequila talk & tasting in the Cervantes Institute in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, off Nassau Street. The same spot plays host at 7pm tonight to a free mezcal tasting – read on for details on this and other mescal events at the weekend. 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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A taste of the Midlands at Viewmount House

Last weekend myself and a couple of friends escaped to guilt-free Longford. Yes, Longford. Or Viewmount House just outside Longford town, to be exact. We had no idea if there were great things to discover on our doorstep and didn’t really care to find out. We were quite happy to make Viewmount House’s reception rooms, suites, restaurant and gorgeous gardens the extent of our world for our short stay there. Read the rest of this entry

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Curry and beer, Co Louth style

The makings of Ma Chanda's chicken curry

Last weekend I went to the unlikely location of Ardee, Co Louth to learn more about the kind of cooking you might find on the streets and in the homes of Bangladesh. (Read on for details of this Thursday’s Bangladeshi street food and Irish craft beer night – or this autumn’s Bangladeshi cookery classes which will keep off in September.) Read the rest of this entry

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Survey your way to Rioja

Fancy winning yourself a wine-tasting trip to Rioja at the end of next month? Have you eaten out in the Dublin in the last year? Read the rest of this entry

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Irish flavours at English Market

Look tasty? That’s what I thought when I tucked into it on the buzzing balcony of Farmgate Cafe in the English Market at lunchtime today. I was down in Cork presenting a training session on Parma ham and Parmesan cheese … Read the rest of this entry

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Special guests confirmed for National Library evening

Delighted to announce that the honourable Mr Ross Golden-Bannon of Food&Wine Magazine fame will be our very special guest tomorrow night, kicking off the readings from James Joyce’s Dubliners at Cafe Joly in Dublin’s National Library. Thanks Ross! And actress … Read the rest of this entry

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Guess who’s coming to dinner at the National Library?

A fat brown goose lay at one end of the table, and at the other end, on a bed of creased paper strewn with sprigs of parsley, lay a great ham, stripped of its outer skin and peppered over with crust crumbs, a neat paper frill round its shin, and beside this was a round of spiced beef. Between these rival ends ran parallel lines of side-dishes: two little minsters of jelly, red and yellow; a shallow dish full of blocks of blancmange and red jam, a large green leaf-shaped dish with a stalk-shaped handle, on which lay bunches of purple raisins and peeled almonds, a companion dish on which lay a solid rectangle of Smyrna figs, a dish of custard topped with grated nutmeg, a small bowl of chocolates and sweets wrapped in gold and silver papers and a glass vase in which stood some tall celery sticks. Read the rest of this entry

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