May Edition 2016



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May 2016 Taste Magazine

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FEATURED ARTICLES
FEATURED INTERVIEW
John Farrell Restaurateur
An Empire State of Mind - Serial Restaurateur John Farrell

"A good restaurateur is a well travelled restaurateur," says John Farrell, the man behind some of Dublin's most pioneering restaurants: Super Miss Sue, Luna, Cervi, 777, Dillinger's and The Butcher Grill. Each one of them, with their innovative concepts, talented chefs at the helm, and slick service...

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FEATURED STORY
Northern Ireland Brewing and Distilling
What's Hoppening in Northern Ireland's Brewing and Distilling Scene

Craft Beer

Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016 is a celebration of everything delicious about the North. Over 366 days, there are countless ways to get a true taste of Northern Ireland, but experiencing each and every one would be a challenge for even the most die hard foodie. Thankfully, the year is neatly divided into monthly t...

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WORLD TAPAS DAY – JUNE 2016

RESTAURANT REVIEWS
OX Restaurant Belfast
Graceful as a Gazelle, Strong as an Ox - OX Restaurant Review

Reviews

Seasonality is a term so heavily abused in the food industry it has almost lost its meaning, and, often, at restaurants the essence of raw ingredients is lost in a melange of complex techniques, and overbearing flavours. OX restaurant in Belfast on the other hand has earned its stripes, and a glowing Michelin star in 2013, by its si...

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Two Cooks with a Shared Passion

News

It’s hard to keep up with all the new restaurants that have opened in the past few months. There now appears to be a mood of optimism in the food industry which after a number of very tough and challenging years is welcomed. Restaurant goers are spoilt for choice especially in Dublin but, as someone who believes that there are great dining-out options...

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Marcels
Love at First Bite - Marcels Review

News

If you were one of the many people on Twitter last week that helped the first episode of “First Dates Ireland” to the top trending spot, then you probably came across the suave Maitre D’ Mateo Saina, who caused quite the stir. The Croatian native has worked in many of Dublin’s top venues, including Dylan McGrath’s Rustic Stone but if ...

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Kerry Gold - Idás Restaurant Review

Reviews

The winding road to Dingle hugs the Kerry coastline, with each bend simultaneously breathtaking and mildly nerve-wracking with the prospect of a sheer drop into the sea threatening after each bend. Navigated with care, you arrive in one of Ireland's most magnificent destinations, the beautiful town of Dingle, and quickly realise that the twists and turn...

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Good Things Come in Small Packages - The Little Kitchen Review

News

I loved The Vintage Kitchen on Poolbeg Street so I was excited when I heard that a ‘sister’ restaurant - The Little Kitchen - had opened on Leeson Street, also in Dublin. Part of the charm of The Vintage Kitchen is its eclectic décor and the cluttered, cramped feel of the restaurant where diners are packed in sardine-like to enjoy ...

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Dinner Delights at The Candied Walnut

News

I would be lost without the sat-nav on my smartphone. It has successfully guided me to and helped me find the locations of many of the restaurants that I have reviewed around Ireland for The Taste. However on my recent trip to Portarlington I came close to hurling my phone out of the car window in a fit of rage as the automated female v...

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A Gem in Galway's Food Crown - Ard Bia at Nimmos

News

There is something about Ard Bia at Nimmos that, for me, represents all that is great about Irish food. I have dined there numerous times but find that I am regularly drawn back to it when in Galway. These days all restaurants worth their salt declare a commitment to using local seasonal produce but in Ard Bia this is achieved with such...

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WINE ARTICLES
AFTERNOON TEA TREATS
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Afternoon Tea Delights at Mount Juliet

Afternoon Tea

I love a bit of pomp and ceremony so I have always enjoyed the rituals associated with afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is about so much more than the food and beverages that are served. The setting and surroundings are also important and I have found that the very best examples have allowed me to escape from the stresses and strains of eve...

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INTERVIEWS
TRAVEL
MORE NEWS STORIES
Tinder Feature
Swipe Right to These Top Dublin Date Spots

Features

With Tinder taking over, night clubs are no longer the sole birthplace of romance - chances are whatever restaurant you are in you'll spy at least one first date unfolding. As First Dates Ireland has so spectacularly demonstrated, the dating scene around these parts can be hilariously awkward....and that's without the paralysing fear of choosing the wro...

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Let’s Take it Outside with 5 Mediterranean Wines to Dine Al Fresco

Drinks

When we say dining out, we mean really out: treat yourself and your lucky guests to a Mediterranean-inspired al fresco dining experience. Get your cupboard ready with the ingredients that surround this generous sea and prepare a meal meant to be shared on a long table among good friends, music, laughter and great conversation. We’ll share ...

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Meaningful Meals - Charitable Food Businesses in Ireland

Features

Here at TheTaste we are big supporters of anyone who uses their initiative and success for the greater good. Recently we have noticed a trend among Irish food companies who are making their products meaningful by giving help to those who need it. Dublin recently saw the first Zambrero restaurant ...

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Ireland's MasterChef Contestants - Where Are They Now?

Features

MasterChef is back on our screens on BBC One. Now in its 26th year on television, the MasterChef format has been exported to over 40 countries all over the world, including Ireland. The Irish version was relatively short lived compared to its longevity in countries like the United Kingdom and Australia; it lasted only three seasons on R...

