TheTaste April Edition 2018

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The Winners at The Irish Whiskey Awards 2018 Have Been Announced
Halloween Chocolate Covered Apples Recipe from Homecook
Powerscourt Hotel are Giving you the Chance to Shine Bright Like a Diamond This Christmas
Join Kraken Spiced Rum for a Halloween Spooktacular Screamfest
This 5-Star Dublin Hotel Appoints Seasoned Female Head Chef to Take Over Their Kitchens
Witches Hat Cake Recipe From Siúcra And Catherine Fulvio
This Deliciously Healthy Café is the Perfect Spot for Your Weekend Brunch
Make The Journey to West Cork This Bank Holiday Weekend And Celebrate The Land And Sea
Fun For The Whole Family – Join Bewley’s This Bank Holiday and Bake Your Own Traditional Barmbrack
Irish Chefs Join Together For Charity Dinner in Aid of Ronald McDonald House
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Top Stories

Rachel Allen on Marco Pierre White, Work Life Balance and Dealing with Critics

Interviews

"Just one minute, I'm outside the cookery school" says the inimitably upbeat Rachel Allen when she answers my call. With one of those instantly likeable and contagious laughs, Rachel is the kind of person whose smile you can hear in their voice. There isn't a household in the country unfamiliar with the daughter and granddaughter in-law of mothers of...

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Luxury Escapes

 

Restaurant Reviews

A Little Sex in the City Comes to Kildare - La Brasserie Maynooth Review

Reviews

Every now and again we discover somewhere new, under the radar, that no one seems to be taking about, somewhere that is producing confident plates in a unique setting and for once not in Dublin. Maynooth is not known for being a hotbed of outstanding eateries although there are some standout venues we have visited in the past such as Picaderos, Avenu...

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This Gastropub Hits All the Right Spots - The Old Spot Restaurant Review

Reviews

The word Michelin conjures up a galaxy of misconceptions in many cases, an assumption of pretension and expectation of minuscule plated artwork prevails for many. However, while the Guide is most famous for recognising a constellation of high-end starred venues, it is also in the business of celebrating those eateries which are well worth a stop without...

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Fine Dining in Dublin's Tranquil Suburbs - Castleknock Hotel Review

Reviews

Castleknock Hotel was officially opened in 2005 and since 2009, has been part of the FBD Hotels & Resorts. This award winning 4-star hotel is located close to the Phoenix Park and the busy Dublin suburb of Blanchardstown, within easy reach of the city centre, airport and other amenities. However, due to its tranquil countryside setting, you reall...

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The Feast from the East - Koh Restaurant Dublin Review

Reviews

The Luas Cross City line, with all its promise and bluster, has proven a bit of a damp squib, with commuters crammed like sardines into seven carriage long tins, or trying to keep their cool as yet another tram passes too full to stop. My recommendation would be to avoid, if possible, although a recent near miss with the ever unreliable had an unexpecte...

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Castle Leslie
Sumptuous Luxury in Serene Surroundings - Castle Leslie Estate Review

Reviews

If there is one thing we have no shortage of in Ireland, it's castles. We’ve had the privilege of staying in some of the most lovingly restored examples throughout the country, many of which are still family owned and carrying on a generational tradition. However, upkeep on these sprawling properties can be a challenge. Many have had to diversify o...

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A Flying Visit to an Airport Hotel With a Difference - Cork International Hotel Review

Reviews

Cork is a wonderful place. I'm just going to put that out there nice and early. Some natives may proclaim it as the real capital of Ireland and I would sometimes struggle to disagree with them. Having spent three years living in the city during my college days, the place holds a certain nostalgia for me. And as a Waterford native, Cork Airport was my...

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Wine

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Wine World Records - Discover Some of the Most Amazing and Extreme Bottles of All Time

Drinks

Often when you hear of world records accomplished, it is thought of as personal success, or victory - not one you would foremost associate with the worldly spectrum of wine. When we consider the 'oldest wine in the world' or 'highest vine', this is solely natures win, not one won by the human race. The record book of wine is one that is split into tw...

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Interviews

Neven Maguire's Right Hand Woman - Carmel McGirr, MacNean's New Head Chef

Interviews

Carmel McGirr has taken over as Head Chef at Neven Maguire’s MacNean House in Blacklion as previous captain of over 15 years, Glen Wheeler, moved on to open his own restaurant, 28 Darling Street, in Enniskillen. Carmel is a native of Fermanagh herself and has been a part of the team in MacNean House on-and-off for many years, first joining the team af...

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Competitions

Win a Wine Lovers Dream Weekend at Sheen Falls Lodge: 2 Night Escape with a Wine Tasting, Breakfast and Dinner - CLOSED

Competitions

Ever wanted to learn about wine but not quite sure where to start? Look no further than the luxurious surroundings of Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare – one of Ireland’s leading 5 star properties where wine is big news for 2018! The Wine Cellar at Sheen Falls Lodge is a haven for wine enthusiasts boasting over

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Travel

The Irish Man Behind The Best Bar in The World - Seán Muldoon of The Dead Rabbit NYC
The Genuine Article - A Guide to The Best Irish Bars in New York City

North America

Thankfully, not all Irish bars in New York City (and, believe it or not, there are up to 2,000 that claim to be so) make you want to turn green. Some bars, however, prefer not to display obvious trappings of what tourists think an Irish bar might look like. These tend to hark back to the local-based or community-driven pubs that most if not all Irish...

