Langoustine with Jamon Iberico, Garlic and Tomato

Last week I joined my brother, father and mother for our annual city break. After a great trip to beautiful Rome last year we decided to give the Catalan capital a try this time. Barcelona was stunning; the weather was great, the location was wonderful and most importantly the food and wine were fantastic! Instead of staying in a hotel we stayed in a two … Continue reading Langoustine with Jamon Iberico, Garlic and Tomato

Review: Harrigans, Newbridge

Harrigans Newbridge, Co. Kildare On Valentine’s night, Ali and myself along with our friends Ana and Padraig went for a meal in Harrigans. It is located on the main street of Newbridge, opposite the Riverbank Arts Centre and consists of a pub to the front with a restaurant towards the back. The restaurant was operating from a special Valentine’s menu which had plenty of choice … Continue reading Review: Harrigans, Newbridge

Pasta with Kale and Potato

Pasta with Kale and Potato I have recently been going through my vast selection of cookery books picking out recipes in order to increase my knowledge and expand my palate. I have found myself strangely attracted to vegetarian recipes which, for a die hard carnivore like myself, has been rather disconcerting. One such recipe was contained in Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy (review: here), Pizzoccheri … Continue reading Pasta with Kale and Potato

My Favourite Books: Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy

The Two Greedy Italians are the lovable, larger than life Antonio Carluccio and the lively and loud Neopolitan Gennaro Contaldo. This is the second book based on their BBC television series of the same name which is well worth watching if you can find the DVD. What these two great men bring to the table is passion. They live and breathe Italian food and it … Continue reading My Favourite Books: Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy

Review: The Cloister, Ennis

The Cloister Ennis, Co. Clare The Cloister is a beautiful restaurant which lies within the Ennis Friary Cloistral buildings. The buildings and courtyard date back to medieval times and provide the perfect backdrop to a romantic dinner. During our recent weekend in Ennis, Ali and myself visited The Cloister for dinner and we both agreed, it was the best meal we have had out to … Continue reading Review: The Cloister, Ennis

Blogroll Week 2 – Feeding Time with The Boozey Swine

It’s the second installment of my blogroll and this time it’s local legend The Boozey Swine. From what I can see food blogs tend to fall into 3 categories. First there’s the reviewers (see last week’s post), there’s recipe junkies and there’s the health freaks. I like to think I fall in between the first two but fellow Newbridgian and good friend Andrew O’Donnell, aka The Boozey … Continue reading Blogroll Week 2 – Feeding Time with The Boozey Swine