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Archive for August, 2009

This past weekend, Green City market was crowded with all sorts of the plump red fruits from heirloom to beefsteak and even green zebra. We are certainly in the thick of tomato season, and it’s one of my favorite season of the year. Why? Because the juicy sweet taste of a tomato can be highlighted in all sorts of ways. From a simple tomato caprese salad to the essential tomato basil soup, we’ve got an array of tomato recipes to help utilize these fruits to their maximum potential.  Continue reading »

THE COTTON BALLThe Cotton Ball is one of the oldest in the city and one of the best. It is divided into Bar and Lounge. The latter was refurnished a few years now.  Continue reading »

Dill Hummus

A post by Gavan Murphy aka the H.I. at

Hummus–You know who’s fave. The thing is, I used to buy hummus for the Missus at the grocery, then after looking at their ingredient labels and looking at the fresh herbs in our garden, we figured we’d make our own from now on. Not only is it healthier, it’s better for the environment and better for my wallet! All summer long we’ve been using different herbs from our garden to make new flavours of hummus and the outcome has been great.  Continue reading »

Ah Paris 2009

A post by Valerie O'Connor at Vals Kitchen

Hard to believe it's back to school time again. Despite summer floods it's been a great one with lots of days at the beach, a trip to the UK and a sneaky one for just the two of us to Paris just a week ago. Feeling bogged down by the rain and freed up by Granny, we grabbed some last minute flights on Sunday and were gone on Tuesday. Who says having kids takes the spontanaeity (how do I spell that?) out of life?  Continue reading »

It’s party time in our wedding series, as guest blogger, Kate Hyde, takes us through her top tips for planning a great henparty. Kate recently appeared on the Irish version of Dragon’s Den, representing her fantastic business, Henparty.ie. Lads, take note!
The Henparty, next to the Wedding day, is the most important day in a girls life. Even better than a birthday, a Henparty is the final send off for the Bride-to-be. Henparties can be extremely well planned and competitive affairs.  Continue reading »

I fully expected to be blogging about dinner in Chapter One this week but unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your opinion) it wasn’t the gastronomic highlight of my weekend. I had arranged this dinner over a month ago and had been greatly looking forward to it as I hadn’t been in Chapter One for almost 3 years.  Continue reading »

It might have been another wet summer in Ireland, and the economy doesn’t look like improving any time soon, but at least here in the Kingdom of Kerry we can look forward to a big day out in September. Kerry may not have defeated Meath in scintillating fashion, but defeat them they did, and we can now look forward to meeting Cork in the All Ireland Senior Football final.  Continue reading »

I am a regular visitor to the Frank O’Connor Library.  Continue reading »

A new set of special offers this week at Tesco includes:

Hunky Dory’s Assorted Crisps – half price – was €3.40, now €1.70
Kilmeaden Fully Mature Red and White Cheddar and Kilmeaden Red and White Cheddar (230g) – Buy One Get One Free
Beck’s Beer, 18 x 275ml – €12.49 (69c per bottle)

Offers are valid until Sunday September 6. Click here for more details.  Continue reading »

Sunday Business Post – Tomas Clancy
TO TRY: Tahbilk Marsanne, Victoria, Australia 2004, €12 from The Vintry, 102 Rathgar Road, Dublin 6; Mitchell and Son, CHQ, IFSC, Dublin 1; and O’Donovans off-licences throughout Cork (90)

Founded in 1860, Chateau Tahbilk was making exquisite, award winning wines during Queen Victoria’s reign. The Marsanne grapes, with old vines stretching back to 1927, are the highlight of the chateau’s production.  Continue reading »

Back-to-school specials this week at Dunnes Stores include:

Innocent Smoothies for Kids (4 x 180ml) – half-price – €1.99
Shaw’s Carved/ Crumbed Ham (250g) – half-price – €2.87
Dunnes Kids Fruit Lunch Box (400g) – half price – €1.69

These offers are valid until September 5 2009. For more special offers at Dunnes, click here, then browse through the grocery categories on the left of the screen.  Continue reading »

Irish Times – John Wilson
Pieropan Soave 2008, 12.5%, €17.99. 
Delicate floral nose with perfectly balanced, subtle green fruits, and plenty of refreshing acidity. This would go perfectly with plainly grilled white fish, such as haddock or sole.  Continue reading »

Special offers at Sainsbury’s this week include:

Sainsbury’s Quiche: Brocolli, Cheese and Tomato (400g) – buy 2 for £3.00 (£1.88 each)
Filippo Berio Olive Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (500ml) – was £3.41, now £2.27
Fairy Platinum Dishwasher Tablets (22) – was £6.78, now £3.39

Expiry dates range from September 1-15. Click here for more details.  Continue reading »

Rathmines, CA

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The busy beery weekend kicked off on Friday evening in the Bull & Castle and a pint of O’Hara’s Stout from the cask. From there I made my way out to Rathmines where Colin and Jonathan of CWI were running a tasting in Deveney’s off licence of some new beers they’ve brought in.  Continue reading »

I finally made it to Mitchelstown on Sunday. Unfortunately I missed the real interesting stuff but I went to see the producer market in the Business Park. Rain was just pouring out of the sky but very clever people decided to have the market indoors.  Continue reading »

Spud Sunday: Awesome Spud

A post by Daily Spud at The Daily Spud

A rather embarrassingly long time ago, Jenn from Bread plus Butter, who puts us all to shame with her prodigious blogging output, was kind enough to say that she thought that this here spudlog was awesome. Wow. That’s a big word for a little blog.  Continue reading »

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Wow! What a week it’s been, I have seen 14 record stores and been on 17 radio stations with Industry throughout the country! I finally arrived home Saturday afternoon and have been in bed since. Myself and Sofie woke up late this morning and decided to go for a walk down to the farmers market in Howth, to pick up something for breakfast.  Continue reading »

Mo Chuisle Bar
Dropped into Mo Chuisle Bar in Blarney Street on a recent Saturday evening (early) . It was quiet enough at first but soon a fair crowd gathered, mainly to see Utd and Arsenal on the telly. No bother to the lady behind the bar. She gave great service to one and all with a smile.The bar is comfortable and spacious, plenty of large screens around to satisfy most sports fans and the drink is good and keenly priced. Add in that excellent service and what more would you want!  Continue reading »

A mixture of stories and demonstrations around the theme of Irish pork made up the afternoon workshop at the Mitchelstown Food Festival on Friday. Carol O’Brien spoke about her pig farming family’s experiences of the dioxin scare and how this incentivised them to become involved with the setting up of Truly Irish.  Continue reading »