Builin Blasta - A treat for the senses..

Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Builin Blasta has all the best ingredients for a great meal experience. Based in the Ceardlann Craft village across from Spiddal Beach in Connemara the cafe serves up wholesome, tasty comfort food in a relaxed and friendly way. The café is inspired by its seaside landscape, by the kitchen garden that grows herbs, edible flowers and berries for its summer menu and by the famous Irish welcome that Canadian born (but Irish at heart) chef/owner Heather Flaherty has grown to know and love.

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Nights out at Tribeton

Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Galway is known for many things, arts, culture, and its vibrant food scene holding its own on the international stage. We have enjoyed the status of burgeoning foodie paradise for a few years now, with new places to eat springing up all around the city. Not to be outdone there has been an explosion in the bar scene also. Throngs of bars line almost every street in the city, from traditional to exotic to the hidden gems only the locals know about.

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Grainne Seoige is the first celebrity to step into new series of TV3’s The Restaurant

Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Grainne Seoige will be running the kitchen when TV3's The Restaurant starts its new season at 9pm tonight (Thursday).

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Caprice Nominated for Six Restaurant Awards

Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Galway eatery, Caprice Cafe, has wowed Galwegians and visitors with its delicious dishes and beautiful interior since July last year and now it’s nominated in six categories for the Restaurants Association of Ireland, regional final of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017.

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Get an Appy sambo- McCambridge’s launches app to ease lunch time rush...

Tue, Mar 14, 2017

McCambridge’s on Shop Street in Galway City is a name that is synonymous with Galway and great food in the west. One of Galway’s busiest deli counters is making life that little bit easier for customers with the launching of their new app. The McCambridge’s App allows customers to pre-order and pay for their soup and or sandwiches and then simply pop in store to collect. It also offers an extensive range of accompaniments such as drinks and fruit etc.

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Food Festival and Slow Food Galway collaborate on schools ‘Grandmother’s Day’ competition

Thu, Mar 09, 2017

The sixth annual Galway Food Festival will take place over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend from the 13–17 April 2017. This year’s festival theme will celebrate the relationship between ‘Food and the Community’ through an innovative food programme of over 100 events, focusing on Galway’s 21st Century cultural identity through food. One such event will see the Festival collaborate with Slow Food Galway to present the ‘Grandmother’s Day Competition’, which takes place on Good Friday during the Festival.

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Galway’s Food & Drink Trade Showcase to feature producers from across the west

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

A host of food producers from across the west will showcase everything from honey to cheese and sea cucumber to craft beer – all aimed at increasing the range on offer in local shops, cafes and restaurants. They are all part of Galway’s Food & Drink Showcase, organised by the Local Enterprise Office Galway and Bord Iascaigh Mhara and taking place at the Galway Hooker Brewery in Oranmore on Monday March 6.

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Spring is in the air at Basilico - La Primavera

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

With the days growing longer, we are now more likely to leave the comfort of the fireside and get back into socialising mode.

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Dulse restaurant and pantry

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

Dulse is the re-invention of the old Mulberry’s in Barna Village Centre, now almost a suburb of ever growing Galway city. Mulberry's was a surf and turf sort of place. It did a good selection of fish — crab claws, sole on the bone, monkfish, and mussels all featured. You would find dishes such as slow roast pork belly with broad beans, pea puree, and calvados reduction and prettily plated McGeogh's Smoked Black Pudding, with sweet potato puree, asparagus, and caramelised apple. Ballyhoura mushroom risotto with aged parmesan and truffle oil or pan-fried fillet of sea bass would arrive on a bed of warm fennel and orange salad and lemon sorbet with prosecco with a selection of perfect little berries floating on the surface. The reception area and cosy wine bar also served a few tapas-style dishes — crab cakes, prawns pil pil, calamari, spicy meatballs, or chicken liver paté. There was a comfortable waiting area also to accommodate the busy takeout trade of pasta and bistro dishes.

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Mother’s Day at Clayton Hotel Galway

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

There is just one day a year when we have the opportunity to universally acknowledge our mothers. This year it is Sunday March 26 – Mother’s Day.

