Sunday, January 31, 2010



Had an enjoyable family lunch at Glounthaune’s Rising Tide at the weekend.

Food and prices were good at this popular bistro and so too was the welcome and the service, the latter unobtrusively chatty and well tuned to the two kids, one of whom incredibly demolished that dessert Death by Chocolate.

Most started with the vegetable soup and a decent one it was. Lamb was the roast of the day and the two who choose that were very happy with it as was the punter who enjoyed the fish pie. I picked the lambs liver, with a rich sauce that included caramelised onion; it was very tasty and the vegetables on a side dish were nicely done. All main courses were priced in the €11.00 to €13.00 region.

Had a nice glass of merlot so was well set up for the day.

Didn't need much that evening. Have you ever felt that way, saying to yourself around the 7.00pm mark, what will I eat now? My solution: smoked mackerel (one fillet per person), Ruby grapefruit and a mixed small leaf salad, plus a glass of water, wine or Cava. Not bad.



Les Gourmandises and Fenns Quay for great dinners, for sure.

Nash 19 for classy snacks and lunches; Cafe Gusto for the smaller bright bites.

Market Lane and the nearby Continental for excellent meals. 

Fishy Fishy in Kinsale for it out!

Kudos (in the Clarion) for Asian at a great price.

The Brick Oven for Pizza and more.

Boqueria for tapas..

Find yourself east of the city? Then try the Rising Tide Bistro in Glounthaune; further east, go to the Woodside on the Midleton-Whitegate Road.#

To the southwest, you have Kinsale, of course, and further along, there is the original Brick Oven in Bantry.

Haven’t visited or recently visited places such as Jacques, The Silk Purse, Isaac’s, The Farm-Gate, Star Anise, Green’s, Cafe Paradiso and the Liberty Grill but all are well established, well regarded and the only problem you’ll have is getting a table.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Maritime Hotel in Bantry

Enjoyed my two day stay at Bantry’s Maritime Hotel: spacious rooms, good service, regular bar entertainment and decent food.
It is so central and not just to the town and the bay but to the spectacular peninsulas of Sheep’s Head and Beara and also quite close to the Healy Pass which takes you over the hills and into Kerry.
If you want a change from the hotel food, then the Brick Oven (yes, they really have one for the pizzas) is just a short walk up the road.
By the way, if you are going into Bantry (from the Cork side) watch out for the hotel’s underground car park which is on the left hand side (opposite the hotel itself).

Check out my review and map of Maritime Hotel - I am cork - on Qype

Friday, January 29, 2010


Picked up the Bridgestone Irish Food Guide the other day and am enjoying flicking through the information packed pages. It is an excellent reference and I’ll be using it for market trips, for day trips and weekend trips.
It is good but would have been better without the strident editorial, especially the bit that deems it “a traitorous action” to buy imported food in a foreign-owned supermarket. Passion is admirable but this “tackle” would earn a card on the football field. It is a bit over the top, especially considering that the book itself was printed in Spain. What do the excellent local printers think about that?
Sauce for the goose... If I have to watch my back in the supermarket, must I also be wary if I call to the listed and praised On the Pigs Back for some Bayonne Ham or Boudin Noir? Come on lads, get real. The good food movement is both local and international and if Brittany Ferries hadn’t taken so many of us to the continent in the 70s and 80s, the taste for it here would have much slower to develop.
No doubt huge strides have been made in the quality and variety of food available here in recent years, much of the movement sparked by “imported” innovators from abroad, notably, in the Cork area anyhow, by English, Dutch, French and Spanish artisans. The international element again!
Add these to those Irish who kept the good food faith when it wasn’t really fashionable and there is now a decent base for the future.
There are still huge challenges to be met, huge opportunities to exploit. Take fish of example. Cork is poorly served here, just three stalls plus a small Hederman’s smoked counter in the English Market and nothing else in the city centre! You’d get as much choice in a weekly market in a small French town.
This lack of choice can lead to lack of competition on price. At least O'Driscoll’s Fresh Fish from Schull came to the Mahon Farmers Market, not just with fresh fish but with fresh pricing (a bag of fish for a fiver) as well and that is why they draw the queues, even though Ballycotton are now matching them nearby for choice and price though not yet the queue!
There is no lack of opportunities for fish and markets. Just look at the North East of Cork City, an area including St Luke’s, Dillon’s Cross, Ballyvolane, Barnavara, Mayfield (pictured), Silverheights, Tivoli, Murmount and Montenotte. The population here is in the tens of thousands, bigger than most Irish cities and towns. Yet it hasn’t as much as one fish stall, not even a fish van calling, and no Farmers Market whatsoever.

