Monthly Archives: November 2012

Food love

Ok I’m not a restaurant critic, nor a food critic, but I love hearing about food & talking about food. What I also love is finding out about restaurants I’ve never heard of or haven’t eaten in. So, after going out for dinner with himself for our delayed anniversary, I felt the need to share my favourite places to eat in Dublin so that I can share the food-love.

1. Brass Monkey, Howth.

Was recommended to this by a friend who lived in the area, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a gorgeous restaurant on Howth pier. It’s fairly easy going (we were in jeans & smart casual clothing this evening, but were there for new years eve last year so were quite dressed up then.), & has a fantastic menu that is very reasonably priced – we had a starter & main each (no drinks) for €60 including tip. The food is amazing, and the portions are exactly all you would want.

http://www.brassmonkey.ie

2. Millstone Restaurant, Dame Street, Dublin city centre.

We fell across this one by accident, we had gone into town on a date in our early relationship but hadn’t made a reservation in the hope of getting a “walk in” table. We were walking past & spotted the menu outside (I had thought it was an ‘old man’ pub tbh), got a table & had a very enjoyable meal. The food is fantastic, prices are very good, staff aren’t too pushy, my only fault is when its busy you can be very aware of the people on the table beside you. But, the food is so good you can get past that. I would highly recommend the Monkfish & Chorizo – it’s himself’s favourite dish, and he would eat it over & over.

http://www.millstonerestaurant.ie

3. Koh, Italian Quarter, Dublin city centre (off the quays on the north side of the river)

I came here with a friend for her birthday shortly after we’d come home from travelling, and I can honestly say it is the BEST Thai food I’ve had outside Thailand. My mouth is watering thinking about it. *drools*They’re super friendly, always willing to recommend something or tell you honestly if it’s going to be spicy or not. And they make a mean cocktail/mocktail. Also, a lot of their menu is ok for coeliacs – have been with friends who can only eat gluten free food & they’ve been able to choose something rather than having to just take whatever was on the menu. If you don’t want to have a full meal, they do a great selection of “light bites” too.

http://www.koh.ie

4. Okra Green, Howth, Co Dublin

This is a fantastic Pakistani restaurant on Howth harbour. We went for a family dinner, where everyone has very different tastes when it comes to food, but everyone came away praising the standard & flavours we had gotten.

http://www.okragreen.ie

5. Noble House, Northern Cross, Clarehall

This Chinese restaurant is fantastic. For the standard of food & service you get, you would expect to be paying prices that would have made you wince during the celtic tiger, but they are very reasonable (their restaurant & take away prices aren’t far off eachother). We’ve eaten both in the restaurant & had the take away, and I would highly recommend it.

http://www.noblehouse.ie

6. Seabank Bistro, Malahide, Co. Dublin

We have only eaten here twice, but the first was so fantastic that we ate there again fairly quickly. My only negative issue with this restaurant is that on our second visit, we felt as though we were being rushed out from our table, even though we had only sat down about an hour beforehand. Other than that, I would recommend going there as the food is so fantastic. I would recommend the seafood platter for the starter, if you’re not sure about whether you will like something or not, it is the perfect quantity for two people.

http://www.seabankbistro.ie

7. Becketts, Leixlip

Ok this isn’t is Dublin, per say, but it is a very short drive to get to it (it’s about 5minutes from the Lucan Spa Hotel) and I HAD to include it. The food here is fantastic. The restaurant is very well laid out so you don’t ever feel like you’re table is too close to the one beside you. And the staff are so lovely & helpful. I had the duck parcels & the salmon, but all the food looks amazing & according to the people we dined with, it was.

http://www.beckettshotel.ie/Restaurant

8. Bite, South Frederick Street, Dublin city centre.

This is a fairly new restaurant to Dublin, but have eaten here twice already and I would highly recommend it. They focus mainly on fish & chips but with a fancy edge to it (they do duck fat fries, that’ll show you how fancy they get). The two times I’ve come here have been with the girls, but it would definitely suit all diners. The menu is very good – range wise & price wise, I couldn’t choose what I wanted to eat either time. And they make a mean pineapple patron cocktail (amongst others)! It’s a prime location for a meal & a few drinks before heading out.

http://www.bitedublin.com

Ok, eight isn’t the most amazing number for a list, but these are all repeat visit restaurants.

