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Shaken not stirred!

15 Jun


Last week, Lost Society posted on Twitter about a competition they were running to win a free cocktail class for 10 people. All you had to do was retweet and email them your contact details and the winner would be picked at random. So far, so simple. I retweeted their message, sent in my details, and miraculously I won! This is the third thing I’ve won since moving to Dublin, (guess I have the luck of the Irish now!) but by far the most impressive.

The class was to take place the following day, and after a few frantic texts and emails I finally managed to find 9 other willing cocktail-drinkers to come along with me.

I’ve mentioned before that Lost Society is one of my favourite bars in Dublin, and one of the reasons for this is that the cocktails are always delicious – so the prospect of learning to make my own was a very welcome one! We were taught how to make a Mary Pickford (think Sex-On-The-Beach), and the ironically named White Lion, which turned out to be shocking pink in colour.



We were shown the ropes by resident mixologist Ronnie, and although he showed us each cocktail step-by-step the amount of Havana rum consumed means I’m a little fuzzy on the particulars. We had a riot and I’d love to go back again and learn how to make my two favourite cocktails – a Cosmopolitan and a Caipirinha!

If anybody wants to sample a cocktail making class or just to try out one of the trendiest bars around, click here or follow them on Twitter @lostsocdublin.



Happy Valentines Day!

14 Feb


I saw this on my way to work – a guerrilla gardener had decorating the lamp-posts with roses to spread the cheer. How lovely!

Happy New Year / Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh :-)

2 Jan

Happy New Year!

I’m now safely ensconced in my apartment in Dublin with Paddy by my side. I must admit I did have mixed feelings about coming back after Christmas – I’d had such a lovely time with my family and friends that it seemed a shame to come back, despite the fact that I was missing the Portugueezer and the pug (a lot). The thought of seeing those two – as well as my new Dublin besties – pulled me through the initial hump and I’m now looking forward to 2013 and what exciting things Dublin may bring…

 Here is a list of my top 10 moments from 2012 – my first year as a Dubliner!


What are you looking forward to in 2013?


Love pugs, not drugs!

9 Oct


I’ve been offline for a couple of days because all my time has been taken up with a new arrival to my household – a gorgeous 2-month old “pugell” (pug crossed with a Jack Russell). I saw an advert for him on Done Deal, which seems to be Ireland’s answer to Gumtree, and after much pestering I finally managed to get the other half on board with the idea.

We got a Bus Éireann coach down to Cavan, which we presumed would be much quicker than it actually was. It was my first experience using that company, and I wouldn’t be keen to repeat it. The times advertised online bore no relation to what time we actually arrived at our destination! What should have taken 3 hours in total took over 5; we were not impressed! Although the journey made me feel travel-sick and exhausted, it did give us plenty of time to come up with a name for him. We decided on Paddy to reflect his Irish roots, and he seems to like it as he’s already responding when we call him!

Although we don’t have a garden, we do live next to the Grand Canal and several parks where he will be able to run his little legs off. When he’s a bit older, we plan on taking him to the beach near our apartment (close to the Aviva stadium) at weekends, as there always seems to be some kind of dog party going on so he will be able to make some friends.

I am definitely going to be one of those people who talks about and posts pictures of their dogs all the time and expects everyone to be interested, so apologies in advance!

If anyone knows of any nice walks in Dublin, or can recommend a good vet and dog training classes, please comment below.

When I say “Chippen”, you say “Dale!”

26 Sep


Photo copyright @Chippendales 

So I’m sure you’re all wondering how my date with the Chippendales went. Let’s just say… it didn’t disappoint. The performance started at 8 so after some pre-show cocktails at Market Bar, we headed over to take our seats in the Circle area of the Olympia (well out of reach of the stage!). The excitement in the venue was palpable; women of all ages – but surprisingly, predominantly those in their twenties – were psyching themselves up for what promised to be one heck of a good show.

It started promptly at 8 and finished around 10, yet 2 hours of thrusting and gyrating passed surprisingly quickly. You would think that it may be fairly repetitive – exactly how many ways are there to rip your vest and shimmy out of your trousers? – but the variety of acts and of Chippendales themselves was entertaining enough to hold your attention. From firemen, pilots, Risky Business… this show had it all.

Without wanting to give too much away (who knows when they will next be in town?!), particular highlights included the singing stripper BC giving us his renditions of Boyz II Men and Enrique Iglesias, the military style chants (“When I say ‘Chippen’ you say ‘Dale’! Chippen..” “DALE!” “Chippen…” “DALE!” and “When I say ‘take it’, you say ‘off’! Take it…” “Off!”) and the excitable ladies who were pulled up onto the stage for a one-on-one show. After seeing how touchy-feely the Chippendales were with their willing victims, I was particularly grateful that we had chosen balcony seats but the girls and middle-aged women selected were definitely good sports.

After imparting a final instruction to “Save a horse, ride a cowboy!” whilst dancing around in chaps and cowboy hats, the Chippendales ended their final show at the Olympia and informed us that they would be waiting in the foyer to take pictures with anyone who might be willing. Judging by the noise that this statement provoked, it seemed like everyone fancied getting a bit closer to the guys. We did take a few cheeky mid-show photos but as they asked at the start that cameras were switched off during the performance, I won’t post any here. Unfortunately the queue to get photos with your favourite performer was about 200 ladies long, so we decided not to bother but there was another chance to get up, close and personal for those who wanted it at the Chippendales After-Party at the Arlington Hotel.

All in all I had a fantastic time, it was the perfect girls night out and if they are coming to your area soon, I definitely recommend!

If anyone else saw the show, it would be great to hear what you thought in the comments section below or on Twitter, @dublin_diaries.

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