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Incredible Edibles – empowering children to make healthy food choices

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Agri Aware, the independent agri-food educational body, has launched its annual Incredible Edibles initiative – which teaches primary level students how to grow and cook their own seasonal Irish fruit, vegetables, and herbs. Primary school teachers can avail of this free resource by logging on to www.incredibledibles.ie and registering by Friday February 24.

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Supermac’s is changing the industry

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Supermac's has launched a new light sandwich recently. It is a 100 per cent fresh, never frozen, grilled chicken breast sandwich, and as well as the chicken being 100 per cent fresh it is also 100 per cent Irish. Each sandwich is made to order so the chicken breast does not touch the grill until you order it. It is served in a wholemeal bun with locally supplied red onion, batavia lettuce, chipotle mayonnaise, and seasoning from West Cork. It tastes great and it is good for you as (and this is the really good news) it has fewer than 350 calories and five grams of fat, depending on the sauce you select. It has proven so far to be a very popular addition to the menu. The sandwich has a points score of seven Smart Points on the Weightwatchers SmartPoints Calculator when light mayo is used.

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Fishing for compliments

Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Situated just minutes from the centre of Galway, Salthill is as much a residential satellite suburb for the city as it is a traditional seaside resort.

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Taste Of Success Winner Relaunches Boxty's

Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Following on my big win on the Taste Of Success I invested some of my money into Boxty's. I've been previously trading from a converted van which sadly met his match and now is in long term retirement.

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Sunday service at The Maldron

Thu, Feb 09, 2017

Is Sunday lunch a thing of the past? It has certainly changed, but it is still a good excuse for friends and family to get together to enjoy a meal and catch up on everyone’s news. It is far more informal than in the past and it doesn’t even need to be strictly at lunchtime — people have much busier lives so it depends on what works best for your family. These days, a Sunday lunch at home is just as likely to be a one-pot dish prepared in advance, a stir-fry, or pulled pork rather than a proper roast. In the summer it can be a barbecue or an al fresco picnic, perhaps with ice-cream and fruit; in the colder months, slow-roast lamb with seasonal vegetables and a hot pudding are the order of the day.

Always a popular way to get the whole family out and sitting around a table to relax, Sunday lunch has moved into a whole new phase. Forget about the carvery lunch of old, what we are seeing more of now is an outing where the venue is chosen so that family members of all ages can get together and enjoy a meal, often at a more reasonable price than is usual at dinner, without the hassle of shopping, cooking and, most importantly of all, washing up. In England there is a long held tradition of the country pub Sunday lunch, while here in Ireland, the tradition has largely become the preserve of the large hotels and country houses.

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Casual dining, live music, and cocktails at the g

Thu, Feb 09, 2017

The g Hotel & Spa is one of Galway’s most stylish spaces to sip and savour. It has long been established as a top cocktail destination in the west. Now with head chef Jason O’Neill at the helm, the g is also a popular spot for casual dining each evening with live music at the weekends.

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Skinny Prosecco Comes to Galway

Mon, Feb 06, 2017

Skinny Prosecco is now available at Caprice Cafe, Galway. Hailing from Soligo in Italy's Treviso province, Skinny Prosecco also has less than half the sugar content of a standard glass of normal Prosecco, with the added benefits of being organic and vegan-friendly.

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Burren Food Festival to celebrate the best of Irish gin and cheese

Mon, Feb 06, 2017

A celebration of Ireland’s best gin and cheese will be one of the highlights of this year’s Burren Slow Food Festival, which will take place in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, this May.

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The importance of chocolate

Mon, Feb 06, 2017

It is a cold February morning as I write this column. The sun is coming out now, but it looks like we may have a cold week ahead. Next weekend is Valentine's, and many hearts can be melted with these lovely chocolate recipes that I have decided to share with you.

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Sparkling Valentine’s Offer at Caprice

Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Caprice Cafe has come together with new Galway based online jewellery store, Jewelbox.ie, to help spread a little love this Valentine’s Day.

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