Mini Taste of Dublin

Mini Taste of Dublin

I headed into town yesterday to meet some Google friends and embarked on an ambitious 24 hour food marathon to make the most of my time and combine catch-ups with friends, have dinner, drinks, breakfast and some business research.

Jenney and I headed to our old favourite Friday boozing haunt Slatterys,  as it had been years since I'd been.  After a drink there, we headed to The Old Spot, a recently renovated gastropub on Bath Avenue to meet Aoileann for dinner.  It's a really lovely, cozy place and was full and buzzing on a Wednesday evening (hey Googlers!).    I started with the

Homemade Black Pudding Boudain, Crispy Egg, Watercress & Hazelnut Jus, it was my first time having black pudding since the Matanza in January and I was ready to face it again.  For mains I went for the Pork Belly with Lentils and Apple. Everything I had was delicious and enjoyed with two glasses of their Grand Montarels Sauvignon Blanc.

For breakfast this morning Jenney and I went to the Artisan Parlour & Grocery in Ringsend.  This place is quite new and an interesting mix of old Ringsend meets Silicon Docks.    We both had the granola, yoghurt and compote which was pretty much as you'd expect.  It's a nice little spot for locals if you don't want to go into town, and you can pick up some food items too.  I got some chorizo for tomorrow's cooking.

At lunchtime I headed to the Mespil Road to check out the Irish Village Market beside the Grand Canal.  I wanted to a) eat and b) research some potential business ideas.  First things first.

Sun's out when I arrived

FYI Dublin (doubt you're getting away very far though?)

Chillin' with Patrick

The Cupcake Store - he sells at the market but mostly does deliveries for parties etc..

Ali's Falafel

Got a falafel with chilli sauce, vg

A vanilla 99 cupcake, very pretty!

Then it started to rain, so it was back to the car and home.  As for business ideas I'm getting lots of continuous inspiration as to where to go next from all sorts of places, cooking, eating out, chats with friends - watch this space.

Getting ready for a new arrival

Getting ready for a new arrival

La Matanza ~ Weekend at Finca Buenvino

La Matanza ~ Weekend at Finca Buenvino