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Archive for September, 2016

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


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 »

Pleasures of the Sea at La Bohème

If you walk up Gladstone Street from the Waterford quays, you will immediately see, straight ahead, an elegant Georgian building. We are headed for the equally elegant basement underneath to enjoy the fruits of the sea served up by Eric Théze and his team in La Bohème.

When Eric and his wife Christine came here, it was love at first sight.  Continue reading »

The post Listen: Chef Takashi Miyazaki celebrates all the 7s appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

It’s pouring

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

On an appropriately dark and stormy August afternoon in Dublin, The Beer Market opened the doors on its Cloudwater tap takeover. I’ve had mixed experiences of the Manchester brewery of the moment: some sublime beers and some confusingly awful ones. I didn’t see very much Cloudwater in northern England in July so I relished the opportunity to take my time with a few of them, side-by-side.  Continue reading »

The restaurant space on the ground floor of the Millennium Tower on Charlotte Quay has seen several restaurants come and go. Firstly Ocean Bar & Restaurant and more recently, the delightful Mourne Seafood. It’s a location with a gorgeous setting, overlooking Grand Canal Dock, but it has no street frontage. And that’s surely a main contributor to the previous closures.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Billy Lyons at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

….he had experienced far more global diversity than the average college junior.  Continue reading »

AUTUMN TREATSfrom Munster Wine & Dine

As Summer fades and our trip to Cashel Blue and Ballinwillin House seems like a distant memory, we’re delighted to bring you news of some great events to look forward to in the Autumn. 

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Spacial MWDC Tour & Tasting of Midleton Distillery followed by dinner in a well-known Midleton eatery! 
Full details, price and date to be announced in the next week, but the placeholder date is Wednesday 19th October late afternoon/early evening.  Continue reading »

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Matthew checking down under!

Made my mind up early this year to get a little deeper into this month’s A Taste of West Cork. Rather then driving down and coming back on the same day, I’m going to stay for three consecutive nights. And as it happens, the three nights give me the chance to see three very different chefs, beginning at the Celtic Ross on the 15th with Breton Eric Theze in action.  Continue reading »

Journey’s end is Kilkenny, one of my favourite cities in Ireland, if you can avoid the stag and hen parties. A large part of town is still occupied by the defunct Smithwick’s brewery (last seen in this post) and there have been moves by independent players over the years to bring a bit of authenticity back to Kilkenny’s reputation as a city of beer.  Continue reading »

Cistín Eile. Slí Eile


Cistín in the title of this narrow-fronted restaurant in a narrow Wexford street hints at bacon and cabbage and beef galore. And that is confirmed when you study the menu. But here, the bacon and the beef, and much more besides, is done in a different and delightful way, slí eile. Here, in this narrow-in-space but broad-in-mind place, your top local produce is stamped with the Warren Gillen imprint.  Continue reading »

The Wine Society at Hayfield Manor

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

Hayfield Manor is an oasis of calm in the middle of bustling Cork City.  Hidden from view by an innocuous driveway, this family-run hotel delivers a five star luxury experience with charm and grace.  Not only does it offer guests a beautiful place to stay, but Hayfield Manor loves wine, with a subterranean wine cellar and dining room in the basement.  Continue reading »

On the Saturday before last, the Royal County homebrew club of Meath joined in combat against the Wee County homebrew club of Louth. The battle took place at the Brú Brewery in Trim and the chosen weapon was fruit beer. I got to pretend to be one of those high-rolling BJCP judges for the day and write impenetrable tasting notes on the beers – a normal enough Saturday afternoon for me. In the end the Louthmen emerged victorious with the Meath side vowing bitter (haha) revenge.  Continue reading »

During the school year I try to get the kids to have their dinner by 5.30pm at the latest. It stops too much snacking when they get home from school and it means that they get hot food on cold days (not that we’ve had many of those recently). All three of the kids have conspired against me these past few weeks and each finished at a different time. That will change very soon thank goodness! These flatbreads are the perfect meal to prepare in advance.  Continue reading »

Smokehouse Sauce
Bringing the Market together.

In 24 Days in 24 Ways, Smokehouse Sauce is bringing the English Market together. Together on a plate, that is.

Smokehouse Sauce, fast emerging as a favourite across Munster, is the guest trader for six weeks at the start-up stall in Cork’s English Market. Emma Kelly of Smokehouse: “The English Market is iconic, a quality place to shop for quality. Traders here know their growers and suppliers.  Continue reading »