TheTaste February Edition 2017

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The Perfect Eggs Benedict Recipe by Neven Maguire for Simply Better

Win a €100 Voucher to Treat Yourself at The Natural Bakery

New Presenters Announced for Great British Bake Off and Saturday Kitchen

Show a Little Extra Love this Mother's Day with a Tesco Bouquet in Aid of Temple Street

Dingle Whiskey is Back on Irish Shelves

Hang Dai Gives Away 100 Free Meals Today to Launch New Lunchtime Menu

Trevis Gleason's Award Winning Book 'Chef Interrupted' Hits Irish Bookstores

April Danann Brings Popular Wild Fermentation Workshop from West Cork to City Centre

TV3's The Restaurant Returns to our Screens This Week!

Food Works Seek Ambitious Food Start-Ups to Join Leading Accelerator Programme

Win a Luxury 2 Night Escape to Connemara for Two People with Dinner and €50 Spa or Adventure ...

OX Restaurant Belfast Showcases the Best of Irish Food in London St Patrick's Day Pop Up

 

Top Stories

Chocolate Guilty pleasure
Naughty but Nice - 16 Top Irish Chefs Reveal Their Guilty Pleasures

Features

A guilty pleasure is defined as a craving or affinity that you may not be particularly proud of. For most of us that pursuit of happiness often comes in the form of a guilty food pleasure - that one dish or ingredient that we know we shouldn’t eat but always find ourselves coming back to. Even the biggest food lovers among us, che...

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Hotel Reviews & Luxury Escapes

Wineport Lodge
The Ultimate Lakeside Sanctuary - Wineport Lodge Review

News

Anyone who was a fan of RTE’s show “The Restaurant” will be familiar with the beautiful dining space shared by the late Paulo Tuillo and his partner in crime Tom Doorley as they argued over which celebrity was responsible for the culinary creations placed before them. You may also be familiar with the views that were panned from outside over the j...

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Hotel Kilkenny Exterior
A Stylish Stay in the Medieval City - Hotel Kilkenny Review

Reviews

Although an avowed Kerry woman, my lovely mom spent many of her formative years in Kilkenny and has always spoken fondly of the medieval city. With that and the fact that it is a mere hour and a half away from Dublin (on a road even I couldn't get lost navigating), she and I agreed to meet halfway for a leisurely weekend trip. Kilkenny has certainly ...

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Dine in Dublin 2017 – Restaurant Festival

 

Restaurant Reviews

Beef&Lobster Dublin
The New Breed of Dublin Restaurant - Beef & Lobster Review

Reviews

A few months back we wrote a piece about an exciting new opening and how the restaurant scene, particularly in Dublin has evolved into a space where diners expect a lot more than just a good feed. More and more ...

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A Little Taste of the Med in Monkstown - Le Plancha Review

Reviews

Settling in to its new home in the 'golden mile' Crescent in beautiful Monkstown, the hum of a neighbourhood favourite filled with happy diners greeted us on a recent midweek trip to Le Plancha. No mean feat, we agreed, for a wintry night in January. With a menu inspired by the Iberian Peninsula adventures of husband and wife team Eimear Branelly and An...

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A restaurant worth a butcher’s up in Down - Bull & Ram Review
A Restaurant Worth a Butcher’s - Bull & Ram Review

News

Bull & Ram is located just thirty minutes south of Belfast in the bustling market town of Ballynahinch in County Down. The restaurant hit the ground running when it opened at the end of May and has been garnering rave reviews from critics and customers alike all of whom seem to love the down-to-earth, no-frills food that is on offer. After a quick o...

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Portmarnock Just Got a Fantastic New Restaurant - McHughes Wine & Dine Review

Reviews

If there is one thing Irish people love doing at the weekends it’s taking a spin out to a coastal town, grabbing a decent bite to eat and then walking it off along the pier or beach. Odd considering the rare amount of sunshine our little island receives but you only have to pop out to Dún Laoghaire, Dalkey, Skerries or Portmarnock, to see what we mea...

