July 31, 2014

A Foodie's Guide to Kerry

Off on your holliers to Kerry this summer? Well to make your life easier Eva Schmid from the Ard na Sidhe Hotel has designed a fantastic infographic which highlights some of Kerry’s best food festivals, café’s and tearooms, cooking courses, farmers markets and artisan food stores. Check it out here to see it in full. 

Also check out some of my old posts to see what I thought of eating out in Killarney and Kenmare while on holidays down there a few years ago. I would adore a hake burger from Whartons right now! 

Killarney Town Centre
Kerry’s food festivals, cafes and tea rooms, cooking courses, farmers markets and food stores. - See more at: http://www.cheapeats.ie/#sthash.ROeBNJQH.dpuf
Kerry’s food festivals, cafes and tea rooms, cooking courses, farmers markets and food stores. - See more at: http://www.cheapeats.ie/#sthash.ROeBNJQH.dpuf

July 30, 2014

Boyne Valley Food Series Foraging Walk & Picnic

Herbal Delights - photo from Facebook
Join Meath Eco Tours this Saturday 2nd August for a special foraging walk and picnic at Girley Bog Natural Heritage Area, near Kells, County Meath. This guided walking tour will celebrate the edible delights to be found in this beautiful bogland area and its surrounds.

Participants will learn about edible plants and flowers, as well as discovering what plant families are safe to eat and which are best avoided. The tasty picnic, a highlight of the three-hour experience, will feature samples of foraged foods, such as Elderflower cordial with Raspberry and Meadowsweet syrup, Bilberry muffins, and Dillisk oatcakes with Wild Rocket and Basil pesto. Recipes and resources for further foraging adventures will also be provided on the day. 

This event takes place on Saturday 2nd August from 10am to 1pm and is part of the Boyne Valley Food Series. Further information and booking at www.meathecotours.com or phone Kate on 087-9712072. Cost is €20 and places are limited so get booking! The meeting point is the Girley Bog Looped Walk car park off the N52.

Meath Eco Tours
+353 (0)87-9712072

July 24, 2014

Boyne Valley Food Series: July Events

The Boyne Valley Food Series aims to highlight Meath and Louth's rich selection of artisan producers, small food businesses and restaurants over five months from May till September. The food series kicked off in May with a great array of events. In May I attended the Brú Brewery Tour and the Sheridan's Food Festival. In June I visited the first ever Taste of Meath at Oldbridge House, the Irish Maritime Festival and went on the Meath Food Safari. So far all the events have been very well organised, informative and, above all, great craic. 

July 22, 2014

Summer Tasting Menu at Copper and Spices

Discovering that I had an amazing Indian on my doorstep has to be one of the highlights of moving to Meath. I was leaving behind Ananda, Megha and the local byo, the Royal, and moving to the countryside where I thought I would never manage to find an Indian to rival my favourites.  How wrong I was!

Copper and Spices is a South East Asian restaurant on Ludlow Street in Navan, owned and run by Carmel and Nitin Gautam. It is an inviting looking restaurant, from the black and gold entrance to the cosy and well presented interior. The food they serve here is a cut above the rest and is up there, in my opinion, with some of my Dublin favourites. They do the best samosas and curries a girl could wish for. They also do the best value early bird take away I have ever come across! It’s amazing value for money. Anyway I am being sidetracked by my love for all of their food and need to talk about their wonderful Summer Tasting Menu which I recently got to sample.

July 06, 2014

The Connemara 'Surf to Turf' Self-driving Foodie Adventure

Mungo invites you to embark on a driving tour of Connemara to see and  eat your way through the two contrasting sides of Connemara.  From the rugged, austere landscape by the sea at Connemara Abalone in Rossaveal, to the lush, fertile grounds at Uncle Matt's Farm in Oughterard you will get to experience two very different landscapes.

July 04, 2014

July's Food Events & Festivals


July is my favourite month of the whole year. I swear it's not just because my birthday falls in the middle of it but that does help! It's because the days are long, autumn is still many weeks away and there is always the promise of sunshine. There are also loads of events throughout Ireland that celebrate all this too so it is a great time to get out and about. Happy July, enjoy.