Category: Dublin


With the reemergence of the Marks & Spencer Winter Berries & Prosecco Crisps, it can only mean one thing: Christmas!!

Of course, the 14 flights I booked a couple of weeks ago should have given that away too. . .

Setlist:

  1. Going Backwards
  2. It’s No Good
  3. Barrel of a Gun
  4. A Pain That I’m Used To
  5. Useless
  6. In Your Room
  7. World in My Eyes
  8. Cover Me
  9. A Question of Lust
  10. Home
  11. Precious
  12. Where’s the Revolution
  13. Wrong
  14. Everything Counts
  15. Halo
  16. Enjoy the Silence
  17. Never Let Me Down Again

Encore:

  1. Strangelove
  2. Walking in My Shoes
  3. Policy of Truth
  4. A Question of Time
  5. Personal Jesus

Pre show noms at Osteria Lucio, Dublin 2

Lucio’s

antica formula, vermouth rosso, bombay

Smoked Duck with Spiced Pear & Endive

Quattro Formaggi

smoked scarmoza, castelmagno, taleggio, gorgonzola, green olives and parsley

Homemade Mushroom Ravioli

porcini, chestnut, button, oyster mushrooms & sage butter

 

When you go to London for a meeting but barely leave the airport. . .

DAA Executive Lounge, Dublin Terminal 1

The Harry Potter Shop, Heathrow Terminal 5

Hilton London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, Heathrow Terminal 5

Souvenir Shopping- Harrods Terminal 5

 

 

Time to do some seasonal planting in the garden and cooking for the pantry.

Goodbye Dahlias, hello Autumn Flowering Heather

Apple Season

. . .and four pints of Apple Butter

Cranberry Walnut Sourdough

Vanilla, Cinnamon & Almond Granola

 

 

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.

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.  🙂