On Food

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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Review of Kyoto Sushi, Limerick – Published Food & Wine Magazine, September 2016

Kyoto Sushi & Noodle 4 George’s Quay Limerick Tel: +353(61)419605   Recent visitors to Limerick might recall seeing a sign hung from a building by the Shannon at George’s Quay.  The stark lettering announced ‘typical restaurant coming soon’ while the ordinary white façade was transformed into a Japanese restaurant complete with mock stone walls and […]

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Recent Radio Reviews & Interviews: Broadcast Limerick 102FM 2016

A selection of recent radio interviews and reviews, completed with the excellent Limerick 102FM producer / interviewer /editor Sharon Noonan (@queenoforg on Twitter). Restaurants covered include da Vincenzo’s, Azur Restaurant & Kyoto Sushi in Limerick, Ida’s in Dingle, Le Petit Pois in Galway, Brick Lane in Cork and many more besides. You might forgive the ‘ums’ and […]

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Review of Idás, Dingle – Published Food & Wine Magazine, June 2016

Idás John Street Dingle Kerry Tel: +353(066)9150885 www.idasdingle.com   On a recent summer’s evening, with the sun setting over the Atlantic, we visited Idás in Dingle, on a picturesque peninsula in West Kerry.  We chose the tasting menu, entailing six courses for €60 (there’s also a set menu option for €45).  With a Friday night […]

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Selection of ‘Limerick’s Top Chefs: The Recipe Collection’ Features, Published in Limerick Life Newspaper 2016

A short selection of recently published ‘Limerick’s Top Chefs: The Recipe Collection’ Features, originally published in Limerick Life Newspaper in 2016

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‘Gourmet Gadgets’ – Published Food & Wine Magazine, June 2016

I finally took the plunge.  I bought a Magimix.  The famous food processor and its sixteen attachments are currently sitting on my dining table, as there isn’t an inch of space in my cupboards for yet another kitchen gadget. From the pestle and mortar to the millstone, humans have always sought out ways to make […]

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The Pigtown Revival – Published Limerick Life Newspaper, June 2016

Anyone who has visited Limerick’s Milk Market on a Saturday morning can attest to Limerick’s vibrant food culture, with its immense selection of local, quality produce, as well as interesting, culturally-diverse ingredients. Limerick’s close relationship with food stretches back, though, to the 18th century.  As a garrison city, there was a requirement for ample food […]

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Review of Azur, Limerick – Published Food & Wine Magazine, May 2016

Azur Restaurant 8 Georges Quay Limerick Tel: +353(61)314994 www.azurrestaurant.ie   There are few pleasures in life more enjoyable than dining beside the water on a gloriously sunny day.  We recently experienced this rare Irish treat, in Limerick.  Azur Restaurant is perched alongside the River Shannon, on George’s Quay in the medieval part of the city, […]

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‘Clean Living’ – Published Food & Wine Magazine, May 2016

Nowadays one can hardly open a magazine, visit a supermarket or scroll through a phone without being encouraged to ‘eat clean’ by some relentlessly cheery, bright-eyed and lithe-limbed specimen of human perfection. When the description ‘clean’ began to appear on advertisements and features about food – instead of say, dishwasher tablets – many dismissed it […]

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