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Archive for December, 2014

2014 is nearly over, and as part of the mini-habit I’ve established on this blog, I’ve assembled a list of the most-read posts.It’s an interesting list, offering an insight into what is popular right now. Interestingly, all the Top 10 posts come from Dublin and all feature recent, or relatively recent restaurants. There’s a good mix of styles, ranging from fine dining (The Hot Stove), French-influence (Brioche) to burgers (Bunsen) and Asian (Opium).  Continue reading »

Christmas with the Belgians

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Merry Christmas! I hope Santa brought you everything you wanted. Or at least what you deserved. Some seasonal beers from Belgium today.
First up is Hibernatus, from the makers of Lupulus. No style is offered other than Bière d’Hiver, and at 9% ABV and an opaque black, I’ll accept that. There’s lots of burnt toast, tart damsons and sticky treacle in the flavour, not the heavy comforting sweetness I had been expecting.  Continue reading »

On Christmas Eve

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

It’s almost time for Santa and presents and good food.  Today I’ve spent most of the day cooking, washing up and cleaning while The Hubs was working. Sometimes I’d love to swap roles with him and let him plan what we’re going to eat for our big Christmas dinner tomorrow.  But then I sit down for a minute with a cup of coffee and glance over at our tree, filled with memories, and realise that there’s nowhere else I’d rather be on Christmas Eve.  Continue reading »

Happy Christmas. See you all at the other side. – Billy.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche


Last time I was in here, it was Friday and spectacular. A cheeky chien trotted perkily down the middle of the rue with a baguette in his mouth. Champignons, wild like delicate orchids, tumbled from wooden boxes. Monsters of the deep with claws akimbo lay spread on ice. Hares hung from hooks over coils of sausage and chickens that were thick-boned from healthy life. Fromageries oozed their heady pungency.  Continue reading »

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Here’s my list of Michelin Chefs & Restaurants in Ireland that are on Twitter. I’ve included the names and the Twitter Account details for all the Chefs and Restaurants in Ireland that have attained Michelin Stars and Bib Gourmands.
I’ve also built in a Twitter Follow Button so you can Follow them All From Here!

In cases where the head chef doesn’t have a personal Twitter account I have mentioned the restaurant account, if available.  Continue reading »

Great Rhone Run Continues

Bourgogne Angels Deliver For Christmas

Domaine Chaume-Arnaud, Vinsobres Rhone (Fr) 2012, 14.5%, c. €21.00, Le Caveau Kilkenny.
Vinsobres (once famous for its olive groves) is a hillside village in the Southern Rhone, just to the south-east of Montelimar (famous for it nougat). It obtained its local appellation (red wine only) as recently as 2005. Minimum alcohol content, according to AOC rules, is 12.5% but that is well exceeded here.  Continue reading »

The Post of Christmas Past.

A post by Conor Bofin at One Man's Meat

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The Post of Christmas Past.

A post by Conor Bofin at One Man's Meat

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The Christmas special of Donal’s Irish FEAST airs tonight on RTE One at 8pm.  The show is shot in an old house on Henrietta Street in Dublin and in the lead up to the big Christmas meal I visit Gavin Lynch from Hell’s Kettle Farm for advice on choosing the right turkey, Mark Grehan from The Garden for table arrangement ideas and Kate Packwood from The Wild Flour Bakery for Christmas dessert alternatives.  Continue reading »

Black Forest Brownie Trifle

A post by Donal Skehan at DonalSkehan.com

This recipe might look a little complicated but in fact it’s incredibly easy. If you’re very short of time use shop-bought brownies, a carton of ready made custard that you stir the melted chocolate into and a couple of posh jars of cherries in kirsch. Whatever way you decide to do it always use the best quality dark chocolate you can afford. It’s best to leave the final part of the assembly to the last minute for the most spectacular impact…
Serves a lot!!!  Continue reading »

For an easier to carve option this Christmas day, try this rolled turkey breast, which is stuffed with a sweet and aromatic stuffing. I love the combination of maple, orange, smoked bacon and apple spiked with the cranberries, but you can easily adapt this with your own favourite flavours.  Continue reading »

Alcohol Free Wines From Torres
Full Flavour Maintained

Torres Natureo Free, Muscat 2013 (Spain), 0.5% abv, €7.99 widely available

Was thinking of designated drivers over Christmas and the New Year when I took an interest in this alcohol free “beverage” from Torres. Having tasted it, I think it could also have a lot of appeal on warm summer days and, at any time, would be a good base for a kir.  Continue reading »

Pack hunting

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

This bottle of Electric India arrived from BrewDog after I visited the brewery last August. Thanks guys! It’s a 6.5% ABV saison, hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo. First appearances are innocent enough: a pale and perfectly clear pilsnerish yellow and a modest topping of white foam. The aroma is where the magic starts to happen: that very slightly funky saison fruitiness backed by pineapple and passionfruit.  Continue reading »

I get very excited when I come across new Irish food producers and I love experimenting with their ingredients.  So when the brilliant and talented Nathalie Marquez-Courtney who edits Image Interiors & Living asked me to come up with a selection of Irish inspired festive treats for their bumper Christmas issue, of course I jumped at the chance!  Never has there been a more exciting time for food in our country, with great emphasis being put on fresh, local and high quality produce.  Continue reading »

This Panna Cotta is a result of a lot of experimentation and I am delighted with it – I was looking for a traditional thick and creamy panna cotta but I didn’t want to use gelatine.  Continue reading »

Cocktail bars are springing into existence everywhere at the moment. If you listen carefully, you can hear the gentle shakey-shakey* sound of a new bar being born, complete with waistcoated bartenders and artistically arranged gin bottles. One of the latest bars to pop into being is Bar Rustic (by Dylan McGrath), located directly above his popular Rustic Stone restaurant. The decor is an extension of the restaurant downstairs and is immediately comfortable.  Continue reading »

via Instagram http://ift.tt/13r2EVk.  Continue reading »

Ever have one of those moments in the supermarket where you just decide… Hey, I deserve a steak! I’ll be damned if I know what the heck I think I did to deserve it, but it was on special so you can be sure I bought it.
Steak and chips holds a special place close to my heart. Namely my stomach. It’s the kind of thing that just naturally feels like you’re celebrating something. Like the.  Continue reading »