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EVENT: Just love the beer

WHAT? Beer-tasting fundraiser for Marriage Equality: expect to taste a good half dozen beers from the fantastic selection on draft and in bottles, with proper old-fashioned bar snacks, including their delicious pork pies and scotch eggs. Read the rest of this entry

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Anyone for a boozy Picnic?

It must be September. That must be the sigh of a dying summer I hear. And to think I only really had one good boozy picnic* to speak of. Well, so far. But it ain’t over yet. In a matter … Read the rest of this entry

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Street eats

My earliest Electric Picnic memories still make me happy. Having been saved from several hours of sticky traffic jams by a kind local who pointed out an alternate route that had us parked within 20 minutes, I located my very good friend who had not only arrived earlier with my tent and pitched them for me, but who now handed me a home-made organic lamb burger and a freshly stirred Moscow Mule (vodka, fresh lime and ginger ale) and said, come on, we’re off to see Hot Chip. Read the rest of this entry

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Street food, Irish style

Some of my favourite food memories are set on the street. Arguing with wizened Thai ladies over how many chillies should go into my som tam (green papaya salad) – I said higher, they said lower. Having a flat white … Read the rest of this entry

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EVENT: FlashFeast launch for Street Feast

  WHAT? FlashFeast for 40 passersby in Dublin city centre to launch Street Feast, a kind of nationwide bloc party happening all around the country on the last Sunday of this month. WHEN? Lunchtime, Wednesday 3rd August WHERE? At a … Read the rest of this entry

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What defines good cooking?

I had the privileged pleasure once of dining at what was at the time considered the World’s Best Restaurant. (If you’re wondering who decides these things, an annual list is pronounced by the British trade magazine, Restaurant, based on the … Read the rest of this entry

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EVENT: Jacob’s Creek Wine & Dine Experience

WHAT? Jacob’s Creek Wine & Dine Experience, aka a free wine tasting masterclass with a paired three-course menu from Clodagh McKenna. That’s right: not quite a free lunch (you know there’s no such thing) but not far off. WHEN? Every … Read the rest of this entry

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EVENT: Open Cities Dublin

WHAT? Interesting free round-table lunchtime discussion tomorrow at Open Cities Dublin. The topic is “Food: The Enterprise and Innovation Potential of Food Entrepreneurs from other Countries”, and the discussion is a follow on from a recent Dublin City Council workshop on developing a food strategy for the city.

WHEN? Wednesday 04 May, 12.30–2pm Read the rest of this entry

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A heavy day’s spitting

A heavy afternoon session today which involved working my way through all 50 wines in Marks & Spencer’s Spring portfolio tasting. I spat each and every one of those 50 – yet I still felt squiffy coming back out into the blinking late afternoon sun. Read the rest of this entry

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Happy Paddy’s Day

Happy Paddy’s Day folks! No time to post, too busy preparing our Irish feast. But whatever you do today, try and take time to eat something deliciously Irish… even if it is just a packet of King Crisps, or a … Read the rest of this entry

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