- 07 Nov 18
Christmas tree crisps, cheesy discos and charity food initiatives are all on this fortnightıs menu.
treetSmartIreland.Org has launched Dine Out, Help Out, a brilliant initiative, which allows you to buy a homeless person a hearty meal whilst visiting your favourite restaurant.
Limerickıs Tuscany at The Granary, Waterfordıs La Boheme and Hang Dai in Dublin are but a tiny handful of the kind-hearted eateries whoıll accept a €2 donation on your behalf, which will be turned into tasty grub by the Street Smart crew in association with the Peter McVerry Trust.
Peruse the full list of participating restaurants at streetsmartireland.org where dining establishments can also sign up to take part.
Among the many reasons to buy the Beastie Boys Book are the recipes cooked up on their behalf by the King of Korean American Street Food, Roy Choi. They don't sound too promising, but the Paulıs Boutique-inspired Chili Chicken Gizzard Tacos are, ahem, offaly good.
Forget mince pies and figgy pudding, if itıs a taste of Crimbo youıre after look no further than the Christmas Tree Flavour Salted Hand-Cooked Crips from Iceland (the shop, not the country) that are flavoured with oil extracted from pine needles.
If you want a side order of French electro - think Cassius, Phoenix, Justice, Grand Blanc, Étienne de Crécy etc. etc. - to go with your fromages and fine wines, look no further than the Gallic house party that Loam are throwing in Galway on November 25. Running from 6pm till late, tickets priced €25 are available from loamgalway.com.
"Eat like you care" is the clarion call of Copia Green, Limerickıs first zero waste restaurant, which is great for both breakfast (power up with the Fig, Baked Banana & Coconut Activated Oat Porridge) and lunch (the Asian-Spiced Slow-Roasted Irish Lamb Burger with Rosemary & Spinach Polenta Chips fair melts in the mouth).
Located just an organic eggıs throw from UL in Castletroy, they're committed wherever possible to using unprocessed Irish produce.
Having wooed Londonıs hipster set with Nuala in Shoreditch, Niall Davidson is opening a sister restaurant and bar next spring as part of the Trinity Townhouse boutique hotel development on Dublin 2ıs South Frederick Street.
As in Blighty, the Scottish-born, Derry-reared chef will be cooking indigenous ingredients over an open fire.
Tipple of The Fortnight:
Weıre sorry to report that locally grown pumpkins have been harmed in the making of this Halloween special from Boghopper, the Donegal micro whose determination to produce a juicy IPA with a bitter finish has also resulted in countless Citra and Cascade hops being boiled alive.
If this craft brewing lark doesn't work out, we suggest that their graphics person pursue an alternative career as a Norwegian death metal album designer.
Keep an eye open too for Horny Ram, their caramel-y 4.7% Red Ale that has a tantalising hint of blackberry in its finish.
Having built up a loyal following locally, the chaps are now spreading their beery wings with a full list of stockists to be found at boghopper.ie.