Is hot chocolate going to be the new coffee?

Thu, Feb 25, 2010

Traditionally hot chocolate has been very popular in countries like Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Italy where it is often drunk instead of coffee, especially in the winter months.

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Tasty treats

Thu, Feb 25, 2010

Creamy Thai chicken curry with potato and coconut milk

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White Gables back in business

Thu, Feb 18, 2010

Heading into its 20th year in business the White Gables has re-opened for the season. To kick start the year the Moycullen restaurant is offering two courses from its table d’hote menu for €30 and a fantastic 20 per cent off all wines. The offer is valid Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings. Customers can also apply online for a reward card to avail of extra promotions. To make a reservation phone 091 555744, visit www.whitegables.com or email [email protected]

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Galway students Excel in International Irish Championships

Thu, Feb 18, 2010

A selection of students from Shane Fitzgibbon’s “Connacht Taekwon-do Schools” recently attended the International Irish Championships in Neptune Stadium, Cork. With representation from seven European countries, the standard was extremely high. The local group held their own however to bring back a fine haul of silverware. The Galway instructors who attended were Shane Fitzgibbon (Galway and Oranmore), Lisa Connolly (Labane & Kinvara), Sally Whelan (Barna) and Sandra Doyle (Loughrea). The results were as follows: Black belt results —Shane Fitzgibbon – Gold, silver, bronze; Cillian Howard (Oranmore) – bronze; Shannon Holland (Galway) – bronze; Kenneth Duignan (Galway) – bronze; Cathal Kilbane (Galway) - silver; Jason Costello (Oranmore) - bronze; Sandra Doyle (Galway) - bronze; Ciaran Doyle (Galway) - bronze. Colour belt results

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L’Arco Italian Restaurant, Ballyvaughan

Thu, Feb 18, 2010

L’Arco has been open since mid 2009 and is located in Ballyvaughan. It is on the left hand side just before the famous ‘T’ junction with all the road signs, left will bring you to Ailwee Cave and right to Fanore. It is built on the site of an old Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks and the beautiful stone entrance and courtyard are part of the original building. The restaurant is quite large and the most striking aspects for me were the fact that it was really warm on a very cold Sunday evening and that the tables are large and very well spaced apart. The atmosphere is friendly and the staff professional and attentive.

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Back to our roots for 2010 trends

Thu, Feb 18, 2010

Laurent Billiet, director of La Maison Chic, member of the Irish Association of Interior Designers, reports the trends from the biggest interior design trade show Maison et Objets held in Paris at the end of January 2010.

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Cutting edge landscaping

Thu, Feb 18, 2010

Elm landscaping is a vibrant young company, offering a variety of landscaping services. From grass cutting and maintenance of commercial parks, to the construction of pergolas and water features in private estates or gardens Elm covers all landscaping needs. It also provides a service to hire out mini-digger and skid steer loaders with a driver.

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Cookery hints for students and teenagers

Thu, Feb 11, 2010

Many students are now finding out just how good they had it at home, arriving at the dinner table just as the plates are served and then out of there at the speed of light once the last morsel is eaten.

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Get cooking Spanish style — no experience necessary

Thu, Feb 11, 2010

Hailed as the most authentic Spanish restaurant in Ireland and having the best tapas in Ireland by top food critics, Cava Spanish Restaurant is offering you the rare chance to learn how to bring some Spanish flavour to your table.

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GMIT — a tour of the hospitality and culinary arts department

Thu, Jan 28, 2010

I had often wondered just how big our local college of catering is, so with the help of Robert Dagger, head of the hospitality and catering arts, I was given the ‘tour’. I also met Gerry Talbot, head of hotel and tourism management. These two departments are what make up the school of approximately 900 students and 40 staff who are partaking in the many courses that the hospitality and tourism industry world require. I use the word ‘world’ as the skills are extremely portable and equally applicable in any corner of the globe. Many graduates occupy some of the highest posts around the world in hotel management and as executive chefs.

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The perfect burger — now in Galway

Thu, Jan 21, 2010

The making of a perfect burger has been the aim of many a chef over the years and recently we have seen the arrival of gourmet burger restaurants where the whole focus is on providing you with a substantial meal in a bun. The meat has to be right, the cooking (preferably chargrilled) has to be perfect, the bun itself has to be well chosen, and then you decide which additions will make it a finished product. I am surprised how long it has taken for this type of food to catch on as 25-plus years ago I survived on a diet of such burgers in Birmingham, served in a basket with fantastic chips and salad.

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Asian noodle bar opens

Thu, Jan 21, 2010

Street Wok, an exciting new concept in fast food has just opened its doors in Eyre Square promising tasty, healthy, fast food for the iPod generation. The menu is delicious with hundreds of combinations such as firecracker beef with egg noodles, or Malaysian satay with curly fries. Street Wok promises to have something tasty for all ages throughout the day or evening.

