January Edition 2016

January 2016 Taste Magazine

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FEATURED INTERVIEWS
NOEL MCMEEL


Celebrating Northern Ireland Food with top Chef Noel McMeel

CLARE SMYTH


First female in the UK to hold three Michelin stars, we chat to Clare Smyth

DECLAN MAXWELL


Life at the front, an interview with Declan Maxwell, SMS Luna

DARREN GERAGHTY


The rise of the mixologiest, interview with Darren Geraghty, Candlelight Bar

LUXURY ESCAPE REVIEW
CONTEMPORARY, INVITING AND UNASHAMEDLY GLAM – THE G HOTEL

LUXURY HOTEL REVIEW

After a pretty manic December and with all the obligatory Christmas visits out of the way we decided to indulge in a little Galway getaway to undoubtedly one of the most stylish hotels in Ireland, the g Hotel. Unfortunately we decided to do this on a pretty grim day in the West with torrential rain greeting us on arrival. However walking through the iconic, revolving doors and stepping into the comfort of the lavish g lobby to be greeted with a warm welcome made the journey more than worthwhile.

THE ROOM


THE SPA


THE FOOD


RESTAURANT REVIEWS
A GLAMOUROUS GATSBY LUNCH AT ELECTRIC CORK

CORK RESTAURANT REVIEW

Since opening in 2010, Electric has become the destination for night time socialising in Cork, with food served at the bar, in their upstairs restaurant and ‘Fish Bar’, more about that later, and a cocktail menu that deserves the respect it has built. A few days after Christmas, our night time socialising reserves were exhausted, though with a recent proposal to celebrate, my brother, his fiancée and I were keen mark the occasion in style.

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AN ANGELIC BRUNCH AT ANGELINA’S

DUBLIN BRUNCH REVIEW

The growing popularity of brunch as a meal means that there appears to be no end to the amount of places cropping up that are offering it. The truth is that many people like to go out for late breakfasts at the weekend and are more than happy to let the meal roll languorously into the afternoon.

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PREPARE TO BE HOOKED -THE SEAFOOD BAR BY WRIGHTS OF HOWTH

NEW RESTAURANT REVIEW

35 Dawson Street has seen many changes in its time and we’re sure if the walls could talk there would be some serious skeletons in the cupboards given some of the controversial chefs, such as Conrad Gallagher, which have all tried and sadly failed to make a success out of what is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous dining rooms in Dublin.

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A JAPANESE JEWEL – YAMAMORI NOODLES

JAPANESE RESTAURANT REVIEW

I was once asked, if you could eat only the food from one country for the rest of your life what would it be? We have become so used to dabbling in a variety of cuisines everyday, a croissant for breakfast, a burrito for lunch and a stir-fry for dinner, that the conundrum caused me quite a bit of distress. While grieving the potential loss of some of my favourite flavours, I settled on an answer; Japan.

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CREATIVE ITALIAN DELIGHTS IN DUBLIN’S CREATIVE QUARTER – DRURY BUILDINGS REVIEW

DUBLIN RESTAURANT REVIEW

I have always found the graffiti-painted, exposed stonework frontage of Drury Buildings very attractive and given that a visit was long overdue I decided to book a table there for dinner recently. Although I was looking forward to dining in this über-cool venue, I will admit that I’m always slightly wary of places that seem relentlessly hip and cool. I worry that this is merely a façade to distract from mediocre food and overpriced drinks.

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THE WHOLE HOG – BALLYMALOE COOKERY SCHOOL BUTCHERY & CHARCUTERIE COURSE

CORK REVIEW

Many people feel that we are becoming increasingly disconnected from the food that we eat. At worst there are those who believe that meat comes in neat little vacuum-packed plastic trays with little idea of which animal provided that meat and that salads come pre-washed in plastic bags. We are prepared to sacrifice flavour so that all our fruits and vegetables are of a uniform size rather than understand how to get the best out of the ingredients that we are presented with.

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WINE ARTICLES
AFTERNOON TEA TREATS
A Festive Afternoon Tea with a Difference at The Merrion Hotel

AFTERNOON TEA REVIEW

What makes a really good afternoon tea? Is it the company you’re with? The surroundings? Is it a really good Earl Grey and a top class scone? For me it’s a combination of all of these things – and something else. You won’t find this ‘something else’ written on a menu, indeed I suspect there are no words to describe it.

Castlemartyr Resort

Fit for Royalty – Afternoon Tea at Castlemartyr Resort Review

Clontarf Castle

Fusion Afternoon Tea Review at Clontarf Castle Hotel

Farnham Estate

Time For Tea at Farnham Estate – Afternoon Tea Review

EXCLUSIVE LUXURY ESCAPES
the g Hotel & Spa

LUXURY ESCAPE

Luxury Two Night Stay at the g Hotel & Spa for 2 people with breakfast each morning and a 3 Course Dinner and Bottle of Wine

The luxury 5 star g Hotel & Spa in Galway is located on the edge of Lough Atalia as you enter the heart of the city. Perfect for a Galway city break or mid-week getaway. Ideal for spa break in Galway. The g Hotel is the only 5 star destination spa hotel in the city.

