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Sep 24, 2011

Culture Night – Dublin Opens it’s Doors

Friday 23rd was Culture Night – when the city’s artists, performers and cultural mavens open their doors to the public for free. An excellent worldwide venture that works well in Dublin, this lovely vibrant town we call home! Temple Bar is full of surprises for those who think it’s only a Hen party hotbed – there’s a whole world of creativity here. First stop, the Black Church Print Studio where we were given a guided tour of their various processes and a demonstration of fabric printing.

We popped next door to the Monster Truck Gallery, then into Connolly Books for a browse and to the Gallery of Photography where we checked out Noel Bowler’s latest exhibition. Time for a sit down, so we parked on a giant beanbag at Filmbase for some fantastic Irish movie shorts. Laugh out loud we certainly did – Irish film talent at it’s best. City Hall was next on the agenda and what an impressive space! The domed building onDame Street features a beautiful high ceiling lobby, where we caught an Irish writers history display and a theatrical performance of their works.

Underfoot, amazing vaults house a history of Dublin from Viking times right up to today. There are fascinating artefacts, maps and video guides. The Lord Mayors costumes were my favourite! Culture Night packed in so many venues all over the city, it was a good idea to pick one stamping ground and go for it. Temple Bar was thirsty work so we were glad to be fed and watered in Salamanca on St Andrews Street, a slick Spanish tapas bar. Pinchos, chorizo and vino went down a treat. Finally, a nightcap in The Morgan was the only tonic for a happy carb coma and tired feet.

Sep 23, 2011

To Arthur! And Oil Can Harry’s!

As Paris Hilton once said “You should live everyday like it’s your birthday”. Or Arthur’s Day at least. Pour the pints and they will come. On Thursday 22nd I found myself propping up the bar at Oil Can Harry’s on Lower Mount Street. It’s been years since I’ve been to this particular watering hole and it hasn’t changed much from the gig venue that I used to haunt in my college days. Still a great “old man” pub, with plenty of nooks to cosy away an evening.

With all drinks at 3.50 in honour of Arthur, we got stuck into lovely creamy pints of the black stuff.  What else? Oil Can Harry’s is a family run joint, a warm and welcoming place where we joked and chatted with locals. If Cheers was in Dublin… Some characters! Serious soakage was called for if your Girl Friday was to last the night so I consulted the chef, once we’d polished off a few of the free nibbles. We filled up on delicious burgers with pineapple relish and chunky chips. And still room for another pint…


Sep 17, 2011

Honest To Goodness – A Sandwich Like No Other

George’s Street Arcade – that old teenage haunt of mine. It’s looking pretty good these days, considering it’s fair share of ups and downs over the years. The record shop in the middle is still there and can’t resist a quick browse. Rude not to! But the great thing the arcade has to offer now is food. There’s Lolly and Cooks, Simon’s Place and Urban Picnic. Today I decided to try out Honest To Goodness – it’s window always looks so inviting with the endless list of yummy sandwich combos. The place is fiercely popular thanks to it’s fresh ingredients and award winning food.

Being a nice hot day I wanted a fresh sambo to take away. Honest To Goodness has a dizzying array of fillings to choose from including some truly imaginative munches. I went for the hummus sandwich on wholemeal bread, which was stuffed with lots of delicious roasted veggies. Honest To Goodness serves homemade smoothies, soups and coffees too, but my thirst was for a nice cold can of elderflower soda. Sitting on the back steps of Powerscourt Townhouse in the sunshine I was transported back to my carefree school days, watching Dublin go by.

Aug 31, 2011

Feeling Fishy – Yamamori Sushi

As today went on so did my horrible cold. Armed with a box of Solpadeine and a handful of tissues I was determined not to let a snotty nose get in my way. With my appetite compromised by swollen glands I was undecided about lunch. Until I crossed the path of Yamamori on Lower Ormonde Quay – bingo! I knew fish was the answer. A board outside advertises bento boxes, both veggie and bloody, for a tenner. I ordered one from my nice sunlit table at the back of this spacious restaurant.

