Friday, 3 August 2018

6 Years of Blogging: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Exactly six years ago today I started French Foodie in Dublin. This little blog feels like a proper long-term relationship now, filled with love as well as its ups and downs. I'm happy to say that my love for this little corner of the Internet is still strong but it has certainly changed since the beginning I have to admit. It's been a while since I've posted a personal/opinion post and it seems like my 6th year blogiversary is actually a good time to post a few thoughts about the blogging world and tell you where I'm at with FFID.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Sleeping in a Bubble Dome: Finn Lough Resort, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Disclaimer: This is an independent review, Mr. FFID and I paid for our stay at Finn Lough

Each year in December I publish a Christmas gift guide on the blog and make you believe that I'm helpful when in reality it's a wish list in disguise to send hints to Mr. FFID. I was delighted to see that my plan came to fruition last year when I found a gift voucher for a night in a bubble dome in Finn Lough under the Christmas tree.

Monday, 23 July 2018

The History of Irish Butter at The Cork Butter Museum

Who doesn't love Irish butter? It's certainly my favourite Irish food. Not only do I love eating it but I really love learning about its long and fascinating history. As a matter of fact the first paper I wrote when I started my masters last year was about Irish bog butter, so I'm slightly obsessed... Maybe I'll post it here someday.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Staycation in East Cork: A Night in Ballymaloe House

Disclaimer: This is an independent review - I paid for my accommodation, food and drinks at Ballymaloe House.

I first visited Ballymaloe House when I did the 12 week certificate course in Ballymaloe Cookery School back in 2015. Darina Allen always brings the students for a full visit of the house which ends with afternoon tea. I've only returned once since the course for the brilliant Ballymaloe Litfest (sadly discontinued) and I've always told myself I'd go back with Mr. FFID to stay and eat in this Irish food institution, to celebrate a special occasion...

Monday, 2 July 2018

Recipe: Gnocchi with Sage Butter #SP

Gnocchi with sage butter

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Potatoes: More than a Bit on the Side/ Bord Bia.
When I was asked to take part in Bord Bia’s 'Potatoes: More than A Bit on the Side’ campaign I didn’t think twice… I absolutely LOVE potatoes.

As you probably guessed, this campaign aims to encourage people to eat more potatoes as a core component of their meals, rather than just limiting them to a side dish. Indeed, potatoes are so versatile that it would be a pity to just serve them as an accompaniment when they can be the shining star of a lunch or a dinner!

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Vietnom: Vegetarian Street Food Truck in Stoneybatter

Vietnom Dublin

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

In Portland, which I visited last year, food trucks are everywhere and giving the opportunity to young chefs to test the ground and make themselves a reputation before they commit to signing a lease that they can't really afford when they're starting off. Will red tape regulations ever be lifted to allow the development of street food in Dublin? I seriously hope so.