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Featured Recipe

Nespresso Recipe
Chocolate Ganache Recipe with Nespresso Ristretto Origin India Grand Cru Cream, Pear & Hazelnut by Oliver Dunne

Baking & Desserts

This decadent chocolate ganache recipe has been created by chef Oliver Dunne, showcasing the delicious pairing of dark chocolate with the complex notes of Nespresso Ristretto Origin India Grand Cru. Ingredients: Pear Foam - 335g pears, blended to a puree - 5g whip - 2g...

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Wine

Bordeaux Reds
Red Bordeaux - The King of Hearts who Rules the Wine World

Drinks

Bordeaux, as a city is the second most visited in France after its capital, Paris. As a wine region is huge, in fact it’s colossal and covers a vast area mid-way on the Atlantic coast between Brittany and the border with Spain producing both white and red Bordeaux. This region covers 120,000 hectares and is home to 60 different Bordeaux appellatio...

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Interviews

The Keys to Success - Harvey's Point Hotelier Deirdre McGlone

Interviews

Words that spring to mind when thinking of Ireland's most Northerly county of Donegal? "A bit elusive, mystical, rugged, wild and untamed", says Harvey's Point Hotelier Deirdre McGlone. "We've always been a little bit out there - no more so than now with National Geographic calling us the coolest ...

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Featured Escapes

Clontarf Castle Hotel
Enjoy a Luxury Break at Clontarf Castle Hotel with an overnight stay for two, dinner at Fahrenheit Restaurant and breakfast for €169

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Clontarf Castle Hotel offers the perfect blend of old and new, mixing tradition and history with contemporary luxury. Located just 10 minutes from Dublin City Centre and 15 minutes from Dublin airport, this 12th century castle is the perfect setting for luxury getaway.   Let the fairy-tale begin as you wander up the leafy dri...

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Taste Reader Offers

Savour a Two Course Lunch at Michelin Starred L'Ecrivain for €50 for Two People

All Offers

TheTaste 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 unforgettable dining experiences in their Baggot Street restaurant over the past 27 years, and all with personal service like no other.   L’Ecrivain offers...

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Competitions

Park Hotel Kenmare Main Hotel
Win a two night break for two at the Park Hotel Kenmare with breakfast, dinner and complimentary classes at Spa SÁMAS - Closed

Competitions

Spring is in the air! The five star Park Hotel Kenmare reopens for the 2017 Season on February 17th. To celebrate the Spring season the Park Hotel Kenmare have created a special Two Night Package with breakfast and dinner on one evening, that also includes complimentary Yoga, Pilates & Meditation Classes at Spa SÁMAS - the perfe...

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Travel

Hong Kong Guide
Hong Kong Food & Drink Travel Guide

Features

Although it’s always a good time to visit Hong Kong, the days and weeks around the Lunar New Year hold a certain joie de vivre. Parades replete with elaborate floats and traditional dancers, extensive, colorful fireworks displays, and banquets featuring dishes considered to bring good luck, are just a few of the highlights of this mos...

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More News & Reviews

Stunning Irish Wedding Venues to Make Your Big Day Unforgettable

Features

The weather in Ireland may be crazed and unpredictable, but one thing is certain - we have some of the most breath-taking, magical wedding venues imaginable. The Irish countryside dotted with charming manor houses, dreamy castles and opulent hotels capable of holding their own in the global luxury stakes. Planning your big day, whether it is an intim...

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15 Up and Coming Romantic Holiday Destinations for Wanderlovers

Features

If travelling is your second favourite activity to share together, you know that choosing the right place is vital. Romantic holiday destinations have to have the perfect balance between scenery, great food and drink and plenty of things to see and do, but they also need to have that special something, atmosphere, let's call it. And while you can...

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15 Up and Coming Romantic Holiday Destinations for Wanderlovers 20
Waking Up to the New Breakfast Trends: How Cereal for Breakfast Went Stale
Waking Up to the New Breakfast Trends: How Cereal for Breakfast Went Stale

Features

When steak is appearing on breakfast menus, and eggs are cheating on their usual partner toast stepping out with all sorts of ingredients from yogurt to roast vegetables to avocado, it’s clear that breakfast offerings are evolving. Speaking to industry insiders I explored just how far has our morning meal strayed from what we consider to be a traditi...

