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Puglia, August 2017 – Lecce

Puglia, August 2017 – Lecce

Ali and I have visited lots of Italian cities in the middle and north of the country over the past few years (Rome, Florence, Bologna, Pisa, Turin), so we felt it was time to explore the southern regions! Originally I was researching a holiday in […]

Spaghetti with Crab

Spaghetti with Crab

Spaghetti with Crab It can be a daunting task. Taking a living creature, dispatching killing it in your preferred manor and cooking it. That is before breaking through it’s tough exterior, removing the “dead man’s fingers” and scooping out as much flesh as you can […]

The Toxic Bean

The Toxic Bean

The Toxic Bean I’m sitting in the pub sipping on my third pint on a quiet Tuesday evening. It’s been a good night, catching up with an old friend and watching Liverpool destroy Bayern Munich in the pre-season Audi Cup. Suddenly I’m not well, my […]

Review: Canteen, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Review: Canteen, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Canteen Sometimes it’s difficult for a restaurant to live up to expectations. Difficult but not impossible. I’ve wanted to visit Canteen for a long time. I first heard about it in Catherine Cleary’s review in The Irish Times back in July 2014 (read it here) […]

Review: Lunch at Zuni, Kilkenny City

Review: Lunch at Zuni, Kilkenny City

Zuni “Will we go somewhere tomorrow?” It’s the height of Summer, the weather is good and Ali and myself have a couple of days off. After researching various attractions within an hour of Newbridge, we decide that we’ll visit Dunmore Caves before heading into Kilkenny […]

Stuffed Courgette Flowers and a Fritto Misto

Stuffed Courgette Flowers and a Fritto Misto

Stuffed Courgette Flowers and a Fritto Misto “I have a present here for you.” It’s a sunny Saturday morning and I’m rushing around Naas Farmer’s Market as I’m due to work in Newbridge in an hour. Dominic of Castleruddery Organic Farm, is in great form. His […]

White Yeast Bread

White Yeast Bread

White Yeast Bread The baker kneads incessantly and puts the loaves in the fire. His head is in the middle of the fireplace. His son holds him by his legs. Should they slip out of his hands, the father would fall into the fire – […]

Castleruddery Organic Farm

Castleruddery Organic Farm

Castleruddery Organic Farm “Are these lemons waxed or unwaxed” – it’s about five years ago and I’m way out of my comfort zone. I’ve just read in a Darina Allen book that I must use the zest of unwaxed lemons only and I’m having trouble […]

Newbridge Cottage Market

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 […]

The Mermaid at Ramore, Portrush, Co. Antrim

The Mermaid at Ramore, 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 […]