Wednesday, 10 July 2019

A Dim Sum Feast: Lucky Tortoise, Dublin 2

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Lucky Tortoise started as a dim sum pop-up restaurant in Ranelagh a few years ago before opening their permanent location on Aungier Street earlier this year. The restaurant is open every day (12 noon to 10pm from Monday to Saturday; 12 noon to 8pm on Sundays) and due to its size and popularity, it's pretty difficult to get a table for dinner without booking ahead.
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Saturday, 15 June 2019

36 Hours in Amsterdam: A Food & Drink Guide

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If there's one European capital that has become increasingly popular in recent years it has to be Amsterdam. Once a place that was only associated with its red light district and its liberal attitude towards cannabis is now seen as a cultural tourist destination and one of the prettiest cities that keeps popping up all over Instagram.
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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Overnight stay & Michelin-starred meal: Mount Juliet

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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.
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Friday, 26 April 2019

Italian Food Done Right in Stoneybatter: Grano, Dublin 7

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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.
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