So come on, all you current and potential good food producers out there. Do your bit. Put out the quality where the people can see it and you won't have to wrap it in green white and gold for me to buy it. Quality and availability will do the trick.
The guide is bigger than ever, over 600 pages, more food places included. But some notable absentees. On the restaurant side, there is no mention of Fenns Quay (who do get a recommendation from Michelin this year) and Market Lane (who are a delicious example of using local produce), both places that I have enjoyed recently.
Augustine’s, which had just moved to the Clarion, fails to make the listings but Boqueria, which has undergone both renovations and a change of ownership, maintains its status, though with a caveat.
At some point soon, they’ll probably have to impose a limit on entries. Maybe some of the artisans will upscale to, God forbid, factory size. Maybe that is why big outfits such as Flahavan’s (Oats and Oatmeal) are not included, though Barry’s Tea are. Then again, I didn't see any mention of East Cork’s small outfit, the Magpie Dairy who do excellent goats cheese products.
The guide is extensive but it is not the whole story. Consult it to be sure but also use your own initiative. I am having fun doing so. Take a chance on a new taste. You never know where it might lead you. 

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Supervalu Beers

Supervalu in the old Roches Stores in Merchant’s Quay is not the place I’d normally think of when looking for beers with a difference. But time was short and I tried and found a decent enough selection there from both sides of the Atlantic.
Stuck with the Europeans though. Got the Budejovicky Budwar (€2.78) - was this the one transferred across the Atlantic? - from the Czech Republic, plus two from Bavaria , Paulaner Hefe-Weisbier ( €2.32) and the Erdinger Weissbrau (€2.78), all in 500ml bottles.
Just a note on last week’s trio (from Bradley’s). They were Pilsner Urquell (€2.99), Rick Stein’s Chalky’s Bark Open (€2.99) and, from Oz, Hahn Premium (€1.89). All very enjoyable and I found it impossible to put them in a 1-2-3 order. Pleasantly surprised with the Chalky’s Bark as I was a bit apprehensive about the ginger element.
I must say that I didn't enjoy my Supervalu trio as much. The Erdinger, a dark beer, flattered to deceive. Rather enjoyed the first mouthful but gradually the sweetness got to me and I didn't finish it.
The Pualaner, which also produced an abundant head, looked promising but there was something about it, noticeable in the nose and just when you finished the swallow, a kind of clove like whiff. Not for me.
The Budwar saved the day! Better colour, better body, better all round that the pale watery American version, it was a decent beer, more or less on a par with the three from the previous week

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nash 19 in Cork

Dreary dull sky today but got a shot of the Med sunshine at lunchtime in the spacious area known as Nash 19. What courtesy and service, taken by the hand through each inviting item on the menu.
Even at that, it was very hard to make a choice, all were equally tempting. Settled for a Tomato, Chicken, Chorizo Spaghetti, topped with a rocket salad and parmesan (€13.95). Superb. The other dish was a Fattata (a Spanish style omelette), a tart made with Ardrahan Cheese, peppers and thyme and served with a crispy fresh salad (€11.90).
Having gone way beyond the snack we came in for, dessert was added without a second thought. I loved my chocolate, pear and plum tart (with custard, cream if you prefer), topped with sliced almonds. Go for it sometime. Also at the table, was a well made very tasty Apple pie. This was made with real apples, nice and chunky pieces, but all the ingredients here are “real” – you can see where they all come from, most from top local producers. Desserts cost €5.50 each.
The wine suggestion was Alberino. It comes from the Atlantic coast of Spain and is crisp, zesty and fresh and costs €6.50 per glass. Finished off with two Americanos (Bewleys) which were top drawer and cost €2.50 each.
Nash 19 also have a food shop by the entrance and we had “scoped it” on the way in and intended to buy on the way out but, such was the queue waiting to get in, that we put off the purchases for a day.
Tempting at the shop and tempting at the table. There is a high standard in this Prince’s Street establishment and one can easily see why Claire Nash and her team won the Bord Bia Restaurant of the Month Award for December. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

