Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Milanos, Baggott Street Lower (Bridge)

I was here last night with a pal for a bite to eat and a vino to take advantage of the lovely weather we're experiencing in Dublin!
We sat outside overlooking the canal and the atmosphere was buzzing; everyone was in a good mood under the summer sun! I had worked here about 10 years ago before it was Milanos and it was strange seeing all the changes, I have to say I preferred the previous design but Milanos is what Milanios is, great food and affordable.

We both ordered the Legarro Ameican Hot which is served with salad in the centure as a lighter choice pizza. We also got the polenta fries which were gorgeous washed down with a nice large glass of Shiraz.

The service was good, the first waiter we had was a little hyper, which I'm not a fan of when you go for a relaxing meal - they sent over a second waiter who was a little more relaxed and was really lovely to deal with.

I would highly recommend their outside dining area!


Eathos, Baggot Street

This place is a little gem in the city! There are very few places that do wholesome lunches in Dublin, but this one is exceptional. Amazing food and desserts laid out in the windows to entice you inside.

I got the Lemon Chicken with grated carrot salad. It was so fresh and tasty, full of flavour. My friend got the roast aubergine which she wasn't impressed with as it was served cold. 
The deserts in the window were too tempting to resist so we shared a Chocolate and Raspberry tart oozing with Mascarpone and white chocolate. It was on many levels the best dessert I've ever had. 

The design was cool, modern and sleek, ultimately minimalistic with a gorgeous garden area out the back. 

The only negative I would have was that when we went in first, it's not entirely obvious whether you have to go to the counter to order or be waited on; but once we got over this hiccup the service was fantastic as well, very fast turnaround.

I would highly recommend Eathos, shame it doesn't open on the weekends!


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Florals and Pinstripe

I’m not normally one for chunky jewellery, but I was trying to put an outfit together for the Women in Business lunch at The Shelbourne hotel earlier this month and while I wanted to be business formal, I also wanted to be a little bit more dressy and feminine. I flew around the shops looking for a new dress, coming up with nothing. My friend was with me and we were at our wits end, I noticed her neckpiece and I was immediately taken with it. She works in Coast and always has amazing pieces. When we were home I tried on my dress with the necklace and it was PERFECT. She told me there was only one left in store so I jumped on it and now I am very proud of my beautiful floral neckpiece. You can also purchase these in Oasis or on the Coast website. They come in a range of colours, including black and grey.


This Jacket I got last week, looks great with Jeans or just about everything else. This one is navy and white but also comes in beige and white. It is an absolute steal for €25


I picked up this floral wrap/ shawl in Penneys yesterday for €15. It is absolutely gorgeous, is perfect for spring/ summer and delightfully versatile.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Pubs of Dublin: Searsons, Baggott Street

I wanted to share this extraordinary pub with you. Searsons is steeped in history, with patrons such as Brendan Behan, a fellow Crumlin man, and Patrick Kavanagh both famous Irish poets – is a traditional Irish pub which recently got a revamp by new owner Charlie Chawke.

I met a friend there last night for some dinner and drinks. I hadn’t been to Searsons since a Christmas party in 2008, so the changes were a little disorientating at first; I thought I was in the wrong place. It’s completely modernised, whilst keeping the traditional feel; it looks fantastic. The bar is situated at the front of the pub in the centre and is accessible from all sides in a U-shape. The seating area both in the bar and dining area is open and airy, yet warm. The dining area is located right beside the open kitchen, with its modern, sleek design, which is complimented by the chic red sofa seating along one wall and Cream leather chairs througout. 

We were welcomed into the heart of the dining area and the waitress couldn’t have been more attentive, making sure we had everything we required. I ordered the Linguini Arrabbiata with Chicken.

It was absolutely delicious, and flavoursome. I couldn’t resist the Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake which just melted in my mouth. It was the most luscious cheesecake I’ve ever tasted, topped off by a fresh mint chocolate icecream - heaven. My friend had the Rotisserie half Chicken which she said was "succulent". I tasted her honey carrots which were delightful.


As the evening wore on, the changing, coloured lighting made for some welcome ambience as we nattered the time away over a few reasonably priced, and tasty glasses of wine.

I almost forgot to mention the highlight of Searsons for me, is the piano. What a beauty; and as I stared at it in awe, I noticed that the cardboard tealight lampshade was advertising not only Sunday Jazz nights, but Saturday Piano night. HOW have I not heard of this before? I will most definitely be making a date with that piano in the next few weeks.

 #78 of 1971 best restaurants in Dublin on Tripadvisor

Monday, 30 March 2015

Monty's of Kathmandu, Temple Bar, Dublin

A little bit of Nepal appeared on a Dublin side street 18 years ago; and only surprisingly discovered by me on a random search for a staff night out. I have literally walked by this place on my way home from work a thousand times and never spotted it! It is an absolute gem in Temple bar, a place most Dubliners avoid at all costs.

I was tasked with taking some of my international colleagues for dinner in town. One of them is Muslim and so I wanted to ensure the restaurant was Halal; so I went to my trusty source tripadvisor for help. I came across Monty’s and wasn’t sure at first as I’d never heard of it; however the reviews were so outstanding that I thought we’d have to try it. It was listed #98 out of 1968 best restaurants in Dublin to visit on Tripadvisor, and has now risen to #90!

