TheTaste February Edition 2018

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Cuisine For Crumlin – Grab a Coffee And a Pastry For a Good Cause This Weekend
Social Gallery – Emirates’ Christmas Down Under Party
Brian McDermott to Represent Ireland at Gourmand Cookbook Awards
Looking For The Perfect Festive Dining Venue? Look No Further
Fly Far And Wide With This Week’s Best Travel Deals
Social Gallery – Discover the Unexpected with Master Brewers & Top Chefs
The Merrion Hotel is Launching a New Vegan Menu With Author Holly White
Tantalise Your Tastebuds at This Fun Wine Appreciation Evening
Christmas With Lynne – Join O’Briens’ Master of Wine For a Festive Wine Tasting
Experience Pure Imagination This Festive Season With a Willy Wonka Themed Brunch
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Top Stories

Executive Pastry Chef Aoife Noonan Gives the Inside Scoop on Glovers Alley

Interviews

Aoife Noonan has the kind of career that some dream of. She makes desserts for a living(!) for a start, which just has to be fun. Plus the portfolio of restaurants she has worked with is very impressive... pastry chef for Ireland's two Michelin star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and more recently working for the John Farrell restaurant group as executive ...

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Luxury Escapes

 

Restaurant Reviews

Old World Charm Meets Michelin Magic in this Unique New Opening - Clenaghans Restaurant Review

Reviews

When news broke of Ireland’s first female Michelin star chef Danni Barry and her departure from Belfast’s EIPIC at Deanes many in the industry were shocked. Seemingly riding high on the back of the esteemed accolade, Barry was not only making a name for herself in the culinary world for her exemplary cooking, but also for her stance on encouraging m...

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This Malahide Favourite is Moving With the Tides - Bon Appetit Malahide Review

Reviews

There are a few names when it comes to the Irish chef scene that need very little explanation, Oliver Dunne would certainly be one of them. Never one shy of courting controversy, Dunne has spoken openly on his decision to hand back his illustrious Michelin Star and instead focus on less fuss and more casual offerings. It is quite apt that we decided ...

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Stairway to Irish Food Heaven - The Winding Stair Review

Reviews

What's more Dublin than cockles and mussels? The Winding Stair, overlooking Ha'penny Bridge, could scarcely be more Irish if you were serenaded up the steps with a feadóg. Restaurateur Elaine Murphy's original baby, before Woollen Mills, The Washerwoman and most recently, The Legal Eagle, has stood the test of time and appears time and time again on th...

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Beyond Beautiful Adare Manor Has to be Seen to be Believed - Adare Manor Review

Reviews

Just over two years go we celebrated our sixteenth wedding anniversary in one of the most magical locations in Ireland. Our first time visiting Adare Manor and we were awe struck at the beauty of this “calendar” stately home, built in the 1860’s, home to the Earl of Dunraven, this unique property housed 52 windows and 52 chimneys, seven pillars an...

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A Feast of Fusion and Flair - Feast Dun Laoghaire Review

Reviews

In the age of rising restaurant rents and neighbourhood eateries popping up where you least expect them, in many cases with young and ambitious chefs at the helm, there has never been a better time to think outside the D1/D2 post box when it comes to outsourcing the task of cooking to the experts. While many suburban spots, from Craft in Harold's Cro...

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Well Worth The Trip West - Fall in Love With Brownes in Tuam

Reviews

It's hard not to fall immediately in love with Brownes in Tuam. The restaurant, which is owned and run by husband and wife team Stevie Lane and Amanda Fahy, is housed in the building that was once home to the famous Brownes Pub, forever immortalised in Never Mind the Strangers - a song by the Saw Doctors who hail from the area. Brownes is located on ...

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Oh God(iva) - This Brown Thomas Chocolate Afternoon Tea is One For The Ladies

Afternoon Tea

There's something so regal about Afternoon Tea, so much so that you likely read about it in a novel or play long before experiencing it for yourself. Indeed, my first introduction to the idea of high tea came from Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Bracknell's famed cucumber sandwiches. But Oscar Wilde's cucumber sandwiches pos...

