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Open Gate Brewing Storm!
2019-08-28

Ah sure, just the one... Quick little 2 light setup as was waiting for some arriving guests at a something, something, something something. Its a great little spot wedged between the original brewery, and delivery dock and Thomas Street. Diageo I think task them with brewing up some more of the unusual staples of the beer family, with an evolving selection of ales away from Diageo's black stallion. It was an small award ceremony for the...

Latte Lovers
2019-07-11

I was a barista back in the day. I say 'barista' but I couldn't grow a moustache, and I made inconsistently questionable coffee. T'would have been 1999, just back off the boat from some English educational facility, and throwing beer, wine and coffee out of a bar in a basement in Dublin 2. Late nights followed by some very, very late nights. Great times. So Simon owned the restaurant with his brother, and it was jammed – all very new young...

Whisky Tasting
2019-06-13

It hit me. Leaving Cert. Blind silence panic. There be five of them sat upstairs silently trying to discern between grain and chaff, whisky and whiskey, bourbon and rye. Five different tables, all studiously looking for clues in the three separate samples lined up, swirling, sniffing, scribbling. I never experienced whisky like this. Never a big fan, a couple of run-ins and car crashes inspired by Hunter's tomes of the feverish Wild Turkey...

Dont Mind If I Do
2019-06-05

Sweet, sweet nectar. Goddamit! Beer is just great. Personally, I'm not that overboard on all the craft ale of late. I do like a lot of cheap generic swill, and tend to play if safe when put upon in a heavily bearded crafty ale pub. I can stray for a IPA – but that about as far as I go. Once I ventured toward a cardamon flavoured ale, and tried one called Engine Oil – perhaps that was my very downfall.Dialing it back a bit, and simply...

Cocktail Dont Recall
2018-11-27

Don't quite remember this one – that's what cocktails do to you I suppose. Vanilla, raspberries, and some booze – I can only imagine a liberal splash of vodka or rum sloshing about in there. What time is it?!?! Is too early......

Buff Bouef
2017-10-15

Staple. Some folk only choose one thing when they dine out – schteak. You pretty much have to have it to please a large section of your audience, something to woo the business crowd, the father-in-law, Larry from Longford and those that need to choose the most expensive thing on the a la carte. Over familiarity can be a curse, but that's often the challenge. Doing something simple, often and exquisitely well. Sealed in pan to get the brown amino...

Stuffed Courgette
2017-10-03

I love courgettes. I like chomping fresh little ones, chopping firm ones and pointing and laughing at oversized ones that belong in science fiction novels. If i had to have a favourite vegetable it'd be a courgette – but that would be a bit weird, having a favourite vegetable. So summer's gift are these guys just blooming out of veg patches> Dax on Pembroke St had me in to shoot some of these delectables, and out popped this little beauty. My Swiss...

Ya Game?
2017-09-30

Why, yes, yes I am. Except venison doesn't talk, and if it did it's be saying 'I'm delicious'. New head chef Rich is cooking up a seasonal storm in Suesey Street (ye olde name for Fitzwilliam Street) and lashed up – albeit – conscientiously plated, this delectable pile of seasons greetings. Game venison, parsnip, cherries and green things to be healthy like, I love how it looks. Check the meat structure and the melting salt crystal on juicy meat....

HQ Restaurant Interiors
2015-09-21

Hanover Quay rather than Head Quaters, since you ask :) New interiors for a new restaurant in the old hallowed halls of Ely HQ over in Hanover Quay. It's the new Silicon Docklands, boasting well heeled smart young things clutching flat whites and yoga mats, along with Facebook, Google and all the solicitors in Dublin. That and the local wetsuit bedecked lads doing backflips beside the water-skiers and aquatic vehicles with tourists donning vikings...

Poached Egg on Toast
2015-05-07

The simplest things are often the most difficult, and the most delicious. Sweet carmelised onions, on toasted sourdough and... for the life of me I can't remember that reduction or even reverse engineer it. Anyways it looks staggeringly delightful, even considering its only egg on toast. Do the simple things right as they say. Mouth watering delights from the fine folk at La Mere Zou St Stephens Green,Dublin...

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