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Scoop creep

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Decent dark lager for home drinking can be hard come by in these parts. Dublin’s Czech pubs are a handy source of draught Herold Tmavé, which goes a long way towards scratching the itch, but you can end up feeling left out when you feel like staying in. Then I got a recommendation of a cheap-as-chips schwarzbier sold in Lidl so I picked up one of those and noticed a couple of other German offerings alongside and decided I’d make a mini session of it.  Continue reading »

I had a heavenly hotdog in NY and a fabulous frankfurter in… Frankfurt and what they both had in common was that the bread was as good as the filling. The long-life yokes you get in the supermarket marked ‘Hotdog Buns’ aren’t WTC* (Worth The Calories) and I don’t know a bakery that does fresh hotdog buns. Invest about 20 minutes relatively easy active time – think of it as therapy.  Continue reading »

Ballsbridge and beyond

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Wrapping up the reviews of 2016’s Irish Craft Beer Festival at the RDS, today it’s beers from Connacht and Ulster, as well as blow-ins and break-outs.
I did a short spell tending the pumps at N17 where there were a couple of lovely stouts and N17 Festival Ale, an English-style golden ale at 4.5% ABV.  Continue reading »

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Did I mention that I won Best Food and Drink Blog in the 2016 Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards? If I didn’t then, my bad. I should keep you better informed as to what’s gong on. If I did, then my bad too. I should be more humble about this stuff and not go celebrating and getting excited about what I do here. Speaking of the stuff I do here, I have been wrestling with doing something with beef and orange for a while now.  Continue reading »

Eleven years…
The post LWIBloggies2016: Best Food Experience Blog appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

A race to the bottom

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I’ve been taking a vaguely geographical approach to recounting the beers at the 2016 Irish Craft Beer Festival this week. Starting in Dublin on Monday, however, I’d got no further than Wicklow by the end of yesterday. It’s time to pick up the pace.
On down to Carlow for the first beer of today, and there was a prodigious range of regulars and specials on the O’Hara’s bar, as always. Brand new for the gig was Festhalten, a weissbier.  Continue reading »

September 22nd – Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild
O’Briens Wine are delighted to welcome Christophe Salin, President of Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) for a very special masterclass tasting at the Fitzwilliam Hotel. On the evening consumers will have the opportunity to taste a range of wines from the Domaine’s estates in Bordeaux, Chile and Argentina, each of which meets the same exacting standards of quality applied to the iconic Château Lafite.  Continue reading »

Wickla!

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I left off yesterday’s post on the Irish Craft Beer Festival with one from Wicklow Wolf. This post delves deeper into the garden county to find more of what its growing number of brewers are turning out.
The newest is in the west of the county and goes by the name of Beaky Dargus. It’s a crew of home brewers of Polish extraction, turned semi-pro, and launching at the RDS with a good-sized range of quite daring beers. Mostly quite strong ones too.  Continue reading »

Get into the party mood

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

There’s a new festival on the beer calendar this week. Franciscan Well has appropriated the moniker “The Great Irish Beer Festival” (last seen here) and is using it for a new gig taking place in Cork City Hall, starting Thursday.  Continue reading »

This happens to me most weeks. I wonder what I’m going to cook for the Wife and myself on the weekend. I usually get my ideas by perving the windows of butcher shops and fishmongers.  I’ve even been asked to leave one butcher’s shop when I explained, in response to his “What can I get you?” that I was “just looking”.  Continue reading »

I’ve been out and about in Amsterdam recently, trying to get to some of the more newly opened restuarants. To help me keep track of all the latest openings, I like to refer to two great Dutch blogs Your Little Black Book and BySam. Both blogs are written mainly in Dutch, but it’s easy enough to find your way around on both. 

I visited two new Thai restaurants lately, both of which were fun and modern.  Continue reading »

Exotic tastes

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

A couple of random Irish IPAs today, from different corners of the island.
“a refreshing Pinacolada beer” is the promise Farmageddon makes on the label of its Gorse India Pale Ale, an effect achieved by the late addition of a “massive” quantity of gorse flowers, imparting natural coconut and pineapple flavours, plus Sorachi Ace and Mosaic hops.  Continue reading »

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Northern Whites
Double Delight

On the Loire

We’ve got two excellent whites for you to consider this week. One is a Riesling from Germany’s Rheingau and the other is a Sauvignon Blanc from the little-known Menetou-Salon appellation in the Loire valley.

Germany’s greatest variety, Riesling, is first documented in the Rheingau in 1435. Don’t think Carl Ehrhard has been there that long but he has built up a great reputation and our selection is a lovely example.  Continue reading »

Lords & Ladles, RTE’s hugely popular historical cooking series, is back for a second run and begins on Sunday 18th September at 18:30 on RTÉ One.  Continue reading »

Fine Art and Fine Dining at Greyfriars Church
Superb Waterford Gallery

Hake

Might as well have been a Philistine that walked into the old Greyfriars Church for the EAT Waterford Tasting Menu last Sunday afternoon. Oh, I knew about the multi-course lunch and the combination of local restaurants that had worked so hard to put it together and showcase their different skills. But I had no idea that the old church is now a gallery, has been since 2001.  Continue reading »

Okay, okay, it’s not a pilaf in the classic sense of the term. This rice dish isn’t baked in the oven, but it is cooked in the amount of time it takes to simmer some rice, and cook off the vegetables. The carrot and courgette pilaf is a great way to use up a glut of vegetables, then sneak them into your family’s diet with mild curry spices. Each one of the three kids would sit down to a massive comforting bowl of this pilaf with a poached egg on top.  Continue reading »

Meine kleine Steine

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Stone Brewing Company’s outpost in Germany has generated a lot more hot air and newsprint than actual beer since it was announced in 2014. The brewery’s first releases arrived in Ireland earlier this year – the flagship IPA and strong ale Arrogant Bastard. Reviews were mixed and, more importantly, I’ve tasted both already, so I left them on shelf.  Continue reading »

The Granary’s Waterford Brunch
And more from the harvest streets

Goatsbridge trout

Peter Fowler, owner of The Granary, was in great form as he welcomed guests to the bright and spacious cafe. The guests came in numbers for the Producers Brunch, one of the highlights of the annual Waterford Harvest Festival. It was a sell-out, with part of the proceeds going to the local Samaritans.

The Granary put on a fantastic spread last Sunday morning for guests that included Gay Byrne.  Continue reading »

The poor Irish weather is responsible for this recipe. In the same way as one is guaranteed to have a return of rain here on the Emerald Isle, you will return to this recipe. You will do so again, and again and again.  “Wow”, you muse. “Can this recipe be all that good?” It is but, that’s not exactly what I mean.
As I say, it is guaranteed to get you back to it numerous times.  Continue reading »