31st Jul

Five of Ireland’s Most Unusual Festivals…

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By Genevieve Lyttle Throughout the Irish summer, we’re spoilt for choice with regards to music and food festivals. But what about something a little more offbeat? If you’re looking for unusual festivals to visit over the remainder of your summer, then look no further than the green fields of home. Puck Fair When? 10th – 13th August 2014 Where? Killorglin, Co. Kerry Details: puckfair.ie Claimed as Ireland’s oldest festival, Puck Fair (pictured above) is running some 400 years and to the outside…

29th Jul

Review: Cafe Rua, Castlebar

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Is it a café? Is it a deli? Is it a restaurant? In fact, this tasty little template for the production, sale and enjoyment of simple Irish food is all of the above. Or at least, a little bit of all of the above. Castlebar’s Café Rua has been open over a decade now. In that time, the torch has not only passed from Ann McMahon to her children, Aran and Colleen; it has seen a second branch (‘Rua’) open…

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…