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Making it Mexican styley

Mexican food is, like, so hot right now. (Boom boom!) Seriously though, we can’t seem to get enough of it, and are busy stuffing our chops with everything from beefy burritos to tasty tostadas to zinging ceviche, and washing it … Read the rest of this entry

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Waterford Food Festival

We’re well and truly into food festival season. There’s a dizzying array of dates for your diary coming up, a list of which you’ll find at Discover Ireland’s food pages and details of which I’ll be keeping you posted on here in coming weeks.

But if my recent reports from Waterford’s less discovered corners whet your appetite for the charms of the sunny south east, this coming weekend is the time to dive in for yourself. Dungarvan plays host the Waterford Festival of Food (April 12–15), now one of the strongest food festivals in a busy calender. Read the rest of this entry

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Day Four of Irish Food Trip: the last supper(s)

It’s not what you put on the plate but what you leave off it that counts. So said chef Paul Flynn to the five bright young things of the Irish restaurant industry who were watching him prepare the foundation for what was going to be a tasting menu of one-pot cooking (see here for details of the meal itself). Paul was quoting a conversation with a Michelin inspector, which may or may not have taken place while Paul was head chef at London’s Michelin-starred Chez Nico and Nico at Ninety early in his own career. Read the rest of this entry

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Day Two of Irish Food Trip: heaven is all around us

What’s your idea of heaven? How being greeted on a watercoloured morning by local wildlife in the form of some self-assured deer, before walking an avenue of birdsong towards heavy Castle gates under a halo of golden springtime foliage. And knowing that behind those doors lies a breakfast of Sally Barnes’s plump kippers or O’Flynn’s sweet juicy bacon (or both, as I insisted on having). Read the rest of this entry

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Day One of Irish Food Trip: the sun and the moon

Yesterday had a cyclical feel to it, a sun and the moon of a day. It was focussed on a great sweeping meander in and around Waterford city – but it always came back to the food. Which is quite right for Day One of my Irish Food Trip in the company of five of the country’s best young Euro-toques chefs and Caoimhe Ni Dhuibhinn from Failte Ireland.

After a light breakfast in Waterford Castle’s beautiful consevatory with the sun striping in through the wrought iron windows (when I say light breakfast, I mean a mini-croissant filled with sweet ham and artisan cheese) we headed out with the hotel’s head chef Michael Quinn to meet some local food legends.

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Irish Food Trip: just another sunny Sunday evening in paradise

It was still glorious by the time we got to our first port of call of our foodie road trip of the sunny South East. So last night I went for a walk before dinner, and took a stroll around the shoreline of ‘The Island’ which Waterford Castle lords it over. The boggy marsh edges of the isle looked stunning in the late Sunday sunshine. So did the water all around us, and the little boats sitting pretty. The gorse was blazing too; and though it’s still a little early for the scent to really lift it put me in mind of last year’s series of posts about gorse and wild garlic. Read the rest of this entry

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The Green House is coming

I went to the soft opening last night of Dublin’s hottest new destination restaurant, The Green House. And here’s some pix to prove it. Finnish chef Mickael Viljanen is the star player in restaurateur Eamonn O’Reilly’s latest venture, but they … Read the rest of this entry

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Curious Feasting

I went to The Sugar Club for my dinner last night. Not your usual venue for a three course meal, served on white linen with separate cutlery for each course and matching wines. I went because I was curious, which … 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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