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Wine

Cheat on Champagne with these Sexy Sparkling Wines from Other Regions

Bubbles

Nimble fingers are needed to tweak the tiny tag to tear a clean rip in the foil sheathing the head and neck of a chilled bottle of sparkling wine. Then, lift up the twisted wire loop and slowly and carefully untwist until the muzzle can be released off the cork’s mushroom-shaped head. Now comes the real challenge to ensure the frothy spume does not...

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Interviews

Chef Keith Boyle on The Bay Tree Bistro's Just Ask Restaurant of the Year 2018 Award

Interviews

Local, seasonal produce is the order of the day on menus across the country and this emphasis on championing the best of Irish ingredients is to be welcomed warmly. With a dedicated community of artisan producers working tirelessly to offer world class raw materials, the commitment of Irish chefs to showcasing this produce on their menus is worthy of ce...

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Competitions

Wineport Lodge - Lakeview Suite
Win a Romantic Overnight for Two in a Luxurious Suite at Wineport Lodge - CLOSED

Competitions

Nestled on the banks of Lough Ree, Wineport Lodge is more than a hotel, it is a luxury lodge. Based in Westmeath, close to Athlone, in an idyllic setting surrounded by native woodland, Wineport Lodge is exceptional in style and service. Just over an hour from Dublin and even less of a distance from Galway, when you step into the lodg...

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Travel

Paris' Most Romantic Districts - Exploring Marais and Montmartre

City Breaks

Before we do anything or go anywhere, we have words of advice: don’t touch the Chitterling sausage. Don’t look at the Chitterling sausage. Don’t order the Chitterling sausage from the menu. Just. Don’t. We’ll tell you more about it soon, because, frankly, it requires its own explanation. In the meantime, let’s get into a Parisian frame of...

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More News & Reviews

The Irish Pub Dining Revolution - Aidan McGrath, Danni Barry and Rob Krawczyk

Features

Neighbourhood restaurants are the newest openings as the dining scene is being spread out to suburbs where more affordable properties are available and people are hungry for travelling less into city centres to get a bite to eat. Restaurants are also decentralising to country locations and, in a shift in favour towards casual dining, the number of pu...

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Win Their Heart Through Their Stomach - Perfect Dates for Food Lovers

Features

Whether you're a Tinder fiend or hustling on Bumble, you're sure to have encountered the eternal dilemma of the Dublin dater - where to suggest to woo your prospective beau. While anything that involves a bit of Dutch courage is highly advisable early on, getting your date's tastebuds excited could well be the key to their heart in the long run. Whe...

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For the Love of Food - 14 Culinary Couples Who Mix Business and Pleasure

Features

They say don't mix business with pleasure, but for those couples with a shared passion and a mutual ambition to own their own business this maxim is often shattered. The results of this rule breaking are all too evident in the food industry, with a host of culinary couples behind some of our favourite restaurants and cafes. I, myself grew up wat...

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A Real Taste of Madrid - The Madrid Foodie Shopping Guide

Features

Spain's capital, both on the map and in terms of the sheer variety of gastronomic experiences at every corner, Madrid is puzzlingly often overlooked as a dedicated destination for food tourists. It was only on a recent trip to the international food symposium Madrid Fusion that I realised the land-locked city could hold its own with the gems of my belov...

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14 Beautiful Honeymoon Destinations That Will Set Your Heart on Fire

Travel

How do you possibly decide where to go for your honeymoon? Without even thinking about it, most people will instantly have a few solid ideas for their potentially perfect honeymoon destinations. After I had been thinking about some of the world's most beautiful places, I asked some friends where they would imagine having their honeymoon. Despite n...

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Plan Your Perfect Day With These Beautiful Irish Wedding Venues Inspired by The Stars

Features

Everyone wants their perfect fairytale wedding to match their own personal love story. Whether you've always dreamed of getting married in a castle by a lake or a luxurious hotel, your perfect wedding venue is out there and closer than you might think. In the spirit of love, we've taken inspiration from famous faces who chose to tie the knot in some ...

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Loaf at First Bite - 18 of the Best Boutique Bakeries and Cake Designers in Ireland
Loaf at First Bite - 16 of the Best Boutique Bakeries and Cake Designers in Ireland

Features

Baking is a labour of love, especially when the ovens are the beating heart of a boutique business where small-batches of breads, pastries cakes and other treats are crafted with care and made from the best ingredients. A few days ago, French President Emmanuel Macron made headlines after joining bakers in their call for French Baguette to be given ...

