John & Sally McKenna’s Guides have passed the last quarter of a century gently if very assuredly leading Irish diners to some of the finest troughs in the land and the latest tome from the stable, the third edition of Where to Eat & Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way (Estragon Press), maintains the same impossibly high standards.
The Menu enjoyed a splendid repast, cooked by some of Ireland’s finest chefs, including Eurotoque Ireland General Commissioner, Graham Neville, of Dublin’s Restaurant 41, at Ballymaloe House this week.More
Every day is Father’s Day (June 19) in The Menu’s household.
Trusting this fine weather continues, a picnic in the park sounds most appealing, particularly, if the park in question is Dublin’s exquisite Iveagh Gardens and the ‘picnic’ is Taste of Dublin (June 16-19).
Instead of making do with a quick trip to the garden centre next weekend, The Menu has his heart set on a visit to Bloom (June 2-6), in the Phoenix Park, the country’s largest garden, food and family festival.
Several years ago, while raising six offspring and also working with husband Denis in their shared business, Sheila Kiely found the time to write (and photograph!) her first cookbook, Gimme the Recipe, and the follow-up, Enjoy! Food You’ll Love (Mercier Press) has hit the shelves.More
For a spell, the gastronomic reputation of the lovely seaside town of Kinsale appeared to be succumbing to a certain flabbiness of practice but recent years has seen the arrival of some sharp new operators raising standards across the board.More
The Menu is delighted to bring tidings of an excellent fundraiser BBQ (May 13) at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in aid of Syrian refugees, in particular, the West Cork Island to Island fund, with musical entertainment on the night from John Spillane.More
The Menu recalls a time, a few decades ago, when the English Market was on its uppers, seemingly in terminal decline.More
The Menu wrestled with his conscience as he was dearly tempted not to advertise at all a Slow food West Cork dinner (April 27) in Pilgrim’s Restaurant, in Rosscarbery, and instead snaffle up the tickets himself, for it is an asparagus feast, a tasting menu based around the sublime green spear, which is just now coming into season.More
There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth several years hence at the perceived loss of national sovereignty on foot of the bailout.More
It takes a special kind of cookbook to earn a mention in The Menu and The Farmette Cookbook: Recipes & Adventures from My Life on an Irish Farm (Roost Books), by Imen McDonnell, is certainly such a tome.More
As well as being a wonderful restaurateur, running two fine Dublin-based establishments, Cake Café and Slice, The Menu’s weekly colleague Michelle Darmody has always operated above and beyond the base requirements of the industry.More
Freshly returned from a splendid sojourn in Galway where he ate and drank for every single man, woman, and child in Ireland, the City of the Tribes being an especially fine place for putting on the nosebag, The Menu would dearly love to be making a return trip for the Galway Food Festival (running until March 28).More
Slow Food West Cork host a delightful ‘Pick and Plant’ event (March 20) at Nick’s permaculture smallholding in Rossbrin, near Ballydehob.More
Having sprayed the Bould Neidín a fetching shade of green, The Menu is hitting the road once more in search of festive Patrick’s Day frolics.More
The Irish Food Writers’ Guild announced the annual selection of the best of Irish producers and food heroes.More
First stirrings from the Dungarvan HQ of the 2016 West Waterford Festival will start from April 15 to 17.More
The bould Neidín is hardly a very wet week back from his winter sojourn in St Tropez and The Menu is saddling him up once more, this time for a gallop of the west coast to Knockranny House Hotel, for the Wine Producers’ Weekend (February 26-27).More
Whenever The Menu finds himself down in his cups, gloomily pondering the future of the planet, it is invariably an encounter with youth that restores his moral equilibrium and faith in humanity.More
FEED THE LOVE
Flowers, chocolates, wine, romantic dinners? It can only mean one thing, Valentine’s Day is upon us once more.
The second outing for Wise Traditions Ireland (February 6-7), in Thomond Park, Limerick, offers another intriguing look at health and nutrition issues around food and their effect on conditions such as diabetes, weight loss and compromised immune function.More