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We’ve just returned from a fantastic long weekend in Kilkenny.  We did the works: castles, abbeys, pub crawls, shopping, spa day. . .you name it.  Lovely little Medieval town (more evidence of that in the next post).  Can’t wait to go back!

Estate Dogs

Room 41

Breakfast for a 40-year-old carnivore (swear he doesn’t eat like this at home)

Oasis Spa (cracking deep tissue massages and indoor/outdoor thermal area)

I’ve been on a high-level training course this week, and the hotel where it’s being held has a pair of lovebirds in the lobby.

The venue is far from home, but the lovebirds make me smile and think of bebe and all our monster birds.  🙂

 

. . .when entertaining Americans. . .  🙂

Sir Jack McCarthy’s Black Pudding, Preserved Rhubarb, Chive Oil, Velvet Cloud Sheep’s Yoghurt

Twice Cooked Chips & Garlic Mayo

Mussels, Smoked Whiskey & Garlic Butter

Photos are terrible quality, but the food was excellent.  Particular standouts were Sea Bass Nigiri- torched with black smoked bacon and truffle & Lobster Tataki- slightly blanched lobster meat served chilled with sweet ginger, light ponzu jelly, lardo crudo and good olive oil.

Such a good box this month!

Unusual to say that, considering that when I studied here 17 years ago, I lived on campus at Trinity.  There were plenty of tourists then, but there are even more now, and it’s just a lot of congestion when you’ve grown accustomed to living in a quaint seaside village with one main street.

So, our main point today was a trip to Asia Market, but we managed to stop at a couple of other places too and still come home with our massive grocery haul.

Idlewild

777

Super noms, but happy to be back safely ensconced in Monkstown.  🙂

Europe’s largest BBQ festival!

Josh Katz- Berber & Q, London

Ramael Scully- Nopi/Ottolenghi, London

Chef Scully was super friendly, letting us try his spice mix and giving Scott extra goat.  🙂  This was our favourite dish of the day, and the pickled aubergine component was the best thing we ate at the whole festival.

Andy Ricker- Pok Pok, Portland

Brains

Neil Rankin- Temper, London

Hometeam Barbecue, Charleston

The Cupcake Bloke, Dublin

The smoked brownie took best dessert for us, by quite a long way.

Overall, great festival, the only downside is the smell.  Three hair washes so far, and I still smell faintly of meat.  🙂

 

 

 

 

Officially too old for two day festivals, it turns out. . .

Mark Ronson

Morcheeba

Julia’s Lobster Truck

AIR

Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow

Box Burger

Can Carlitos from Nandu Jamby

Our potatoes “bravas”

Spicy tuna tartar on a bed of Japanese rice
Ham and chicken Croquettes
Roasted eggplant with “sobrassada” and Parmesan shavings
Cava Sangria
Hamachi Obanzai
Japoneria Roll- Yellowtail, Sweet Shrimps, Scallop Tartare, Black Truffle
Carbonara
Cacio e Pepe
Octopus
Clams
Heirbas
Sobrassada & Local Goat Cheese