I’m a freelance food writer and scribble a little weekly food and wine column for The Galway Advertiser newspaper, among other places. This is where I keep my favourite restaurant reviews from in and around the West of Ireland, as well as foodie news, views and opinions. I hope you find something to interest you, whether you are from the area, plan on visiting or are just plain curious.
Just when you think that you can’t eat one more cupcake… The trendcasters have often said that pie was supposed to be the new cupcake, but that didn’t happen. Then the speculation was baked donuts or exotic mini tarts. There was an entire list of things that were also cont
It’s a family affair at Rua New research from Bord Bia has revealed that supporting local businesses is a key consideration for members of the public when eating out. Which may go part of the way to explaining why there is nearly always something of a queue up the stairs for a c
Good Things Come in Small Packages… Il Vicolo, Galway. In the olden days, my favorite lunch in Galway was a bowl of minestrone soup in Bar Cuba. It was ‘proper’ minestrone made by a charming and talented Italian native, Tony. And it was the best soup in all the land.
Rice Balls with sesame seeds and steamed edamame beans. For the majority of the population of the world, it would be unthinkable to sit down to dinner without a pot of hot rice on the table. There to soak up sauces and juice, sitting at the centre of the plate, making it a meal. We Ir
There are many little jewels hidden round the town, villages and countryside here in the West. I have written here before of the importance of having a few good recommendations to avoid the soulless food of the forecourts. In Loughrea, a town whose bypass has done it many favors as th
I think it is fair to say that the developing Irish wine market has hit something of a snag. Thanks to the unbalanced and quite frankly, bizarre new tax on wine, all of our small retailers will have to increase the cost of wine in their shops at various stages between now and the New
The end of December with but one day to go till the start of the new year. The house had been hit by a veritable hurricane of small, pink clothing The combined forces of Santa and a little girl’s December birthday had filled the house with tons of plastic. A previously unknown h
A year and a half of food blogging under my belt and I have to say guys, I rock at this stuff – joking of course. At the end of the year it’s nice to look back on the year gone by and these were statistically my top hits of 2012. It’s even better to look forward to w
As with everything else in life, food has its fashions and trends, ups and downs, ins and outs. Have you been wondering what’s replacing cupcakes? Is your sushi lunch passé? 2012 continued to see a return to frugal foods and cheaper cuts. Molecular cooking is on the wane while S