Haunted Hollywood @ The Skeff

Wed, Oct 11, 2017

The effort being put in by Galwegians at Halloween has grown at a ‘frightening’ rate. Each year the fancy dress and elaborate parties just get bigger and better. Halloween weekend has in fact become one of the biggest events in the ‘going out’ calendar!

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Evergreen Healthfoods

Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Everyone has a few favourite independent stores in Galway that just make shopping so much more enjoyable. They might include some independent clothes shops, cafes, restaurants, butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers, or bookshops, the city is full of them. There is a knowledge, expertise, and friendly banter in these stores that you do not get in the big chains. One of these shops that makes shopping in Galway such a pleasure is undoubtedly Evergreen.

While a health food shop is basically a grocery store that primarily sells health foods, organic foods, local produce, and nutritional supplements, they typically offer customers a wider and more specialised selection of foods than conventional stores, maybe people with special dietary needs, such as those with allergies and for people who observe vegetarian, vegan, raw food, organic, and other alternative diets, or athletes and bodybuilders. The term health food has been used since the 1920s to refer to specific foods claimed to be especially beneficial to health, although the term has no official definition. Some terms that are associated with health food are macrobiotics, natural foods, organic foods, and whole foods. Macrobiotic is a diet focusing primarily on whole cereals; these, along with other whole foods, are foods that are minimally processed. Whole cereals have their fibre, germ, and hull intact and are considered more nutritious. Natural foods are simply foods that contain no artificial ingredients. Organic foods are foods that are grown without the use of conventional and artificial pesticides and must meet strict organic standards.

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West End gastropub scoops two national awards

Thu, Oct 05, 2017

John Keogh’s - The Lock Keeper has scooped gold twice at the Irish Pub Awards, held on Tuesday September 27 in Mayo. The West End pub and eatery has been awarded the title of Best Pub Food and Best Customer Service in Connacht by the Irish Pub Awards 2017.

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Dine in Pink at Caprice

Thu, Oct 05, 2017

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on Thursday October 12 Caprice Cafe will host a very special ‘Dine in Pink’ dinner in aid of Breast Cancer Research, to help raise funds in support of this Galway-based charity which funds a comprehensive breast cancer research programme at the Lambe Institute for Translation Research, NUI Galway, headed by Prof Michael Kerin.

Guests on the night will be treated to a sparkling reception followed by a delicious dinner with music, fun, and lots of spot prizes. All proceeds raised on the night will go to Breast Cancer Research.

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The Gaslight — warming up your autumn and winter evenings

Thu, Oct 05, 2017

This autumn and winter warm up your nights with a wide range of parties and options at the Gaslight Bar & Brasserie. One of Galway’s most sought after dining and party venues open seven days a week, the Gaslight has an unrivalled location, situated in Hotel Meyrick in the heart of the city, with sweeping views over Eyre Square.

Synonymous with great food and drink, exceptional service, and stylish surroundings, the Gaslight offers group dining options from €24.50. Its straight-talking menus use fresh, seasonal, produce sourced from across Ireland. Dishes are cooked simply and served elegantly ensuring the mouthwatering menus are the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s evening.

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DINE in PINK

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on Thursday October 12th Caprice Cafe will host a very special Dinner ‘Dine in Pink’; in aid of Breast Cancer Research, to help raise funds in support of the Galway based charity who fund a comprehensive breast cancer research programme at the Lambe Institute for Translation Research, NUI Galway, headed-up by Prof. Micael Kerin.

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RAW reopens at the Radisson

Thu, Sep 28, 2017

RAW – sushi in the sky at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway, has reopened after a brief closure over the summer. Perched on the fourth floor of the hotel, overlooking Lough Atalia, RAW has become a favourite in the city, serving locally caught fish in a series of authentic sushi and sashimi dishes. Master craftsman and Japanese native Hisashi Kumagai has created a much-loved spot for fans of Japanese food in Galway.

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GiGi’s - special location for a special occasion

Thu, Sep 28, 2017

There is no doubting the strong links that exist between architecture and food. Both start with an idea and evolve through constant testing and re-testing. In design that can mean multiple iterations on the same 3D model, via option-eering or prototyping depending on the scale and necessity and likewise in the kitchen or behind the bar, this means reworking a certain dish or drink as a prototype that is re-investigated in much the same way, until it reaches the desired outcome.

But the relationship can also extend to the link between design and the environment that surrounds it. And in my latest trip to dine in the marvellous Restaurant gigi’s in the g Hotel in Galway, I came across many instances where the presentation of the food finds its inspiration in thinking that is strongly allied to that which conceived the g Hotel in the first place.

