Brown Thomas appears strangely empty until the progeny and I click that not every day is Christmas Eve, our more usual visitation time, when we are invariably in frantic pursuit of whatever item of makeup will be the making or breaking of Current Wife’s Christmas but today is a midweek morn during the height of holiday season.
It was an unlikely Eminem endorsement that turned the masses on to Dido’s wine bar pop in the early 2000s. As sampled by Slim Shady’s fan-goes-cray-cray parable ‘Stan’, her single ‘Thank You’ became an overnight passport to the big time and record sales in the tens of millions.
When the Celtic Tiger foundered, ‘fine dining’ Greene’s was especially vulnerable but under Bryan McCarthy, they found a head chef capable of creative response, as he delivered deceptively simple, keenly-priced menus, featuring superb local, seasonal, cultivated and foraged produce, writes
His rise from the obscurity of the Dallas suburbs had meanwhile taken on soap opera trappings following the incarceration by emigration officials of his collaborator 21 Savage on Super Bowl weekend. Malone – born Austin Malone – duly gave a shout out to his imprisoned friend as he plunged into the hit they wrote together, Rockstar.
When renowned former Sunday Times restaurant reviewer AA Gill died of cancer in 2016, I empathised, for him, his wife and young children; most sentient beings would do likewise, I assume, particularly males like myself, of vaguely similar vintage and familial setup.
On the latest leg of Lauryn Hill’s already notorious tour marking the 20th anniversary of her r’n b masterpiece The Miseducation Of… the clock had struck 9.30pm and of the singer there was not a trace. Hill has been tardy on her trot around Europe, sometimes arriving late and performing short sets.
The Menu has long been a supporter and advocate for any form of community food co-operative enterprises so was delighted to hear of the recent official opening of Limerick’s Urban Co-Op’s new premises at Eastway Business Park.
THERE was surprise (and some consternation) a couple of years ago when what was considered a fun retro Italian restaurant in a former car-park basement won best restaurant at the All-Ireland Restaurant Association Awards. It was no surprise to those of us that had eaten there — Luna deserved the award for atmosphere, impeccable service, and, beyond all of this, the outstanding cooking.
We here at Examiner Motoring don’t do comparison tests often, largely because many of them are meaningless exercises between cars which don’t actually directly compete against each other, or they present an unreasonable choice between cars largely unaffordable to the masses and are therefore only mere titillation.
It’s three years since Florence Welch’s last album and nearly a decade since she materialised as a fully-realised pop persona — a twirling blend of charity shop Stevie Nicks, millennial Kate Bush and self-aware Bonnie Tyler.