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Dine in Dublin 2017

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If you’re of a certain age i.e. a lot younger than myself, you won’t remember a time when the Dublin food scene was horrendous. Like, seriously horrendous. These days, however, it takes quite an effort to get a crappy meal in Dublin. Nonethless, we humans are creatures of habit, and just as we end up wearing the same ten items of clothing, we also tend to frequent the same handful of restaurants. So, with the advent of Dine in Dublin on Monday, February 27th, running until Sunday, March 5th, now’s the time to break out of your rut and avail of the great offers available during festival week. There is a full list of the restaurants and cafes which are are taking part on the Dine in Dublin website, but here are a few of my recommendations:

Fallon & Byrne
1. FALLON & BYRNE
One of favourite places in Dublin full stop. I could easily spend a whole afternoon just walking around their food hall, and as for their restaurant – fabulous! For festival week, they’re offering a 3 course meal for two people with Prosecco Cocktails on arrival for €60. Choose from a set menu which includes Pan-roasted Irish hake and Free-range Irish coq au vin. And to finish it off, who could say no to a Mont Blanc Knickerbocker Glory with chestnut mousse!
Contact: Fallon & Byrne, 11 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

Brother Hubbard
2. BROTHER HUBBARD
If you haven’t been to Brother Hubbard, sort yourself out pronto! This über trendy cafe on Capel Street (and Harrington Street) serves up some gorgeous 3FE coffe and semonlina pancakes by day, and from Wednesday to Sunday, offers an incredible Middle Eastern Feast Menu in the evening. For Dine in Dublin 2017, they are offering this 3 Course Feasting Menu for €50 for two people. Choices include falafal, pomegranate chicken livers, beef kofta, lamb shoulder, not to mention a hole heap of vegetarion options. Methinks, you’ll like it a lot.
Contact: Brother Hubbard, 153 Capel Street, Dublin 1

Laduree Dublin

3. LADUREE
I love France. I love the idea of Frenchness. So it’s a bit of a given that I’m in love with Ladurée. Situated on the corner of South William Street, the restaurant/café evokes all that you would imagine a Parisian tearoom would look and feel like. Perhaps the hubby or boyfriend won’t quite appreciate its boudoir decor, but for the ladies, it’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon with friends or the mammy for a special treat. For festival week, they are offering afternoon tea for two people with a glass of bubbles for €45. Choose from a selection of finger sandwiches, pastries, macarons, and financiers (that’s a small almond cake, not the lad who works behind the counter at your local AIB).
Contact: Ladurée, South William Street/Exchequer Street Corner, Dublin 2

The Woollen Mills
4. THE WOOLLEN MILLS
If you don’t get to go here during the festival, make sure to drop by at some stage, if not for a meal, then for a coffee and one of their amazing sambos or sausage rolls. During Dine in Dublin, they are offering a 3 course dinner plus cocktails for two for €60. On the menu are Mussel + leek paté, Ha’penny Bridge homemade coddle, stout-braised beef short ribs, and white chocolate cheesecake among others. When you’re booking, try to get a seat in the roof terrace looking out at the Ha’penny Bridge and the Liffey. The view is pure Dublin!
Contact: The Woollen Mills, 42 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

All photos courtesy of dineindublin.ie

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5 Things to Do in Dublin This Bank Holiday Weekend

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Hate to scare you folks but this is the second last bank holiday before Christmas. Oh yeah, the “C” word! So time to shake off the FOMO and take advantage of the last long weekend of summer and do something a bit different. Here are my 5 ideas for making your weekend a little less ordinary:

DUBLIN LIVE MUSIC TRAIL
Organised by Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council, the city will play host to whole heap of top emerging acts in Ireland, who will perform 20 minute, unplugged, pop-up gigs in Dublin’s most unconventional venues including, museums, bookshops, and coffee shops. The concerts are completely free and run on Sunday and Monday. Check out the Dublin Town website for the deets.

ACCENTS COMEDY EVENING
If you haven’t been to Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge yet, this weekend is the perfect opportunity. Open every night until 11pm (except Sunday, 10pm) and located just off Grafton Street, its cosy atmosphere is a great alternative to pubs for meeting up with friends. Every Saturday from 8-9.30pm, there is a free comedy night. Perfect if you want to take it easy on the weekend.

KAYAKING ON THE CANAL
Have you ever kayaked? Have you even considered it? Well if not, why not? Embrace the fact that we live at the sea and avail of all the opportunities that it brings us lucky duckies. Beginner’s kayaking is great for wusses like myself who can’t even swim! There are a number of beginner’s courses that go along the canal Saturday mornings/afternoons, and provide you with all the necessary bits to keep you above water. If you want to take it up a notch, you can go on the Liffey itself, around Killiney, or Skerries Island. Prices range from 15-25 yoyos depending on which company you go with. You can get more info on the surfdock website, or meetup.com (just search kayaking dublin)

HOWTH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
After a wee break of 15 years, the jazz festival is back to Howth big time. Bars and restaurants in the harbour will host live concerts from tonight until Monday. Combine it with a gentle stroll on the pier, a somewhat more heebee-jeebee cliff walk, visit the market, and finish off with some gorgeous seafood in any of the numerous restaurants on the pier, and you have one great day sorted! More info can be found here.

AFTERNOON TEA AT BROWN THOMAS
How absolutely fabulous does that sound! Afternoon tea is available in the recently refurbed BT restaurant from 3-6pm every day and costs €28 per person, and includes such beauties as Chocolate hazelnut tortas and almond macaroons. Sure, you’ll be the envy of all your instagram followers! Who cares if your bestie has just done a Facebook check-in at some tapas bar in Barcelona. One well-lit photo of a chilled Mimosa and carefully positioned Strawberry Shortcake, and you are back in the game, girlfriend! Go on, check out the menu yourself and get those Chanel-lined lips smacking!

So step away from the Netflix, and experience life. Nobody ever died regretting they hadn’t watched more boxsets. Have a great weekend everyone!

Top photo courtesy of citykayaking.com