Archive for March, 2007

Egg Tarts

Im still exploring Dublin with my friends…but recently I walked past “GOOD WORLD” Chinese restaurant, on Georges Street.

Then….something caught my eye.

EGG TARTS!!

I love em, so my friend & I tried out a recipe we made up together:

Give it a try…!!!

INGREDIENTS
Crust:
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup margarine (or olive oil, if you prefer)
1 egg, beaten
1 dash vanilla extract (or essence)

Egg Filling
1/2 cup white sugar (or honey)
1 1/2 cups milk (whole, skim, or soy)
8 eggs, beaten (or 6 yolks and 8 egg whites)
1 dash vanilla extract
1 cup milk (whole, skim, or soy)
1/4 cup coconut milk powder (or 1/3 cup skim milk powder)

DIRECTIONS
(more…)

-Be a tourist-

There is a lot to do in Dublin; other than pay bills, go to college classes, work in offices….It’s surprising how many different things there are to do in Dublin as a tourist (considering that the city is so small)

My friend is here for the weekend, and I am about to prepare myself for a day of pure tourism. Come back in a few days to see what is “worth it” and what “is just a tourist trap”…

As a “local” I bet you’ve never done half of the stuff im about to embark upon!!

Hope everyone’s weekend has been great!!

Sunday Brunches

My two best friends and I take time out every Sunday afternoon to indulge in gastronomical fantasies before meandering around Dublin to catch up on life and chill out.

These “gastronomical fantasies” come true the minute we walk into a nice restaurant for a good Sunday brunch. Using the internet, word of mouth, and a trusty “BEST OF DUBLIN: RESTAURANTS” book that my friends has, we sample eggs florentine, specials of the day, and laugh about the week’s events.

The past 3 Sunday brunches, in my opinion, have been great. It’s interesting how different places can have the same dish (eggs benedict, for example), YET, make it taste subtly different.

So far we have gone to:

BISTRO in Castle Market, Dublin 2

THE MERMAID CAFE on Dame Street, Dublin 2

Odessa in Dame Court, Dublin 2

We may look like three Sex & The City wannabe girls, engrossed in talk and laughter, but most of the time we are only dreaming and talking about food and the dish we are being served :P

Out of the three; the best “value for money” lunch was Odessa. The Vegetarian Brunch, for about 9.70 was SO HUGE (in comparison to 10E or 12E elsewhere), I could only finish about half.

A good “let’s have a chat” place was BISTRO, where they also have an amazing Omelette there. Beautiful.

Mermaid Cafe, by far had THE BEST PECAN PIE IN THE WHOLE OF DUBLIN CITY. I love Pecan Pie. I love Pecans. Everytime we are in a cafe, I am inclined to Pecan-pie-ify myself. And everytime, I found it too sweet, too buttery…but Mermaid cafe’s pecan pie was delish. Pure heaven. And their food, I was amazing as well.

All in all, the three places were GREAT places to go for brunch. If i was to rate them in order, I would probably say :

Odessa (call before-hand though, its so hard to get a table!!!!)
The Mermaid Cafe
Bistro

Call in again in another 3 weeks, where I will have THREE MORE brunch places lined up :)

An bhfuil ocras ort?

END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!! VAGINA MONOLOGUES

The Royal College of Surgeons is holding a V-DAY to end Violence Against Women Day on March 7th and 9th. Together with this event, the female students of RCSI are performing the Vagina Monlogues, the award winning collection of monologues by Eve Ensler.

Quoting Wikipedia (cuz they do it best!)

“The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women …. Every monologue somehow relates to the vagina, be it through sex, love, rape, menstruation, mutilation, the variety of names for the vagina, ……as an aspect of the female body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. …….

Every year a new monologue is added to highlight a current issue affecting women around the world. The monologue is performed at thousands of local V-Day benefit productions of the play that take place annually in February and March raising funds for local groups, shelters, crisis centers working to end violence against women.”

The performance will be held in the O’flanagan theatre of the Royal College of Surgeons-6E if you pre-buy tickets, 8E if you buy them at the door. ALL PROCEEDS ARE GOING TO A BATTERED WOMEN’S SHELTER IN TALLAGHT. No one makes money, all proceeds are going to charity!

And Guess What? A certain someone is performing….

….But really, guys, this is a BIG DEAL. So BIG of a deal, that it is worth talking about on a metblog, the whole of Dublin City (the student population already is!!) should be buzzing about it!!

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