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Waterford Crystal Created Gorgeous Handcrafted Glassware for Premium Tequila Avión

Music to a Coffee Lover's Ears - This Unique New Coffee Bar Just Opened in Cork City

This Dublin Café is Serving €2 Coffee During Caffeinated Happy Hour

2017 was Last Orders for Ireland's Good Friday Alcohol Ban

This News Will Float Your Boat - Norwegian Cruise Line Launches Luxury Wine Cruises

Exclusive Menu for Tiger Street Eats' Michelin Starred Street Food Event Revealed

Best Possible Taste Podcast - Neven Maguire, Wine Expert Ron Forrestal and More

Garlic & Lemon Corn Fed Chicken Recipe by Neven Maguire for Simply Better

This New Dingle Cafe Looks Worth the Five Hour Trip from Dublin

Here's What you Should Know About the Drink Trends Going Strong for Autumn/Winter 2017

Get Your Early Bird Tickets to Food On The Edge 2017 Before it's too Late

Stay Calm - Your Favourite Cheese May Soon Be Extinct

 

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The National Dairy Council is delighted to announce a new recipe competition to celebrate European Cheese. We are inviting you to create an original recipe using cheese as the main ingredient. There are two categories for entering your recipe:

Passionate Cooks and Foodies – A delicious, healthy and nutritious family style recipe that you might cook mid-week.

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Top Stories

A Stunning Staycation in the Sunny South East - Ferrycarrig Hotel Review

Reviews

Ferrycarrig. Say it out loud: it rolls off the tongue like the mists off the River Slaney Estuary, over which – impressively - every one of the hotel’s 102 rooms has a view. Located roughly 5kms from the centre of Wexford town and just 2 hours from Dublin, Ferrycarrig is neatly tucked away in the crook of Ireland’s “Sunny South-East.” The h...

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Hotel & Luxury Escapes

Mount Juliet
Enjoy a Luxury Break for two at Mount Juliet Estate with Michelin Star 7 course tasting menu for €310

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Mount Juliet Estate was a family home until 1989 and remains one of Ireland’s finest country houses, as well as being Co. Kilkenny’s premier luxury address. A stay at Mount Juliet is a truly unique experience, voted one of the top 20 Resorts in Europe by Condé Nast Traveler.   Only 20 minutes from Kilkenny, one hour from...

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Restaurant Reviews

The Step House
A Step Up in Carlow - Step House Hotel 1808 Restaurant Review

Reviews

On the main street of Borris in Co Carlow, you will find the Step House Hotel. Step inside this establishment and you will find yourself enveloped in a relaxed atmosphere, sophisticated decor and the warmest of greetings. I visited recently to see how Head Chef, Alan Foley was settling back into the family business having been away from his beloved ...

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Unbottling the Genie in this Dublin Aladdin's Cave - Montys of Kathmandu Review

Reviews

Generally heading anywhere near Temple Bar for most Dubliners on the days surrounding Paddy's weekend is not on the agenda. That said the lure of a €5000 rare bottle of Krug champagne proved too much of a lure for us to refuse. The previous day we noticed a post from Montys of Kathmandu on one of their social channels showing the only bottle of Kru...

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Park Restaurant Feat
Pushing the Boundaries on the Edge of the City - The Park Restaurant Castleknock Review

Reviews

It isn't easy to cook with the pressure of television cameras weighing heavily on your every move, but chef Neal Kearns has made it look simple on numerous occasions, cooking up a storm on TV3's Ireland AM. The Executive Head Chef at The Park Restaurant in Castleknock Hotel is clearly getting his name out there by showing off his skills and creativity o...

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A Stunning Staycation in the Sunny South East - Ferrycarrig Hotel Review

Reviews

Ferrycarrig. Say it out loud: it rolls off the tongue like the mists off the River Slaney Estuary, over which – impressively - every one of the hotel’s 102 rooms has a view. Located roughly 5kms from the centre of Wexford town and just 2 hours from Dublin, Ferrycarrig is neatly tucked away in the crook of Ireland’s “Sunny South-East.” The h...

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Raiding the Larder of Delicious Irish Delights - Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder Killarney Review

Reviews

It isn't often a Dublin blow in is welcomed warmly to Kerry, but Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder appears to be the exception to this. Opening just one year ago in the middle of bustling Killarney town, no doubt the little sister of Ally Alpine's Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street was strategically located in Ireland's foremost tourist attracting town. ...

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Holy Smoke Cork
Master of Fire and Smoke Offers Up Communion for the Hungry at Holy Smoke Cork

Reviews

Ireland, the land of the shortest barbecuing season in the world, thanks to our less than blue-sky perfect summers. I quip, with only the smallest hint of irony, that you would be as well to light the BBQ in mid-winter as you are in mid-summer. I know this by painful personal experience as I recall running an outdoor Pitmaster workshop in West Cork duri...

