Friday 6 December, 2013
We nipped into the newly opened Worscht in George’s St Arcade recently after a day of helping to renovate my sister’s new city centre office. We were starving and felt we deserved something totally lecker (that’s ‘delicious’ auf Deutsch) and what could be better than a big ol’ sausie.
I LOVE sausages so I was excited when I heard about this place. Worscht serves a selection of gourmet sausages in a bun, ranging from the traditional, such as the German Pork or Chicago Style Beef Hot Dog, to the more adventurous Peking Duck and Thai Red Curry Chicken and Pork, with a couple of tasty sounding vegetarian options to boot. Continue Reading →
Wednesday 4 December, 2013
All this for €7.50 at Umi Falafel
Much as deep-frying the humble potato turns it into the glorious chip, deep-frying wads of chickpeas and herbs turn them into falafel, a fantastic spectacular wonder food. It’s possible to get decent falafel in a few places around Dublin, but I always felt they weren’t getting the respect they deserve. So I was really pleased to see a new place opening in the city centre that is devoted to these golden balls of crunchy greatness.
Umi Falafel is on Dame St opposite the Olympia and serves falafel, salads and sides to eat in or take away. It’s early days but I’ve eaten there twice now, and I think I might love it. For a mere €7.50, you can get the falafel plate, which came with a little dish of olives to start, four falafel, a bowl of salad, flatbread, three dips and a drink.
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Thursday 28 November, 2013
The mostly always wonderful M&S Dine in for two for €13.50 offer – main, side, dessert, and bottle of wine for two – runs again this weekend.
Full menu details on the M&S UK website.
Tuesday 26 November, 2013
Luncheonette is a new cafe in the basement canteen of the National College of Art and Design on Thomas St, and it’s a gem. I won’t pretend to write an objective review as it’s been set up by a friend of mine, but I hope my many years of guffing off about food here have built up some trust between us – I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t genuinely like it.
They serve food that is original, interesting, comforting and very vegetarian-friendly. When I went in recently with some colleagues, we tried the ribollita for €3 (soup with tomatoes, chick peas and bread, served with walnut pesto and parmesan), the flatbread with salty marrow, slow roasted tomatoes and lemon hummus (€3) and their beetroot burgers for €4, which came with avocado, pickled cucumbers and tomato. Discounts were given for buying a soup and sandwich together.
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Thursday 21 November, 2013
We all have our own weird Christmas food traditions. Mine is cream soda, a vile fizzy drink that makes me nauseous any other day of the year but somehow seems like honey from heaven on Christmas day. And we all heartily consume Christmas pudding, a stodgy and sticky and plodding lump of a dessert that would be a slap in the face if served outside the festive season, but bewitches us with deliciousness during it.
My sister has a Christmas craving for Miracle Whip. Remember Miracle Whip? Made by food giant Kraft, it’s kind of like mayonnaise in consistency and contains almost identical ingredients, but it is much sweeter and tastes a bit like salad cream (bleurgh). My dad, who puts a lot of effort into making Christmas perfect, is desperately trying to get his hands on this Kraft product so my sister can have it with her smoked salmon starter. He’s tried all the local supermarkets, to no avail, and now he’s even considering buying it from Amazon (who knew that Amazon sells third-rate salad cream?), but this is an expensive option.
It seems Irish supermarkets have stopped selling it. Has anyone seen Miracle Whip anywhere? And what peculiar foods and drinks do you associate with Christmas?