Newbridge Cottage Market

Newbridge Cottage Market Town Hall, Saturday 3rd of June @ 10am There have been many attempts to set up markets in Newbridge over the past few years. George’s St. was home to a weekly food market for just a couple of months after the Newbridge 200 festival in 2012 and, more recently, the Whitewater Shopping Centre attempted to get one off the ground on Friday … Continue reading Newbridge Cottage Market

The Mermaid at Ramore Restaurants, Portrush, Co. Antrim

The Mermaid It’s not always easy to find a nice restaurant when you’re away. TripAdvisor, while helpful, can often just send you to the cheapest eatery serving mediocre food. Locals have their favourites based on the item they order all of the time or even recommend based on knowing the owner. It’s a mine field! Luckily, on a visit to Portrush a couple of weeks … Continue reading The Mermaid at Ramore Restaurants, Portrush, Co. Antrim

The Firehouse, Delgany, Co. Wicklow

The Firehouse Bakery Easter holidays. Ali’s two weeks off from teaching coincides nicely with a quiet two weeks of work for me and we have plenty of time together to look forward to. We are also fortunate that the weather is good – a nice day out is certainly in order. After our drizzly trip to Glendalough on St. Patrick’s Day, we vowed to return far … Continue reading The Firehouse, Delgany, Co. Wicklow

Matuffi – Layered Polenta and Ragu

Matuffi I often find myself conflicted over many things in my life, and partake in little self dialogues. Tea or coffee? A walk in Killinthomas Woods or on the Curragh? Watch a movie or waste away playing Football Manager? One of my chief self dialogues is whether or not to cook “beautiful” food. It’s not something I have much interest in but the more I … Continue reading Matuffi – Layered Polenta and Ragu

Lunch at The Candied Walnut, Naas

The Candied Walnut I’m wickedly hungry. Having stayed up until almost 3am watching “The People vs OJ Simpson” on netflix, I eventually manage to drag myself out of the bed at 11.30. I have a coffee but it’s too late to have something to eat, we have booked to have lunch at The Candied Walnut and I have no intention of ruining my appetite. We … Continue reading Lunch at The Candied Walnut, Naas

Roast Duck with Potato and Fennel Stuffing

Roast Duck with Potato and Fennel Stuffing I’m chatting on the phone on a dreary January day; the signal is so bad in my house that hail, rain or shine I’m forced outside to take a call. “I do the free-range ducks now too”. I’d been onto Billy at Feighcullen Farm to supply me with free range chickens for the deli and although I wasn’t … Continue reading Roast Duck with Potato and Fennel Stuffing

Ard Bia At Nimmos, Galway City

Ard Bia at Nimmos The fog has descended upon Galway City’s medieval streets. It’s quiet, mystical and even a little romantic. As we walk through the famous Spanish Arch, it’s like something out of an old black and white film – A concrete arch, a misty sky and the ocean whispering in the background. We head upstairs and are greeted by a warm and atmospheric … Continue reading Ard Bia At Nimmos, Galway City