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This Floating Restaurant is the Ultimate Way to Enjoy Dublin's Grand Canal - La Peniche Review
This Floating Restaurant is the Ultimate Place to Enjoy Dublin's Grand Canal - La Peniche Review

Reviews

My idea of happiness frequently involves a shining sun above me and flowing water underneath my feet. From windsurfing in ever-blue Caribbean beaches to humbly witnessing the glacial glory of the Niagara Falls, and most recently, leisurely cruising Dublin's cheerful Grand Canal on board La Peniche, the city's finest floating restaurant, there is an ...

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Afternoon Tea Review

A Slice of Sweet Indulgence at The Sugar Loaf - Powerscourt Afternoon Tea Review

Reviews

Driving through the postcard-perfect village of Enniskerry on the first sunny day of Irish Spring, it was hard not to pull over and marvel at just how picturesque our little country is. Entering Powerscourt Estate, a long and winding road beckons you to park up and gaze upon the majestic Sugar Loaf Mountain, rising from the rolling green glens like a co...

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Wine

Penfolds Wines Tour
Getting to Know an Aussie Legend - The Ultimate Penfolds Wines Tour and Tasting

Drinks

Australia is well known for many great people and things. There are the trailblazers like Heath Ledger, Steve Irwin and Kylie Minogue, and particular exports, let's hear it for Tim Tams, AC/DC and Home and Away, that have helped define how Australia is perceived today. But if your speaking to a wine lover the big one is Penfolds. A ...

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Interviews

Stevie Toman
The Chef Behind the Beauty at Belfast's Michelin Starred Beast - Stevie Toman of OX Restaurant

Interviews

"OX is a beast to run, literally," Stevie Toman says frankly. "The move from working as a head chef to running a restaurant is like moving from primary school to secondary school, that’s the only way I can think to describe it. You find yourself with a whole new set of problems." Before chatting to Stevie, the head chef and proprietor of the Michel...

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Taste Reader Offers

Exclusive Dylan McGrath Dining Experience – Enjoy a VIP dinner in Rustic Stone with 4 Courses for 2 people with Bottle of Wine plus 2 Cocktails only €80

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To view our NEW OFFER for a VIP dinner in Rustic Stone click HERE.   We are very excited about this Rustic Stone readers offer, working with Dylan we have created a unique taste menu, packed with some new delicious dis...

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Experience a Sensational Seasonal Dinner at Michelin Starred L’Ecrivain Restaurant for Two People for only €75

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Spring has arrived, and with it a wealth of beautiful seasonal produce, to celebrate l'Ecrivain are delighted to offer TheTaste readers our wonderful Seasonal Menu for only €75 for two people. We look forward to seeing you - Derry, Sallyanne & all the Team @ l’Ecrivain.   Today's offer is your chance to dine in l'Ecri...

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Competitions

Delphi Resort Hotel
Win a Luxury 2 Night Escape to Connemara for Two People with Dinner and €50 Spa or Adventure Credit at Delphi Resort - Closed

Competitions

From warm Irish hospitality to exquisite food, outdoor adventure to ultimate relaxation, Delphi Resort, in the heart of Connemara, is a haven for romantic getaways, special occasions, adventure-filled family holidays and wellness escapes. Delphi Resort has undergone huge transformations over the last 30 years, without losing its root...

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Travel

The 10 Best California Wineries to Visit

Drinks

When it comes to planning a bucket list wine trip like California it’s easy to get swayed into wineries that will take you from one side of this wine blessed state to another, all the while missing out on the best bits. Having recently returned from a week in the sunshine state, traveling up and down to find you the best winery experiences to check ou...

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More News & Reviews

Cheese Feat
Cheese Up Your Life with Cheese Recipes to Make You Melt

Features

"Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk?" asked our own James Joyce, but as the home of some of the finest milk in the world, the cheese scene here has never been more alive. There has scarcely been a more exciting time to enjoy cheese in Ireland, with artisan producers all over the country excelling themselves - from Durrus to Cooleney. The surge in it...

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Deliciously Drool-Worthy Spa Treatments Around Ireland

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Setting aside an entire day to the art of pampering is a luxurious treat we all need and deserve every so often. As Ireland is home to some of the most awe-inspiring resorts in Europe, naturally we are spoiled for choice when it comes to spa retreats. From other-worldly locations to fairy tale destinations, there is no shortage of options, but a numb...

