COOKERY SCHOOL REVIEW
I clearly remember when I first read Paul Flynn’s An Irish Adventure with Food – The Tannery Cookbook and I can recall the profound effect that the book and the recipes contained within its pages had on me. This was a book that presented Irish ingredients in a modern and exciting way that was far removed from the rather sterile utilitarian cookbooks that I had grown up reading.
DUBLIN RESTAURANT REVIEW
St.Patrick’s weekend in Dublin can often offer up a huge contradiction, tourists flock in their droves and can’t seem to get enough of it, but locals tend to avoid certain parts of the city centre like the plague. With that in mind we decided as we were heading to the annual Irish Beer & Whiskey Village in the RDS to sample some of the country’s latest tipples we would stick to the suburbs.
WATERFORD RESTAURANT REVIEW
I definitely clock up a lot of miles in my work for The Taste when I am tasked with seeking out and reviewing the best places to dine in around Ireland. Not that I’m complaining because, over the past year, I have visited many different parts of this island and have re-discovered a love for and a pride in the food that we produce in this country.
NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTAURANT REVIEW
The march out from the city centre continues apace with further restaurants due to open in the coming months lured by the cheaper rents offered in the suburbs. These ‘neighbourhood’ restaurants appear to be striking a chord with diners delighted with the reasonably priced casual fine dining that is offered in many of them.
PATISSERIE & TEA ROOMS REVIEW
Stepping through the doors of Ladurée Dublin is like being suddenly transported to the most elegant of Parisian salons where every little stylish touch has been considered for for your comfort and enjoyment. Passing by the the colourful and tempting displays of macarons, I was shown to my table in the chic and beautifully decorated tea/dining room.
DUBLIN 4 RESTAURANT REVIEW
Meat-free Monday, accompanied by the ubiquitous hashtag, is having a bit of a moment. Despite my carnivorous tendencies I am guilty of hopping on the bandwagon and championing chickpeas over chicken wings as a smug start to each week!
LUXURY RESTAURANT REVIEW
Although I have lived abroad and in a number of different places here in Ireland, I will always consider myself a Dubliner at heart. As such, I try to visit as often as I can to meet up with old friends or spend time with my family enjoying the city’s special atmosphere.
DUBLIN RESTAURANT REVIEW
Styled as a ‘neighbourhood bistro’ Camden Kitchen is exactly that – a restaurant frequented by locals living in the nearby residential areas of Dublin 8 but within easy reach of the city centre which serves to attract a wider clientele.
AFTERNOON TEA REVIEW
Once you drive through the entrance gates of Lough Erne Resort, you know that you have arrived somewhere really special. Opened in 2007, the luxury 5 star resort played host to a G8 Summit of world leaders in 2013, seen as one of the most successful events of its kind, and in 2017 the Irish Open will be played on the Resort’s Championship Golf Course.
Culinary Escape to the luxurious 4 star Hotel Meyrick in Galway, overnight stay plus Chocolate Afternoon Tea for 2 people only €158
The luxurious 4 star Hotel Meyrick, has the best address in Galway City- situated overlooking Eyre Square. Hotel Meyrick is the ideal destination for a relaxing March break, combining a stunning Victorian décor with a superb convenient location.
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
The stunning Renvyle House Hotel is the perfect choice for a culinary break. The four star, family owned, historic country house resort first opened as a hotel in 1883 and is spectacularly located on a 150 acre estate on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way. They have won Best Customer Service in Ireland 2013,2014 and in Connaught 2015.
Enjoy lunch in Rustic Stone by Dylan McGrath for 2 people only €26
Asador a Sizzling Taste we recommend – 3 course dinner for 2 people with a bottle of wine for only €55
Trendy taste from Brasserie sixty6 – 3 course meal for 2 plus a bottle of house wine and 2 cocktails for €50
Experience Derry & Sallyanne Clarke’s l’Ecrivain Restaurant – 9 course dinner tasting menu for 2 people with a glass of Champagne on arrival for only €99
Exclusive Taste – Beeftro in both Dundrum & Balfe Street with a 3 course dinner for 2 plus a bottle of wine for only €50
Enjoy a 3 Course Dinner for 2 people with wine for €70 at Dylan Hotel
Bar Rustic above Rustic Stone, are offering 4 delicious cocktails for only €20
Exclusive Dublin Bar Academy 2 Day Cocktail Course only €199
Exclusive Dublin Bar Academy 2 Day Illy Barista Course only €249
Top Brazilian Taste – 7 course tasting menu for 2 for €100 at Sabor Brazil, Dublin, valid 5 days per week for 12 months, No.1 Rated Restaurant in Dublin on TripAdvisor
Enjoy a 2 course dinner with a bottle of wine for two people at SoHo Restaurant Cork only €50
Enjoy 2 Cocktails for €12 at Electric Restaurant & Bar Cork
Imen McDonnell is the definition of brave. From a successful production career in America, Imen uprooted her whole life across an ocean for the love of an Irish farmer. Her gamble paid off as she now resides with husband Richard and son Geoffrey on the McDonnell family farm in Dunboylan, Co. Limerick.
