TheTaste December Edition 2016

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December 2016 Magazine

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Catherine Fulvio
The Irish Nigella - An Interview with Catherine Fulvio

Interviews

With their manes of thick dark hair, multitude of cookbooks and TV shows to their names, and shared affinity for Italian food, one could easily draw comparisons between Catherine Fulvio and fellow domestic goddess Nigella Lawson. And just like Nigella Catherine know's how to throw a good dinner party too. Though rather than ambling t...

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M&S Christmas Shopping

Taste Gift Guide

 

Featured Escapes

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Maryborough Hotel and Spa - Luxury Escape 1 or 2 Night Stay for 2 people with Breakfast, Bottle of Prosecco on arrival, €20 Spa Credit each, €20 Dining Credit and use of Leisure Facilities from only €179

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The Perfect Gift this Christmas a luxury escape to the Maryborough Hotel and Spa - 1 night (€179) or 2 night (€245) stay for 2 people with Breakfast each morning, Bottle of Prosecco on arrival, €20 spa credit per person, €20 dining credit and use of Leisure Facilities.   Situated amongst 300-year old listed gardens in Cork city sits t...

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Luxury Escape Review

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Classic Meets Contemporary in Stylish Cork Retreat - Maryborough Hotel & Spa Review

Reviews

There is something for everyone at the Maryborough Hotel & Spa located in Douglas, County Cork as I was to find out on my recent visit there. The hotel oozes elegance and is the perfect place to check in to if you are in search of some much-needed rest and relaxation but it is also close enough to Cork City if you fancy a spot of retail therapy or s...

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Restaurant Reviews

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A Venue Unlike Any Other has Just Opened on Ormonde Quay - Bagots Hutton Review

Reviews

November has definitely been one of the most exciting months for unique venues opening in Dublin, we had Hang Dai at the beginning and just by the skin of its teeth, an exciting new concept has opened on Ormonde quay, just a few doors down from the Morrisson Hotel. READ MORE

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A Magical Experience at Greenes Restaurant

Reviews

Dining out can be expensive but it is something that I enjoy tremendously and a passion that I have been lucky enough to continue to indulge. During the height of the recession many restaurants changed their pricing structures and also started using cheaper ingredients in new and inventive ways in an effort to reduce costs and provide competitively pric...

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Lighting up the South Dublin Dining Scene - Milltown's New Hotspot Ember

Reviews

There is no denying, it is an exciting time to eat in Dublin at the moment. New restaurants are popping up all over the city and in less obvious corners with the rise of the more casual neighbourhood eatery. The neo-bistro movement born in Paris' 11th arrondisement seems to have caught on here, with ambitious young chefs putting their all into opening u...

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Fantastic Wines and Where to Find them: Piglet Wine Bar, Cow's Lane - Bar Review
Fantastic Wines and Where to Find them: Piglet Wine Bar, Cow's Lane - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, reads a one-liner believed to have been said by Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, from 2000 when he was "quoted" by a creative from Italian liqueur brand Campari. While the legendary man from Firenze surely wasn't talking about a small wine bar in Dublin when -or if- he said these words, the phrase co...

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Hearty Fare Served in Elegant Surroundings at Wine & Brine

Reviews

Wine & Brine located on the Main Street in Moira, County Armagh celebrates its first birthday on 5 December but despite its infancy it was recently awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand and the title of Best Local Restaurant in the UK according to the Waitrose Good Food Guide for 2017. The restaurant was opened by Head Chef Chris McGowan and his wife D...

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The Most Exciting New Restaurant In The City Just Opened on Camden Street - Hang Dai Review

News

Camden Street has just got a slick new venue, unlike anything else in the city. Brought to you by award winning chef Karl Whelan, executive chef of John Farrell’s Luna, and his best mate and business partner, gig guru Will Dempsey, is an exciting new concept. READ MORE

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A Must Visit Hotspot in the City of Tribes - Tribeton Galway

Bars & Venues

Galway is known for many things, arts, culture, a vibrant food scene holding its own on the world stage and of course its thriving bar scene. Throngs of bars line almost every street in the city, from traditional to eclectic to the hidden gems only the locals seem to know about. The Galway scene has been on fire in recent years and is without doubt o...

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Discover Northern Ireland

Discover Northern Ireland - #EnjoyNI16

 

Wine

Ireland's Top Sommeliers and Wine Experts Choose Their Favourite Wine for Christmas [December Edition]
Ireland's Top Sommeliers and Wine Experts Choose Their Favourite Wine for Christmas

Drinks

Ireland's top sommeliers and wine experts have the opportunity to taste amazing wines through the year and the knowledge to spot the truly outstanding among them all. And while they recommend bottles you will love practically everyday, this time they're talking about a very special pick. We asked them what's their favourite wine to drink at Christ...

