TheTaste June Edition 2016



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June 2016 Taste Magazine

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FEATURED ARTICLES
FEATURED REVIEWS
The SaddleRoom at The Shelbourne Hotel
Revisiting an Icon - The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne Hotel Review

Reviews

Often we are so busy looking for the next rising star in Irish food that we forget the ones that have blossomed a long time ago and continue to be as popular as ever. These are far and few between, one that always stands out for us is The Saddle Room in The Shelbourne hotel. Often the only time many people we have spoken to have experienced the food at...

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Opening the Book at Chapter One

Reviews

There are those who will argue that Michelin has had its day as supreme judge of the good, the bad and the ugly of the restaurant world but the stark reality is that the award of a Michelin star attracts customers through the doors and for many it still serves a purpose in assessing the standard of a restaurant. Gaining a Michelin ...

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS
Hayfield Manor
Make Hay While the Sun Shines - Hayfield Manor Review

Reviews

It's not often we experience Ireland baked in sunshine but on our recent visit to the unofficial capital city that is Cork we were greeted with a balmy spell that could rival any Spanish city. When you think of beautiful landscaped gardens and Georgian period houses Cork city may not be the first destination to spring to mind, however as we discovered h...

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La Cucina Farrier & Drapier
La Cucina at Farrier & Draper

Reviews

Dining on South William St you will never be short on choice, however finding a “grown up” venue can be a bit more of a challenge. Those of you who remember The Lost Society will know it wasn’t exactly the place to go for a quiet drink. Towards its demise in its last few months it had become know as more of a club attracting the student brigade se...

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All Ship-Shape and in Good Order at The Boat House

Reviews

Appearances can be deceptive and at first glance, the small stone building perched on the edge of a packed car park in the bustling seaside town of Bangor in County Down looks like the least likely place to find the first restaurant in Northern Ireland to be named in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants List for the UK. This honour was bestowed on

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Pickle Restaurant Dublin
All Aboard the Indian Flavour Express – Pickle Restaurant Review

Reviews

Pickles are an essential part of an Indian meal, adding new dimensions and depth of flavour, and revitalising sluggish taste buds. Intensely sweet, spicy, or sour, depending on the spices added, a good Indian pickle, or 'achar', should balance out the meal. Too spicy? Add a sweet mango pickle spiked with fenugreek and cardamom. Lacking zest? A sour lime...

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A Fairytale Feast - 1826 Adare Review

Reviews

A trek from Dublin to my home town of Killarney can be torturous so some cajoling is sometimes needed to get myself into the car and on the road. In need of an incentive, I planned to meet a friend in Adare for dinner, the perfect excuse to finally sample the much lauded culinary skills of Wade Murphy, chef proprietor of

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A Trip Down Memory Lane at The Idle Wall

Reviews

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. They say that as you get older you tend to revisit the past more often and that you are able to remember things that happened years ago with sparkling clarity. I have certainly found this to be true and whilst I struggle to recall things that I did a couple of days ago, my recollection of events from the past is as clear a...

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Dublin Cookery School
Patisserie Perfection at the Dublin Cookery School

Reviews

For me, there could be no better way to spend a week than learning all about the magical art of patisserie at one of Ireland’s top cookery schools. It’s a glorious sunny Monday morning at the end of May and I have just arrived at Lynda Booth’s Dublin Cookery School where, over the...

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Nautilus Malahide
Seduced at Sea - Nautilus Restaurant Review

Reviews

Very often when we write reviews a lot of thought and research goes into to selecting which venues we should be highlighting, however every now and again by chance we stumble across something that really surprises us. While strolling around the picturesque village of Malahide last Saturday we were debating where we should stop off for lunch and as is of...

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WINE ARTICLES
AFTERNOON TEA TREATS
The Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea (7)
Journey to Wonderland with Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at The Westin

Afternoon Tea

Just when you thought afternoon tea couldn't get any better, The Westin Hotel has unveiled a brand new offering. Based on the success of their Most Peculiar Afternoon Tea, the team wanted to create a really special experience for groups to enjoy. The result is the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea, a bespoke three tiered exper...

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INTERVIEWS
TRAVEL
MORE NEWS & REVIEWS
South Dublin Foodie Trail
South Dublin Coastal Village Foodie Trail

Features

As a Blackrock native, I have always appreciated our proximity to the sea. We are lucky to be surrounded by expanses of water for lots of reasons: the incredible views, walks on the pier and days out at the beach. We are especially spoiled along the Dublin coast with some beautiful seaside villages where we can indulge in some of these ...

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The Reluctant Trendsetters - Chefs Nick Balla & Cortney Burns of Bar Tartine, San Francisco

Interviews

"We don't drive where we don't have to," says Cortney Burns, one half of culinary couple behind the critically acclaimed Bar Tartine restaurant in San Francisco. Despite being in Ireland only two days it was she who led the way through the crowds at the Kerrygold ...

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Nick Balla and Cortney Burns Bar Tartine - San Francisco
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London's Cool Underground Restaurant Movement - The Supper Club Dining Trend

Features

London's appetite for innovative and eccentric dining experiences is insatiable. Restaurants of every description: pop-ups, cereal cafés and even dining in the dark are available. Trends move so fast that the next 'new thing' has its heyday before you've managed to score tickets. Despite the transient nature of the food scene, some trends stick and evo...

