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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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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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Food memories, how are ye!

What’s your favourite food memory? Like the one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and brings you right back to the child you once were? We were chatting about food memories last night ahead of this weekend’s Dingle Food Festival, at which I’m hosting a For Food’s Sake event on Sat & Sun avo… Read the rest of this entry

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It’s been awhile…

Ahem. Wow. It’s been awhile. Apparently I took a bit of an unanticipated, unannounced sabatical from Holy Mackerel. Things got busy you see. There was a big job for Zagat, who are launching their restaurant guide to Dublin very shortly, … Read the rest of this entry

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Day Three of Irish Food Trip: a shore thing

By the time I awoke to sunlight streaming into my beautiful bedroom above The Tannery Cookery School on Wednesday morning, it felt like myself and the five Euro-toques Young Chef finalists I was travelling with had been away for weeks rather than days… Since hitting the road on Sunday, we had met all sorts of great Irish producers, from butchers, bakers and brewers to farmers, cheesemakers and ice-cream producers. Now it was time to meet some of the people who work with Ireland’s world-class fish and shellfish. Read the rest of this entry

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Irish Food Trip: gorse to cleanse the palate?

Gorse flower sorbet and chocolate mint
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Irish Foods Worth Travelling For

Five Foods Worth Travelling The Country In Pursuit Of (or, Why I’m Going On Tour Next Week, And Where)

It’s not often you get to pack your wellies and your favourite high heels for the same trip. But tomorrow’s road trip is no ordinary road trip, taking in everything from farm and fishery visits to some of Ireland’s finest dining in the likes of Kilkenny’s Campagne and Dungarvan’s The Tannery. I’m packing my Berocca too, cos I’ll need all my energy for the busy itinerary lined up which involves three and a half action packed days around Waterford and Kilkenny. I’m packing my laptop so I can blog daily about the visits to bakeries and breweries, meetings with fishermen and cheesemakers, tastings of Ireland’s first caviar and one of it’s few PGI status foods, not to mention the likes of a Nose to Tail masterclass with Michael Quinn of Waterford Castle. And I’m bringing my pen and notebook, dictaphone and camera so I can log all the insights into everything from the growing production of oysters and conservation of lobsters to the History of Food in Ireland’s South East. I’ve even downloaded Instagram to my trusty iPhone4 so I can pretty up all my amateur photography and share it with anyone who fancies following the Twitteraction on #IrishFoodTrip. Read the rest of this entry

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A happy Valentine’s day dinner

It’s a funny old day eh? It’s supposed to be about celebrating romantic love but so often just becomes about stirring discontent. If you want to know who to blame, you don’t have too far to look – St Valentine’s remains lie waiting for inspection in Dublin’s Whitefriar Street Church. Read the rest of this entry

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EVENT: For Food’s Sake @ EDIBLE

FOR FOOD’S SAKE & EDIBLE ask: What will your future taste like? What? Together with the team from Science Gallery’s EDIBLE  exhibition, For Food’s Sake present a taster of things to come. Expect a smorgasbord of DIY food ideas, cutting-edge … Read the rest of this entry

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