You might find it hard to conceive how a cement mixer and Top Gear were involved in creating some of the tastiest gourmet popcorn available, but PROPERCORN founder Cassandra Stavrou says that these were vital to creating the first few batches.
In my work as a Nutrition Practitioner, I see many people come to my private practice suffering a great social isolation because of weight, or other health problems. In Ireland, one in four Irish children are overweight or are obese. In fact, 327,000 young people are currently obese, and this is expected to grow every year by 11,000.
FOOD TRAIL REVIEW
If you’ve ever had to entertain friends from foreign lands you might have experienced what it’s like to be a tourist in your own city. I have had the pleasure of several Viking splash tours over the last few years and should probably have a Gold Card for the Guinness Storehouse by now but I had never taken part in a food trail until quite recently.
When we choose the option of casual dining, there is little in the way of exceptionally good hearty, healthy yet affordable food to choose from. Moderately priced menus typically indicate a moderate quality of food, but not in this instance.
This year the UN celebrates the International Year of Pulses by promoting all types of beans, lentils and some types of peas. It is part of a move by the Food and Agricultural Organisation to encourage sustainable food production that boosts the environment and counters issues in global nutrition.
Since my first trip to Japan I’ve been intrigued by seaweed. I love everything about it. Its health benefits, the unlimited ways you can use it in cooking and how it smells of the ocean. One of my true passions is creating recipes in my kitchen by fusing local Irish ingredients with Japanese flavours, and Irish seaweed is one of the key ingredients that allows me to do this.
HEALTH FOOD PRODUCER
Not so long ago, snacks were an afterthought, a guilty pleasure, or a shop check-out impulse. Today, the pace of modern life has turned our mini meals into big business, and far from crisps and sugary sweets it is healthy snacks that are driving that growth.
“We are celebrating 5 years today,” says Michelle Crehan-Kavanagh, chef and proprietor of The Kitchen, as a bunch figure five gold balloons are ushered in the door. Located on the ground floor of Galway City Museum on the banks of the River Corrib overlooking the famous Spanish Arch, The Kitchen serves delicious, healthy food that combines the flavours inspired by Michelle’s travels with the very best local ingredients.
I love cookbooks. I frequently add new tomes to my heaving collection, and glean great joy from pouring over the pages; absorbing the imagery, diverse dishes, interesting ingredients, and both the unconventional and classical techniques. They educate and inspire me, but I rarely actually follow their recipes.
In The Farmette Cookbook: Recipes and Adventures from my Life on an Irish Farm, Imen McDonnell charts her journey from working as a media executive in Los Angeles and New York to meeting husband to be Richard and moving to live on his family farm in rural Ireland. Along the way she speaks honestly about the difficulties she faced exchanging her cosmopolitan lifestyle for a life working on a busy dairy farm.
BAR TAB REVIEW
Part of the ever expanding Galway Bay Brewery chain, Against The Grain can be found on Wexford St., on the opposite side of the street to Whelan’s (where Carnival bar once stood, for those of us old enough to remember). For many years the Grain stood here alone as the only true craft beer bar to be found anywhere along the Camden mile.
BAR TAB REVIEW
For many years in Dublin, heading to a sports bar at the weekend meant warm pitchers of Fosters, greasy baskets of grub and arguing with the guy in front as you strain your neck in a constant effort to get a glimpse of the low resolution projected game that you’ve come to see. It meant arriving just as the match kicks off and leaving as soon as you finished your pint during the post match analysis, in search of more comfortable dwellings.
The mention of the word ‘poitín’ can conjure up images of unlabelled bottles in the back of cupboards, tales of blindness and illicit dealings. But now, at a time when craft beer and cocktails are at their peak of popularity, it seems we are now ready to dabble in something a little more risqué.
Last month something very new came to one of the oldest parts of Dublin City. Jenny Synnott and Elaine Cohalan of the Dublin Cookie Company realised their dream when they opened the doors of Ireland’s first cookie shop opened in heart of historical Dublin, the Liberties.
Every one has their own definition of the perfect cup of tea. For some it’s a strongly brewed cuppa with two sugars, and just a dash of milk, while others are committed to the milk-first school of thought. However, for Oscar Woolley, co-founder of Suki Tea, Belfast boutique loose leaf tea company, a lot more than milk and sugar goes into the perfect brew.