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More News & Reviews

Chefs to Follow TheTaste.ie
Follow the Flavour - 12 Chefs in Ireland You Need to Follow on Social Media

Features

Thanks to social media we have now constant access to the real-time musings of chefs all across Ireland. 280 characters at a time, or square by square on Instagram, those who devote their lives to food fill in the gaps between our visits to their restaurants not only with a generous serving of new dishes in the works and the provenance of ingredients...

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A Real Catch - Dublin's Best Seafood Restaurants Will Reel You In

Features

As an island, Ireland has access to some of the best seafood produce in the world. From oysters both native and gigas to freshly caught fish prepared right in front of you, Irish seafood is nearly impossible to beat. Dublin is our capital city and as a result, it boasts a huge number of high quality seafood eateries. From city centre venues to the su...

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Seafood Restaurants
Support Irish Every Day With These Amazing Artisan Staples

Features

We are all happy to line out decked in green on match day, and extol the virtues of being Irish on our national holiday, but there are humble heroes in this country who deserve to be celebrated every day. Our artisan food producers, dotted across the island, are champions in their own right, dedicated to advancing the Irish food movement and offering in...

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Culinary Experiences Around Ireland That Will Bring Joy to The Food Lover in Your Life

Features

Immersive experiences are a huge part of what takes our interests to the next level. Whether it’s living like a local in an exotic destination, writing and acting in your own play or learning to make the perfect coffee. The same can be said for food lovers, and with our ever-increasing curiosity about the sourcing of our products and the creative p...

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Culinary Experiences
Inside Spanish Wine Week Ireland - Meet the People who Make it Happen
Inside Spanish Wine Week Ireland - Meet the People who Make it Happen

Drinks

The Spanish Wine Week in Ireland has become one of the most highly anticipated events in the calendar of local oenophiles. This year the celebration of vino will run from the 23rd to the 29th of April and it'll be the event's third edition. The occasion is perfect to visit and revisit some of your favourite wines from Spain, but also, it's a brilliant ...

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The Ingredients For Success - Celebrating 25 Years of Culinary Arts at IT Tallaght

Features

"We are so proud of our graduates. Maintaining links with them and following their career journey is essential for us on many levels, from programme design, placements, keeping abreast of trends and for the inspiration of current students. Our alumni are very much part of the success of each graduate that follows them and this year, our 25th anniversary...

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Bar Reviews

This Charming French Bar is a Dream Soirée for Wine Lovers - La Ruelle Wine Bar Review
This Charming French Bar is a Dream Soirée for Wine Lovers - La Ruelle Wine Bar Review

Bars & Venues

The first thing my friend told me the instant after we stepped into La Ruelle Wine Bar was "this place is VERY French." Having lived there for many years, she knew what she was talking about. The petit venue, located just off Dawson Street, concentrates on an extensive wine list, an unmistakably Gallic food menu and it has a casual yet elegant atmospher...

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This Inviting and Modern Pub Stands Out in the Lively Stoneybatter - The Belfry Bar Review
This Inviting and Modern Pub Stands Out in Stoneybatter - The Belfry Bar Review

Bars & Venues

The Belfry reopened last December at 37 Stoneybatter after being closed for a long time. For its makeover, the venue swapped its washed down blue and red façade for an all-black front, a sleek introduction to an inviting bar with interiors that could be described as "modern cosy." In an an area with stiff competition, you really need more than orna...

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Coffee & Cafe Review

This Minimalist Cafe in City Centre Is Lunch Break Perfection - Laine, My Love Cafe Review
This Minimalist Cafe in City Centre Is Lunch Break Perfection - Laine, My Love Cafe Review

Drinks

I have a very soft spot for Roasted Brown coffee. In the past, I would have joyously enjoyed a cup of white coffee at Love Supreme Stoneybatter almost every weekend before hitting the streets of Dublin. So it was no wonder that I was delighted to hear about the opening of Laine, My Love on Talbot Street. Opened over a year ago, the place has become o...

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Coffee Culture's Eco-Friendly Strategy: Disrupting Ireland's Cafe Scene with Green Solutions
Coffee Culture's Eco-Friendly Strategy: Disrupting Ireland's Cafe Scene with Green Solutions

Drinks

At Coffee Culture, we pride ourselves on pioneering the change in the coffee industry. Innovation has been embedded in Coffee Culture’s philosophy and origins. As the first, we introduced a structured coffee education in 2009, bringing two training centres to the Irish scene (Birdhill and Dublin). Since its birth, the programme has offered a wide r...

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Featured Drink Stories

 

Producer Spotlight

A Product Soaring Above The Clouds - The Velvet Cloud Story

Producer Spotlights

Velvet Cloud is a handmade natural sheep's milk yogurt produced by husband and wife team, Aisling and Michael Flanagan, in Co. Mayo. The pair have always had a great love of food and have both lived and worked in Italy and France, a period during which "our real passion and love of good food was fostered". Aisling worked with Bord Bia in Milan for...

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Recipes