TheTaste August Edition 2016

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August 2016 Taste Magazine

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FEATURED ARTICLES
l'Ecrivain FI
Meet the Team Behind the Star - l'Ecrivain Celebrates 27 Years

Features

Fine dining in Ireland has come a long way over the last three decades. With new eateries opening all the time, standards have been rising consistently and Ireland now has eleven Michelin Star establishments; the most we have ever had at one time. The talent and experience in the best restaurants has inspired generations of people to enter the industry ...

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FEATURED ESCAPES
NI Feature
Northern Stars - Luxury Escapes to Discover in Northern Ireland

Travel

When you think of your next weekend away, it's easy to fall back on the favourites you already know and love. But if you haven't been to Northern Ireland, there has never been a better time explore uncharted territory and some of the finest hotels and resorts on this fine Isle. Whether it's a culinary escape, pampering break or golfing tour you're after...

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killarney
Killarney Food and Drink Travel Guide

Features

Every county has its own little moniker, Wicklow is the Garden of Ireland, Cork is the Rebel County but only Kerry can claim the title of The Kingdom. It is a rare occurrence that any visitor comes away from Kerry feeling like it was anything less than another world, with gems like Dingle and Kenmare drawing in throngs of tourists all year round. But on...

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS
The Brasserie at The Marker Hotel
A Hotel Restaurant Worth Checking-in to - The Brasserie at The Marker Review

Reviews

On an evening when #HottestDayoftheYear was trending, the distinctively cool and collected veneer of Grand Canal Square in Dublin's Docklands had melted. Ties discarded and heels swapped for sandals, people sprawled out on benches, mingled amongst the distinctive 'light sticks', and pooled outside the bars and eateries that flank the canal. There was a ...

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Social Intercourse That Will Leave You Begging for More - Bow Lane Review

Reviews

Last month marked the “official” opening of yet another Dublin restaurant, on the increasing popular stretch that is Angier Street, this time thankfully not another doughnut joint but instead a location that has been designed to “create a space for typical Dublin social intercourse”. Making a bold statement like that on your homepage will defini...

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Dining Room - The Strand inn Dunmore East
A Feast of Coastal Comforts at The Strand Inn Waterford

Reviews

It's easy to see why Dunmore East in County Waterford is such a popular holiday destination. This charming fishing village sits comfortably nestled into the cliffs and offers up stunning panoramic views of the ocean where the world's oldest working lighthouse at Hook Head can be seen in the distance. The surrounding coastline is made up of headlands, co...

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Vaughan's FI
Vaughan's Anchor Inn - A Perfect Port in a Storm

Reviews

I recently travelled to Clare with the intention of visiting a restaurant that has been on my dining bucket list for quite a while now. Unfortunately the establishment in question doesn't take reservations but during a quick phone call to them the week before I intended to travel, the owners reassured me that there should be no problem securing a table ...

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The Coburg FI 1
Classy, Contemporary Cooking at The Coburg

Reviews

Although I have lived down the country for a number of years, I will always consider myself a Dubliner at heart. I jump at any chance to visit the city, to stroll around and soak up the atmosphere. When time allows, I love to meet friends and go for a leisurely meal. Luckily, there are loads of great restaurants and cafés to choose from but there are t...

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Etto
Pleasure in Great Measure - Etto Restaurant Review

Reviews

One thing I am always keen to quiz chefs about is their go-to off duty dinner choice and one name crops up time and time again - Etto. The petite Merrion Row eatery opened by Liz Matthews and Simon Barrett in 2014 to great acclaim, earning a Bib Gourmand after just 8 months and securing its place on the must-try list of many. It is all ...

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American Casual Reloaded – Dillinger’s Restaurant Review
American Casual Reloaded - Dillinger's Restaurant Review

Reviews

Uma Thurman's cool and mischievous character from classic cult film Pulp Fiction would love Dillinger's. While there's no dance floor in this American style restaurant and the music leans more towards upbeat synthesisers than electric guitars, the drink's list was way more exi...