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Interviews

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Dublin's Brunch King - Geoff Nordell of Whitefriar Grill and Bow Lane

Interviews

Along with superb business skills, ambition, flexibility and persuasiveness, a good bar owner should be the type of person who you would imagine throws the best parties, and who themselves would be at the heart of the festivities. Geoff Nordell is that kind of guy. Both a chef and a business man, Geoff has established one of the Dubl...

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M&S Christmas Shopping

Taste Reader Offers

Bronze Turkey and Award-Winning Ham Hamper from Scarlet Heifer for only €90
Bronze Turkey and Award-Winning Ham Hamper from Scarlet Heifer for only €80

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Being both butchers and farmers, the owners of Scarlet Heifer strive to use their experience to provide best-quality meat. Their stores offer a wide array of award-winning, Irish meats from the serve over to the ready to cook option.   Their award-winning READ MORE

 

Competitions

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Win overnight stay at Neven Maguire's MacNean House, dinner for two, day at the cookery school, and copy of Neven's new cookbook

Competitions

Nestled in the picturesque foothills of the Cuilcagh Mountains, Blacklion, Co. Cavan, chef Neven Maguire's Michelin-listed MacNean House & Restaurant has built a reputation for offering some of best food and hospitality Ireland has to offer. At MacNean Restaurant diners can relax, unwind and enjoy a drink at the restaurant’s luxurious bar befor...

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Travel

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Salt Lake City Food & Drink Travel Guide

Travel

Take everything you’ve heard about the eating and drinking scene in Salt Lake City with, well, a grain of salt. Although this mountain metropolis is best known for its stick-to-your-ribs America fare and strict liquor laws due to its conservative (mostly Mormon) population, Salt Lake City is also slowly making a name for itself for its bourgeoning coc...

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More News & Reviews

New Years Eve
Auld Lang Syne & Dine - The Best Restaurants to Ring in The New Year

Features

New Year's Eve can be a funny one, everyone has high hopes for a wonderful send off to the year just gone but the night can be marred by bars packed to capacity and over zealous revelers. Most occasions can be made memorable with fine food and a healthy dose of bubbles, so booking yourself a table in a great restaurant is the perfect way to ensure your ...

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Give the Gift of Deliciousness with Edible Christmas Presents to Make & Buy

Features

Christmas is quite rightly a time of indulgence, and a time of year when it is perfectly acceptable to take to the kitchen mulled wine in hand and linger. No festive Yankee candle can compete with the scent of vanilla and spiced baking and we grant ourselves a carte blanche to eat the decadent treats our hearts desire, Christmas just isn't Christmas wit...

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15 Best Chocolate Experiences in Ireland

Features

Chocolate is described as "food for the gods", but yet it is a vice us many of us mere mortals simply cannot survive without. One of life's earthly pleasures, over its 3000 year history the fruit of the cacao plant has evolved from a ceremonial drink used by Aztec Indians to an ingredient that we use to melt, dribble, dip, coat, and ultimately devou...

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10 Easy Christmas Canapés With 5 Ingredients or Less

Features

If you can already feel yourself regretting that Christmas party you have planned to host, stressing about feeding your guests and putting on a good show, look no further. Whether you're having your inner circle or 50 of your closest acquaintances over to toast the season, TheTaste guide to easy canapés has you sorted! While there are some excellent...

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The Twelve Afternoon Teas of Christmas

Afternoon Tea

There are few things in life quite as luxuriant as lingering over a tower of pastries with a glass of Champagne in hand. As Christmas is all about indulgence it makes sense that the two should be combined to make something even better - Festive Afternoon Tea! Take the ceremony of high tea and put bells on it - Christmas Afternoon Tea is a level up, t...

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10 Cheesy Christmas Hits - Top Irish Picks for Your Festive Cheeseboard

Features

Christmas is the time of year where it is perfectly acceptable to park yourself beside the fire at any time of day with a cheeseboard and a glass of fine wine - defined meal times be damned! In Ireland we are blessed to have some of the finest artisan cheese producers in the world, meaning there is no need to look beyond our own shores to design your fe...

