Showing posts from March, 2011

Jus De Vine Off License - Portmarnock

Finally got a chance to pop in to this off license this evening with my mate Damien. Jus De Vine is located on the main street of Portmarnock just after the Golf Links Pub on the right. They have a nice selection of beers but its Wine they excel in. My lord I could spend a small fortune in here.

I found them to be very knowledgeable in there and extremely helpful, I dont pertain to know the in's and out's of wine but like to think I am learning.  I wanted maybe 2 deep rich wines , I was drawn to buying maybe a Malbec or Ripasso but with the advise of the girl working there I decided on a Rasteau and a Zinfandel. I am hoping to give these a go during the week, so I will try and do a review of both from my limited wine knowledge.

In conclusion I was glad I listened to Paul down in Mac's Off License ( Ennis Road, Limerick) by paying a visit to Jus De Vine.

Miss Mollys Bakehouse

I would just like to tell everyone about Miss Molly's Bakehouse. Her cakes are amazing, she runs a made to order confectionery business from her home in Ballina Co.Tipperary. She makes almost anything, my favorite is her glazed donuts which me and my brother Steve devoured, unfortunately since I moved to Dublin I dont get to taste her produce that anymore :(

Check out her page on Facebook :)

Yamamori - I finally get to pay it a visit

After work Friday, myself and Joanne went to Yamamori. I have been dying to go here for so long since moving to Dublin, and some how or another never got the chance having been to Japanese places like Ukiyo, Wagamammas(Hybrid Japanese cuisine) and Yo! sushi. By god it was worth the wait, cause it was absolutely beautiful. You are greeted and seated, once seated you are given a beaker of Green Tea. I will admit the Green Tea is not my thing. We soon made our order, I ordered salmon sashimi, eel sushi to start with Joanne ordering chicken skewers and we both got Tatsuta Age( this is crispy Teriyaki chicken served on a bed of stir fried beansprouts and a Japanese salad)

First off the service here is so fast we were seated at 5.50pm and were out by 6.35pm. The starters arrived and it was so good, the sashimi was so fresh and tasty, I was in heaven eating it . Naturally as always Joanne made me taste her starters and it was gorgeous, slightly sweet and with a hint of heat. Then the mains c…

3fe - Coffee Heaven

3fe is a coffee shop located on Middle Abbey St. Its a bit obscure as to where it is , blink and you will miss it. Its based inside the Twisted Pepper Nightclub / Bar during the day. Absolutely adore the coffee here, the espresso tastes amazingly good, admittingly I do not know enough about coffee blends but I know what I like and coffee here is beautiful. In my opinion its the best coffee shop in Dublin and I believe is run by a Barista Champion of 2009 ( I am not sure if its World or Irish Barista champion though). The place is all about coffee, no tea as far as I know. They offer a tasting menu of coffees, be it filter, espresso, and cappuccino. To my knowledge there is no sweet style coffees here like Frappucino's or Mocha. Its all about the coffee!

I decided to go for the 2 set duo of an Espresso, water and Cappuccino for 4 euro. The purpose of the water is to cleanse the palate before drinking the espresso. The espresso was gorgeous and the cappuccino was also really good. …

Farmgate Cafe - English Market - Cork

I just wanted to share with you the greatness of the Farmgate Cafe in Cork. A few weeks back me and Joanne had an opportunity to pay this place a visit on a day trip to Cork. Its located upstairs in The English Market. When we arrived it was very busy and you had to wait to be seated. We both a little bit anxious on whether to stay or not as we were both starving! Thank god we waited as we both got Shepherds Pie, this was possibly one of the nicest Shepherds pies we both have ever had, it was absolutely gorgeous.

The food experience coupled with the great atmosphere of the restaurant is located just above the market is great, having seen this restaurant so many times previously on Tv most notably Richard Corrigan's cooking programmes, I was delighted to eat here.

An old Favourite - Irish Stew

Evening all,

Today I decided to pay my favourite cafe a visit in the form of Metro Cafe. I was really hungry at lunch time and fancied something at little nourishing but fast as I arrived at 13.38 with only 12 mins for lunch. I decided upon Metro's Irish Stew. It was quite good, it came with a big hunk of sourdough bread for mopping up. The only complaint I would have would be the fact they leave the sprigs of thyme in the stew wish means fishing out these sprigs as you eat. Other than the aforementioned Thyme, it was well worth the trip at lunch time today :) and I was out by 13.52.

Lemon Drizzle Loaf

I made this during the week for Joanne and her sister Karen, and I think they liked it :) So I decided I would make it for dessert down in Limerick this weekend. Its a simple cake to make its essentially a madeira sponge with Lemon Zest. Something I have learned recently when recipes specify a method never opt for the all in one method of mixing all the ingredients at once or use a food processor. The reason I say this is because it results in a very heavy cake, the purpose of sifting the flour adds the necessary air to the cake making it light and airy.

Ingredients :

225g Margarine, softened( now butter would be nice here but Marg does the job)
225g Caster sugar
4 Eggs
Finely grated zest 3 lemon
225g Self-raising flour

Method :

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy(Pic 1), then add the eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through (Pic 2). Sift in the flour, then add the lemon zest and mix until well combined (Pic 3). Line a loaf tin (8 x 21…

Hummus : Courtesy of

My love for Hummus has grown lately stemming from the Lebanese stall on the Dun Laoghaire food market on Sundays. So today, as result of having hummus while out to dinner last Tuesday, I wanted to make some myself.  I stumbled across the following recipe whilst browsing ( <-- Amazing site for recipes, its an online cook book generated from other blogs with pictures)


1 16 oz. can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas 4 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 1/2 Tbsp. Tahini 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. olive oil Directions:
1) Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of liquid from can of chickpeas. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, crushed garlic, salt and olive oil. Process until well mixed. Add liquid from chickpeas. Blend until smooth.
2) Serve in a bowl as is, or drizzle olive oil on the top, and garnish with olives.

Truly yummy, thanks again Soupbelly

Frenches Restaurant Limerick

Whilst I am waiting on my Dad to ring me so I can collect him from work, I thought id do a review of Frenches in Limerick City. Located at 13 Catherine Street, I have been going here now for about 2 years. Its become a tradition when I come home to Limerick to go invariably with Sarah and Steve. Going for breakfast was very new to me up until 2 years ago, I never saw the point of it all, when I could cook at home. I first started going with my friend Damien to Cafe Noir, which I should actually review, they do amazing Sausage Rolls.
One week I went for breakfast with Steve, and Cafe Noir was quite busy, so he said to me, fancy going to Frenches up in Catherine St. I thought to myself hmmm i'd always passed by this place and never really thought about going in. Well 2 years later its a regular fixture, their pancakes are what bring me back time and time again. Something I haven't really expressed before is my love for pancakes , ( great time to speaking about them what with Pa…