La Quinta Resort & Club, California

Ten years after our first stay at La Quinta, we returned at Christmas as part of a longer trip to the west coast. La Quinta Resort & Club was everything we had remembered and more; a thoroughly enjoyable stay in the desert. About La Quinta Resort & Club La Quinta Resort & Club is a…

48 hours in the Dock

Not quite the harsh sentence it sounds, a 48 hour weekend in London’s Docklands is a pleasure… After many years of visiting for business, we finally decided to skip Heathrow and staying in the Westend or Kensington for the weekend, opting for City Airport and the Docklands instead, we loved it and here is why……

Venice, CA – Where to Stay and What to Do, Eat and Drink

Our recent holiday over Christmas and New Years, began with a few nights in LA, staying close to Venice Beach. We both loved this area, and later in the trip added in another night here too. We would happily have spent more time around Venice Beach too. It’s a good place to start if you…

A Year in Review

As 2017 draws to a close, we’re taking some time out on holiday, having Christmas together.  We thought it would be fun to look back on the year just gone and share our highlights and favourites. 2017 brought us back to old favourites, One Pico, Mulberry Garden, Etto. As well as to new spots, Richmond, DeVilles…

2017 – The Gin Edit

A recap on the Instagram and Facebook Top 5 countdown of our favourite gins of the year… don’t forgot to comment and tell me what your favourite gins were during 2017! 1. Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin While there are a few gins I really loved this year, the no. 1 spot was…

Tasting Menu at Forest Avenue, Dublin 4

Booking Forest Avenue for dinner recently, I was delighted to be finally going somewhere that has been on my list a long time. We love their sister restaurant, Forest & Marcy, which made us all the more excited for this one. We made our way to Sussex Terrace after work on a Thursday evening. Inside,…

Gin Review ~ Needle Gin … From Aldi

Aldi have released a couple of new gins to the Irish market for the Christmas season, one of which is Needle Blackforest Distiller Dry Gin. I was really excited to pick up a bottle of this, as I generally love German gins and reading about Needle Gin, I thought it was one I would really…

The Great Big GIN Gift Extravaganza – Christmas 2017

Who doesn’t love Gin? Who doesn’t love Presents? Who doesn’t love Christmas? Who doesn’t love The Great Big GIN Gift Extravaganza Post? Well after the popularity of last years post not many, so at Gin and Griddle we have the Solution – It’s BACK ! The Great Big GIN Gift Extravaganza with all new ideas…

Thank-you … #IrishFoodBlogger

Last month, I won Best Food Review Blog at the Blog Awards Ireland 2017. Genuinely shocked, I had no expectation of wining, actually of even placing if I’m honest. There are so many fantastic food bloggers in Ireland, so to know that people think Gin & Griddle is worthy and in fact one of the…

A Girls Night at Osprey Hotel, Naas

Take 6 ladies, friends for a long time but who don’t get to see each other as much as they would like, find a weekend date that everyone is free, and pick a hotel that meets criteria, not too far to travel, not too expensive, with a spa, restaurant, bar. We decided on Osprey Hotel…

DeVille’s ~ Dalkey

As anyone who follows Gin & Griddle on Instagram or Twitter will know, we go to Dalkey quite often. We lived there for a long time, it was his before we met and we lived there together until just after we got married. It’s a special place for us, and somewhere we hope to live…

California Dreaming (of Wine!)

We were delighted to attend the California Wine Fair 2017 in the Shelbourne Hotel, last Thursday 28th of September. This first event in Dublin was a chance to reintroduce California wine to the Public and Trade. California Wine has suffered under the burden of excise increases and reduced spending on premium wine in Ireland over…