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The menu: Time to grab those last-minute luxuries

The poor old Menu can hardly sleep with excitement, praying this is the year he fights off sleep long enough to finally meet Santa — that, of course, and the humungous preparations for the Christmas dinner. 

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The Menu: Gifts, cards and pop-ups

The Menu’s old Neapolitan pal Pasquale De Vivo has a most festive display and some fine edible gifts in his Marlboro St emporium, DelItaly, and his Forge Hill cave of delights, Boot Specialities ( www.facebook.com/DelItaly ). 

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The menu: Belfast’s Ox ticked everything in my box

Just weeks ago, The Menu remedied a grave ill of his own contrivance and returned to Belfast after an absence of two decades and more. 

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The menu: Lettercollum book a recipe for old memories

Many moons ago, The Menu took great pleasure in regularly visiting a wonderful old period home, Lettercollum House, in Timoleague, Co Cork, enjoying splendid meals based around organic produce grown on site afore heading upstairs for blissful repose in the collectively-run guesthouse. 

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The menu: CIT Tourism, Culinary Roadshow heads to Midleton

Though it had been some time, at least a couple of Ice Ages, since The Menu had last trod barefoot through the fields to school, several years ago he returned to the groves of Academe.

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The menu: Food Fiesta

Not since the heady days of 1846-7 when El Batallón de los San Patricios (The St Patrick’s Battalion) assembled south of the border to take up arms in the Mexican-American War, has your regular Gael displayed such an enthusiasm for things Mexican.

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The Menu: Soul food

The Menu has often wondered if it would be possible to hitch up his old mucker, chef Gary O’Hanlon (VM Restaurant at Viewmount House, Co Longford), to some class of generator for the man’s indefatigable energy could power half the planet. 

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The Menu: Savour Wild & Slow Food Festival

If ever there was a time to visit the Garden County of Wicklow, then it is in early November as woodlands and forest swap summer green for the unspeakably beautiful autumnal palette, one of nature’s finest shows and a most exquisite closing act to the wild food foraging season. 

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The menu: Calling young Gustatory Gaels

The Menu is delighted to hear the revised format for the San Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 means it is now a truly global competition open to some of the aforementioned young gustatory gaels. 

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Pause awhile to savour Kilkenny food

The Menu has Neidín hitched up and is heading for beautiful town of Kilkenny for Savour Kilkenny Food Festival (Oct 24-27), another shining Irish example of ‘Place on a Plate’, with fine local growers and producers at the forefront of a food revolution. 

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The Menu: Cinematic treats for The Lunchbox

His reputation as an absolute hound for the nosebag is well- established but The Menu is also a great man for the ‘pictures’.

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Drain the brain for Down Syndrome Ireland Foodie quiz

The Menu is taking his brain out of the vaults once more for its annual airing at The Great Irish Foodie Quiz 2014 (Oct 7@7.30pm). 

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The menu: Dingle pie will be highlight of food trail

Currently basking in the glory of the recently-awarded accolade, ‘No 1 Food Town in Ireland’, this year’s incarnation of the Dingle Peninsula Food Festival (Oct 3-5) looks set to surpass previous triumphs with a humdinger of a programme of events.

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The menu: Bandon Engage Arts Festival

The Menu is an awful man for dipping into his progeny’s future college fund to blow it all on gastronomic goodies and few spots are more tempting than Urru Culinary Store, in Bandon.

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Taste of West Cork Food Festival to serve up treats

Time once more for A Taste of West Cork Food Festival (September 5 to 14), celebrating the produce and food culture of The Menu’s spiritual hinterland of West Cork, kicking off with a Taste of West Cork Gala Dinner at the Inchydoney Island Lodge and& Spa. 

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Return to the learning season

Even The Menu himself, a past master of the art of total denial, is clearing last year’s stale sangidges out of his school bag as he acknowledges yet another wonderful Irish summer is drawing to a close.

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A teaser before Taste of West Cork

The Menu is readying himself for the Taste of West Cork Cocktail Party (August 21) in the glorious Glebe Gardens, in Baltimore, West Cork, considering it an early taster for the wonderful Taste of West Cork Food Festival. 

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Parsnip Appreciation Society

THERE’LL BE PLENTY OOH AH IN DUAGH

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Good day out for teddy bears promised

While The Menu’s Teddy Bear still occasionally sends a card on the odd Christmas, it is many a long year since they have enjoyed a jorum let alone a cuddle.

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Afternoon tea brought to your home is a real treat

Back when The Menu roamed the professional kitchen ranges, he had the pleasure of working alongside the very excellent Mags Curtin and it was no great surprise that she went on to become the very first Pastry Chef at Café Paradiso, for she is a fine producer of sweet baked comestibles.

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