TheTaste September Edition 2016

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September 2016 Magazine

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FEATURED ARTICLES
Dylan McGrath. Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyle
"I'm not finished yet" - What's Next for Dylan McGrath

Interviews

A lot has been written about Dylan McGrath: On how he achieved a Michelin star at Mint; on the blow he suffered when the restaurant fell victim to the recession; how he rebuilt his career by opening some of Dublin’s most successful casual eateries; and there have been as many column inches about his temper in the kitchen and moody intensity, as his un...

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FEATURED ESCAPES
Culloden Estate & Spa
A Heavenly Palace in the Hills - Culloden Estate & Spa

Reviews

Northern Ireland is having a bit of a moment at present, some would say a long overdue moment. Tourism NI have made concerted efforts both at home and abroad to showcase the best food and drink producers and experiences that are waiting to be discovered and with the arrival of Brexit and Sterling being almost pound for pound with the Euro there is proba...

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Sheen Falls
Exclusive Two Night Stay in the Five Star Sheen Falls Lodge, with dinner in the Falls Restaurant, a glass of Prosecco & Afternoon Tea for 2 only €480

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Situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the world - amongst 300 acres of magical woodlands, Sheen Falls hotel is surrounded by cascading waterfalls within 5 minutes drive from the bustling town of Kenmare. Enjoy majestic views of the McGillicuddy Reeks - the highest mountain range in Ireland - and the stunning Kerry countryside from the hotel...

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS
Vie de Chateaux
Living la Vie en Rose at Vie de Chateaux

Reviews

I have been somewhat of a Francophile for as long as I can remember. Breton stripes and good butter are beloved in my little world, I have been known to throw rigorously French-themed dinner parties and if I thought I could get away with it, there's a good chance I would take up wearing a beret. My excitement was therefore understandable when I discover...

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Fishbone Clontarf
The Best Catch in Clontarf - Fishbone Restaurant

Reviews

We've all been there, Saturday afternoon, after a week of excess, with a grand plan of being “good”, being, dare we say it healthy. “Let’s go for a cycle down to Bull Wall, along the sunny Clontarf seafront”, well that was the plan and in fairness it was almost executed apart from the delicious diversion we made when we finally arrived at the ...

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A Restaurant that Knox Your Socks Off - Knox Review

Reviews

Fashions come and go and this is as true in the restaurant world as it is on the catwalk. Over the past few years we have witnessed the 'burger revolution', the growth in popularity of cocktails and a move towards less formal dining. Moreover, they say that travel broadens the mind but it has also broadened our palates and as foreign travel becomes more...

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Save Me From Myself at The Butcher Grill - Brunch Review

Reviews

I have a confession to make - I'm not really as into the whole brunch thing as the masses appear to be. Do I brunch? Sometimes. Is it the highlight of my week eating-wise? Rarely. I want breakfast, lunch and dinner and I don't feel like I need an excuse to have a drink during the day. In a bid to see if I could finally embrace the hype of the hybrid mea...

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A Recipe for Success - The Cookbook Café Review

Reviews

A couple of years ago my husband gingerly suggested that I should donate some of the cookbooks in my extremely large (and ever-growing) collection to our local charity shop. I glared at him in disbelief with thoughts of potential divorce proceedings running through my head. How could he possibly think that I would agree to this idea? This was not going ...

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St. George's Terrace
Cooking That Suprises & Excites - St. George's Terrace Restaurant Review

Reviews

The financial downturn had a huge impact on the hospitality industry in Ireland. Whilst restaurants have always worked to tight margins, they were faced with even harsher economic realities during the recession and had to quickly adapt to avoid going under. Many of them changed their pricing structures, introducing early-bird deals and other initiatives...

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The Kitchen Gorey
Something Special Cooking in the Sunny South East - The Kitchen Gorey Review

Reviews

There are not many Dubs who have grown up and managed to escape an annual trip to sunny South East during the summer holidays, certainly for both of us it was a rite of passage every year. With our own kids however we hadn’t ventured down in a quite a while and with a bit of recent sunshine and the annual Gorey Market Festival in full flow we took a s...

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DISCOVER NORTHERN IRELAND
Discover Northern Ireland - #EnjoyNI16

WINE ARTICLES
Penfolds: The Australian Wine Legend you Can Count On
Penfolds: The Australian Wine Legend you Can Count On

Drinks

Wine regions are often classified as either “Old World” or “New World”, a convenient, if blunt, dichotomy that in reality means Europe and everywhere else, respectively. But many “New World” producers are quite uncomfortable with being called ‘new’, given a lot of them have been around for over a century. They’re also wary of the ne...

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INTERVIEWS
Lorraine Heskin on Gourmet Food Parlour's Decade of Success
Lorraine Heskin on Gourmet Food Parlour's Decade of Success

Interviews

Before meeting Lorraine Heskin, you can see how her high level of attention to detail is present in all aspects of Gourmet Food Parlour: the delicate flower-shaped lamps that hang without a dusty spot, the tasteful decor that blends Provençal style and a refreshing, moder...

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Win a Sika restaurant tasting menu experience and an overnight stay at Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa

Competitions

Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, is offering one lucky TheTaste.ie reader the chance to win dinner for two Sika restaurant and a luxurious overnight stay, as they unveil their new seasonal tasting menu devised by Chef de Cuisine Peter Byrne. The new tasting menu, which emphasises local ex...