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Spa Treatments
Cheese Recipes Feat
These Tempting Cheese Recipes Could Win You a Trip to Tuscany

Features

Is there anything more tempting than bubbling, melting cheese, slathered on just about anything? Mouth watering mozzarella, gooey Gruyere and crave-worthy cheddar are the cream of the crop and the crowning glory on so many dishes we all know and love. But cheese, in all it's guises, has potential far beyond being a final adornment. Avid cooks know th...

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A Sneak Peak at the Tribe Behind the Galway Food Festival

Features

Something’s happening in Galway. After a six year hiatus, I’m back and I can tell you, it’s exciting. I fell in love with Galway as a student. With the kiss of the sideways rain smudging my makeup and frizzing my hair, I wandered the streets eyes-wide uncovering city secrets; it’s small theatres, the rushing river, with time on my hands and penn...

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Dublin Bar Academy 1
Behind the Grind - Dublin Bar Academy Barista Course Review

Features

My name is Darina and I am a coffee addict. It is no word of a lie when I say my life is caffeine fuelled, and what a costly little habit a daily dose can be. Think about it, we spend the better part of three euro on less than 50 millitres of this magical elixir, making it the most expensive thing we imbibe on a daily basis - but do you ever wonder how ...

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Extravagant Easter Eggs You'll Want to Hunt Down

Features

Some people count down the months to Christmas, others can't wait for All Hallow's Eve, but if you ask me it is Easter Sunday, the day entirely dedicated to gorging on chocolate that deserves the hype and hullabaloo. Childhood nostalgia dictates that we must all have at least one Cadbury's egg, adorned with the signature Easter chick engraving and purpl...

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Easter Egg Feat
Tails will be Wagged for 10 of the Best Dog Friendly Restaurants and Bars in Dublin
Tails will be Wagged for 10 of the Best Dog Friendly Restaurants and Bars in Dublin

Bars & Venues

Sometimes all you want to do is to catch up with your best friend over a meal or a cup of coffee, and sometimes your best friend happens to be a dog. Dublin's food scene might be known for numerous positive qualities, but being pet-friendly is not one of them so, where to go with your canine pal? We have compiled a list of dog friendly restaurants Dubl...

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10 Essential Ingredients for Japanese Cooking and Where to Buy Them

Features

When I returned to Ireland over 10 years ago, after living in Japan for 3 years, it was quite difficult and expensive to get Japanese ingredients. You’ll be glad to know this isn’t the case anymore. Nowadays, these ingredients are widely available and less expensive. Stock up on the ten essential ingredients I’ve listed below a...

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Japanese Cooking Essentials

 

Bar Reviews

The Evolution of the Traditional Irish Pub: McSorleys Ranelagh - Bar Review
The Evolution of the Traditional Irish Pub: McSorleys, Ranelagh - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

If there was ever a wildlife documentary about Ranelagh (please imagine David Attenborough's voice for the rest of this paragraph) it'd probably mention joyful packs of #Igers Instagraming their prosperous surroundings while a couple of creative birds cheerfully feed on vegan brownies and matcha lattes. Young professionals log into Tinder -the first s...

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The Blind Pig, Dublin 2 - Bar Review
The Rumors were True... The Blind Pig, Dublin 2 - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Being born and bred in Dublin, I tend to pride myself on a familiarity with the city, one that has been developed over many years of rambling the its hidden alleys and backstreets. Seldom are the times when a friend suggests a bar or restaurant that I have not darkened the doorway of at least once. However, for a number of years now, I have heard sti...

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Cafe Review

Five Points Coffee Harolds Cross
Coffee and Food on Point at this New Harold's Cross Café - Five Points Review

Reviews

Situated in an 1884 red-brick building just opposite to the local petrol station is Harold's Cross newest resident, Five Points. The brainchild of Adam Sheridan, former manager of 3FE on Grand Canal Street, you would expect this swanky new café to serve superb coffee, but Five Points has an extra string to its bow with...

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Featured Drink Stories

Top Ten Malbecs from Argentina for World Malbec Day | Malbec Wine
Top 10 Malbecs under €20 from Argentina to Celebrate this World Malbec Day

Drinks

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world following France, Italy, Spain and the USA. Until relatively recently Argentina had been in fourth position, ahead of the USA partly due to the global pattern in wine producing countries of falling domestic wine consumption levels. Two reasons are often cited: national government campaigns to ...

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Producer Spotlight

Trudy and Paula of Hollah Preserving
Hollah for Hellah Good Preserves - The Hollah Preserving Story

Features

Chilli Strawberry and Prosecco Jam, Habanero Hot Honey, and Buckfast BBQ Sauce - it's safe to say Hollah Preserving don't make your average country kitchen chutneys. Launching in September 2014, after friends and neighbours Trudy Hodkinson and Paula Latuske, living in Moira Count Armagh, waved their 4 year old girls off to primary scho...

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Recipes

 

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