Category: Food & Drink


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

 

 

We did so much in Kilkenny and came back with so few photos. . . somehow, so here are some selected highlights:

Saint John’s Presbytery Church

The Hole in the Wall

Sullivan’s Tap Room

St. John’s Priory

Valley of Roses Perfume Workshop

Kyteler’s Inn

Matt the Millers

Kilkenny Castle

Maybe I haven’t checked all the cameras.  Where are all the other pictures?!?

 

 

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

 

 

. . .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.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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