I haven't been blogging very long, I am nothing if not inconsistent with it and I had, before last week, attended a grand total of one blogger event. But somehow I had slipped through the cracks and slithered all the way on to the list of finalists for the V by Very Blog Awards 2017, … Continue reading V by Very Blog Awards 2017
....the cheat meal of dreams!!!!! People who don't know me in real life will possibly eye roll at the notion that I am about to devote an entire blog post to "a cheese sandwich". Those of us who go back a little further, will remember days when my entire diet was based around chicken, mushrooms, … Continue reading The ULTIMATE Grilled Cheese….
I've been a bit of a lazy blogger of late, mainly because work has been all consuming, but finally the weekend has arrived and I am going to bring you along with me on a very chilled and slightly indulgent Saturday. But first for the exciting news... Champagne in a Teacup has been shortlisted for the 2017 … Continue reading Weekending like a Pro….
.... and yet we are not in Paris or Barcelona, but on the West Side of Athlone, the town's bohemian quarter. In Las Radas Wine and Tapas bar to be precise. This is a venue I have wanted to visit since it opened its doors earlier this year but I simply hadn't got around to … Continue reading Spanish Fare on The Left Bank…
We hadn't exactly been having a Mediterranean summer but it's Ireland and so the fact that it wasn't cold and there were dry spells between showers was keeping us fairly content. But August has dawned with just a little sniff of winter in the air, a breeze with a bite to it when it picks … Continue reading Lasagne: Recipe for an Autumnal Summer’s Day.
I took FOUR photos!!!! No that's a lie, I took six photos, one of which appears to be of an outside flower-pot and one that is completely out of focus. So this post will include just four photos. This is despite travelling 40 minutes, spending two and a half hours in the restaurant and … Continue reading Tapas in Kerry
Today we have another instalment in what could be termed a "Highlights of Kerry" series. Regular readers will recognise that this isn't really a challenging remit... especially when the sun shines brightly and the Kingdom's jewels twinkle happily in iridescent light. It was on one such day we took a leisurely road trip to Ballybunion, … Continue reading Once to Ballybunion…
There was a lot of What's App debate regarding a dining venue for an early bite before attending a Bell X1 gig, part of the Trinity Summer Series on Saturday evening. Given that we were going to be eating early and we were a little unsure what time the whole party would assemble, we agreed … Continue reading Urchin, Dublin – A Short Review
Six months into life after television and I miss only two things - the news and chilling out in front of a cookery programme. So as we are currently away for a few days in a little cottage with a large TV, I am catching up on both types of viewing. In fact, as I … Continue reading Simple Speedy Supper
Situated over two hours away, it was a long drive "for an aul mug of tae and a few sambos". But Ashford Castle on a rare sunny day rewarded the effort. The 13th Century castle, situated in Cong, Co. Mayo, is a fairy-tale setting, the stuff American tourists dream of. Surely some part of it … Continue reading Afternoon Tea at Ashford Castle