An Ode to Roast Chicken … with a Recipe for the Leftovers!

If you asked me to pick a favourite food, I’d struggle. There’s so much nice food and so many nice dishes, it’s hard to pick just one. I love pasta, anything with garlic, Indian flavours, bacon, mushrooms on toast, in soup, sauteed, tomatoes sliced with salt and a drizzle of olive oil, my Mum &…

Woodfire & Green, Sandyford Industrial Estate

There’s a new lunch spot in town, well by town I mean Sandyford Industrial Estate… and it’s rather nice too. We went for a quick lunch and we will definitely be back soon…   Woodfire & Green Gourmet Kitchen is open for breakfast & lunch Monday to Friday and for Brunch on Saturdays. Luxe and contemporary…

Galgorm Resort & Spa, Northern Ireland

Galgorm Resort & Spa is set in over 150 acres of green fields and parkland with the River Maine flowing close by the hotel and through the estate. The hotel is an old house to the front, leading to a seamless, more modern extension. There are 122 guestrooms & suites, numerous restaurants and bars, and one of the things…

Breakfast at Balfes, Dublin

I had a day off work and a few things to do in town so I jumped on the luas into town early, and started my day with breakfast at Balfes. I had been here for drinks but never food so was keen to try it. Located next to and part of The Westbury Hotel,…

The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Belfast is a city we love to visit, there’s lots to do with some great restaurants and bars. It had been a couple of years since our last trip so we decided to treat ourselves to a stay at The Merchant Hotel and booked an ‘art deco room’ for a two night weekend break. 

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!

Brunch at The Pigeon House, Delgany

Having visited Firehouse Bakery before, I always meant to return to try the restaurant above it. We finally did it on a recent weekend, a celebratory one at that and enjoyed a delicious brunch and bubbles at The Pigeon House in Delgany.

Brunch at The Cookbook Cafe, Sandycove

A stroll along the seafront and through Glasthule and Sandycove on a bright, sunny and crisp Autumn day, perfect! Especially when it was followed by brunch. The Cookbook Cafe is bright and cheerful, the layout is quite similar to what it has been in the past, it feels cosy and homely inside. There’s cookbooks throughout the restaurant…

MIMA Coffee Company, Beechwood Luas, Dunville Avenue, Ranelagh

At the Beechwood Luas stop you will find MIMA Coffee Company, a great little coffee shop that does fantastic coffees and food. There’s lovely outdoor seating too, perfect for these sunny days! It’s a recent discovery for us but a place we have returned to now a few times and really enjoy. We enjoyed a late…

Avoca Salt Cafe, Monkstown

There seems to be an abundance of breakfast and brunch posts here on Gin & Griddle lately. Here’s another one and a lovely one it is too. We popped out to the coast for an early morning walk and decided to get breakfast in Salt at Avoca. Handy too that after breakfast you can pick…

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…

Breakfast at The Restaurant, Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin2

  Early one Saturday morning, we were on Grafton Street, and popped into Brown Thomas to have a browse. We had planned to get breakfast at some point, but decided on a whim to head into The Restaurant at Brown Thomas. Located on the 3rd floor, it’s a beautiful space, full of light and with…