An Cruibin in Cork

“An Crúibín is arguably Cork’s coolest pub and you can get some brilliant tapas (some of which are inspired by Spain, others by good Irish produce) here in the evenings,” according to foodie Tom Doorley. The tapas plus its Silk Purse Restaurant are drawing punters to the Union Quay establishment that has replaced the much loved Lobby Bar.
I’m afraid I was a little too early for the tapas when I called before 12 noon today. But there was a friendly face behind the counter when I ordered my coffee and sat down at one of the big tables in the bar. A good sized cup of decent brew cost me two euro and I relaxed and had a quick skim through the Irish Times.
Small things often give an indication of the attitude of a pub or restaurant and, based on this brief visit, I will quite happily return to try the bar food or even that restaurant upstairs which is open only on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (from 7.00pm).

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Mahers Pure Coffee in Cork

The retail outlet for Maher’s Pure Coffee may be found at 25 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. The establishment, now owned by John Mackey, has made a number of moves since it was founded some thirty years ago by Mr Maher in Marlboro Street. Still on sale today, is the Number Six Blend, named after the original street number.
The service is efficient, friendly and knowledgeable and I enjoyed my call there this morning, on the lookout for some coffee of the stronger type for the cafetiere. Settled on an Italian but also purchased a smaller pack (125 Gms) of a stronger Sumatra just to try it out.
There was a great smell coming from my briefcase as I opened for one or two other calls around town!

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Great to see places that we’ve been praising here acknowledged in the current round of Bridgestone Awards. Congratulations to all and in particular to Ann at O'Keeffe's in St Luke’s and to Nicole Dunphy of Pandora Bell in Limerick. Coincidentally, you can get Pandora Bell products in St Luke’s (who also stock wines from Bubble Brothers. O’Keeffe’s is a food treasure house.

Monday, January 25, 2010


On your own, maybe not, next Sunday? Why not liven it up with the second Irish Twitter-based blind tasting? You get your wine from Curious Wines but there will be no information on the bottle: no country, no producer, no grape variety.
 From 8.00pm onwards, you and all the other twitters that join in will have some fun getting in touch and working out exactly what you are drinking. Have some fun and make friends at the same time – this is the second such event. Bubble Brothers were the first supplier.
The wine costs 19 euro and is available (to anywhere in Ireland) from Curious Blind Tasting where you'll also see full details of the event, including the twitter links to follow.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Boqueria in Cork

Want a break from the starter, main course, dessert routine? Did you ever find yourself at the table, saying: I would love to try two of their starters and skip the main course? Just want a bite or two with a glass of wine?
Then try the newly revamped Boqueria, the Tapas bar in Bridge Street named after the market in Barcelona (see pic). I did last evening and enjoyed the chance to “flexi-eat”. Here, you can have Bar Bites (€3.00), Tapas (6), Small Plates (10) and Shared Plates (20).
There are four choices of shared plates: cold meats, cheese, fish and tapas. We choose the latter and added a bowl of Patatas Boqueria to make sure we had enough!
Found out later that was a scattering of Patatas (essentially slightly spicy wedges with their own dip) on the impressive shared plate which also had quails’ eggs, bread with pâté, cured hams, various dips and relishes, tasty potato balls, chicory, roasted almond nuts, olives...and more.
Service was friendly and the dish was delivered promptly. Not an extensive range of wines there now, maybe four or five of both white and red and a couple of cavas. They also serve Murphy’s Heineken and Krombacher on draft. I enjoyed my 500ml carafe of Muscadet (17). It was also available by the glass, the pichet and full bottle.
Finished off with two good Americanos at two euro each. Total bill came to €47.00. There was quite a flow of punters coming in as the evening wore on. If the place gets close to full, you will find yourself sitting very near to your neighbour but then that’s what happens in Tapas Bars!

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Friday, January 22, 2010


For a while, in the 80s, I used to call every weekend to a shop in Shandon Street, close to the top on the left side as you go up.

There, for a sweet sweet while, a German master-baker used make the best doughnuts I have ever tasted, so sweet you could eat the brown bag in which they were packed!

The whole family looked forward to that weekly calorie filled treat.

You won't get those doughnuts there now – the German has long since ceased that particular business – but the international dimension of food here has expanded hugely.

For those of you who haven’t been in the area for a while, Shandon Street is both an eye-opener and mouth-opener! There are food outlets galore, from the traditional chippers to shops selling Hungarian, African, Asian food – truly multi-national.

