Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Overnight stay & Michelin-starred meal: Mount Juliet


Disclaimer: this is an independent review, we paid for our stay and meal at Mount Juliet.

Ireland is an expensive country to visit, especially when it comes to accommodation and dining out. For this reason, I'm guilty of having mostly travelled overseas and never seeing much of the island. That said, in recent years, Mr FFID and I have been a little bit better and treated ourselves to the odd staycation.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Italian Food Done Right in Stoneybatter: Grano, Dublin 7


Disclaimer: this is an independent review, I paid for my food and drinks.

Last year I attended Terra Madre Salone del Gusto in Turin, a four-day food event organised by the Slow Food Movement every two years. The fair showcases artisan produce mostly from Italy but also from all over the world and visitors can attend talks, tastings and workshops. The Italian products were exhibited by region and I found myself returning to the stalls from Calabria the most, gravitating around their mountains of cured meats and cheeses. Calabria is a region in southwest Italy whose 'nduja, a spicy spreadable salami, has become a trendy ingredient on menus in some of Dublin's best restaurants over the last few years. I love that stuff but obviously, there's more to Calabria than 'njuda and thankfully Grano is here to educate our palates with not only Calabrian specialities but proper Italian food in general.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

A little announcement: my contribution to two books

When I was 18-19 years old I started developing an obsession with travel.  I watched every single travel documentary on French TV and my mam even bought me a subscription to a travel magazine called GEO which I loved reading.

At that time, I already knew I wanted to pursue tourism studies, live in an English speaking country and see the world. Many years later, not only have I done all these things but I also started French Foodie in Dublin and Delicious Dublin Tours which have both brought me some great opportunities.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

The Gastronomic Digest #4


I have to admit not being good with this column. I blame my thesis for taking all my writing and reading energy these days, but I only have two months left of this excuse. Anyway, I hope you had a good week and got to enjoy the few rays of sunshine we were lucky enough to experience earlier this week. So here are a few things that I found interesting or, in some cases, topics that made my blood boil this week...