Treat yourself to a few nights out

Thu, Nov 11, 2010

I am sure many of you are sick to the teeth of the never ending doom and gloom that pervades our every working hour. On a positive note it would appear that we are saving like never before and, while I do realise there are some who are put to the pin of their collar to make ends meet, many are stashing away a few bob for whatever may lie ahead. We all need a boost every so often, so what I am suggesting is that you earmark some of the saving for eating out.

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Cheers, It’s NovemBeer

Thu, Nov 11, 2010

Cava Spanish restaurant and tapas bar on Dominick Street has christened this month ‘NovemBeer’ and is offering enticing beer and tapas promotions to whet your appetite.

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Number 8 bar and restaurant

Thu, Nov 04, 2010

For those who have not sampled the food here, it is a very easy place to find. Just drive along the Dock Road and it is the all glass-fronted building facing out to the boats. During the week when you look in there will be lots of couches to relax on and at the weekend you will see lots of dining tables and chairs. This does not mean that the food is only served at the weekend, the food is served seven days a week from 5pm, and during the week you can eat from the comfort of an easy chair.

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Evening blazers

Thu, Nov 04, 2010

Evening blazers are going to be everywhere this party season. You will certainly be able to wear the one you bought a couple of seasons back.

The great thing about tailored jackets is that they look good dressed up or dressed down, which means that you can wear them for work or for the evening.

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Notes for the season

Thu, Nov 04, 2010

Lisa Lane

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Some interesting new eateries in town

Thu, Oct 28, 2010

It is said that a recession can be a good time to start a business and there do seem to be several new food places opening up, restaurants, delis etc. Perhaps it is the lowering in rents, or the fact that we all have to eat, and any new food business that is keenly priced with good to excellent quality and service should do well. The following are a few that caught my eye.

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Change is good at the Townhouse Restaurant

Thu, Sep 30, 2010

The Townhouse Restaurant is located over the Townhouse Bar facing the Spanish Arch. It has had a couple of identity changes in the last year or two, and that normally does not bode well. However in this case I think they have come up with a formula that works, funky styling, the menu, food quality, and the prices. The décor is pretty hard to describe, but a cross between random retro and New York funky might be a rough guide. Where there was once the usual suspended spotlights, there is now a collection of every type of retro shade you could imagine and a really clever line of about 20 to 30 Heinz beans tins transformed into downlighters. The tables are definitely sixties and the unusual chairs are eyecatching and pleasantly comfortable. The music is similarly retro and well chosen.

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The Malt House Restaurant

Thu, Sep 23, 2010

The Malt House Restaurant has always had a great reputation for serving good food consistently over a great many years. Just over a year ago the restaurant transformed itself into a slightly different, less formal, dining room and focused on creating a menu using the very best of local ingredients. It even has very large pictures of some of its suppliers on the walls, which gives an indication of how seriously the company takes finding the best produce. I called in on a very wet Thursday at 7pm and there were quite a few tables filled with diners. It seems to attract a cross section of tourists, locals, and parties out for the night. While somewhat less formal than before, the service is as polished as ever, and throughout the night it was impressive to watch all the tables being looked after in an efficient, but not pushy, manner. Service is not something to be overlooked when choosing a restaurant for a night out. There is nothing worse than to have an otherwise good meal spoiled by poor service; however I think that recently the standard of service generally has improved in restaurants.

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Steak Steaks with plum sauce

Thu, Sep 23, 2010

A delicious recipe from www.bordbia.ie

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Dinner for a tenner

Thu, Sep 16, 2010

Everywhere you look there are deals to be had for eating out but Charlie Chan’s new menu in the Royal Villa in Oranmore must be the best value out there. His 12 most popular main courses with a choice of chicken, beef, pork, or prawns cost €10 including rice, chips or fried noodles.

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Homefarm Butchers opens in Oranmore

Thu, Sep 16, 2010

Staying with Oranmore, I called in to see the newly opened Homefarm Butchers shop. It is located to the side of the astroturf pitch on your way to Scoil Mhuire girls’ school.

It is a traditional type butcher’s shop selling locally sourced products such as Kinvara lamb and great value free range ducks, also from Kinvara (currently out of stock now due to demand and back in a week or so). It sells free range chickens, beef finished on Homefarm’s own farm, and potatoes from Kinvara, Ardrahan, and Tawin Island. It has a really good se

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Potatoes

Thu, Sep 16, 2010

New potatoes in a creamy chive dressing

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Griffin’s Bakery, tea room, and pizzeria

Thu, Sep 09, 2010

Practically every person in Galway knows of Griffin’s Bakery, just at the end of Shop Street where it turns into Quay Street. It is one of the oldest continuously running businesses in the city, dating back to 1876, and to the Griffins’ credit the façade of the building has not changed much over the 100-plus years. The building is medieval and dates back 500 years. A Saturday morning visit to Griffin’s is for many Galwegians an integral part of the weekend and it is not unusual to see a queue at the door, particularly at Christmas.

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Discover the wines of South Australia

Thu, Sep 09, 2010

Wine Australia will host an event exploring the wines of South Australia in Galway City Museum this evening. Entitled It’s a long Way from Clare to here, the evening sets out to tell the story of one of Australia’s most famous wine regions, the Clare Valley in South Australia.

Located about two hours’ drive north of Adelaide in South Australia, the valley has a wine making history that goes back to the 1840s, and with a name like the Clare Valley, the region obviously has strong Irish links. It was named by Edward Gleeson (known as the King of the Clare) who left Sixmilebridge in Co Clare in 1850.

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The Gallery Restaurant, Furbo

Thu, Aug 26, 2010

You may be wondering where is the Gallery Restaurant in Furbo? It is part of the Connemara Coast Hotel, and the reason that I have separated it out from the hotel name is that I think it needs special consideration. My memory of the Connemara Coast Hotel goes back to the days of Teach Furbo, and I am sure many readers have a similar association. That’s a long time ago and things have moved on drastically since those days. It is now a four-star hotel with a massive repeat business fom Irish people and a great reputation for excellent wedding receptions and functions. Many visitors book their next year’s holiday as they leave, similar to Kelly’s in Rosslare. The dining room is a large part of the attraction and to some extent is a well kept secret in the locality.

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Gourmet Tart Co Salthill launches restaurant

Thu, Aug 19, 2010

Fintan and Michelle Hyland have done it again — they have come up with what is, I believe, a winning formula that builds on their three successful patisseries/delis that have been a source of great food in the city over the past few years.

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Lose weight with Care & Cure

Thu, Aug 19, 2010

According to traditional Chinese medicine, the root of excess weight is an imbalance within the body caused by malfunctioning of the spleen and liver.

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Tasty teas and community gardening

Thu, Aug 12, 2010

Solaris Teas

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Eating outside this summer

Thu, Jul 29, 2010

We were having a really good of spell of fine weather this summer up to recently, and hopefully it will return again. So here are a few ideas for simple ways to enjoy outdoor eating.

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Dine out at The Dining Room, the new restaurant from The Townhouse

Thu, Jul 29, 2010

The Dining Room, the new restaurant offering from The Townhouse in the heart of the Latin Quarter and just across from the Spanish Arch, represents a new departure for eating out in Galway. Located on the top floor above the bar, the restaurant will operate seven nights a week.

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