Tag: Dinner

Pork Chops

Pork Chops

Pork Chops “It’s all about the ingredients.” It was drilled into us every minute of everyday over twelve weeks at Ballymaloe Cookery School. Kitchen skill and trickery mean nothing if the raw ingredients are of inferior quality. In my mind it’s where Ireland and the […]

Review: Hey Donna, Rathmines, Co. Dublin

Review: Hey Donna, Rathmines, Co. Dublin

Hey Donna February – how is it the end of February?! I tend to hibernate for the first couple of months of the year. After the madness of Christmas (at work and at home), it’s nice to ease slowly back into things before finally coming […]

Harira Soup

Harira Soup

Harira Soup February, the beginning of Spring. The Sun is just starting to make inroads into our lives again as the frost vanishes, not to be seen for another 9 months. Who am I kidding? My phone is telling me that it’s -2 degrees outside […]

Review: Etto, Merrion Row, Dublin 2

Review: Etto, Merrion Row, Dublin 2

Etto We’ve decided to head to the big smoke for the day. After the best part of a week lazing about and stuffing ourselves with all sorts of goodies, the time has come for even just the tiniest bit of exercise. Initially the plan is […]

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) […]

Roast Duck with Potato and Fennel Stuffing

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]