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Formerly known as CHIPPER, it’s just down the road from PUB, PUB and PUB. Only a few minutes walk from ARTHOUSE CINEMA and PURVEYOR OF OUTRAGEOUS PADDYWHACKERY

On the corner of Lower Grangegorman and North Brunswick Street

Movies, circus and chocolate!

There are quite a few events being organised by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust that I must bring to your attention. They are free, but occasionally are ticketed, so no harm planning a little ahead in order to get your hands on the tickets.

There are free movies on the square in Temple Bar (where the market usually is on Saturdays) throughout the months of July and August, circus workshops that you can take part in, and for the first time ever a chocolate fair with tasting sessions, movie enticement (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, of course) and visual arts inspired by chocolate!

Just click on the relevant banners below to get to the relevant pages. They’re placed in (sort of) chronological order, just so you can focus on which event that’s taking place first.

Jameson Movies on the Square

Dublin Circus Festival

Temple Bar’s Chocolate Festival

Please note that for the tickets to the movies, the reservation usually opens only about a week prior to showing. So perhaps it’ll be a better idea to mark which film you may be interested in, then contact them for your tickets a few days ahead of it.

As for the circus, in general, tickets will be available from this weekend onwards (28th June) but no harm checking the actual listing (using the linked banner above) to have the right time and date for the show that you’re interested in.

With all free thing goes, tickets are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. So get moving and they should be lots of fun, whether for a group of friends together or for the family.

I really love it that Dublin has so much going on this summer at no cost for its citizens! :-D

Smithfield Multicultural Market

While out eating last weekend I saw this little flyer distributed for a new multicultural market at Smithfield, which is due to be launched officially this Sunday 22 June.

Smithfield Indoor Outdoor Multicultural Market

I was a tad bemused to read the flyer claiming this to be the first multicultural market in Dublin. What about the market in Temple Bar (every Saturday)? Or Dun Laoghaire (every Sunday)? From what I gather of those markets, they are already quite multicultural, with stalls selling Lebanese, Chinese, Indian, Mexican food etc. Definitely options aplenty to suit the taste of many, and for those who like trying something new in small doses.

Still, this market will be at Smithfield not just a day per week like the others. Instead, they run from Friday to Sunday, from 10am to 4pm – 3 days to pick up any of your favourite farmers’ market goodies.

Flux Café

If you haven’t yet visited the Science Gallery then you should take a little time one day and pop in to have a look at the exhibits. Located near Pearse Dart Station end of Trinity College (access through the gate on Pearse St) the entry is free and its current exhibit of Technothreads is a colourful affair not to be missed. The gallery assistants are also very helpful and will take you through the exhibit should you want a personal guide. :-)

Within the gallery there is also a lovely Italian café, run by the same crowd over at Il Caffé di Napoli on Westland Row. They are busy and bustling during lunch time, and I suspect they are very likely to be the customers who normally grab sandwiches to go from Il Caffé di Napoli but now are taking advantage of the sit down area to enjoy their other food offerings.

Flux Café

There you go, some enticing photos from my last lunch visit to Flux Café. Yes, that is the name of the place. A tad unfortunate in my opinion, but forgiven since they do serve delicious grubs. ;-)

No harm having a look at their menu too. (PDF file)

Just for guide : the top left dish is the antipasto misto (I wish they have included mortadella too though), insalata di pera al formaggi (pear and gorgonzola cheese salad) on the top right, ciabatta on the bottom left (a selection of panino is available, either with ciabatta or focaccia) and on the bottom right, polpette e pasta (pasta with meatballs) which is a hot dish.

Flux Café also serves a variety of hot drinks, nutritional juices (including wheatgrass) and desserts. I once had a chocolate cake with caramel sauce in between the layers, and it is absolutely the thing for chocolate lovers.

Buon appetito!

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Cool Dubliners: Unarocks Mullally

Una If you live in Dublin you’ve probably bumped into Una without realising it. The woman is EVERYWHERE. Whether it’s writing articles for the Tribune, blogging at the famous Unarocks, rocking out with MeNoFemBo, talking on Phantom or RTE or just partying it up in town. We cornered Una and asked her a few questions about our favourite city.

What is your favourite thing about living in Dublin?

At the moment, the live music scene. Apart from the thriving underbelly of hard working local bands, a rising disposable income of the population, a couple of incredibly competitive promoters, and the proliferation of independent promoters has seen a dramatic increase in gigs – both big and small – venues, festivals and events. Sometimes you look at the weekend club and gig listings and realise that they rival New York and London for content and diversity. It’s pretty awesome.
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A Taste of Dublin

A friend of mine (now also a fellow metblogger but in Paris) is coming to visit in a couple of weeks, so it’s all very exciting! I’m trying to figure what we can do the weekend that she’ll be here, and show her the best of Dublin, even if I’m currently the “main attraction” for her trip. ;-)

My first step in luring her was through a rather innocent email, informing her about A Taste of Dublin which is taking place at the Iveagh Garden from Thursday 12 June to Sunday 15 June.

