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

Brian and Helen bring surgical precision to the legendary breakfast in Castlewood House, Dingle says John McKenna

Surgical precision. That's what Brian Heaton brings to the breakfast table at Castlewood, the elegant lodgings he runs with his wife, Helen, at The Wood, in Dingle, County Kerry.
Just look at that breakfast bap. Sounds simple, but look carefully at the thin folded slices of bacon under the thin slices of tomato under the perfectly poached eggs under the perfectly executed hollandaise sauce.
Surgical. Precise. Astounding, actually.

Heather Flaherty is the ultimate It Girl in Builin Blasta, Spiddal

Sit down to have a chat with Heather Flaherty, and Ms Flaherty will quickly start to talk about how some people in the food business have "just got it"
“It”, of course, is not just the love of food, it’s not just the love of cooking, it’s not just the love of the pell-mell of service in a busy restaurant. “It” is the total, complete and utter immersion in the nitty gritty and the detail of the kitchen, the dish, the food, the space, the buzz.

8 Times a Week is the Performance menu in The Bay Tree, Hollywood

8 performances a week. That's the theatrical timetable for the culinary hoofers in Holywood's The Bay Tree. They revise the old Broadway maxim, however, giving seven daytime performances, and a nightly production on Fridays evenings.And like any theatrical endeavour, The Bay Tree is a machine: sleek; slick; polished; professional; designed to please.

Joe MacNamee's Roundup and Predictions 2016/17

My very best dining experiences of 2016—from simple rural café to Michelin-starred restaurant—all shared a common thread, a deeply-held commitment on the part of the relevant chefs to finest, local produce. No mere tokenism, no cynical ticking of the ‘provenance’ box, we’re talking total immersion, terroir colliding with technical ability and creative flair to yield distinctly and uniquely Irish cuisines.

Veronica Steele

Veronia Steele, who created Milleens Farmhouse Cheese with her husband, Norman, on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, has passed away.
In creating Milleens, Ms Steele not only made a farmhouse cheese, she also made a movement of artisan food producers, all of who owe their inspiration to this singular woman. Along with Myrtle Allen, of Ballymaloe House, Ms Steele created the big bang for Irish food. After her, nothing would be the same.

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