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Eggselent Brunch at 250 Square - Review

Reviews

It is always exciting to see people travelling abroad, learning about food trends and bringing them back home to Ireland. After years of absorbing the exciting cafe culture in Melbourne, this exactly what owner and chief roaster Adam McMenamin has done in 250 Square. The name comes from the building's petite dimensions, and this titular nod to simplicit...

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The Ultimate Guide to Glamping in Ireland
The Ultimate Guide to Glamping in Ireland

Features

Five stars are great but try glamping and you'll have them all as you look up to the sky. Take a breath of the freshest air amidst scenery that will steal it away and enjoy the plush pairing of comfort and nature. Portmanteau of glamour and camping, that's what glamping is all about. Ireland's generous greenery and ravishing coa...

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The Italian Restaurant Renaissance

Features

It would seem the Italian restaurant concept has undergone a bit of a revamp recently, moving away from the old-world trattoria style we would traditionally have associated with Italian cuisine. Obliterating the stereotype championed by Dolmio et al, this new breed of Italian restaurant first beckons the customer with seductively plush interiors and ke...

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Italian Restaurant Models
Bento Box
Ticking all the Lunch Boxes - A Guide to Japanese Bento Boxes

Features

One of the things I was most intrigued by when I moved to Japan was its bento culture. I was astonished by the amount of effort that Japanese people put into their packed lunches. My Japanese friend once told me that they look forward to their bento all day and opening it is a pleasant surprise or treat. It wasn’t long before I was co...

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Take Me to Church - Chez Hans Review

Reviews

We are blessed in Ireland to have some stunning scenery around us and Tipperary is no exception. On a recent trip to the Rock of Cashel I was moved by the landscape that surrounded it and a real sense of Irish history that the site exudes. At the bottom of the Rock is another stunning site, one of Ireland's most unique and unusual resta...

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Al Fresco Dining
The Best Places in Ireland for Al Fresco Dining

Features

The weather in Ireland is always a bit touch and go but for the brief periods when the rain finally goes away and the sun comes out, there’s nothing better than grabbing your knife and fork and heading outside. You might also want to bring a blanket and a heater but these things will only serve to enhance your enjoyment of dining al fresco. Whether yo...

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NEW COOKBOOK REVIEW
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Sirocco By Sabrina Ghayour - Cookbook Review

Cookbook Reviews

A good palate is a well-travelled palate. I am a firm believer in the power of food as an insight into other cultures, as there are few ways to experience a foreign land more intimately than tasting the flavours its people have enjoyed for thousands of years. Although I lament the fact that I have yet to visit the Persian Gulf, cooking recipes from

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NEW BARTAB
DRINKS ARTICLES
Beauty and the Beer: Women in the Irish Craft Beer Scene
Beauty and the Beer: Women in the Irish Craft Beer Scene

Craft Beer

A Google Images search of the phrases "craft beer expert", "craft beer brewer" and "craft beer drinker" will leave you with the idea of a scene formed mainly by bearded guys with tattooed arms and hipster haircuts (or lack of them). But the passion for beer is not exclusive to Mumford and Son's lookalikes and the Irish scene is filled with faces...

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Iced Coffee in Dublin TheTaste
Cool Down and Perk Up - 7 Best Iced Coffees in Dublin

Drinks

With summer on its way, our minds are switching into a sunny palooza mode. We are in for scorching temperatures, blue skies, and DIY cooling hacks. In my world, summer season brings the one thing every coffeeholic secretly craves in face of the warm weather; iced coffees. So awaken your taste for the iced coffee craze with my lucky 7 picks from Dublin...

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PRODUCERS SPOTLIGHT
Mike Fancy Cheese Feature
Bucking the Trend - The Young Buck Cheese Story

Features

It has been said that age doesn't matter unless you are a cheese. Belfast native Mike Thomson spent his early twenties hatching a plan, having decided that there was a gap in the market for a high quality, locally made small batch cheese. Despite his young age, he took the first steps towards capitalizing on this niche, founding READ MORE

Oiling the Seeds of Progress - The Bayin Foods Story
Oiling the Seeds of Progress - The Bayin Foods Story

Features

A couple dozen kids gather around an improvised football court on Myin Sine, a rural village hidden in Myanmar's Magway region. It's nearly 40°C and they disorderly run around in flip flops while they try to kick the ball over a dusty playground as John tries to explain to them the rules of the game. It's the first time they see a football, or a...

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The Proof is in the Pudding - The Inch House Story

Features

Inch House has stood proudly in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary since the early 18th century when John Ryan built it. His lands then were considerably larger than the 300 acre plot that John and Nora Egan purchased in 1985 but after nearly 300 years in the same family, it's probably not surpr...

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Kelly Lou Cakes
Queen of Cupcakes - The Kelly Lou Cakes Story

Features

Nestled in an industrial estate on the edge of Portlaoise town you will find Kelly Lou Cakes coffee shop and bakery. It is not the most obvious of locations so I headed there recently to find out exactly why customers are flocking from all over the country, not only to enjoy a cupcake and a ...

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