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Month: December 2017

48 Hours in Doha, Qatar – The Perfect Stopover Destination in The Middle East

Doha, the capital of Qatar, is an up-and-coming spot for travellers, particularly those visiting en route to their far flung destination. A great introduction to the modern Middle East, Doha is one stopover destination you’ll want to stay longer in. With activities to thrill and exquisite food to sample, two days in Doha will fly by. …

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Travel Destinations

Planning a Holiday in 2018? Add 8 of Our Favourite Travel Destinations to Your Bucket List

As we wave goodbye to 2017 and get ready to welcome in a new year, why not start planning your next holiday? While we’ll be keeping the Taste Travel section up to date throughout the year, if you’re seeking some immediate inspiration, our favourite destinations of 2017 may be just what you need. For me …

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The Shed Distillery Introduced Connacht’s First Whiskey in 104 Years

Yesterday, 21st of December, over 200 people gathered in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, to witness and taste a historic event: the opening of the first cask of Irish whiskey made in Connacht in 104 years. The cask, containing €100,000 worth of Irish whiskey, was the first-ever distilled by The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, maker of …

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wines for Christmas 2017

Three Crowd-Pleasing Wines with Personality to Make Everyone Cheer this Weekend

Wine is as varied as people’s preferences, however, when you have a mixed group and on top of that, an assortment of dishes with many different flavours, choosing a bottle that makes everyone happy can feel like a high stakes negotiation. It’s not too different to the art of choosing the right music and just like …

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Hotelier Launches ‘More Than Soup’ Initiative to Help Feed Northern Ireland’s Homeless

Chefs from Bangor’s The Salty Dog will take over behind the scenes at St Patrick’s Soup Kitchen this weekend to kick-start proprietor Ken Sharp’s More Than Soup campaign, which aims to bring restaurant quality food to the city’s homeless community. Partnering with St Patrick’s Church’s soup kitchen, the restaurant will provide and prepare a Christmas …

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Dublin Airport

Follow Dublin Airport’s Tips and Advice to Avoid Airport Stress This Christmas

Dublin Airport has issued a number of tips and warnings to passengers travelling through the terminals this Christmas, with today, Friday 22nd, expected to be the busiest day. The airport has advised passengers not to wrap Christmas presents as they may be opened by security. Given the busy time of year, you should allow 90 …

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New Year, New Skills – What to Expect when Embarking on a WSET Level 4 Diploma

Two things I love both in wine and in life are structure and balance. Research and informed advice made me realise that embarking on the path to achieve a WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits was going to require a few adjustments to re-structure my routine and to balance frequent studying during my week. …

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The Best Possible Taste Podcast – Chef Bryan McCarthy And More

In this week’s episode of the Best Possible Taste Podcast, Sharon Noonan speaks to Chef Bryan McCarthy, Kate Ryan from Flavour.ie and Ciara Brennan from Happy Food at Home. Visiting Cork City, Sharon chats to Chef Bryan McCarthy about his new dining venture, Bao Boi, which is sure to be quite popular. Meanwhile, Flavour.ie’s Kate …

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Irish Lobster & Mango Cocktail Recipe by Neven Maguire for Simply Better

Watch: Irish Lobster & Mango Cocktail Recipe by Neven Maguire for Simply Better

Neven Maguire created this Irish Lobster & Mango Cocktail Recipe using Cooked Irish Lobsters and Handmade Tomato Country Relish from the Simply Better range, sourced exclusively for Dunnes Stores. The recipe features in the first ever edition of the Simply Better COOK with Neven Maguire Magazine, which is bursting with a range of Neven’s favourite summer …

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Five Festive World Class Cocktails to Mix a Home and Raise your Christmas Spirits

Five Festive World Class Cocktails to Mix at Home and Raise your Christmas Spirits

Whether you’re planning a casual brunch with friends or a sophisticated dinner party, these delicious cocktails will be the perfect addition to your at-home entertaining this festive season. These easy-to-follow World Class cocktails from top bartenders will help you to serve up drinks that are guaranteed to please. This Ketel One Nogg is the perfect …

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This Dublin Café is Donating All Proceeds From Hot Drinks to The Simon Community

While many of us are preoccupied with trying the latest festive latte or getting our hands on limited edition Christmas cups, one Dublin café is giving back this year by donating all profits from hot drinks to Dublin Simon Community. Call in to Pot Bellied Pig in Rathmines to get a coffee for an important …

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“The Best in The World” – Three Irish Hotels Named on Conde Nast’s 2018 Gold List

Three Irish hotels have made the 2018 Gold List for luxury travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveler. The list highlights the magazine’s “best hotels in the world, the ones we keep coming back to time and again”. This year’s Gold List spans six continents and 54 countries, with three Irish hotels making the list. These hotels …

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This Stylish City Centre Bar Has a Hot Toddy Menu and it's a Winter Must

This Stylish City Centre Bar Has a Hot Toddy Menu and it’s a Winter Must

Balfes is constantly staying in tune with the latest seasonal trends, from the coolest summer spritzers to the hottest winter warmers, the stylish bar in the heart of Dublin’s creative quarter is always on top of its game. To surprise drink enthusiasts in the happiest of seasons, they’ve launched a festive Hot Toddy menu filled …

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Planet of the Grapes - The Influence of Wine in Media and Cinema

Planet of the Grapes – The Influence of Wine in Media and Cinema

Sometimes an outstanding wine can ascend to the wuthering heights, merely of its own accord. Other times, a sprinkle or splash of celebrity and media stardust can present it equally with that same achievement. Celebrity endorsement and product placement have been as relevant to wine, as they have been to designer fashion and all of …

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Seven Bubbles from Around the World to Make your New Year's Eve Party Sparkle

Seven Bubbles from Around the World to Make your New Year’s Eve Party Sparkle

Bubbles are synonym with festive times and while Champagne is often the go-to fizz for celebrating, there are many delightful alternatives for all palates and budgets. Tip: When choosing a bottle, it is helpful to look for the words “Traditional Method”, which means the bubbly is made following a similar process as Champagne, acknowledged as …

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Flying this Christmas? These are the Travel Exclusive Bottles you Need to Get your Hands On

If you are flying abroad during the holiday season, no matter where you’re going, one of the best spots for shopping is always going to be The Loop, both at Dublin and Cork airport. One can spend a long time going through the gourmet foods, clothes, makeup and of course, their amazing drinks section filled …

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Galway’s Hotel Meyrick is Turning January into Ginuary with a Series of Gintastic Events

January will become Ginuary at Hotel Meyrick as the team has a series of activities planned for the first month of the year, all dedicated to the taste, smells and pleasures of gin. Hotel Meyrick with the Gaslight Bar & Brasserie has been a keen supporter of the gin revival and it offers one of Galway’s best …

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Watch: This Clever Video Shows You How to Make The Perfect Irish Coffee

Have you ever wanted to make the perfect Irish coffee? Well luckily for you, Tourism Ireland has come to the rescue just in time for Christmas. The useful little video demonstrates ‘how to make the perfect Irish Coffee‘, with simple instructions accompanying some mouth-watering visuals. The step-by-step video uses a recipe straight from Foynes, where …

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Expanding the Vinous Map Exciting Wines from Eastern Europe and the Middle East

Expanding the Vinous Map – Exciting Wines from Eastern Europe and the Middle East

Nowadays we face an unprecedented amount of good and great wines to choose from. Not only from well established and popular wine regions, but from lesser known appellations in traditional winemaking countries and also, from other areas that, while maybe veterans in vinous elaboration, haven’t got their moment under the spotlight. Yet. Today we’re travelling further, …

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