This month Gin & Griddle turned 1!
I started the blog as a place to be able to talk about food – making, baking and eating out. About how wonderful Gin is, with the odd chat about wine and cocktails thrown in. It’s been incredibly fun, the chats on Twitter, the friends I’ve made, some virtual, some I’ve met in person…In this last year, I’ve posted 56 blogs, started slow, learning the dos and don’ts of blogging as I went and I think in year 2 of Gin & Griddle there will be a lot more blogs coming!
A quick recap of the 1st year…
The most viewed and popular post was Gin & Griddle’s review of Drury Buildings…a great new addition to the Dublin drinking and dining scene.
…followed by Brunch at the Vintage Cocktail Club
and our visit to Riba in Stillorgan…
Adventures into baking, making bread and cakes and biscuits – these Apple Cinnamon Cakes … delicious!
One of the original blog posts and still one of my favourite recipes to make is a Ham & Leek Gratin – very easy and so tasty. And now that we will be soon into Asparagus season again (love Asparagus!) I will definitely be making these pancakes with asparagus!
And then there’s Gin, the new addition to the blog with the Friday Gin Reviews which will continue, there’s a lot of Gins out there… I’m just back from a long weekend in Spain with a bottle of Gin Mare, a Mediterranean Gin… which will be sampled this weekend! There are lots of new, boutique and artisan, small batch Gins now, the possibilities are endless!
It’s actually been a lot of fun looking back through the blogs and photos – I could talk about them all but then this would be a way too long post! And so to the year ahead…
In May, I’m looking forward to visiting Litfest at Ballymaloe to hear Simon Hopkinson talk on Roast Chicken and Other Stories and (of course) the Gin tasting with Master Gin Distiller, Desmond Payne, of Beefeater London Gin.
I also hope to visit Paris – I received a present of Trish Deseine’s ‘The Paris Gourmet’ so I’ve an exceptionally long list of cafes, markets, restaurants and shops!
A few days in the sun during the summer would also be wonderful, I would love to return to Cascais, on the Lisbon coast – so easy to get to with a short flight and just beautiful, a visit to Jardin dos Frangos for chicken and chips and definitely back to Monte Mar for the amazing seafood and probably staying at the Onyria Hotel – a heavenly place I’d happily stay forever… alas…
And on top of all that there’s restaurants, bars and cafes to visit and things I want to make and bake!
Gin & Griddle’s places to visit in the coming weeks and months – some are new, some I haven’t been to in a while and need a revisit… this is just a part of the (very long) list…
- The Greenhouse, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 – it’s been a while since my last visit to The Greenhouse and I’d love to go back soon, to sample more of the amazing cooking by Mickael Viljanen
- Peruke & Periwig, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 – enjoyed wine and cocktails in the bar, food menu looks good.
- MacNean House and Restaurant, Blacklion, Co. Cavan – This is an easy one really, who doesn’t want to go here!
- Ox, Oxford Street, Belfast – one of my favourite cities and very much looking forward to trying Ox on our next visit.
- Etto, Merrion Row, Dublin 2 – I’ve been hearing great things, fab reviews and will visit soon!
- Damson Diner, South William Street, Dublin 2 – for the cocktails which look immense!
- Meet & Meat, South William Street, Dublin 2 – again, its creating a bit of a stir, and its on the to visit list!
- The Tannery, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford – Must go…
- Vintage Cocktail Club, Crown Alley, Temple Bar – been for brunch – want to go on an evening!
- Drury Buildings, Drury Street, Dublin 2 – love the bar and food downstairs so would like to try out the restaurant upstairs.
- 777, South Great Georges Street – love Mexican food and adore Margaritas! Husband doesn’t so we haven’t been … yet – I will convince him though!
- Bunsen, Wexford Street, Dublin 2 – by all accounts the best burger in Dublin, reason enough to visit.
- 1826, Adare, Co. Limerick – We spent Christmas in Adare, 1826 was closed for the holidays so our next visit I’m going!
- Las Tapas de Lola, Wexford Street, Dublin 2 – Tapas, that is all!
- M and L Chinese Restaurant, Cathedral Street, Dublin 1 – for real authentic Chinese food, it seems to be the place!
Happy birthday to me! Enjoy…