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The Lighthouse Cafe

Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Despite another sodden summer weather-wise, it has been another great year for Irish hospitality. While closures are still occurring, the number of new businesses opening continues apace. New openings are mainly of the bistro and café variety, with tea rooms continuing to grow in popularity and the afternoon tea craze reaching its peak.

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Kai and Loam named among top twenty most sustainable food businesses

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Galway restaurants Loam and Kai have been named on the shortlist for the most sustainable food service business, the only Irish restaurants alongside 18 other businesses, as part of the Food Made Good Business 2017 awards.

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Galway schools urged to join revolt against food waste

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Galway schools are being asked to join a nationwide campaign against food waste as world hunger levels rise to new alarming levels.

Hunger Heroes, run by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide, raises awareness of the global hunger crisis and teaches children how they can help solve it.

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Celebrate the 2017 festive season with a Christmas party at the iconic Hotel Meyrick

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Overlooking Eyre Square, Hotel Meyrick is the home of Christmas in Galway city centre, and the ideal location for a Christmas party or get-together. With three unique event spaces including the beautiful Connemara Suite, the magical Hotel Meyrick serves up a feast of festive experiences with delicious food, exceptional service, and lively entertainment. It is a truly beautiful venue, none more so than over the Christmas period. It is full of atmosphere and right in the heart of the city.

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Athlone Springs Hotel is the place to party this festive season

Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Athlone Springs Hotel is the place to party this festive season; centrally located, contemporary décor, good food and drink and lots of Christmas cheer will make your party stand out from the rest.

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Award winning gastropub John Keoghs gains national recognition for food

Thu, Sep 14, 2017

John Keoghs, The Lock Keeper, in Galway's West End has kicked off the winter season with three national award nominations and an award win.

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Counter culture

Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The g Counter cafe and deli, based in Wellpark Retail Park, caused quite a lot of excitement when it opened back in 2013 and almost instantly found its groove. The pared back, open plan, neighbourhood style café, reminiscent of New York's trendy Meat Packing District, proved popular right from the start. It was our very own Big Apple dining experience without the airfare, offering an exciting mix of food in a casual and contemporary dining space. Next to the back door of the g Hotel and directly across from the Eye Cinema, it scored extra brownie points with its plentiful free parking.

The original menu of oversized deli sandwiches, salads, soups, rotisserie chicken, and hot signature dishes soon had queues forming at the door. Club sandwiches on soft pillowy brioche buns; chorizo with melted cheese and roasted red peppers on sourdough; crusty bread piled high with herbed rotisseire chicken served on wooden boards lined with pretty greaseproof paper flew out from the kitchen. They boasted a great hotdog with good bun-to-sausage ratio, and other highlights were the spicy wings and the extensive brunch menu with a comprehensive selection of eggs — poached, scrambled, and fried, Benedict-ed, and Florentine-d.

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How To Plan A Great Themed Party

Mon, Sep 11, 2017

There’s nothing better than a themed party: it gives people a chance to celebrate things they’d never usually think of, to dress up, and you can have them for any occasion. They work especially well for hen parties! The downside? Themed parties take a lot of planning time and preparation – however, if you know what you’re doing, it can be a really fun process. Here's our advice for the perfect themed party:

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Celebrate the 2017 festive season with a Christmas party at the iconic Hotel Meyrick, in the heart of Galway city

Thu, Sep 07, 2017

The g Counter cafe and deli, based in Wellpark Retail Park, caused quite a lot of excitement when it opened back in 2013 and almost instantly found its groove. The pared back, open plan, neighbourhood style café, reminiscent of New York's trendy Meat Packing District, proved popular right from the start. It was our very own Big Apple dining experience without the airfare, offering an exciting mix of food in a casual and contemporary dining space. Next to the back door of the g Hotel and directly across from the Eye Cinema, it scored extra brownie points with its plentiful free parking.

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Counter culture

Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Overlooking Eyre Square, Hotel Meyrick is the home of Christmas in Galway city centre, and the ideal location for a Christmas party or get-together. With three unique event spaces including the beautiful Connemara suite, the magical Hotel Meyrick serves up a feast of festive experiences with delicious food, exceptional service, and lively entertainment. This is a truly beautiful venue, never more so than over the Christmas period. It is full of atmosphere and right in the heart of the city.

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Enjoy afternoon tea at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa

Thu, Sep 07, 2017

An exciting new afternoon tea has just launched at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway, served in the recently-opened Coopers Bar & Lounge overlooking Lough Atalia.

Filled with both sweet and savoury treats, the stylish tea highlights the very best local ingredients, such as Burren smoked salmon, paired with lime and ginger crème fraiche on brown soda bread, topped off with goodies like champagne and raspberry jelly and chocolate opera cake.

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Enjoy afternoon tea at The Ardilaun hotel

Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Tradition, hospitality, and old world charm are synonymous with the luxurious Ardilaun hotel, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea.

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