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First Dates and the gibson hotel - A Match Made in Culinary Heaven

Features

There have been many iconic love stories throughout the ages, from Lancelot and Guinevere to Romeo and Juliet and even Noah and Allie from the popular Nicholas Sparks book. Beautiful love stories never fail to capture our attention. We love to watch people find love in novels or on the silver screen. And just like all good love stories, the tale of F...

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Save The Dates - The Irish Food And Drink Festival Calendar For 2018

Events

We're into the second month of 2018 now and after the indulgence of Christmas and the good intentions of January, it's time to get back on board with our one true love - food. With so many great food and drink events taking place throughout the year, we've decided to make things easier for you by compiling a list of the most unmissable food events fo...

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Bar Reviews

This Laid-Back Wine Bar is Ideal for a Relaxed Soirée for Two - Best Seller Dublin Wine Bar Review
This Laid-Back Wine Bar is Ideal for a Relaxed Soirée for Two - Bestseller Dublin Review

Bars & Venues

Café by day, wine bar by night, Bestseller Dublin is a multifaceted and relatively recent addition to Dawson Street and one that stands out due to its low-key charm and bohemian vibes. The place evolves through the day and it goes from a lively spot for a cuppa and a light lunch to an inviting setting to share a bottle of wine and perhaps some small...

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The Oyster Tavern
Cork's Oldest Pub Shines Bright as the City's New Pearl: The Oyster Tavern, Bar Review

Bars & Venues

It's Friday night, and after a long working week, and what seemed like an even longer train journey from Dublin, plans for dinner and drinks in my final destination, Cork city, have never been met with such urgent anticipation. After a superbly spicy Southern Indian vegetarian feast at

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Coffee & Cafe Review

Sketching in a Tasty Brunch at Dublin 8's Hotetest Coffee Shop - Storyboard Dublin Review
Sketching in a Tasty Brunch at Dublin 8's Hottest Coffee Shop - Storyboard Café Review

Reviews

Located in Clancy Quay, Storyboard is a brand new addition to the exciting food scene of Dublin 8. The cafe sports a very urban look with a modern, transparent structure made of glass, wood and stone, which lets passers-by take a glance at what is happening inside. Thanks to its clear exteriors, Storyboard is very bright, flooded with natural light....

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Coffee and a Road Trip - Five Date-Perfect Cafés Across Ireland to Sweeten the Deal | Best Cafes for Dates Ireland
Coffee and a Road Trip - Five Date-Perfect Cafés Across Ireland to Sweeten the Deal

Drinks

Are you hoping to do something memorable and fun this Valentine’s Day? We all know the hassle of dates and finding the right place or the right gift, can be strenuous. While the idea of dinner and a movie might be a safe bet, thinking outside the box might turn the occasion into something special, so how about swapping the classic date plan for coff...

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Featured Drink Stories

The 20 Most Influential People in Irish Whiskey Today
Meet the 20 Most Influential People in Irish Whiskey Today

Drinks

There are many names that come to mind when thinking about the people who made Irish whiskey history: John Jameson, of course, along with column still inventor Aeneas Coffey and Joe Sheridan, who came up with the world-famous Irish Coffee. Nowadays, the who's who of the industry is filled with innovators, business people and veteran tastemakers that a...

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It's Five O'Clock Somewhere - The Sunny Rise of Breakfast Drinking
It's Five O'Clock Somewhere - The Sunny Rise of Breakfast Drinking

Cocktails

Socially acceptable breakfast drinking used to be reserved for ladies who lunch and Wolf of Wall Street wannabees. The rest of us, nine to five mortals, could perhaps get away with it on tropical holidays or at Oktoberfest, but nowadays, #BrunchGoals have completely turned this around. Of course, caffeine still gets the best of most of our brekkies, ...

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Producer Spotlight

A Nutritious Protein Snack That Packs a Punch - The Irish Biltong Company Story

Producer Spotlights

Protein is the hot ticket at the moment, perfect for post workout snacks and for an energy boost to get you through the work day. That's where versatile product, Irish Biltong, comes in. Irish Biltong is a "prep free product and a source of natural protein and minerals like zinc, iron, magnesium and vitamin B-12". Perfectly fitting in the sports n...

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Recipes