22 May, 2013
Focus Ireland are holding a Grand Bake Fest in the last week of May to raise money for their work with the homeless. They’re asking people to bake and sell their own goods, anywhere from home to school to work, and you can keep it simple – even just a few Rice Krispie buns will help.
17 May, 2013
Camile Thai is a Dublin takeaway chain that currently appears to be doing pretty well in their businesses in Rathmines, Dun Laoghaire, Phibsboro and Dolphin’s Barn. They recently took the interesting step of launching a crowdfunding campaign to open a new branch. I’m very familiar with crowdfunding for projects related to arts and charity, but this is a slightly new model to me. Using LinkedFinance.com, they are asking people to give them a small loan of anything from €50 to €2,000. The money is repaid with interest over three years, and anyone investing €200 or more will get a voucher for 10% of the value of the loan, which they can spend in any Camile branch. Details of the loan are on LinkedFinance, and so far they’re at nearly 20% of their goal.
I think it’s great to see businesses taking these kind of initiatives and not being held back by the banks’ reluctance to give out loans. What do you think – would you invest in a restaurant like this?
My friend, Jemma, got in touch to ask:
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good quality Chinese restaurant that deliver to the Portobello area?
I suggested Zen in Rathmines but whispers on the web suggest it has disimproved of late. Unfortunately, it’s been a while since I’ve had a takeaway so I’m not up to speed on what’s good and what’s bad. I know that there is delicious Chinese food to be had around Parnell St and Capel St, but I don’t think any deliver to Dublin 8. If anyone knows of anywhere please let us know. There seems to be a dearth of good Chinese food on Dublin’s south side.
What’s your favourite Chinese takeout, wherever you are in Ireland?
Check out this gorgeous little nibblehole in the basement of the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephen’s Green, offering very reasonably priced all-day breakfasts and lunches.
Immediately, you’ll notice the aesthetics, and observe that a lot of thought went into the look, feel and design of Hatch and Sons. It’s good to have a cafe option on Stephen’s Green. So how’s the food?
Well, it’s good enough for me to be planning a third visit. The menu consists of breakfast/ all-day staples such as granola with yoghurt and seasonal fruit (€3.50), fry-ups (€7.50). There’s also a “Baker’s Basket” to frighten all the coeliac Atkins-diet types: a scone, soda bread, and a slice of brack (€4.90). Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve put off writing about the Izakaya for a long time. It is, and has long been, one of my favourite places to eat and drink in Dublin. And I really don’t want you going there.
During a rather intoxicating dream last year, where I spent a month falling in love with everything about Japan, I drank sake and ate nearly-still-alive sashimi from beautiful baskets in the izakayas – basically, Japanese pubs that are easily identified by the pretty red lanterns inside.
The Yamamori Izakaya is just across the road from the Yamamori restaurant on George’s Street. The downstairs section, which quite faithfully recreates a Japanese drinking house, is really special; I haven’t even been bothered setting foot upstairs.
The Yamamori Izakaya serves what we’ve come to call “tapas-style” food as a lazy shorthand (even more irksome is that they’re calling them “Japas”). Spain doesn’t have a monopoly on small courses served with drink; Japanese izakayas have always served a succession of small or medium sized courses, which are enjoyed with beers over the course of an evening. Read the rest of this entry »
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