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Munchery Delivery
How Takeaway went Gourmet - the Home Delivery Revolution

Features

Picture the scene. After a long day you finally get a chance to sit down. In front of you is your favourite dish from the local trattoria, spaghetti carbonara. Oozing with glorious eggy richness, and speckled with crispy pancetta, a generous coating of freshly grated Pecorino has melted into the silky strands; just how you like it. With a glass of red,...

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Why You Should Learn to Grow It Yourself

Features

Are you growing your own fruit or vegetables yet? Have you ever been tempted? We live in an age where we’re increasingly stretched for time, where supermarkets provide us with cheap, instant, clean veg that only needs a quick rinse before being fired into the pan, no chopping required. You might wonder why you need to grow it yourself at all; when the...

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Clonakility Food and Drink Travel Guide
Clonakilty Food & Drink Travel Guide - From Brewery Town to Foodie Town

Features

Clonakilty is a town that is well rehearsed in the traditional Irish Céad Míle Fáilte. If the town had a middle name it would be 'Welcome'. Blessed by both its position to the Atlantic Coast and award winning Inchydoney Beach, the rolling verdant hills peppered with happy cows, Clonakilty is a place that’s more than comfortable in its own skin. Whi...

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What's in Your Fridge? The Food That Shouldn't Be in There

Features

Modern society is drawn towards freshness and longevity and we have come to associate those gains with refrigerated technology. Add to that the scaremongering of a germaphobic community and the tendency when we return from grocery shopping is to throw it all into the fridge so it will last longer. The issue is that in our climate, a lot of the items in ...

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NEW COOKBOOK REVIEWS
Ketogenic Kitchen Review (1)
The Ketogenic Kitchen by Domini Kemp and Patricia Daly - Cookbook Review

Features

Pass the cheese board, fat is our friend! When faced with the demon white stuff, sugar, we should embrace our inner Mean Girls and simply say 'you can't sit with us'! With a tagline like 'Low Carb. High Fat. Extraordinary Health', media hysteria and the usual bandwagon hopping on to the latest fad diet could lead you to believe that this is the key mess...

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My Gluten Free Kitchen by Gearóid Lynch - Cookbook Review
My Gluten Free Kitchen by Gearóid Lynch - Cookbook Review

Features

When Chef Gearóid Lynch found out he was a coeliac in 2013, his passion for food was jeopardized and for a while the fact that gluten was now an enemy became so overwhelming that it threatened his love for cooking. But as author George Bernard Shaw put it, there is no sincerer love than the love of food, ...

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Treasures from the Deep - Sea Gastronomy Cookbook Review

Features

From the moment you first delve into Sea Gastronomy - Fish & Shellfish of the North Atlantic you know that you are dealing with a book that has been a labour of love for author and well known Galway Chef Michael O’Meara. Produced in conjunction with Connemara based publishers Artisan House this encyclopaedic book deta...

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NEW BARTAB
Bar Rua
Bar Rua, Clarendon Street - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Having previously been the site of the Clarendon Inn, Bar Rua is one of the latest craft beer bars to open up in Dublin City this year. With the premises being built during the height of the boom, this 4-storied building embodied the Celtic Tiger quite aptly, until its inevitable demise f...

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L Mulligan
L. Mulligan. Grocer, Stoneybatter - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

For the past few years it has been well documented that both Smithfield and neighbouring area Stoneybatter have been two of the most up and coming areas in Dublin with young creative types choosing to relocate to the area and avail of the cheaper rents just a short bike ride away from the city centre. As a result there has been an eruption of artisanal ...

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DRINKS ARTICLES
Netflix and Drinks: Fabulous Cocktails Paired With Awesome Series
Netflix and Drinks: Fabulous Cocktails Paired With Awesome Series

Cocktails

Thanks to Netflix, staying in and cozying up to watch a whole season of your favourite show can be as tempting as going out. For over 300 thousand subscribers in Ireland, chilling at home and binge-watching well written political dramas, smart comedies or anyt...

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London Craft Beer
Exploring the Best Craft Beer in London's East End

Craft Beer

We were in the UK recently for a few days, and noticed the flight price from Edinburgh down to London was only £17 thanks to Ryanair. Did we want to tack on a visit to London onto our Itinerary? Absolutely. Being quite honest, it’d been seven years since I was last in London, and that occasion was the first night of my honeymoon where we enjoyed a...

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PRODUCERS SPOTLIGHT
Mighty Ducks - The Silver Hill Foods story
Mighty Ducks - The Silver Hill Foods Story

Features

It may be challenging but it will be so worth it! These are the words that Stuart Steele, son of Silver Hill Foods founding couple Lyla and Ronnie, would say if he could travel in time and meet his parents in 1962 when they were a you...

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Ariosa Coffee
A Perfect Storm in a Coffee Cup - The Ariosa Coffee Story

Features

Coffee was once seen as somewhat of a bad habit, but, more and more, its health benefits are making headlines; said to protect against dementia, reduce pain, enhance your memory, and even your life. Though Michael Kelly, founder of Ariosa Coffee concludes "to be honest I think people will drink it no matter what the latest news article ...

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Bringing the Old Girl Back to Life - The Bertha's Revenge Story

Features

The craft industry has never been stronger and many large companies are jumping on the bandwagon with their versions of "artisanal" products. It can be difficult for new consumers to tell the difference between masquerading, mass produced drinks and authentic small batch products but the distinction has never been more important as the Irish market beco...

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