Green tea first, followed by miso soup and the bento. Yamamori provides a neat little holder with cutlery, chop sticks and a ceramic spoon which is perfect for those of us who can’t quite master oriental utensils! I tucked into salmon fillet & herb butter on a bed of salad greens, beef stew and prawn & tuna sushi served with my choice of brown rice. Just what the doctor ordered. Highlights were the mound of pickled ginger and the tasty miso soup which was full of tofu chunks and wakame. Delicious! / 38 – 39 Lower Ormonde Quay, Dublin 1

Aug 31, 2011

The Breakfast Club – Angel Park Eatery

The Monday morning stroll into town foremost on my mind was breakfast. No food, no work – that’s just how I roll! And so to Angel Park on Lower Mount Street, a lovely deli and diner that channels a Yankee menu with fresh local produce. I’ve tasted most of their take out lunch goodies – doorstep sandwiches, chilli beef on brown rice and myriad colourful salads. Not to mention their yummy cakes! Angel Park is an office worker’s haunt and I often joined the 1 o’clock rush in my suit days.

Today I ventured downstairs to the diner for the first time ever. What a smart place. Leather banquettes along the walls & clever use of mirrors make the most of the cosy space. It’s a nice place to start the day with 1950’s style adverts and 1960’s lamps adding up to a sophisticated atmosphere, with a ceiling fan the focal point. I was glad to note that Angel Park’s tight ship also extends to the diner as my waitress brought me a pot of tea and the Irish Times as I kicked back and studied the breakfast menu.

From 7.30am to 11pm the offerings include – granola with yoghurt, honey & fruit, goats cheese omelette, full Irish breakfast, eggs Benedict and pancakes with maple syrup & bacon. I went for porridge & honey with a side order of banana, which turned out to be a generous bowl of milky oats cooked to perfection. Hearty indeed. Angel Park is a great place to enjoy a leisurely petit dejeuner. It has wi-fi and peace to do a bit of AM business. Breakfast is also available to take out, for those in a hurry! / Breakfast 7.30am to 11pm – Lunch 12pm to 3pm

Aug 4, 2011

Flash Feast – A Delicious Day in Dublin

A picnic for the people – that was today’s Flash Feast on Dublin’s Millennium Bridge. The city was well fed all within the lunch hour as I joined the crew from Street Feast who made it happen. Rocking up to the Italian Quarter at midday I didn’t know what to expect when we met in our make shift HQ, Foam Café. Here’s the deal – trestle tables, marquee poles, chairs, bunting, plates, cutlery – all scavenged in the last few days. The food was a mix of pot luck and hot meals from local restaurants either side of the bridge. Bon appetite!

Working to a deadline of 1pm we got to task with decorating, collecting all the donated bits ‘n’ bobs and setting up the scene. Passers by curiosity was piqued as soon as we arrived at Millennium Bridge and ten minutes later a gang of happy eaters were seated and ready to tuck in. Chow was delivered to the urban picnickers courtesy of Foam Café, Milano, Lemon Jelly and many more. Pizza, pasta, pancakes and salad were followed by apple pie and homemade bread with cheese. The buzz was electric at this culinary event.

I shared some tasty morsels with Emma and Claire fromDublin. “It’s fantastic” said Claire “There’s something here for everyone and it’s a chance to meet new people.” Kely and Rodrigo from Brazilwere invited to via Facebook. “We’ve never eaten on a bridge before!” Rodrigo laughed. “It’s really good fun. We love it!” Kely added. Singer and songwriter Matt Ellison got involved after an eleventh hour text and was on hand with his acoustic guitar. “It feels good to be part of this” Matt told me “It’s social. It’s free. It’s a great idea!”

The concept is simple and organic in the way it brings together community with most of the volunteers becoming involved online or through friends. Organiser Samuel Bishop, who is behind Street Feast on 28th August, was delighted with today’s launch. “It’s a way of bringing people together and everyone loves food” Sam explained “Team work is what makes this so easy to do.” The last minute venue announcement also kept Flash Feast a surprise. “That made today special” said Sam “And it breaks down barriers!”