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Table for One? 10 of the Best Restaurants for Solo Dining in Dublin

Features

Solo dining is not as awkward as it used to be. For some time now there's been little or no stigma around going solo in a cafe for breakfast or a coffee, or taking your lunch break at a nearby eatery while engrossed in your smartphone, but for some reason the taboo still lingered around having a dinner for one. More and more people however are discov...

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Solo Dining Carrie Bradshaw
Wake Up in Style with Top Luxury Valentine's Day Breaks

Features

We should all aim to spoil our loved ones on a daily basis, but in reality some of us need a little annual reminder to do just that. Whether you revel in rose petal scented mania or are reviled at the commercial nature of it all, Valentine's Day is a good excuse to pull out all the stops and make a romantic gesture. Surprising your beloved with one o...

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We'll Have what they're Having! The 10 Sexiest Food Scenes in Film

Features

Some movie food scenes are pure sweetness, such as the unforgettable spaghetti dinner from Disney's Lady & The Tramp. Some are hilarious like American Pie's NSFW solo moment with a warm apple tart, and some are terrifying, like pretty much the whole plot behind Silence of the Lambs. But today we'll turn the heat on and give the spotlight to the st...

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The 10 Sexiest Food Scenes in Film
Cloud Cafe
On Cloud 9 in Dublin 3 - Cloud Cafe Review

Reviews

Cloud Cafe is on Dublin’s Northside, just a few minutes away from Croke Park. Cheerfully painted blue, the cafe charms with a homely atmosphere. The white-clad interior is generously bathed in natural light; a series of black and white photos of trees hang on the wall, almost like family portraits reminding me of our connection to the earth and nature...

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Bar Reviews

Dublin Rouge! A Rendezvous wit French Wine at La Cave Wine Bar, Dublin 2 - Bar Review [February Edition]
Dublin Rouge! A Rendezvous with French Wine at La Cave Wine Bar, Dublin 2 - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

At La Cave Wine Bar they truly love their rouge. A crimson canopy invites you to step into a red carpet with stairs that will take you to a room with scarlet ceiling and walls. Tablecloths and serviettes share the passionate tone but before you start thinking that there's such thing as too many reds in sight, have a look at their wine list,...

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Independent Spirit Bourke's, Wexford Street Bar Review
Independent Spirit: Bourke's, Wexford Street - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

The continued growth of the craft drinks scene appears to be accompanied by a surprising paradox: the gradual demise of the specialist off-license. One such imperiled establishment was the ever-trusty off-license attached to the front of the legendary Whelan’s bar on Wexford Street. Having fallen victim to the ever-changing times, a comfort to thos...

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Featured Drink Stories

Irish Gin: Great Expectations
Irish Gin: Great Expectations for a Growing Number of Producers

Drinks

Irish gin has become remarkably fashionable recently and seems to be on everyone’s lips. Using our nearest neighbour for a glimpse into the future, last year over forty new craft distilleries opened, while Ireland has half that amount in the process of being developed. Although whiskey is the long-term aim for production, good whis...

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Producer Spotlight

Erica Sheehan of Homespun Quinoa Crunch
From Farmer's Market Stall to Harrods Food Hall - The Homespun Quinoa Crunch Story

Features

As more and more people wake up and smell the coffee to the fact that sugar, rather than fat, is one of the biggest detriments to our health, less are waking up to a bowl of sweetened cereal, and now even the glowing health halo around granola is looking a bit tarnished. Despite its reputation as a breakfast health food, commercial varieties of grano...

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Cocoa Atelier
Unwrapping a Little Piece of Paris in Dublin City - The Cocoa Atelier Story

Features

Stepping across the threshold of Cocoa Atelier you may just forget that you are in the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter. With a decadent display to match even the chicest gourmet chocolate shop in Paris, this French-inspired, Irish-owned chocolate boutique on

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Recipes

 

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