After a movie, we all wandered towards Temple bar, not quite sure what to expect or where to find it. The restaurant is well tucked into an edge Eustace Street, cornered near busy Dame Street. As we approached the doorway, I was pleasantly surprised by the many twinkling, fairy lights dancing in the window and as we stepped up into the doorway towards a red velvet curtain that cloaked the doorway, I knew we were in for something special.

We were seated right inside the door, a long table big enough for 8 was set with beautiful bronze side plates and heavy silverware, adorned with two of our colleagues already enjoying a beer.  We were seated and one of my colleagues, a bit of a wine buff, set about making a selection from lavish list.  Looking through the dinner menu was like strolling through food heaven, I adore Indian and Thai food so I never had any doubt that Nepalese cuisine would be right up my street. One of my colleagues sitting beside me was from Bangladesh and he was well acquainted with some of the dishes and he was giving me some tips, however most of his options included squid or lamb, since I eat neither I had to go it alone. I wanted to try something traditional so I opted for the Chicken Ledo Bedo, a Nepali curry served with plain rice. It was so tasty, the chicken was succulent and the curry was fragrant and light with a side of Garlic naan to mop up my plate (you can’t lick your plate in public!). There were plenty of poppadoms with chutney, mint yoghurt and chilli also while we waited on our mains. 

The night went down a treat with the gang and I would recommend a visit, either day or night. The atmosphere is warm, extremely friendly with excellent service and only the sound of content patrons echoing in the background; no noisy stereo pumping out crap music. It is a world away from Temple Bar.


TK Maxx Wishlist

I love online shopping, and so spend hours flicking through my favourite sites, mainly TK Maxx – who doesn’t love discount shopping! This weekend I’ve created two wishlists of my favourite looks, from their new stock.

My first look is more relaxed, and is inspired by spring. I work in an office and spend so much of my time in dark, formal colours that I like to brighten it up a bit at the weekends.

1. Birkenstocks are my favourite flat sandal. They are so comfortable and mould to your own foot shape. I wear mine all summer long. These are a bargain at £24.99

2. Cat Eye Sunglasses are my new favourite thing and TK Maxx have a gorgeous range in a variety of prices.

3. Isn’t this Tropical Trends hat delightful? It’s ribbon is just bursting with happy colour for spring/ summer £9.99

4. This Versace Pink silk scarf is my favourite on the site at   the moment. It is pure silk and pink is such a pretty, feminine – perfect for spring or summertime £49.99

5. My obsession with bags is equal to my obsession with shoes and this ivory patent leather United Colours of Benetton is no exception, although very fabulous. I love light, bright colours and this bag screams spring time, and being outdoors to me £24.99

My second look is more dressy, I can’t wait to wear this little black dress (which I’ve just ordered) from Cynthia Rowley, her pieces are so elegant and timeless.

1. Valentino. Need I say more? One of the most adored designers in the world and we have access to a piece of his work, this beautiful silk scarf for £39.99. I need to take this moment and say THANK YOU TK Maxx, this is fabulous!

2. Totes are my favourite bag. They hold everything and are perfect for me as I carry everything, everywhere. What I love about this Ralph Lauren Classic Tote bag, is the beautiful laser cut design and the fact that it comes with a smaller purse £99.99

3. Everyone needs a LBD that works for every occasion and this Cynthia Rowley silk Shift Dress £39.99 is so versatile.

4. This Dolce & Gabbana Metallic Pendant Bracelet is fabulous and a steal at £49.99. I want to wear it now. UNFORTUNATLEY, it’s not mine yet.

5. These Viktor & Rolf Nude shoes are so beautiful. I have      a huge collection of shoes and really don’t need another pair – but a gal can’t have too many shoes, can she? These heels are super elegant and are a complete bargain for £139.99 however if I buy them, I will probably be living on air for the rest of the month.

This wishlist was created using the TK Maxx UK website. If shipping to Ireland, Parcel Motel is an extremley cost effective choice and very speedy indeed.

Happy shopping.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Restaurant Review: Munchies

Have you ever heard the term in HR of a shit sandwich? Well anyone who's worked in a corporate environment has inevitably been dealt one at one time or another. Well today Munchies, Baggott Street, dealt me just that; and it certainly wasn't a sandwich like Mammy used to make!

Munchies are one of my favourite lunch spots! They are a franchise based around Dublin, so I’m sure there is one near you.
My number one sambo there is the Chicken Whoopie, I think they are kind of famous or something... My second is the Falafel Whoopie on a wrap which is super tasty. The best stores are down in the IFSC near where I used to work the tiny one near the Harbourmaster is the best – but a newer shop opened near Mayor square last year and it’s handy due to the fact it has seating. The owner’s daughter was even kind enough to sponsor food for our film shoot a couple of years ago – so shout out to Chloe for that! Thank you, we will forever be in your debt!

My next choice after the IFSC would have to be Dawson Street; this little shop also has exemplary service but is a little bit far when you want to grab a quick bite, so I usually head to the one on Baggot Street. I do have to say though while the guys here seem nice enough, they always seem under fierce pressure and a little bit snotty. I have been in here several times for handiness sake, and the service leaves a lot to be desired. I hate giving places a bad review, but when you are paying for a service and it stinks...then people have the right to be warned! We’re all under pressure at work, but if I had that attitude, I know I’d be given my marching orders! It’s such a shame for Munchies though because it could be great.

The food is great though so go see Chloe in Mayor Square, where you will get your lunch with a smile!