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Winter Bombe Recipe with Chocolate, Cherries, Vin Santa, Panettone & Pistachios by Jamie Oliver
Ultimate Christmas Desserts & Baking Guide

Features

For those with a sweet tooth, Christmas most definitely is the most wonderful time of the year. The entire month of December is sprinkled with sweet moments: Neighbours calling with freshly baked gingerbread cookies, the constant supply of mince pies in the office, and of course, the pinnacle of your holiday sugar high, the Christmas day feast. Make ...

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Have a Very Veggie Christmas - Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Recipes

Features

With so much focus on turkey and ham at Christmas, it’s easy to forget about the vegetarians and vegans among us. Whether you are vegetarian yourself or cooking for a vegetarian, there are plenty of ways to bring vegetable cheer to the dinner table this Christmas. In fact, many of the best holiday recipes just happen to be vegetarian; think maple roas...

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12 of the Best Hot Chocolates in Dublin

Drinks

Forget mulled wine or hot toddies, ’tis the season for steaming cups of hot chocolate. While summer is all about drinking cocktails on rooftop bars and sipping smoothies in the park, winter is made for finding a cosy corner in café and bunkering down with a mug of this glorious beverage. Dark, creamy, topped with marshmallows, flavoured with ch...

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Afternoon Tea Reviews

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High Tea Fit for a Queen - The Merchant Afternoon Tea Review

Afternoon Tea

At one time or another we have all fantasised about being royalty, right? Some of us take this too far with a tiara collection but for others making an occasion out of a meal can create that regal feeling, even if just for a few hours. Nothing says pampering quite like an afternoon of lingering over a tower of indulgence - afternoon tea is a treat for y...

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Bar Reviews

I Want Rock 'n' Rum: The Bowery, Rathmines, Bar Review
I Want Rock 'n' Rum: The Bowery, Rathmines, Bar Review

Bars & Venues

If there are two things in life I truly love, they're rock and rum. That's why when I found out The Bowery in Rathmines was offering exactly that, I went there, opening date, which happened to be on the Halloween Bank Holiday Weekend and for the occasion, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club were on stage. The place was packed and sprinkled with zombie...

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Newly Opened and Booming with Regulars: Brú House Fairview - Bar Review
Newly Opened and Booming with Regulars: Brú House Fairview - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Craft culture has well and truly seeped its way down every meandering lane and side street between the canals of Dublin city centre. With the exception of some true traditionalists, it’s hard to find a pub or bar that doesn’t stock what would be considered an Irish craft beer. This trend is reflected in much of the other cities and larger towns the ...

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A Bar of Many Layers: The Dirty Onion, Belfast - Bar Review [December Edition]
A Bar of Many Layers: The Dirty Onion, Belfast - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Tradition and modernity are often presented like opposites. A bar is either all bout the good old fashioned -pun intended- craic and trad sessions, or it is this edgy, neon-lit coolness hub with unpronounceable beers and DJ-like bartenders. At The Dirty Onion, however, it's not all black or white, and I don't mean that only because gray and ...

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Featured Drink Stories

All We Want For Christmas are These Christmas Carols Inspired Cocktails
All We Want For Christmas are These Classic Carols Inspired Cocktails by Zozimus' Bartender Pat Thomas

Cocktails

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And even though the weather outside is frightful, the fire is so delightful so just relax and hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling too... Ok, we've been listening to A LOT of Christmas songs and we have decided to shake things up with cocktail recipes inspired in some of the most popular seasona...

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Amazing Bottles Filled with Christmas Spirits and Liqueurs to Give and Share
Amazing Bottles Filled with Christmas Spirits and Liqueurs to Give and Share

Drinks

Sipped or mixed, stirred, shaken, neat or on the rocks... These selection of spirits and liqueurs will give you a taste of the new and the timeless, the local and the international, the crowd pleasers and a few unusual delights. We've wrapped up our most loved tipples for you to sip on over the festive season. So have a look and enjoy them your way thi...

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Producer Spotlight

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A Cut Above the Rest - Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats Interview

Features

In recent years, Northern Ireland has undergone a food revolution, becoming recognised on the world stage for its exciting dining scene, superb local ingredients, and as a food tourism destination. Though, speaking to chef Danni Barry from EIPIC, one of two Michelin starred restaurants in Belfast, the person who she credits as one of the biggest influen...

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Meet the Farmer Behind Your Christmas Turkey - Eoin Sharkey of Maperath Farm, Co. Meath

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In most homes for only one day each year does the turkey gets its time to shine - and, if cooked correctly, it shines quite literally as the glazed centerpiece of our Christmas feasts. Though in a growing number of farms across Ireland our favourite festive fowl are the centre of attention all year round - well, at least from April when a new batch o...

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