Recipe ~ Asparagus & Parma Ham

I love this time of year when Asparagus is in season and we eat it all the time here in this brief few weeks when you can get really great asparagus in the shops. This is a simple recipe, perfect starter or lunch or just a nice snack to go with a few drinks…

Union Cafe, Mount Merrion

A sunny warm evening after work and we fancied sitting outside for a bite to eat. Having heard good things about this new spot in Mount Merrion we decided to go there, knowing they had a nice terrace area. Union Cafe is a market, deli, restaurant and bar in Mount Merrion, located in what used to…

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.

Toronto Part 3: Brunch at ViaVai (& a little shopping!)

Our first full day in Toronto and we fancied a nice brunchy kind of lunch so with a bit of pre-holiday research I had booked us into Via Vai for their weekend brunch. A brand new restaurant, soaring glass, artwork and a great menu. Previously an art gallery, Via Vai is now a wonderful pizzeria restaurant and wine bar with…

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…

The Box Tree, Stepaside

I first tried The Box Tree a few years ago (back when it was owned by Eamonn O’Reilly of One Pico / The Greenhouse), I didn’t like it then and I really don’t like it now… I normally try to find the positives in a dining experience, you’re spending time and money its better to…