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Fail ale trail

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

They brew ‘em strong at Nébuleuse in western Switzerland. I had three of their bottles in stock and deciding a drinking order was complicated by all of them claiming some palate-pounding heft. In the end I let hops call the shots so began with their saison.
Namur Express is no lightweight, however. 7% ABV and pouring the dark gold of apple juice.  Continue reading »

La Calavera in Douglas.
Let Pablo Power You Up!

Marinated meat slow cooks for 12 hours. Nothing artificial here 

La Calavera, the new Mexican restaurant/takeaway in Douglas, is proving very popular, especially with young people and athletics, owner Shuting McLoughlin told me when I called for lunch during the week. “I’ve been working in Asian all my life but Mexican is lighter and healthier and customers come three or four times a week.  Continue reading »

Friends, folks and foodies from all Donegal gathered recently for the launch of “Ramblers Bar & Restaurant” at The Nesbitt Arms Hotel, in Ardara, County Donegal. The Nesbitt Arms is situated right in the middle of this beautiful wee town of Ardara, which is famous for it’s Donegal fiddlers, it’s hand-spun Tweed, it’s excellent music festivals and it’s warm and friendly community.  Continue reading »

Côtes Du Rhone
Two to try!

Mont Ventoux dominates the area and it wasn’t too pleasant on top when I arrived

A Little History

The roots of  Côtes du Rhone go back to the 17th century though it was not until the middle of the 19th (both banks now planted!) that the plural came to be used. Finally in 1936, the reputation was formally recognised, and the Appellation officially made its debut on 19th November 1937.  Continue reading »

Wheat punch

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Earlier this summer we had the first beer commissioned by one of the big off licence chains from an Irish micro in the form of the Molloy’s/Rascal’s All Night Long. It was followed closely by the O’Brien’s chain releasing its own, via O Brother: an “American wheat IPA” which they’ve given the rather clumsy name of Who What Wheat Where.  Continue reading »

Food bloggers are busy people. When you generally have to write/cook/style/edit your own content then any handy tools that you can use to reduce the amount of time you spend at the computer are very welcome. Less time spent at the computer means more time spent on food after all! Once again though, you can apply these tips across the blogging genres, where appropriate.  Continue reading »

A Happy Lot in Blarney. 
Hydro Farm Allotments

Hot Seat

Okay, so you have your own plot. But you are not alone. You have “neighbours” to the left and right, to the rear and in front. You chat, they chat. You help. They help. They have different levels of experience, different experiences. They are from Crosshaven, from Ballincollig, from Russia, from Latvia, from Nigeria and from the Blarney area of course.  Continue reading »

Taste of the WeekSeaweed Salad

 Seaweed is all around us. All around the coast, obviously.
For a long time, it just grew there, except for the odd picker, acting out of a folk memory, of dillisk and carrageen moss. And then came the odd purposeful forager. Some became authors, spreading the knowledge, among them Prannie Rhatigan, Marie Power and Sally McKenna.  Continue reading »

This week you can get a school uniform (yes a full school uniform) for €6. I’ve information on some Summer sales in supermarkets, get more value for your money in one supermarket and some gluten-free treats I recommend!  Continue reading »

Left in the dark

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Trying to keep up with what Ireland’s breweries are turning out has become exhausting. Poor me, etc. I did a bit of a fridge clear-out at the weekend, getting to grips with some of the dark beers that had accumulated in there.
First up, Fierce Mild, a mild (obviously) from YellowBelly and with an impressively low ABV of 3.1%. It poured out disappointingly flat with only the thinnest layer of bubbles forming, temporarily, on the cola-brown body.  Continue reading »

Youghal’s Munster BreweryIreland’s First Organic Lager

“The space is great,” said Padraig Hyde of Youghal’s Munster Brewery as he showed me around their new unit in an industrial estate above the town. “Now we have room to grow!” We are Padraig and Adrian his identical twin.

Padraig showed us the two tanks they started with, both 1,500 litres and both clad. Well, they really started with home-brewing!  Continue reading »

This frittata tastes delicious while still warm at dinner, but is also the perfect next day lunchbox fare because it’s just as nice cold. There’s no reason why eating healthily should be hard to do!  Continue reading »

The post Read: Fruit on the Table by Theresa Storey appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Billy Lyons at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

I caught the train into town, walked from the station to Waterstone’s and went straight to the cookery section. I made my choice by width: I wanted the book with the most recipes. Rose Elliot’s Complete Vegetarian Cookbook won by a good half-inch. I took it with me to the only wholefood shop in central Belfast and set about restocking my cupboard. I bought home a lot of lentils.

From Here’s Me Here (Further Reflections of a Lapsed Protestant)  by Glenn Patterson (2015).  Continue reading »

Random cask

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

A recent bicycle trip homewards along the south coast  of Dublin Bay brought me past the two JD Wetherspoons situated there, both at convenient points for stopping off to rest the legs a bit before the final push. Stopping for a pint or three was only common sense.
Just one new beer for me on the taps at The Forty Foot in Dún Laoghaire: Cairngorm Black Gold.  Continue reading »

Beautiful Barnabrow
An East Cork Hideaway

We came in off the narrow twisting road and drove up an even narrower lane, where trees meet overhead, donkeys and ducks in the small fields. The sun was shining brightly as we approached the inviting restaurant, set in trees with parasols and tables outside. We could well have been on the continent but were in one of East Cork’s delightful venues.

Barnabrow, twenty years in business under Geraldine Kitt, is renowned as a wedding venue.  Continue reading »

Foodie Destinations 2016- Applications open 14th July -

The Restaurants Association of Ireland is on the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination for 2016. Formerly known as Foodie Towns, the initiative was formed as part of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2014 but proved to be so popular it became its own entity in 2015.  Continue reading »

Once the summer holidays are here my kids think daily ice-pops are obligatory. In a bid not to spend a small fortune on summer ice-creams, I like, when time prevails, to keep a stash of the homemade variety in the freezer. Ice-pops are ever so easy to make.  Continue reading »

Both hands up, we love Lego, all ages play with it in our house, and the idea of heading to an entire theme park dedicated to Lego had us all excited. Legoland Windsor is located in a scenic location in, yes, Windsor. There are a couple of hotels nearby, but we had based ourselves in London City Centre so we used the rail network to get there instead. This was a bit of a kerfuffle as it involved taking a tube from our hotel, 2 trains and a shuttle bus.  Continue reading »

Nectarine & Cherry Upside Down Cake

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

When we were kids, an upside down cake was an exotic American creation, baked by a friend of my parents.  It was a world away from Victoria sponges and apple tart on a plate, and we couldn't get enough of it.  Pineapple was usually reserved for gammon steaks and glace cherries for buns or Christmas Cake, so to bring the two together with syrupy sponge was a complete revelation.  Nowadays I like my pineapple barbequed, my cherries fresh and my cake a little less sweet.

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