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TOP FOOD TRENDS FOR 2015 - TEN OF THE BEST
This year will see the resurgence of some old acquaintances - the Tasting Menu is very much in the ascendant again, for example, albeit with a change of emphasis, including more casual service style. And, while demand for sustainable, wild and ‘real’ foods is a grounding force, unexpected things you may notice creeping onto your menu - or find in your favourite food store - include insects (anyone for crickets? seriously…), unusual grains, and seafood charcuterie. And techie types will welcome the arrival of ‘digital dining’ (ie doing everything on your mobile, including paying the bill).
BEST MEALS IN 2014 - 10 OF THE BEST
We enjoyed dozens of great meals in our travels through 2014 (and, alas, had a few disappointments too). This month’s 10 of the Best is just a tiny taste of the best that Ireland currently offers discerning diners. But it’s an interesting collection, reflecting a wide range of experiences that were all about much more than good food - which, however delicious, is nothing without caring service and a genuine desire to please the guest.
NEWCOMERS IN 2014 - 10 OF THE BEST
Every year on our travels we are delighted by the number and calibre of brave new businesses that have opened, with owners fired up by enthusiasm and determination to create a great experence for their guests. Here are ten of the ones we were most impressed with during 2014.
BREWPUBS, CRAFT BREWERS & CIDER MAKERS - 10 OF THE BEST
Caroline Hennessy and Kristin’s Jensen’s superb book Sláinte, The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider really does tell you everything you ever wanted to know about craft beer and cider in Ireland (plus a whole lot that you hadn’t ever thought about) and, among many other things, it details the brewpubs and craft breweries that have emerged since 1981. There are dozens of them and the number is growing all the time, so we’ve picked just ten to illustrate the range - and, it being the apple season, we’re kicking off with a couple of cider makers, even though they’re in the minority (so far).
10 of the Best Food Pubs in Ireland's Top Ten Holiday Destinations
No surprise that Kerry came top of a recent survey polling favourite counties for Irish holidays - sure wasn’t Queen Victoria herself a fan? August is a time for casual dining - out of doors if you're lucky - so this month we’ve picked some great summer pubs to enjoy in the top ten 'staycation' counties