Maryborough Hotel and Spa

Maryborough Hotel and Spa – Luxury Escape 1 or 2 night Stay for 2 people with Breakfast, Bottle of Prosecco on arrival, €20 Spa Credit each, €20 Dining Credit and use of Leisure Facilities only €159

Renvyle House Hotel

Experience a Culinary Escape at Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara, Galway – 1 night for 2 including Breakfast, Prosecco & a 5 Course Award-Winning Dinner for only €199

Kilkenny River Court Hotel

Luxury 1 Night Escape (€99) Deluxe B&B Stay for Two with Dining Credit for the Award Winning Riverside Restaurant and Late Check Out at the 4-Star Kilkenny River Court Hotel

l’Ecrivain Restaurant

MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANT

Experience Michelin Star l’Ecrivain Restaurant’s 6 course dinner tasting menu for 2 people for only €69

We are very proud to be partnering Michelin Star Restaurant l’Ecrivain. One of the very best restaurants in Ireland, Derry and Sallyanne have been delivering exciting cuisine and a personal service in their Baggot Street restaurant for over 26 years, with food of the highest standard.

Marco Pierre White

Give the gift of Marco Pierre White Supper Club Evening with a 4 Course Dinner for 2 people with Bottle of Wine only €79

Beeftro Restaurant

Try Beeftro in both Dundrum & Balfe Street with a 3 course dinner for 2 plus a bottle of wine for only €50

Diep Le Shaker

Taste of Fine Thai Dining – Diep Le Shaker are offering a 3 course dinner for 2 people only €50

The Dylan Hotel

The Dylan 5 Star Boutique Hotel are offering 3 courses dinner and a bottle of wine for 2 people only €60

Fade Street Social

Fade Street Social By Dylan McGrath – Select 6 Tapas for 2 people with a Bottle of Wine for only €50

Clontarf Castle

Taste Clontarf Castle with a 3 course dinner for two and a glass of Prosecco on arrival only €60

Dine Free for 2016 – Your chance to win dinner in a top restaurant every month for 12 months

COMPETITION

At TheTaste we pride ourselves in working with the best restaurants and hotels in Ireland and bring you Ireland’s fastest growing online Food & Drink online magazine with over 1.7M readers in 2015. We have just launched our new App which is available to download on the iPhone and all Android devices. To celebrate the launch of our new App, we are giving one lucky reader the chance to Dine Free for 2016.

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TOP CHEF INTERVIEWS
MORE NEWS STORIES
MAKE MINE A CAMEL MILK LATTE – 8 HEALTHY FOOD TRENDS FOR 2016

HEALTH SPOTLIGHT

The nutritional stars of 2015; kale, quinoa, coconut and avocado are still good for us, as they always have been, but as the ‘clean-eating’ trend continues there are plenty more relatively unknown foods vying to become the hot new healthy ingredient. While no one food is more ‘super’ than the other, these trendy foods touted as having certain benefits and being particularly nutrient dense are far from a bad thing to add to your diet.

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12 FOODIE FLICKS TO FEAST YOUR EYES ON

MOVIES & FOOD

After the festive season many will turn to diets and detoxes in the New Year to make up for saying “just one more mince pie” a time or two too many. Though, there is a little-known diet trick that might be the answer to all your prayers; a way to consume food that’s a whole lot lighter on the digestive system, through movies. If you’re in the mood for something delicious tonight, then perhaps the answer isn’t on the stove, but on the screen.

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GREEN SMOOTHIES 101 – TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE PERFECT GREEN SMOOTHIE

SMOOTHIE FEATURE

Is it just me, or do many New Year resolutions centre around diet and lifestyle? Probably because come January 1st, we are experiencing full on guilt for our Christmas food and drink excesses. While guilt is a negative emotion that we don’t want to indulge in, making positive changes to our eating habits is something that should be welcomed and worked towards.

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HEALTHY FOOD, FUN AND FLIRTATION WITH MY NUTRITION

HEALTHY COOKERY COURSE

In the days leading up to Christmas, the season of indulgence and gluttony, the last thing you would think people would be want to hear is about about eating healthily; something that is usually given the cold shoulder until it’s time to forge those predictable New Year resolutions. However, the crowded room in Cooks Academy, on South William Street, on Tuesday the 2nd told a very different story. Everyone was there to hear a new, unique movement in nutrition.

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MACARONS AND MUCH MORE AT FRENCH PATISSERIE LAUDUREE’S NEW STORE

NEW PATISERRIE SPOT

Macarons are a magical combination of egg whites, sugar and ground almonds that when whipped together transform into a sweet meringue based confection with a delicate, crunchy exterior, weightless interior and nougat-like chewiness. The French delicacy has a somewhat cult following, and the undisputed maison de macarons is Ladurée. Fans of the light as a feather confection have been flocking to their counter in Brown Thomas on Grafton Street since it opened in 2010.

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DRINKS ARTICLES
PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT
LOVE YOUR GUT IN 2016 WITH BONE BROTHS FROM SADIE’S KITCHEN

PRODUCER

For many people, January is a time to make a fresh start and boost their well being both mentally and physically. The majority of those making a change will be focusing on weight loss, fitness and their general health but our digestive health is quite often ignored. We’ve seen the advent of probiotic yoghurts and drinks and now a new product has been launched in the Irish market to help us heal our damaged systems. Sarah Kiely is the woman behind Sadie’s Kitchen, a range of natural bone broths that help sooth issues in the gut and improve your overall digestion.

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Our recipes are to give you cooking inspiration, whether you are looking for healthy recipes, beautiful baking recipes or delicious dinner recipes we have them all. Now with wine pairings from our wine expert Suzanne Redmond we show you the perfect bottle to match the recipe.

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