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

Keith Bohanna describes Slow Food Terra Madre in Turin

The Slow Food movement is a bit of a mystery in Ireland, sometimes even to the people involved in it. Its not organic and its not fairtrade – although they are certainly encouraged. So having eliminated the things it is not what is left?

My second visit to the Slow Food Terra Madre event in Turin  (held bi-annually every October) helped me finally reach a better understanding.

Ola's P&Co Pierogis, by Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams says get there early for Ola's P&Co pierogis

P&Co Pierogi is a shining example of what did not know we had been missing before the boom. Ola Farrar, and her husband, Jonathan, have been selling half-moon shaped Pierogi dumplings at Marlay Park Market, on Saturdays, for a number of months now, and are also at the monthly Terenure Market (First and Third Sunday of the month).

Young Buck Cheese, Northern Ireland

John McKenna meets Mike Thompson, an iconic artisan making Northern Ireland's first raw milk blue cheese.

A Right Young Buck

Remember the date: November 26th, 2013.
That was the date when Mike Thomson made his first Young Buck cheese, in a wee room in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Newtownards, in County Down.
Young Buck is iconoclastic, for it is a raw milk blue cheese. No one in Northern Ireland has ever done this before, which is what makes the date of the start of production of the first cheese so significant.

Roasted Brown, Dublin

“Left to have coffee at Roasted Brown”.
That's Caroline Hennessy, describing the trusted technique of how to rescue a bad lunch in Dublin city centre: get yourself to Roasted Brown, and salvage the day with a cup of Don Mayo, from Costa Rica.

Newforge House, Derrylin, Co Armagh

John Mathers is meticulous.
How meticulous? Consider this: when he makes you a Shortcross gin and Fever Tree tonic, to which has adds a slice of orange, he also adds ice cubes. But... his ice cubes are made of tonic water, so as you sip through the life-affirming drink, there is none of the dilution that occurs with ordinary, made-of-water ice cubes.
The result? The last time I had a drink as good as the Newforge gin and tonic, it was in the American bar at the Savoy Hotel in London, twenty years ago.

Book Special - Books for Health

Grow Cook Eat, by Michael Kelly (GIY)

Grow Cook Eat is the ultimate lifestyle book, simply because it shows exactly how to achieve the ultimate lifestyle. Michael Kelly and his many contributors have taken the GIY message and made it accessible, understandable and enjoyable. The book is first and foremost a guide to growing and cooking but, in truth, it is a book about economics, social science, health and philosophy.

The Fumbally, Dublin

Dublin's Fumbally manages the most difficult balancing act in modern urban living: it is the most intensely knowing place – the sort of eating house where you half expect, on entering the bathroom, to find that they have a copy of Malevich's Black Square, which they've hung upside down, hanging on the wall – and yet it is totally devoid of self-consciousness.It's hip, without a downside, which means it's the sort of space that could only be created in Ireland.

The Square Table, Blarney

We'd give Martina and Tricia Cronin their own restaurant-and-cooking television show, starting tomorrow, and we'd call it “Round Pegs in The Square Table”

These twin red-headed sisters – Martina at the stoves, Tricia out front – are a blast. They're voluble, self-deprecating, funny, talented and iconoclastic.“We're culchies”, Martina will tell you – they hail from Kilnamartyra, just up the road from Blarney – but they're not culchies, they're just rooted.


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