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June 2016

FOOD RESTAURANT OFFERS

Best Dining Offers in Dublin Now

Camden Kitchen

The dining scene in Dublin is really ramping it up in the last couple of years, with loads of new openings every month. All the better for us, and needless to say with competition fierce, the offers are getting even fiercer! Well I’ve scoured the offer & voucher websites for you, and picked out a few beauties I think you might like. Go forth and fill your bellies!

CAMDEN KITCHEN (shown above)
Voted by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine as one of the 12 best places to eat in Dublin, this offer is the perfect opportunity for you to try this fabulous little restaurant nestled off Camden Street. Living Social are giving 3 course meal for two people for just 49 yoyos! Just to give you an idea of what you could go for: Goats Cheese Mousse, Walnut, Golden Raisins & Capers Vinaigrette, Gold River Farm Leaves for starters, Wild Wicklow Venison Saddle, Pressed Potato Terrine, Roast Shallots & Pickles Blackberry for mains, and perhaps finish off with Dark Chocolate & 5 Spices Fondant with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Coconut Froth. Well that’s me sorted anyway!
Restaurant Website: http://camdenkitchen.ie/
Offer Link: livingsocial.ie

Brasserie Sixty6
BRASSERIE SIXTY6
A really popular restaurant on South Great George’s Street, they have just introduced their steak & lobster menu. Let’s all take a moment and savour those two words, shall we: Steak. Lobster. Anyhoo, the beautiful folks at thetaste.ie are giving 2 course dinner from their new menu for 2 people plus 2 summer cocktails for only €50! Holla! And just to help you salivate a bit more, let me just tell you the full description of the lobster dish: Roast lobster tail with tempura claws, served with thick cut chips, curry aioli, and a summer salad of pineapple, tomato, ruby grapefruit, chives, picked ginger, shallots, and watercress. Told ya!
Restaurant Website: http://www.brasseriesixty6.com/
Offer Link: thetaste.ie

Le Bon Crubeen

LE BON CRUBEEN
This multi award-winning restaurant often gets ignored due to its location on Talbot Street, away from the trendier locations around Grafton Street & George’s Street. But its consistently high standards, and focus on sourcing products from the best Irish suppliers, warrant a visit. The offer is for a 3 course meal for 2 people for 49 smackers. Some highlights include Daube of Beef, Slow cooked Lamb Rump, Sirloin Steak, and Pork Belly. And don’t get me started on the Chocolate Creme Brulee and the Caramel Bavorois!
Restaurant Website: http://leboncrubeen.ie/
Offer Link: dealrush.ie

Photos shown from top courtesy of camden kitchen, taste.ie, le bon crubeen

FASHION

Summer Sale Picks

Warehouse Sunglasses

Well it’s that time of the year when the high street looks to shed some of their load and the summer sales kick off, which unfortunately this year comes at a time when the sun has turned its back on us and the rain is positively torrential. But hey, if you’re a true Irish fashionista, you won’t let weather decide what you wear. Here are some picks from this season’s bargain trove:

sale1Items shown (L-R):
Topshop Bomber Jacket Was 84, now €42
Mango Sequin Dress Was €39.95, now €24.95
Gorjana Sadie Metallic Leather Bracelet Was €45.48, now €27.29
Dare Tee-Shirt, Topshop Was €34, now €16

Summer Sale PicksMango Red Satin Dress Was €59.95, now €29.95
Gorjana Palm Tree Stud Earrings  Was €35.21, now €16.90
Warehouse Black Tote Bag  Was €50, now €25

Sunglasses shown from Warehouse. Was €21, now €13

PLACES

Bloomin’ Brilliant

Bloom-Festival-Dublin

I’ve always shied away from going to Bloom Festival every year, thinking it rather middle-aged. Middle-aged not in a demographic sense, but in a mentality sort of way, if you get my drift. However, this year I succumbed after being flooded with Bloom “propaganda” on TV and, potentially more influentially, my Facebook timeline. So I took myself, and my favourite middle-age survivor, the Mammy, to the Phoenix Park on a positively scorching Sunday afternoon. After following the arrows to the red car park for what seemed like an eternity, I took the example of my fellow drivers and abandoned my car on the grass, with the added bonus of having my own personal Ban Garda providing surveillance. Result – fiver saved! After a good ‘aul trek in the searing sun, we finally arrived at the red car-park which, who knew, was situated directly beside the entrance to Bloom! The moral of that story folks is, at Bloom, as in life, always follow the arrows until the nice Google lady tells you “You have reached your destination”. Or alternatively, some lad in a high-vis vest.

So with tickets scanned (buy them online – you’ll save 2 yoyos), we entered the vastness which is Bloom. There is soooo much to do and see. And humans of all ages, and not just the middle-aged, gardening variety. Although if you are that way inclined, you will be well serviced with the plant village, floral art exhibition, floral village, and garden expert stage, where the who’s who of horticulture in Ireland share their wisdom and tips. For the uninitiated like myself, it was simply a joy to saunter through stunningly beautiful flowers and plants, and brilliantly creative floral arrangements. The show gardens themselves are an inspiration as to what can be done with a relatively small space, many being scalable for the urban garden. In addition to all that, there was entertainment on the mainstage with bands such as Buffalo Sunn and The 4 of Us adding to the festival atmosphere (or should I say vibe).

Bloom-Festival-Dublin

And if all that wasn’t enough, there was food, lots of food! Sponsored by Bord Bia, the event hosts a plethora of Irish food and drink producers whose wares can be sampled or purchased. And with the weather as beautiful as it was yesterday, there were numerous seating opportunities (both indoors and outdoors) to enjoy your nosh and soak up the sun. If all that wasn’t enough, a whole posse of well-known chefs such as Nevin Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, and Paul Flynn took to the stage over the course of the festival to give cooking demonstrations.

Bloom is genuinely a great day out for all ages – there is plenty to amuse the little humans as well. I will definitely be making a return visit next year, and if you haven’t gone yet, give it a go next year. It’s not just for proper grown-ups!

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