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Taste of the Week
St Tola Ash Log

It is fresh and creamy and looks quite attractive in its ash coating. I’m talking about St Tola Ash Log, a premium goat’s milk cheese and our Taste of the Week. The normal St Tola Log is also delicious but the Ash has that little bit more!

In their own words: “We have a peaty soil near the Atlantic. The St Tola Log cheese is quite natural, a little fruity, hints of the peat and undertones of salt.  Continue reading »

Four of a kind

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Multiple, near simultaneous, releases from Galway Bay today. Despite breaking in a new brewer, or perhaps because, they’ve been hard at it over there.
First to come my way, with no fanfare whatsoever, was Galway Bay Export Stout, badged as a very imperial 10.2% ABV in The Black Sheep, though apparently only around 7.8%, according to the brewer. It doesn’t even taste as big as that: the roast is light, the coffee element muted and the alcohol very much behaving itself.  Continue reading »

Limerick’s Locke Bar
Lively, By The River

Crab claws

Limerick’s Locke Bar is so well located, just by the water on George’s Quay. We were there a few weeks back and obviously the timber seats and tables on the river-banks were not in use. But you could easily imagine them full in summer with a string of boats tied up at the pontoon below. The bar, a large one, is also situated conveniently close to attractions such as the Hunt Museum and King John’s Castle.  Continue reading »

Ras El Ha WHAT???

A post by sheila kiely at Gimme the recipe

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Ras El Ha WHAT???

A post by sheila kiely at Gimme the recipe

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At the start of 2015 I had had been toying with the idea of taking formal wine classes for a while and had indeed already completed several casual wine tasting courses. I finally decided to bite the bullet and enrol for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Certificate in Wines and Spirits.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche


One day, having gone to Lugo to make a speech, he caused an incident in a restaurant on a día sin postre (a day without pudding), one of various austerity measures adopted in the Nationalist zone.

Being a Gallego, he was singing the praises of Gallego cuisine and asked the waiter to bring him queso de tetilla (a soft, mild cheese in the form of a woman’s breast).  Wrongly suspecting a test, the waiter reminded him it was a día sin postre.  Continue reading »

A Cookbook Collection has moved!

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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It’s that time of the year again, when the weather becomes a little bit warmer, the days longer, and we begin to consider willingly spending more time outdoors. Walks to school/work etc don’t really come under the same heading. In the Spring you see a rake of shops and garden centres selling all the accessories so you can grow your own flowers or food.  Continue reading »

Belly up

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

On my way out of the Franciscan Well winter beer festival at the end of January, Declan from Yellow Belly gave me four bottles of his beer. It took me a while to get around to them, but here’s the skinny.
The first was released under Declan’s own Otterbank label. In fact, that’s the only label on the thing and I knew only from memory that it’s a damson-infused Berliner Weisse which I believe is called Damson In Distress, part of Otterbank’s This Is Berlin series.  Continue reading »

Sparkling Intro to Le Caveau Tasting

Sparkling Sugrue

Limerickman Dermot Sugrue was in sparkling form in Cork’s L’Atitude 51 yesterday. And why not? Didn’t he have his superb Wiston Estate wines all lined up on the first table of the Le Caveau Trade and Press Tasting.

These English sparkling wines are on a par with the top offerings of Champagne.  Continue reading »

Sage Limerick
Popular. Inside & Out!

 Did you know that Dublin has a dog cafe now? It’s called Pupp. It came to mind on a recent visit to Sage Café in Limerick city centre recently. It wasn’t the warmest of days but there were a few hardy souls sitting outside under their green awning, a very popular spot in summertime, I’m told. I presume some were smokers but there were a pair of customers there with a well-behaved dog.
This café is a busy spot.  Continue reading »

Lemon Cake

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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Like it or not

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

It’s another One-Shot Wednesday: beers that don’t really fit into any other theme so get a mid-week post to themselves. The series will continue until my notebook and beer fridge are both cleared.

This one didn’t come from the beer fridge but the taps at The Beer Market. To Øl’s LikeWeisse is a 3.8% ABV Berliner weisse, but that’s one of those catch-all style designations that’s beginning to mean almost nothing, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Continue reading »

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to deal with the Sunday evening fear. I know I’m not alone here, with many workers feeling the same on Sunday evenings. In fact, I’ve given consideration to setting up a Glenroe-themed nightclub, where the theme music plays constantly and the tables are stacked with copybooks full of overdue homework.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week
Cockagee Irish Keeved Cider

This is one of the best ciders I have ever tasted and is our Taste of the Week.

Made in County Meath by Mark Jenkinson, it has a rich amber colour, micro-bubbles constantly rising in the glass. The aromas are impressive too, redolent of the orchard. And on the palate there is a very pleasing concentration of real flavour and then a lovely dry finish.  Continue reading »

The Cono Sur Chef Challenge 2016

 Chefs across Ireland invited to submit an original recipe for a chance to win a first class gourmet trip to Paris

Starting Monday 11th April, Cono Sur and Pallas Foods are inviting all chefs in the Republic of Ireland to submit an original recipe that complements the prestigious 20 Barrels wines from Cono Sur.  Continue reading »

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