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DISCOVER NORTHERN IRELAND
Discover Northern Ireland - #EnjoyNI16

WINE ARTICLES
The Wonderful Wines of Oz: No Place Like Australia for Modern, Exciting Wines
The Wonderful Wines of Oz: Sophisticated Australian Wines to Look out for

Drinks

We're not in Kansas anymore. We're in wonderful Australia, where Christmas happens during summertime and where Syrah is spelled Shiraz. Unlike the characters of L. Frank Baum's children's classic, winemakers in Oz don't need to find a wizard's help as they already have plenty of brains, heart and courage, and they're using them all to up the country'...

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INTERVIEWS
Elaine Murphy the Winding Stair
Dublin's Red Haired & Rebellious Restaurateur Elaine Murphy

Interviews

With a shock of scarlet hair, knuckles flanked with chunky rings, and blue eyes as striking as her mane, you couldn't help but notice Elaine Murphy; and in contrast to the modest, traditional surroundings of her restaurant The Winding Stair her signature style is all the more eye-...

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BBC Good Food Show Belfast and Europa Hotel Overnight Competition
Win BBC Good Food Show tickets and an overnight stay in the 4* Hastings Europa Hotel Belfast

Competitions

The brand new BBC Good Food Show comes to Northern Ireland on 14-16th October 2016. This exciting new event at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall will present some of the nation’s favourite chefs and the...

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TRAVEL
killarney
Killarney Food and Drink Travel Guide

Features

Every county has its own little moniker, Wicklow is the Garden of Ireland, Cork is the Rebel County but only Kerry can claim the title of The Kingdom. It is a rare occurrence that any visitor comes away from Kerry feeling like it was anything less than another world, with gems like Dingle and Kenmare drawing in throngs of tourists all year round. But on...

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MORE NEWS & REVIEWS
Family Friendly Restaurants
Ireland's Best Family Friendly Restaurants - Food Heaven for Your Little Angels

Features

There is nothing better for food lovers than heading out to a new restaurant or returning to an old favourite for an evening of exciting flavours, new experiences or good old comfort food. For parents however, the sheer feat of exiting the house with all the kids in tow can be quite an ordeal, especially if you plan on having a meal out. On top of th...

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The Secret to Food Start Ups - Top Tips From the Experts

Features

When the recession hit our country and many people lost their jobs, some turned to skill sets they had been nurturing for years through pastimes, hobbies and interests. As people looked to their passions to provide their income, many have made very successful businesses supplying food and drink products to the market. Creating your own food or drink ...

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Start Ups
Healthy Foodies Day Out in Kilkenny
A Healthy Foodie's Day Out in Kilkenny

Features

Kilkenny is home to a beautiful castle and park, to cobbled streets, to medieval buildings, to a world famous arts festival, to many a hurler and to a vibrant food scene. A single day might not sound like much time, but it’s amazing what you can fit in when you have a healthy appetite. Increasingly, the city’s eateries are providing plenty of hea...

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Real Bride Diary - How We Chose Our Wedding Menu with Tips for Planning Yours

Features

Almost every decision in the run up to one's wedding seems colossal. This became apparent while standing in the local hardware store with a bale of twine in each hand wondering if 'hemp string' or 'jute cord' would do the best job in binding my 'cosmic latte' white, 150gsm paper mass-scrolls. Ten minutes dwelling on the pros and cons and after sending a...

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Eat-for-Free
From Acai to Zaeli: All You Need to Know About Brazilian Food in Dublin
From Acai to Zaeli: All You Need to Know About Brazilian Food in Dublin

Features

Brazil is the world's fifth largest country in size and population, famous for its legendary football players, sensual bosa nova and lively samba music, rhythmic martial art capoeira and the world's largest Carnival. This month of August, Brazil is also known as the host of the Summer Olympics 2016, and as people from all over the world are giving t...

