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Eat, drink and be merry

Hurrah, some good news for the usually miserably rainy month of November. The Good Wine Show is coming to the Clarion hotel in Cork. My top 3 independent wine sellers (no favouritism here, I’ll tell ya) in Cork have united to bring us, what looks to be,  a fabulous couple of days. Over 100 different [...]

Food Glorious Food

Yesterday myself and my 2 youngest decided to head to Hosfords garden centre after spending a lovely sunny morning attempting to sort out a part of our now junglelike garden. I really like Hosfords. Its very child friendly. The kids love having a gawk at the birds and wallaby out front and the playground at [...]

More Wine Tasting – Hurrah

Bubble Brothers are hosting a wine tasting evening in the AGA shop in Cork city centre on Thursday 16th of July.  Its a great chance to sample a selection of their wines and discover which you prefer for the bargain price of €10. Details here.

Hanging out with Oisín

Today myself and Oisín had a day out to ourselves. It was very enjoyable as he’s a highly entertaining fellow and was in top chatty form.  We ambled about Cork city centre and inevitably visited O’Conaill’s Chocolate shop on French church Street. As I’ve mentioned before this place is a chocolate lover’s heaven. This time [...]

Its raining, its pouring

Last Friday, it rained all day here. I was on my own with the children and by around 4pm we were all going ever so slightly stir crazy, cabin fever had struck. With the weather showing no signs of abating, we set out for Chuckies in the Doughcloyne Industrial Estate so that they could burn [...]

Rawk on in Bandon

This weekend’ll be hopping in Bandon as the annual music festival takes place. We’ll be away tomorrow night but are hoping to get to either Saturday or Sunday nights’ free gigs at The Shambles to see The Blizzards, Republic of Loose and the Delorentos. Plenty happening the pubs too as can be seen in the [...]

Found Out

This morning did not start well: the car broke down on the school run and it was raining. After all was sorted: the car fixed and kids dropped to school, I decided to call in to The Found Out Cafe in Innishannon. Its located on the Main Street, I pass it regularly on the way [...]

Anyone for noodles?

photo credit: adactio After swimming earlier today, we decided to eat out en famille. Having been to Wagamama in Cork previously and having been very happy with that visit, we decided to return today. As always the staff were very friendly, attentive and efficient. Its a very family friendly restaurant: colouring pages and crayon to [...]

Review of O’Conaill’s Real Milk Hot Chocolate Kit

  When I was in O’Conaills Chocolate shop and cafe last week, I spotted this kit and couldn’t resist purchasing it. As previously mentioned O’Conaill’s make devine hot chocolates in their shop and I was interested to replicate these at home. The kit contains a jar of pure unalkalised cocoa powder, a jar of milk [...]

Review of The Bosun

  Last Sunday we weren’t really in the humour for cooking and fancied heading out en famille for some late lunch. We wanted something more than fastfood but with 5 young kids haute cuisine isn’t often an option. So off we headed to The Bosun pub in Monkstown. The location of this pub/restaurant is great, overlooking the harbour in Monkstown with a [...]

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