- a blog about food and value

About is a blog about eating well in Ireland while getting value for money. We cover everything from cheap and delicious snacks, to high-end restaurants that are worth every penny.

CheapEats features:

  • recipes
  • restaurant reviews
  • current bargains and tips for food shopping
  • news on food and the credit crunch
  • online resources for foodies
  • cookbook reviews
  • readers’ recipes and tips

We are interested in sustainable, healthy, low-fat, organic, ethical and fairtrade foods, but will also write about how nice burgers are and where to get good value on Rancheros and other processed treats. Moderation in all things!

CheapEats is a resource for everyone interested in food and value in Ireland, and we invite user submissions and feedback. Send us your recipes, restaurant recommendations, and examples of good and bad value.

CheapEats is maintained and edited by Peter McGuire and Jean O’Brien.

Peter McGuire is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to The Irish Times and the Huffington Post. Cooking makes him relax, eating out makes him happy, and finding bargains and talking nonsense about food makes him more like his father every day. Please help him. He also lectures in Irish Folklore in UCD. Peter currently lives here , there, and everywhere around Dublin.

Jean O’Brien is a web and graphic designer. She loves to cook and eat out, and is very skilled at staying skint even while the economy is booming – hence the idea for Jean lives near Dublin city centre with her little daughter.  Her design work is online at

Rebecca Flynn is a full-time massage therapist and a part-time food lover. She loves to cook but, more importantly, she loves to eat and has dedicated much of her spare time over the years to all things culinary. Rebecca lives in Dublin with her soon-to-be husband, Jim, who had to punch an extra hole in his belt since they started living together.

Julie Melia left a tv job and the city for life in the country with her husband and three children. She enjoys badger baiting, cock fighting and other healthy outdoor pursuits. Like an old person, she looks forward to every meal.

Former contributors

Rercy Flood is a journalist and part-time art conservator. She lives in Dublin with her husband Dave. Food-mad but cost-conscious, habitual home-cooking has developed out of circumstance and the pursuit of new taste horizons. Food, curious food.

Maria Crispy is the descendent of impractical layabouts on one side and pirates on the other, which she thinks must be the reason why she cannot cook and often becomes violently enraged when she tries. Maria works exceedingly long hours at this and that, a bit of legal advice here, a spot of backing singing there and now, the holy grail, blog-posting.

Mitchell O’Brien is a father of three who lives in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. As well as keeping chickens and growing his own vegetables, Mitchell is using his prodigious project-managament skills to devise a series of brilliant €2 Meals for

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