For more on the street and the area, see or (loads of photos)


Clonakilty Black Pudding is one of the songs on the Jimmy Crowley collection in our music choice (above) this week and here is the chorus.

Clonakilty Blackpudding! Ses me daza, full of pep!
To put the lead back in your pencil and the spring back in your step
Heaven knows what herbs and spices are inside the saucy skin
But it brings a smile to Erin's Isle Agus fágfaimid mar sin. 

Haven't seen this description on any menu - yet!

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Maybe not as sexy as Isabel Allende’s cook book "Aphrodite" but the good local food on offer at attractive prices during the Good Food Ireland Week in Cork could well put you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.

The event runs from Monday 8th to Friday 12th February and you may enjoy a Good Food Ireland Local Food Plate and a Glass of Wine for just €15.00. There is also an accommodation offer: 3 nights for the price of 2.

For Further Information visit
or Telephone 053 9158693

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bradleys Ltd in Cork

Called into Bradley’s, North Main Street, to browse among their 700 wines.
Wouldn't you know it – they didn't have the Four Sisters Shiraz that I was on the lookout for. At least that was my excuse for calling.
They had some bargains, one Australian Shiraz I had bought elsewhere before Christmas was marked down by three euro. The Penfold's Rawson Retreat range was also down by that amount and I treated herself (my excuse) to a bottle of Semillon Chardonnay.

They also have huge ranges of spirits and beers but I didn't have time to check them all or the arms to carry them. Settled for a few beers on this occasion and am now looking forward to sampling Pilsner Urquell (€2.99), Rick Stein’s Chalky’s Bark Open (€2.99) and, from Oz, Hahn Premium (€1.89).
My father always maintained that Bradley’s had the best bottled Irish beer in town but they have now spread their wings and are well worth a visit. Service, by the way, was relaxed and friendly.

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Cafe Gusto in Cork

Cafe Gusto – so good they built it twice, first in Washington Street (Singers Corner) and also at the Lapps Quay Boardwalk (see pic).

Called to Washington Street lunchtime today and enjoyed my snack which consisted of a hot gorgeously crispy Bocadillo, filled with a Caprese (Mozarella du Bufala, basil and plum tomato). Partner helped herself to a Focaccia Farita filled with a juicy Tuna Salad (with plum tomato, red onion, cucumber & a little mayo).

I had a large Americano while she had a medium one; both were superb. The “sandwiches” cost a fiver each and the total came to less than €15.00.
Staff were informative and friendly but the service was a little less than perfect in the sense that the coffee was served well before the eats and there was even a noticeable gap between the Focaccia and the Bocadillo.

But I would nonetheless recommend the place strongly. The food is excellent and so is the coffee. Next time though, I might have a glass of water with the meal and then get the coffee and linger! By the way, all the seating here is of the high stool variety.

Check out my review and map of Cafe Gusto - I am cork - on Qype

Monday, January 18, 2010


All you need is love…… and Pandora Bell Lollipops!

Sassy, retro and indulgent, a Pandora Bell Handmade Lollipop is a quirky way to say ‘I love you’ on Valentines Day.

Something sweet and beautiful is the classic way to show love (or that little crush).  Pandora Bell’s Handmade Lollipops go back to a time when colours and flavourings were natural and sweets looked as beautiful as they tasted.

Pandora Bell’s Nicole Dunphy says their lollipops are made in the traditional way, by stretching and rolling sugar syrup.  "The only extras, are naturally based colours and flavours; to make the lollipops look pretty and taste gorgeous."

For centuries Valentines Day has been a day to celebrate love whether, eternal love, the buzz of passion, a long term friendship or a first teenage crush.

Chocolate is a classic way of expressing love.  The Pandora Bell range has two gift sized nougat bars coated in rich dark chocolate.  Honey and Hazelnut Nougat in a Chocoate Coating and Coffee Nougat with Hazelnuts in a Chocolate Coating.  Both are perfect with a desert wine or coffee after that stay at home romantic meal (a desert guaranteed not to be ruined in the oven).   For non chocoholics there is the Italian favourite, Honey Nougat with Almonds and Pistachios and the sweeter, Honey Nougat with Orange and Almonds.

