Dunne & Crescenzi, Blackrock

We’ve found ourselves in Blackrock a few times recently and we were excited to see that Dunne & Crescenzi has opened in the Blackrock Shopping Centre (in the same unit as Clodagh McKenna’s place was previously).  I’ve always liked Dunne & Crescenzi and their Dundrum offering, L’Officina, especially in the Summer months when you can…

Oliveto at The Haddington, Dun Laoghaire

Overlooking the bay and Dun Laoghaire Pier, Oliveto  is an Italian bar and restaurant in The Haddington Hotel. Originally located nearby in The Pavilion, it moved to what was then The Kingston Hotel a few years ago. Recently Oliveto has taken over the running and operation of the entire hotel hence the rebrand to The Haddington,…

Prezzo, Liffey Valley

At the start of the year, in February 2016, Prezzo opened its first restaurant in Ireland, in Liffey Valley in Dublin. Prezzo is a popular UK based Italian restaurant chain but don’t let the ‘chain’ word put you off. They describe what they are as “Italian casual dining with a touch of class” but does it live…

The Best of 2015 – Gin & Griddle Recipes

The things I loved to cook, bake and serve during 2015… 1. Italian Sausage Pasta – this recipe was a hit with all of you as much as it was for us. It’s a recipe I’ve returning to many times, really easy to make and so tasty.

The Best of 2015 – Breakfast & Brunch

Brunch – a wonderful invention! This was a hard one to narrow down but here are our favourites from the year…and just in time for the weekend too. Enjoy! 1. We started the new year in London, and enjoyed a fabulous breakfast at the Electric Diner in Notting Hill. Avocado & eggs, a perfect combo!

The Best of 2015 – Main Courses

Continuing on, these are our favourite main courses from 2015… 1. Amazing pasta at Toto’s in London… so simple the ravioli filled with buffalo ricotta with fresh tomato sauce was delicious and a super meal to start of 2015 when we visited London in January.

Recipe ~ Chicken Saltimbocca

Saltimbocca is normally made with veal, this is a similar recipe using chicken instead which perhaps make it a more accessible recipe for most. Do buy good quality parma ham as it makes a difference to the overall dish. Very few ingredients and easy to make. It also goes with a wide variety of accompaniments, a crisp…

Recipe ~ Italian Sausage Pasta

I really love this recipe, using the best ingredients you can buy, it’s still a very affordable and delicious meal. I do recommend that you buy the best sausages, pasta, sauce (or make your own sauce) you can afford as it will make a difference to the quality & taste of the finished dish; and it…

TOCA, Ritz Carlton, Toronto

Whilst in Toronto, it was Simon’s birthday and a birthday needs a decadent lunch! I booked a table for 2 at TOCA  in the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Toronto. A luxurious hotel from the moment you enter, a sweeping staircase brings you to TOCA on the mezzanine floor. The menu is based on Italian cuisine, it’s seasonal and local and…

The Best of May on Gin & Griddle

The only thing I could start this with is Yes Equality! On May 22nd this little country of ours voted yes to same sex marriage, giving equality to everyone to marry the person they love, regardless of gender. I wrote a post just before about why I was voting yes and I was so proud, emotional…

Recipe ~ Roasted Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes & Parmesan

A recipe might be a stretch as really this is take a handful of ingredients and eat… I love May because it brings with it Asapragus! the lovely purpley green English asparagus that tastes so good. Asparagus is great in lots of things, on its own, simply grilled, a drizzle of olive oil and lemon…

Mews Dining at Toto’s Restaurant, Knightsbridge, London

Toto’s is tucked just off Walton Street in Knightsbridge on Lennox Gardens Mews. Recently renovated during Summer 2014 and under new ownership since then, it’s a stunning restaurant space. On our trips to London we generally walk a lot and around this area is our favourite place to wander. We stumbled upon Toto’s Restaurant on our…