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Ten reasons to lose weight in 2010

Thu, Jan 21, 2010

Have you ever been asked if you were pregnant, refused to go swimming, or avoided looking in the mirror? These are just some of the reasons why you should start your weight loss journey in 2010.

If you take up the challenge this month and join LighterLife, in just two months you could be nearly two stone lighter and well on your way to a healthier life.

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A good news story

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

Following on from last week’s article, where I looked at some of the food businesses that have expanded during 2009, I decided to focus on one establishment that has had a phenomenal success since it opened less than two years ago. Basilico is the name and it is located in The Coach House, Main Street, Oranmore. Since the very first day it opened its doors the people have flocked there — why? To find out I asked Fabiano and Paulo to take some time out and have a chat.

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Savoury sea urchins

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

We all have our favourite foods and there are plenty of foods which stir up all kinds of nostalgic feelings. Then there are the fun things to eat as well as foods to share. Then there are the challenging foods, those delicacies which are often worth getting to know but require a bit of perseverance and possibly a leap of faith. Caviar falls firmly into this category, as do snails. The sea urchin is also an unlikely species of shellfish which is both challenging and exciting as well as being abundant off our coastline.

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Hot Body thaws the frozen ice

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

Having spent Christmas and New Year’s housebound and gravitating towards the warmth of our fires and stoves, it only goes to show that we all crave that natural warmth when temperatures plummet beneath freezing. That natural hibernation has been unavoidable of late — and good for us. Although the heat indoors is attractive, being inactive has been unfortunately unavoidable. We all know that we need to exercise regularly in order to remain healthy. That is why doing yoga as your choice of exercise and allowing your body increase its temperature in a preheated room, 40°C, promotes massive benefits.

Imagine your body opening up fully, strengthening, stretching, and feeling supple, at ease, and energetic again. That is what you are guaranteed on the second floor of the Briarhill Shopping Centre at Galway 40° C Yoga. Fitness level, flexibility, age, or shape does not matter , because 40°C yoga works.

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A good year for Galway’s food sector

Thu, Jan 07, 2010

Looking back over a year that has received so much dark and depressing comment it seems to me that the food and restaurant business in and around Galway did a good job in 2009, and in fact expanded in many cases. Also the quality and value available to us the punters has been going in the right direction, lots of early bird menus, mid week offers, free bottle of wine with takeaways over €40, coffees down to a more acceptable €2 in many places, wine list prices being revised downwards, etc. As regards the quality I think that places like The Twelve in Barna, Sheridan’s on the Docks, Artisan in Quay Street, The g Hotel, and Abalone are all producing serious food and most of them have special deals if you give them a call. Places like Basilico in Oranmore, while only in business less than two years, continue to pack the customers in with great prices and great food. Most takeaways are reporting an increase in business.

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O’Brien’s to feature Rachel Allen signature sandwiches

Thu, Jan 07, 2010

Celebrity chef Rachel Allen has joined forces with O’Brien’s sandwich bars to front a national marketing campaign to promote the O’Brien’s brand.

Ms Allen will be retained as a creative consultant to O’Brien’s and over the course of the year will create delicious signature sandwiches, which will be on sale from January in all O’Brien’s Irish sandwich cafes nationwide. She will also feature in a TV and radio advertising campaign as part of a comprehensive marketing and PR plan.

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O’Brien’s to feature Rachel Allen signature sandwiches

Thu, Jan 07, 2010

Celebrity chef Rachel Allen has joined forces with O’Brien’s sandwich bars to front a national marketing campaign to promote the O’Brien’s brand.

Ms Allen will be retained as a creative consultant to O’Brien’s and over the course of the year will create delicious signature sandwiches, which will be on sale from January in all O’Brien’s Irish sandwich cafes nationwide. She will also feature in a TV and radio advertising campaign as part of a comprehensive marketing and PR plan.

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A bit of this and a bit of that

Thu, Nov 05, 2009

This week I have a few different items to mention and would like to suggest that it might be a good time to shop around for Christmas wine. There are some really good deals available now and also watch out for some up and coming wine fairs such as Cases Wine Fair on the Tuam Road. It is on today (Thursday) from 6.30pm to 10pm and the €20 ticket will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute. There will be 120 wines to taste and cheese from Sheridan’s. As wine makes a really acceptable present I suggest you make an early Christmas present list and note anyone who would like a bottle or two or indeed a full case! If you are buying a pretty expensive wine for a wine lover, ask the advice of the wine shop’s most senior person and usually you will be well advised. We are well served in Galway with wine shops — O’Brien’s, McCambridge’s, Woodberrys, Harvest, Cases, Fine Wines, The Wine Buff, Noel O’Loughlin at Galwaybaywine.com, upstairs over Sheridan’s Cheese Shop, The Vineyard, and the organic wines from Dirk at the Saturday Market in Galway, off Shop Street. In fact, now that I list them all (hoping I have not forgotten any) I am amazed that there are indeed such a number.

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