Pandora Bell’s Handmade Lollipops and Honey Nougat bars are available from independent retailers nationwide.  For a list of stockists log onto  Valentines web specials include  a Valentines Lollipop and luxury box of chocolates (200g) for E9.99 and a lollipop and chocolates (400g) for E19.99.

Pandora Bell is a confectionery label based in Co Limerick. The Pandora philosophy is based on old fashioned culinary values, high quality ingredients and exceptional tastes. The Bridgestone Irish Food Guide has named Pandora Bell it’s Newcomer of the Year.
Not everyone is ‘romancing’ for valentines, if you don’t have a cosy dinner for two planned, take the opportunity to treat yourself anyway… take the 

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Brick Oven in Cork

Bantry’s best, the Brick Oven, has opened up in the city and may be found in the shadow of St Fin Barre’s on French’s Quay, close to South Gate Bridge.
(Local knowledge lesson: the quay is named after a late 17th early 18th century wine merchant James French).
The oven is on your left, as you enter. It is called the Big Fella and certainly produces the goods, perhaps the best pizza in the city.
Certainly enjoyed my Heartstopper there last night, eight inches of class with all the fillings. You can almost taste and smell the flames from the base which stays crisply edible and "cut-able" all the way to the end.
Heartstopper (€10.50) had most of the fillings available. The other pizza at the table was the Hawaiian (€9.50), looked down on by guides in Italy but still readily available at Latin pizzerias, which is more than can be said for brick ovens. In any case, ham and pineapple do go well together and last night’s piece was no exception.
Brick Oven supply their pizzas (they also do take-out) in two sizes, 8” and 10”. If you’re not up to the bigger size why not do what I spotted a couple doing last night. Order one between you and take a cone-full (yes, that’s how they serve fries here) to share as well.
While the Pizza is first class, the Brick Oven (which opened just before Christmas) has a huge general menu both for lunch and later and had some tempting specials as well available last night. Well worth checking out, which means I’ll be back.
Started off with a delicious mussels and tomato and herb sauce combination, available in three sizes (starter €8.95, lunch and dinner). Quite a lovely starter and substantial too as you have your mussels and the very tasty sauce doubles as a soup and you get a fine sized spoon to take it up. You also get a few toasted bits of baguette, though I’d prefer plain breads and also something to wipe the fingers!
Dessert was a Meringue and Berry with ice cream. Meringue soft and sweet, the whole thing delicious, cost €6.00. Wine is available from €5.00 per glass upwards. Our bottle, Pepperton Estate Chardonnay Semillon, cost €21.00, a reasonable price for a reasonable Australian.
The restaurant, previously Proby’s Bistro, is spacious and comfortable. Ceiling decor is unusual, with some three dozen or so closely packed old type fringed lampshades enclosing the adequate lighting but the thing to see is that Big Fella, the real brick oven!
Service was excellent and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Didn't notice any music last night but you might get lucky some night, maybe something from the Rubyhorse back catalogue!


Always a little nervous going back to a place which I’ve praised. The Brick Oven was the venue and this time I accompanied, to a midweek lunch, two colleagues to whom I had recommended it.
Needn’t have worried. We were first in, got the table by the fire, and were the last to leave. Enjoyed our re-union and the meal. Two of us sampled the Risotto Special (at less than a tenner) while the third tucked into a steak burger with fries and salad.
Not a huge selection of desserts so I suggested the Berries, meringue and ice-cream and it went down well.
The house red and white wines were decent as were the coffees. All that, plus the friendly and efficient service, led to a relaxing feeling and a lazy long lunch by the fire in a reasonably busy spot.

Check out my review of The Brick Oven - I am cork - on Qype

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Must admit I was a happy camper after a recent visit to O’Keeffe’s (St Luke’s), a treasure trove of top class artisan foods. The produce is mainly local but one of my purchases was a pack of Hazer Baba Turkish Delight, all the way from Istanbul. Pistachio was embedded in the sweet sweet cubes and that made for a slightly more chewy version, more satisfying than the normal coated “jelly”.
Met some very satisfied diners this weekend. One couple had been at Market Lane, another in Kudos and a larger group at Tracy’s in Ballincollig.
Not so satisfied was a customer of BB’s in Ballincollig who thought €2.80 was very expensive for a cup of Coffee-to-go; in addition “they were very slow”. By way of comparison, Quiznos in Merchant's Quay, sells coffee for €1. Reference: grapes_of_sloth on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Old Irish Creamery in Limerick

