Reviews

Ard Bia At Nimmos, Galway City

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 […]

Cupán Tae, Galway City

Cupán Tae, Galway City

Cupán Tae, Galway City It’s a dark, dreary, miserable January afternoon in Galway City. The fog is already beginning to descend but the Christmas lights above Quay Street are twinkling down on us. Ali wants to go to Cupán Tae for lunch, a late lunch – […]

BeaNice Cafe, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow

BeaNice Cafe, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow

BeaNice Cafe It’s a cold Monday morning. It’s my day off but I decide to join Ali for the spin down to Carlow on the promise of a nice breakfast – the best way to get me to go anywhere. We drop Ali’s sets of […]

The Happy Pear, Greystones, Co. Wicklow

The Happy Pear, Greystones, Co. Wicklow

The Happy Pear I’m on two weeks holidays at the moment. Two full weeks without the 3.30 am alarm, 8 hours of baking and at times, the difficult drive home, trying to stay awake. A good chunk of time to relax, unwind and chill out. […]

Vie de Chateaux, Naas, Co. Kildare

Vie de Chateaux, Naas, Co. Kildare

Vie de Châteaux Widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Co. Kildare, it’s taken me some time to get to sample the food at Vie de Châteaux. As a proud Newbridge man, I tend to avoid Shelbyville Naas like the plague but once in […]

Burtown House & Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare

Burtown House & Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare

Burtown House There are few idioms I like less than ”hidden gem.” Adjectives like “bespoke” and “artisan” provoke a similar irate feeling in me, countless chain food companies advertising their “artisan sandwiches” and “bespoke coffee” – but the term “hidden gem” really gets me riled. […]

Mimosa Bar de Tapas, Co. Carlow

Mimosa Bar de Tapas, Co. Carlow

Mimosa Bar de Tapas We find ourselves in Carlow quite a lot these days. Ali works with Music Generation Carlow and the Carlow College of Music, so she can be on the road there 5, 6 times a week delivering music classes. Sometimes I drive […]

The Dew Drop, Kill, Co. Kildare

The Dew Drop, Kill, Co. Kildare

We had a great day together last Sunday. Ali is busy preparing for upcoming concerts and musical events in Carlow all through May, so quality time together is a rarity at the minute. After outings to the Made By Market in Kildare Town and Killinthomas […]

The Café at Stephen Pearce Pottery, Shanagarry, Co. Cork

The Café at Stephen Pearce Pottery, Shanagarry, Co. Cork

Last weekend Ali and my Mam came to visit me at Ballymaloe Cookery School. It was their first time to visit me here at the school since I started studying in January. Ali had been to the school once before (we came to see JP […]

Annamar’s, Kildare

Annamar’s, Kildare

I can vaguely remember my only previous visit to Annamar’s in Kildare Town. I was with my grandparents and I was pretty young. I remember being blown away by the food, as only a ten year old could be. So blown away in fact that, […]