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Archive for June, 2012

Spiced Beef Starter at Electric
Electric. Cork boy and eclectic.
Loved it on Monday night when I was able to take a couple of Australian friends to a local restaurant that was serving some very lovely local food. At the same time, the menu featured some exotic items (feta, Halloumi) and mozzarella (but of course that comes from Macroom nowadays). Head chef Kevin brings it all together.  Continue reading »

The milk van may have disappeared from our lives, but the clinking of glass bottles and the creamy first pour is back on the Irish breakfast table.
“Single estate milks” – milk produced by a single farm – are a new growth area in Irish food. They’re the non-homogenised alternative to milk from the large agri-giants that most of us put in our breakfast cereal every day.
While it sounds glamorous, “single estate” milk was how milk was originally sold in Ireland.  Continue reading »

As strolled through the pages of thedrinksbusiness.com the other night I came across this fun and easy reading interview with Brent Marris, the man behind Marisco Vineyards. Brent’s been on a bit of a roll lately, with Marisco being named New Zealand Winery of the Year 2011, and his ever popular Sauvignon Blanc, The Ned, earning the coveted Decanter Trophy for Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Continue reading »

A restaurant review by Elham

Located in the heart of Clapham, which is known for its swathes of young professionals (think hip and trendy), Aquum Bar & Restaurant is the place to see and be seen.  Continue reading »

Il Porcetto

A post by WiseMóna at Wise Words

Il Porcetto
Ristorante Pizzeria Wine Bar
Main Street
Tel: 091 870 633
EMail : IlPorcetto@GMail.com
Owner : Gavino Sechi

Right on the main drag in Loughrea … you can’t miss it.

He greets me at the door kissing me on both cheeks every time I go there. Gavino Sechi has smile that will melt the coldest heart, and even the Chef has grown fond of him. We started going to Il Porcetto about a year ago.  Continue reading »

“It must be love, love, love“

So we have all seen and heard the excitement that’s been on twitter about Bite’s Head Chef Malcolm Starmer’s new creation the ‘lobster burger’. So with trepidation I made a reservation, could this masterpiece live up to the hype?
As I’m sure you have guessed by the lyrics above, it more than lived up to the hype and surpassed every expectation I had.  Continue reading »

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I’m going to come clean with you. To call this recipe a “bread” is really a bit of a stretch. In truth, it’s a full-on sugar-loaded decadently-brilliant-with-tea cake.
I found this recipe a month or two back and followed it right down to the pecan crumble. Since then, I have experimented with it using an all walnut crumble, a hazelnut crumble, and a mixture of both. I’ve also replaced the banana in the cake with grated carrot, and it worked an absolute treat.  Continue reading »

Decor For Your 4th of July Party

A post by AllisonSickert at Chew On That

Time to break out the red, white and blue. With the fourth just over a week away, it’s time to finalize how many hot dogs to buy and figure out the perfect spot to watch the fireworks. To really impress your guests, I’ve picked out my favorite decorations for your independence day celebration.

A drink jug is something you will use all summer long. I suggest investing in a nice one like this one from Potterybarn.  Continue reading »

Experience GOOD FOOD IRELAND Pop up at Kildare Village Summer time Festival
For the second year the Good Food Ireland Pop-up will be at Kildare Village for the designer outlet shopping village’s Chic Summer Festival. The Good Food Ireland pop-up will showcase the very best of high quality, Irish-produced food with Irish ingredients. You will be able to dine around Ireland in one location.  Continue reading »

I like to know how and why things work the way they do.  I have, over years of reading, googling, and watching TV, accumulated a vast amount of random knowledge on random subjects.  Things you would never need to know in day-to-day life, but it can be fun to find out about. This curiosity lends itself nicely to my baking addiction.  I love to read and read and read about baking, and food in general, which is why I have a stack of books, magazines and newspaper clippings beside my bed.  Continue reading »

Slimming Summer Broth

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

This time of the year I normally eat plenty of salads but this is a wholesome summer broth which is lovely either hot or chilled. It is gluten, dairy and virtually low fat along with being low GI. This broth is also made with seasonal vegetables from the garden along with being low salt! During…  Continue reading »

We don’t sell non-alcoholic wines. Maybe we haven’t given them a fair chance, but I suspect their a bit of a different animal to what we’re currently dealing with. I think I would prefer to drink an alternative fruit drink that’s naturally alcohol free if I’m appointed driver for the evening, for example. Perhaps a Britvic or an Appletiser – I can’t deny I love the sweet hit. Hand me a drip and I’ll plug myself in.  Continue reading »

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Chipotle: Back To The Start

A post by Ken McGuire at Any Given Food

A lovely one this from Chipotle who commissioned Johnny Kelly and Nexus Productions to put this gorgeous stop-motion advert / short film together. One for the pig farmers among you See more here and here.
A stop-motion animated film about farming commissioned by Chipotle Mexican Grill.
It shows the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory, before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future.  Continue reading »

I go to the Mountains most days and sometimes twice a day looking to see what I can find for the kitchen .  Continue reading »

Details of the Irish Cheese Awards 2012 Announced

A post by noreply@blogger.com (Zack Gallagher) at The Irish Food Guide Blog

The Irish Cheese Awards 2012 have just been launched and they are calling for all Irish Cheese producers to take part!

This is the third year of the awards and the for the first time, the Sheila Broderick Memorial National Farmhouse Cheese Competition, which traditionally took place at Listowel Food Fair, has been integrated into the awards.  Continue reading »

There seems to be BYO restaurants popping up all over Dublin these days. I can’t complain. So far, any of the ones I’ve eaten in have been delicious and a lot of them have no charge for bringing your own wine, definitely not to be sniffed at.
Myself, my boyfriend and my mum went for a quick bite to eat recently in Little Jerusalem, a Palestinian and Lebanese BYO restaurant in Rathmines.  Continue reading »

Beoir stalwart, beer collector and homebrew obsessive extraordinaire Adam is leaving Dublin to return to the US. Before the packers came to estimate the shipping costs of all his wordly goods there was some stash clearance to be done and he was kind enough to invite me over to help out.
Among the Belgians were these two intriguing concoctions, both from Brasserie Fantôme. Fantôme is pretty much part of the scenery whenever I’m in Belgium.  Continue reading »

Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

When we started My Mexican Shop, there were a number of products I wanted desperately to stock, chief in the list was Mexican drinking chocolate. I absolutely adore it, it’s so different from drinking chocolate here and believe you me, you have not tasted a good hot chocolate until you have one made with Mexican Hot chocolate! The chocolate comes in this darkish brown disks, very granular and extremely hard.  Continue reading »