A Taste of Dublin

The concept is rather straightforward, and it’s definitely an event for food lovers. A number of top restauranteurs in Dublin, including Michelin-starred Chapter One and L’Ecrivain, will be showcasing their signature dishes – in sample size – and making this a more affordable gourmet dining experience for foodies while they promote their restaurants. There will also be demonstrations, free exhibitor samples, Ballymaloe cookery school (first come first serve basis, not bookable in advance) and cocktail academy.

This event is ticketed and unfortunately, it is not exactly cheap. Entry ticket only costs €25 plus booking fees of €3.50. A better deal is to purchase the Premium package, which includes 20 Florins (worth €20) for the price of €40 plus booking fees of €5. In case you’re wondering, Florins is the official “currency” during the event and they can be purchased from the travelling vendors. The dishes are expected to cost between 5 to 8 Florins each.

So book your tickets now if you wish to take part in this eating event, as there are limited tickets per taste session. On general, there are two sessions per day, one from 12pm to 4pm, and another from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. So four hours each session to explore, to eat, and fingers crossed for plenty of sunshine to make this into a fabulous gourmet picnic in one of the loveliest garden in Dublin.

Barbeque Mixtapes

The recent weather has prompted a good start to barbeque season so I thought I’d take the chance to help you guys out and plug my other blog. My Top Five is a blog where every week I post my favourite songs around a particular theme or scenario. People go to the blog and leave their favourites and after a week I compile 10-12 songs together and podcast them.

This week we’re looking for songs to play at barbeques, so if you have any good suggestions or want to see what others think head over to http://mytopfive.wordpress.com. You can also check out our previous podcasts there or on iTunes

The Barbeque Mixtape will be podcasted Friday 30th May.

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The best value M&S meal!

I picked up this flyer this morning when I was in Marks and Spencer to do some food shopping, and it simply is just such an amazing offer. The flyer pretty much says it all!

Marks and Spencer promotion flyer

Basically, the items don’t come in a pre-packed package or something like that. Instead, the items are on the shelves like they normally would but certain items are marked to qualify as part of the promotional menu price items. So pick one item for each of the category, put them together, and voila you’re set for a dinner for 2 person.

Only in participating stores (I know Grafton Street branch is definitely one of them) and from today until Monday, according to the small prints. Bon appetit!

Value lunch at George’s Wine Bar

There’s one dining tips, tried and tested time and again, to getting great value meals – go at lunchtime rather than dinner. Most restaurants in town have incredibly marked up prices for the evening but keeping the tag low during the day in order to draw in more customers. This is, in a way, promotional work for them. If the punters are happy they are bound to return at dinner for special occassion and fork out just that bit more money.

George’s Wine Bar is definite one of those places. If anything, it’s one of the best kept secret for lunch! I’m even a tad reluctant to write about this, but at the same time, it would be selfish of me not to share. Main courses going at €9 each, and starter with main course going at €13. The price also includes tea/coffee at the end of the meal. Now, are you interested?

Have a look at its lunch menu. And drool over the following images. ;-)

Bread and salmon

Trout and pork

My friends and I have been there several times, and I’ve been working my way trying the different dishes on offer. The smoked salmon (top, right) is light and perfect for a summer day. Pan fried sea trout (bottom, left) is delicate and delicious, and I love the sweet potato purée very much. The distinct flavour of porcini dresses up the sauce for the pork (bottom, right) just so beautifully too. I have also tried the swordfish that is served with an unusual green vegetable purée – I like the pairing of the fish with mango salsa. And oh, we also like asking for olive oil to go with their bread selection (top, left).

Anyone that I have recommended this restaurant to so far had not been disappointed. The quality of food served here is consistent, although for some guys, the portion may be a touch smaller but that’s when ordering a starter (either soup or shrimp salad) makes a lot of sense.

So the next time you’re in the city centre near Trinity College area, why not drop by George’s Wine Bar?

George’s Wine Bar
29 South Frederick St
+353 (0)1 679 7000

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Acapulco – Disappointing Mexican

Acapulco is a Mexican restaurant on Georges Street. I haven’t seen many mexican restaurants around city (drop me a line if you know any good one), apart from Burritos n Blues in Ranelagh which is closed for last few months for reasons unknown to me.

We have been meaning to go to Acapulco for sometime now, last week I went with a group of friends. In one line – it was disappointing overall.

We ordered some Margaritas to drink and they were just ok (cheap icy tequilla). And the main dishes (ordered different varieties of Chimichanga’s, Burritos etc.) and again, the food was like it was heated in a microwave, the fillings were sort of cold inside, it was bland, didn’t felt fresh at all and price was bit high for quality of food. Thou I must say, our starter was quite good (Mexican Combo), fresh n tasty. The service was nice n friendly. But mostly, the food n drinks were disaapointing esp. from a place I’d heard about so much and wanted to have some good tangy Mexican. I would avoid going there next.

More reviews here and here.

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