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Feb 22

Food as Storytelling: An Irish Literary Brunch #ULCWFest 2018

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be hosting a literary brunch as part of the UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School University of Limerick (#ULCWFest). Previously held in New York City, this is the first year that the hugely popular summer school has located itself in the city of its fondly-remembered patron, Frank McCourt. This year it’s […]

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Jan 31

Restaurant Review: Clodagh’s Kitchen, Arnotts, Dublin

I’m not the most prolific shopper in our family.  That honour goes to my husband, who delights in the entire shopping ritual.  He loves the frisson of excitement when entering the store, the delight in finding some sartorial treasure, even the transformative promise of the changing room.  And so it was we found ourselves taking advantage […]

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Jan 28

Recipe: Homemade Basil Pesto

I’ve had enough of the short, dark days, and cold, wet weather. I’m heartily fed up of soups, stews and casseroles (and so is my waistline). I’m leaning so far into the upcoming spring that I’m in danger of time-travelling.  So I’ve decided to start cooking like winter is over already, and nothing imbues a […]

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Recipe: Thai Fish Curry (Slow Cooker)

I’m slowly getting to grips with my slow cooker, if you’ll pardon the terrible pun.  I poo-pooed it at first, believing it would cook the bejaysus out of the food (and all the nutrients therein), but according to web experts, that’s not true. Then I tried to leave it in while I was in work.  […]

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Review of Salt, Galway – Published Food & Wine Magazine, November 2017

Salt Restaurant and Bar 163 Upper Salthill Galway +353(091)448441 www.saltgalway.com It’s a rare thing in Ireland to combine a Sunday with sunshine and a trip to the seaside. We somehow managed this remarkable feat on the day we visited Salt, the newly-opened seafood restaurant in Salthill, Galway. Despite the honeyed voice of the jazz singer […]

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Review of Bunsen, Cork – Published Food & Wine Magazine, October 2017

Bunsen Cork 4 French Church Street, Cork City Tel: +353(21)2390660 www.bunsen.ie French Church Street is so-called because of a small contingent of Huguenots who made Cork City their home in the 18th century.  One wonders what they might have made of Bunsen Burger, the newest addition to their quarter. The menu has two dishes: hamburgers […]

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Review of Wa Cafe, Galway – Published Food & Wine Magazine, September 2017

Wa Café 13 New Dock Street Galway +353(0)91895850 www.wacafe.net   We visited Wa Café early one Sunday and found it dark, shuttered and empty – the Marie-Celeste of Asian cuisine. Having strolled down to the docks, we returned five minutes later to a bustling restaurant, noisy with sizzling pans, enquiring customers and a ringing till. […]

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Review of Miyazaki, Cork – Published Food & Wine Magazine, August 2017

Miyazaki 1a Evergreen Street Cork City Tel: +353(0)214312716 www.facebook.com/miyazakicork In the days before Uber and Hailo, we used to spend Saturday nights in the cramped, cosy confines of a taxi rank, tucking into curry chips and diet coke while awaiting a lift home. Despite the gravel-voiced dispatcher and the cracked plastic couch, it was a […]

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Review of Rachel’s, Cork – Published Food & Wine Magazine, July 2017

Rachel’s 28 Washington Street Cork Tel: +353(21)4274189 www.rachels.ie The Tiffany-blue building on Washington Street doesn’t scream ‘celebrity restaurant’, but in effect, that’s what it is: Rachel’s is a new venture for Rachel Allen, well-known TV chef, journalist and author. Inside, the design follows the usual formula (exposed ceiling, polished concrete, bare bulbs = modern restaurant) […]

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Review of The Burren Storehouse – Published Food & Wine Magazine, November 2016

The Burren Storehouse Lisdoonvarna Co. Clare Tel: +353(0)657074084 www.roadsidetavern.ie   Visiting Lisdoonvarna during the Matchmaking Festival is an experience for the bucket list; the colourful town heaves with waltzing couples, gypsy fortune-tellers and busking fiddlers.  Happily married and with two left feet, we sought refuge in the Burren Storehouse, a recent venture from hospitality super-couple, […]

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