‘Til next time……

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Family Fashion

So myself & the family went away over the October bank holiday weekend, to celebrate my dad’s birthday. The eight of us all trekked across country (a couple crossing the pond too!) to the beautiful wilds of Connemara. Firstly I love the remoteness of being out there, there’s minimal phone signal, and it is proper countryside! I would go mental after a week though, you have to drive everywhere, can’t just stroll to the shops or the local! Guess I’m too much of a city girl!

Anyway so we had a couple of family dinners planned while we were there so I needed to bring some nice clothes instead of the usual jeans, tees, cardies that I wear around my family. But for the travelling I stayed comfy as.

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I’ll start at the top. The pink furry fleecy hat is from my local sports shop (it’s an independent, so no website unfortunately), & cowl-scarf is from my old favourite Penneys. The wax jacket & long sleeved stripey top are from Jack Wills, & jeggings are from Topshop. My sheepskin boots are from Canterbury Sheepskin, I bought them while I was in New Zealand four years ago – they’re still knocking about!- and need to replace them ASAP & the company finally has an online store! Yipeee!! I fold the boots down (they’re long length) as they’re just not long enough for my legs, and the top hits the wrong place making my legs look not so good! My bag was my mums. She bought it while she was living in Paris, so it is such a good piece that has stood the test of time!

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Fancy outfit uimher a haon (number 1) is what I wore for the full fancy pants family dinner. I kept my make up and hair simple with this as I felt the skirt was so dramatic all by itself! The sequinned shoulder jumper is from F&F at Tesco. It’s a good few years old but I love it, and it’s simple & yet striking enough to be worn causal & dressy. The pink midi length is the one I mentioned previously from Fran&Jane. It is super comfy & has a slight stretch to it so you can sit & move around easily! Shoes I got from a friend, no idea where they’re from, but any court or peep-toe heel would work with an outfit like this. Lastly, the bag I’ve mentioned before but is from an independent bag shop in Blackrock (Co.Dublin) called Onyx, have it about 2.5years and get a lot of use from it.

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My other fancy outfit consists of my flamingo print dress that I mentioned before from Penneys, my shoes are from New Look. Shoe boots are so diff to get right – they can often sit at the wrong point of your ankle causing your legs to look stumpy. I love the neutral colour of these & the lace up detail. The bag is the same clutch from my other outfit.

So once again I ramble on about clothes. Can’t help it, I love them so!

‘Til next time……

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Gym bunnies

I know I mentioned before that I have recently (well not so recently anymore now) joined a gym. I have embraced the little routine of going once a week (yes if I went more than that I would see results faster, but, meh!) and feeling great after. I use it mainly for working out the stress of a crappy day, or a bit of me time, but either way, it helps. One thing I have noticed are the numbers of girls that use the gym as a way to socialise. Erm ok. They rock up, hair in that messy bun thing that looks like they just threw up it (they didn’t) and the “natural” look. Ahem. They have more make up on them than I wear on a night out.

And then they stroll on the treadmill while having a chat with the person beside them. No. Just no. Very frustrating when they’re hogging a machine you want to use while they meander. When I’m at the gym I am a mess. I do not look good. I specifically go when himself is in work so he wont see the red-faced, sweaty mess that I become when I’m doing my thing. There needs to be some mystery! Ok, I am not the fittest person, but I try, I know my limits but I will try to push them. I’m not going to be running a marathon anytime soon…If you saw me, you would run away. I do NOT look good.

THAT is what the gym is meant to be. A gym. A gymnasium. A place for exercise.

Thus ending my rant.

‘Til next time……