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Spirits and Street Food at Obon – The Japanese 'Festival of Souls'

Features

While living in Japan, my husband and I loved travelling around and going to the many festivals, or matsuri, celebrated in Japan throughout the year. One of our favourites is a Buddhist festival called Obon which can be translated as 'Festival of Souls'. It’s similar in some ways to Halloween here in the West, however, it is celebrated for th...

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California Craft Beer Road Trip and the Search for Pliney The Elder
California Craft Beer Road Trip and the Search for Pliney The Elder

Bars & Venues

Though the walls of my living room are lined with craft beer bottles and I’ve taken to writing on the subject, I couldn’t pinpoint when, exactly, the interest started. If I were to trace it back to the first Sierra Nevada, I’d find my good friend of 10 years, Mark, by my side. Together we explored a range of craft beers and watched companies, like...

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Athenaeum House Hotel - Combining the History & Heritage of a City and Family

Features

Founded in the year 914 by the Vikings, Waterford is Ireland's oldest city and has a rich and diverse history. In an age where society is intent on looking back to the past for solutions to our modern ills, protecting that legacy and celebrating their heritage is a vital part of Waterford's cultural agenda. Several festivals and organisations are doi...

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Two Boys Brew Coffee Shop. Photo by Dublin Drink Coffee
Two Boys Brew - Coffee Shop Review

Drinks

I always await a new café with sweet anticipation. It was no different with Two Boys Brew. Spacious and bright, number 375 North Circular Road kept my curiosity on its toes from the beginning. The opening of this new caffeinated gem was preceded by delicious behind-the-scenes snaps on Instagram. What a great suspense-builder: guiding your spectators th...

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NEW COOKBOOK REVIEWS
Sharon Hearne Smith
The No-Cook Cookbook by Sharon Hearne Smith - Cookbook Review

Cookbook Reviews

Sharon Hearne-Smith has a CV that would turn any kitchen lover into a green-eyed monster. Food stylist to the culinary gods, the face behind the 'here's one I made earlier' on TV cookery shows we all know and love, I have a little life envy over Sharon's day job. I imagine her twirling around the kitchen like a domestic goddess, immaculately put togethe...

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NEW BARTAB
DRINKS ARTICLES
Breaking all the Rules: How Millennials Like and Share #Wine
Breaking all the Rules: How Millennials Like and Share #Wine☺

Drinks

This summer, an officeless Spanish start-up run by people between 20 and 30 years of age launched Gik, the world's first blue wine. While your friendly neighbourhood wine snob would get a migraine just by looking at its electric indigo-infused hue and roll his eyes to their homepage ...

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Japanese Wines: A Taste from the Terroir of the Rising Sun
Japanese Wines: A Taste from the Terroir of the Rising Sun

Drinks

A couple of months ago I decided to fly to London for the day to discover the white wines of the Yamanashi prefecture, capital of the Koshu grape variety in Japan. What an inspired idea! Most of the Japanese wines were absolutely delicious, showing unique personality and style. But let's start with the beginning. What is Koshu and where does it c...

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PRODUCERS SPOTLIGHT
Broderick's FI 1
Ireland's Cheeky Cake Crusaders - The Broderick's Story

Features

Anyone with a sweet tooth in Ireland will undoubtedly be aware of Broderick's - the cartooned range of grab and go treats and confectionery that has made household names of the Broderick brothers, Barry and Bernard. Broderick's bars and cakes have become s...

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Becky and Charlie Cole Broughgammon. Credit Trish Deseine Home
Not Kidding Around - Forward Thinking Farming at Broughgammon

Features

Becky and Charlie Cole's story reads like a modern-day fairy tale. Girl, a fashion blogger and stylist, meets boy, an innovative and ambitious farmer, swaps her heels for wellies, and they live happily ever after on a sustainable farm on the rugged North Antrim coastline. "Becky and I met in Dublin," explains Charlie, "she managed to lure me away fro...

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