22nd Jul

Six Super Food Tours That Will Whet Your Appetite for a Trip in Themselves…

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Gourmet tours are cropping up all over the globe, tying food and travel more closely together than ever. It’s time to tuck in, I reckon… here are just some of the best I’ve come across. Frying pan Adventures, Dubai “We’ll be eating for four hours,” Farida Ahmed announces. There’s a twinkle in her eye as she scans the group. “You should feel around 10% full after this first stop, so conserve space unless you have one of those special stomachs…

20th Jul

Review: Forest Avenue, Dublin

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For several years now, serious chefs and restaurants like The Greenhouse (Mickael Viljanen), Gregan’s Castle (David Hurley) and The Pig’s Ear (Stephen McAllister) have been bringing a New Nordic nous to bear on our emerging Irish cuisine.  Their food is among the best I’ve eaten. At the same time, a new breed of cafes and hangouts – Kai in Galway, for instance, or Brother Hubbard and The Fumbally in Dublin – have been rocking the rustic minimalism that Scandinavia does…

17th Jul

Review: Gregan’s Castle, Co. Clare

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Wanna escape the rat race? Here’s how. Drive via Ballyvaughan into the heart of the Burren. Watch your phone signal wobble as you wind deep into those swirling, lunar, flower-strewn rock formations. Turn off towards Gregan’s Castle. Feel the gravel crunch under your tyres. Step into the 18th century manor house, drop your bags, and feel the stress dissolve like Disprin from your shoulders. Rat race? What rat race? Highlights… David Hurley, Gregan’s head chef, is doing wondrous things. Dishes…

15th Jul

Hip ‘Hoods: Norrebro, Copenhagen

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No room at Noma? No worries. Nørrebro is Copenhagen’s neighbourhood on the turn, a brilliantly multicultural district to the northwest of the city. It’s famous as the site of some of Denmark’s worst riots, but the whiff of cordite has long since been replaced by craft beer and coffee… Start with this street… Jægersborggade is almost as difficult to describe as it is to spell. What was once a dodgy urban backwoods is today a slick strip hosting Michelin Star…

10th Jul

Review: The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

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The Shelbourne is Dublin’s grand dame, dahling. Dating from1824, mixing old-school opulence with the business swank of Marriott’s Renaissance brand, and set to star in a six-part RTE series this summer, the old girl is back at the top of her game. Highlights… To be ushered into the Shelbourne is to be ushered into a state approaching intoxication. The valet takes our car. A vibrant Louis le Brocquy tapestry hangs over the lobby fireplace. Smoked salmon nibbles are offered at…

8th Jul

20 Travel Apps You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without…

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I get asked a lot about travel apps – the best, the worst, the ones we should never travel without. A lot of it comes down to the way different people travel, of course, but there are certain apps that no smartphone should be without. Here’s a selection of my favourites. 1. FLIGHTS & PLANNING TripList Forgot to bring socks? Or your passport? Then it’s time you got yourself a packing management app. TripList is a good start – it…