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TRAVEL
Brussels Food & Drink Guide
Brussels Food & Drink Travel Guide

Features

For eleven months of the year, Brussels is a haven for the hungry. Satisfy that late-night snacky feeling at the local friterie (chip shop), where the chips have been double-fried in goose fat. On the way home from a night out with plentiful beers and negotiable closing hours, slip in the side door of a bakery and order a fresh croissant from the bakers...

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MORE NEWS & REVIEWS
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Make Your Day the Midday Michelin Way

Features

In an ideal world, my every meal would be cooked by The Greenhouse's Mickael Viljanen. Unfortunately, in reality, very few of us can set aside the funds to indulge in Michelin-star cuisine as regularly as our heart's desire. The intricate edible art produced by the most prestigious names in Ireland, those with the coveted Michelin star, is necessarily a...

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11 Meal Delivery Services that Make Eating Healthy Easy

Features

What’s for dinner? It’s a question that for some causes a fair bit of anxiety and stress. While each week might start with good intentions and a pre-prepped lunch and dinner, by Wednesday our creativity and motivation is dwindling. Stir fries and eggs in various guises become regular fixtures, and come Friday it's either a takeaway or beans on toas...

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Healthy Meal Delivery
Dublin 8: On the Verge of A New Golden Age for Craft Drinks
Dublin 8: On the Verge of A New Golden Age for Craft Drinks

Craft Beer

"Irish Whiskey is now having its best moment in the last 150 years", said John Teeling recently during the launch of the book The Whiskeys of Ireland, by Peter Mulryan. He added that "in ten or fifteen years, the industry will be taking its rightful place", especially when it comes to premium whiskeys. Far from wishful thinking, Teeling's speech high...

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15 of Ireland's Best Artisan Food Stores

Features

Over the past few decades, Ireland's wealth of producers, makers, and growers have been the foundation on which Ireland's food industry has blossomed. These artisans have become household names, regular fixtures on menus across the country, and staples in our kitchens. An integral ingredient in the transition from little known producers to artisinal ...

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The Art of Sharing - Dublin's Most Delicious Dishes á Deux

Features

Buried in the barrage of food photos that make up my Instagram feed, I recently scrolled upon a meme that made me giggle, "there is no 'we' in 'food". I know plenty of people who's soul this saying would speak to but greedy as I can be, I can't concur with this statement - for me sharing delicious food with someone is the perfect way to eat, mutual grat...

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To Tip or Not to Tip? That is the Question

Features

For some people, tipping the waiting staff after eating in a restaurant is a certainty as inescapable as death or taxes, for others it's a sign of praise reserved for outstanding servers and then there are those that vehemently refuse to tip, whether out of principle or lack of it, depending on how you see it. How Modern Tipping Came to Be It i...

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To Tip or Not to Tip? That is the Question
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Behind the Scenes at London's Violet Bakery

Features

Baking fever has arrived. The Great British Bake Off is back with another season of thrilling adventures in the kitchen with everything from panettone to pavlovas being mastered in homes from Ballycotton to Brighton. Everyone appreciates a good homemade cake, but how about a great cake? That challenge has been laid down, much to the delight of our frien...

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NEW COOKBOOK REVIEWS
Derval Fit Foodie
The Fit Foodie by Derval O'Rourke - Cookbook Review

Cookbook Reviews

I imagine being an Olympian is hungry work. While a few brisk walks a week is my idea of a fitness regime, anything more intensive than this needs a diet designed to fuel energetic exertion. This is where the torch is rightly passed to Derval O'Rourke, who during her career as a professional athlete needed to keep herself in peak physical condition. ...

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DRINKS ARTICLES
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Mexican Spirits: Say Sí to Authentic Agave Drinks

Drinks

If we take Hollywood's word on Tequila, there are two ways to enjoy it: Frozen Margaritas or shots (lick the salt first, suck the lime after). According to Tinseltown, Tequila is the fuel for craziness at loud college house parties and wild spring breaks or it can also be served neat to test a man's toughness when he enters a dodgy bar that evo...

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PRODUCERS SPOTLIGHT
Genesis Crafty
Band of Bakers - The Six Brothers Behind the Rise and Rise of Genesis Crafty Bakery

Features

Just as essential as yeast is to a perfectly risen loaf of bread, the six McErlain brothers, Adrian, John, Paul, Seamus, Brian and Damian, have proven to be vital ingredients in the success of the one of Northern Ireland's most booming bakeries, Genesis Crafty. The family bakery has risen hi...

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Brian and Rachel
The Irish Couple taking Frozen Goodness Global - The Nobó Story

Features

Bó, or cow as Gaeilge, is present in the vocabulary of every Irish primary-school goer.  Surrounded by cow-filled fields in Connemara, the elusive name for Brian and Rachel Nolan's coconut milk, avocado and honey based take on ice-cream came to them. Packed full of flavour, dreamily creamy and smooth, the only thing absent from their tubs of frozen go...

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Exploring A Fusion of African and Irish Ingredients - The Flavour Safari Story
Exploring A Fusion of African and Irish Ingredients - The Flavour Safari Story

Features

"The Irish palate is changing", says Michael Onalimi, owner and director of The Jungle Food Company, as he presents Flavour Safari, his innovative range of African inspired sauces, "Ireland's first", he points out. "People demand new flavours, they've travelled around ...

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