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All the best places to eat, shop and stay in Ireland. A local guide to local places.

A very Woman-Made Breakfast

Staying in Mogliano in Northern Italy recently, we had an interesting experience: breakfast without any human intervention.

Juice? Push a button. Coffee? Push a button. Toast? Make it yourself. Yogurt? Lift one from the fridge. Ham or cheese? Lift some from the plate. Then put it all on a white plastic tray, and carry it yourself to the dining room, where there are no staff, even staff to clear your tray once you have finished.

Bellagio Truffle Dinner - Leslie Williams Shares a local secret

At first glance Bellagio, Terenure is your typical local Italian restaurant serving bruschetta, pizza and pasta. Neighbourhood restaurants need to be sure they can attract the conservative as well as the adventurous diner so yes there are (excellent) takeaway pizzas for under a tenner and you will find words like Carbonara and Bolognese on the menu, but this is not the whole story.  Bellagio has become my default restaurant and I think it is time I shared the reasons why with the readers of the Bridgestone Guides.

Reading List from The Skibbereen Food Festival

We were delighted to be a part of the Skibb Food Festival this year, when we met with some like-minded friends and read from our favourite cookery books. The location was the magical Time Traveller's Bookshop and here, as promised, is the list of books we read from:


Richard Olney: Simple French Food (Grub Street)

Patience Gray: Honey From A Weed (Prospect Books)

MFK Fisher: The Art of Eating (Vintage)

Michael Pollan: The Omnivore's Dilemma (Allen Lane/Penguin)


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