Picked up a Cheddar Cheese with Red Wine recently, just to try it out. It is a beauty and made under the Old Irish Creamery label in Effin Co Limerick.
Checked it out further and found that the JOD Food Company is building up its share of the market and has won awards at shows in Dublin and Nantwich (Cheshire). Cheeses produced include Natural Irish Oak Smoked, Garlic & Herbs, Walnut, Chilli, Porter, Whiskey, the Wine, Chives, Blueberries, and Effin Spicy Cheese coated with black peppercorns.
I’ll be on the lookout for the others. If they are all as good as the Cheddar with Red Wine then I’m on a winner.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Whitechurch Foods in Cork

Hegarty’s of Whitechurch are practically neighbours yet it was at a cheese stall down in the Mahon Pointy Farmers market that I bought some of their aged Cheddar.
Great stuff, compared to your normal cheddar, capable of more than holding its own with more famous products. Definitely worth a try.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Jacobs On The Mall in Cork

Good crowd at Jacobs on the Mall last evening, though not your typical Women’s Christmas groups, as couples were very much in evidence.
They have a special offer on, €24.00 approx for 2 courses, 28 for three. Though the menu is cheaper, the standard of food and service is still very high.
My ladies went for the crisp crunchy breads supplied at the start, especially the fig enhanced brown version.
The long chicken and veg spring roll was a popular starter, served with a salad and dip. Very nice.
Most went for the Venison, served with champ and red cabbage, as the main course. Portions were generous but beware: unless you ask otherwise, the meat will be served rare.
Not too many had the appetite for the big range of deserts but those that did were delighted, with the Triple Chocolate Wedge in particular.
Lovely evening, Lovely food. Now they tell me.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Rebel Chilli in Cork

Picked up some jars of Rebel Chilli on a recent visit to the Mahon Point Farmers’ Market.

Quite a tasty and versatile product, with different degrees of spiciness. Main uses are to liven up cheeses and hot and cold meats.

The two jars I bought were on the lower end of the “hot” scale and the Jalapeno and Raspberry went particularly well with hard cheese.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Bandon Vale in Cork

Bandon Vale is dedicated to providing quality products and offers a selection of shredded, block, sliced and pre-packed products, ranging from cheddars to bespoke blends and mixes.
But this fairly large producer, a member of the West Cork Regional Branding Initiative, under the Fuchsia logo, also sells some speciality packs, mainly cheddar.
The one I bought recently was their Glandór Red Leicester. I was very happy with it. It had a mellow yet distinct flavour and is quite a nice change from the usual cheddar.

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Friday, January 1, 2010


Hard to beat fresh vegetables, just out of the ground. And what a display the Burns family (from Mt Uniacke, Killeagh) had at the Mahon farmers market on a recent frosty morning.
No artificial lights. But there was more than enough illumination in the low sun. The display and the obvious health of the veg was irresistible and soon the bag was full with Brussels sprouts, celery, carrots and gleaming cauliflowers.
Reminded me of the days when I grew my own, pulled them, cleaned them and put them into the pot!

Check out my review of BALLYCURRAGINNY FARM - I am cork - on Qype

O'Hanlon's Off Licence in Cork

The relatively new establishment in the Mayfield Shopping Centre is well established after 18 months and my recent call showed why.
They are a friendly lot in this off licence. Loads of free advice on the best beer buys locally and also some down to earth advice on their extensive stock of wines.

They informally steer you through the maze of types and prices and don't just hand out the expensive bottle. They want customers, sure, but they want happy repeat customers. I went off with my purchases, including a Wyndham Bin 555 Shiraz, and will be back.

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Pandora Bell in Limerick

PANDORA BELL - The Sweetest things...

My sweetest thing this Christmas? Pandora Bell's honey nougat. Sense-ational. Picked up a couple of packets at O’Keeffe’s (St Luke’s). Gorgeous. No wonder the Bridgestone Irish Food Guide has named this new Limerick confectionery label as its Newcomer of the Year.
Bridgestone’s John McKenna says of Pandora Bell, “You want to see and taste perfection? Here it is, again. Nicole Dunphy's salted caramels and nougats and lollipops are of a standard no one in Ireland has ever achieved, and she has just started her Pandora Bell business, so what awaits us in the future? We can't wait.”

Neither can I.

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