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Shaken not stirred!

15 Jun

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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.

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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.

DD xX

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Perfect date venue

18 Apr

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Had a lovely impromptu date night at Ely in the IFSC tonight. I always thought the Grand Canal branch was my favourite, until we were led downstairs at the IFSC to this beautiful dining room.

Getting back on track…

14 Apr

I have been quite quiet recently, mainly due to feeling ill since February and just wanting to hibernate instead of going out to investigate new areas of Dublin. I don’t know about you but I’m a bit of a bad patient so I kept working and going out with friends and therefore prolonging my infection… not the brightest idea! I finally took some time off to recuperate at the beginning of March so I’m now feeling much brighter, and have resumed business as usual.

Here’s a break-down of some of the nice things I have managed to fit in since my recovery:

1) Going to see ‘The Full Monty’ at the Bord Gaís Energy Theatre. My friend Karen bought me tickets for Christmas, and neither of us could believe how quickly it came round! It was a fantastic night; the show was absolutely brilliant and when we left my hands were stinging from clapping so hard. I would definitely recommend seeing it if it comes to a town near you!

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Not your typical strippers…

2) Coming firmly last place at the Rainforest Adventure Golf in Dundrum. One of my friends Heather had seen half-price offer on one of the deal websites, so four of us went and had a ball showing off our “skills”. It’s normally €9 each for adults, but you get a lot for your money and can have pizza and wine whilst you wait so would make a great date night as well as being a fun group outing. Check out their website for more details.

3) Being taken for a lovely romantic evening out to The Tea Room Restaurant, which is Bono’s restaurant in the Clarence Hotel in Dublin city centre. I have always had a bit of a grudge against Bono after reading once that he chartered a plane from the UK to New York to carry his lucky hat, because he couldn’t go on stage without it. This is clearly the behaviour of a baffoon, but I did not let it ruin my enjoyment of his establishment! The food was lovely if not a little gourmet in terms of portion-size, but the restaurant was very empty and there wasn’t a lot of atmosphere. We followed it up with cocktails at my favourite bar, Lost Society, who you can follow  on Twitter @lostsocdublin. Don’t forget to follow me whilst you’re at it – @dublin_diaries 🙂

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Me and my beloved ❤

4) Enjoying the “sunshine” with Paddy. We’ve had a few reasonable weekends recently, so I’ve been a very dutiful owner and taken the pug for some nice walks near the canal and to the park in Merrion Square. He is never happier than when he’s outside causing mischief chasing other dogs and people’s children!

Paddy enjoying the beer garden at The Bath Pub in Ballsbridge.

a Paddy enjoying the beer garden at The Bath Pub in Ballsbridge.

5) Going to check out the Farmer’s Market in Dún Laoghaire. This morning I met my friend Laura in Dún Laoghaire for a wander around the weekly farmer’s market. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while as I’ve heard good things, and as previous readers of my blog may know, I LOVE Dún Laoghaire. With the sun shining and the stunning views over the bay, you feel like you’re on holiday and I wouldn’t mind making the move out there if I was ever to leave my current flat.

The bay in Dún Laoghaire - beautiful!

The bay in Dún Laoghaire – beautiful!

The farmer’s market is lovely, much better than the paltry Christmas market I visited at the IFSC in December which had a bit of a jumble sale feel to it. The Dún Laoghaire version mainly sells delicious food, such as fresh breads, olives, chutneys, relishes and cakes. There was almost too much choice, and in the end I opted for a tomato and mozerella pizza from Dave’s Wood-Fired Pizza Co., whilst Laura chose a falafel. Both of us were satisfied with our decisions!

Lovely fudge!

Lovely fudge!

Dave's Wood-fired Pizza

Dave’s Wood-fired Pizza

Yum!

Yum!

Lovely lavendar

Lovely lavendar – it smelled amazing!

The smells were amazing and it was lovely to peruse the different stalls, although I was tempted by far too many of them! In the end I settled for my pizza and a pair of lovely hand-made earrings from Trinket Box. I can’t wait to visit again when my sister comes to visit in May – I know she’ll love it just as much as I did!

My lovely new earrings from Trinket Box.

My lovely new earrings from Trinket Box.

So that’s me up-to-date – I’d love to hear from any of you if you have any suggestions of nice places to visit in or around Dublin. Leave a comment below or tweet me 🙂

DD xX

Bella Cuba date night!

20 Jan

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I have been a bit M-I-A so far in 2013 due to the fact that I was ill with a terrible cold that just would not leave me alone, and then by the time I finally recovered I had no money left after Christmas. So January has been a very quiet month so far!

For my first outing of 2013, my boyfriend took me to a Cuban restaurant in Ballsbridge which we’ve fancied going to since we moved here. It’s called Bella Cuba and is above Bellamy’s pub. You can check out their menu here.

Although I’m a big fan of Mexican and Spanish food, I’ve never tried Cuban food and wasn’t really sure what to expect. I chose Arroz Con Pollo Borracho (Drunk Chicken Rice), a Cuban delicacy which is chicken and rice cooked in beer. I’m not really sure why I chose this, as I don’t like the taste of beer and therefore I didn’t particularly enjoy the meal. We ordered papas bravas (mini roast potatoes with pan-friend chorizo) as a side, and they were delicious so I filled up on those instead and stole some of the Portugueezer’s main, which was so tasty it made me jealous. He opted for the Pollo Rolleno con Chorizo (chicken stuffed with chorizo), which came with mash and was mouth-watering.

The restaurant itself is very small (probably around the size of most people’s living rooms) and you are sat a little too close to comfort to the surrounding tables, but it has a distinctive charm with its red and white checkered table-cloths, low-lighting and lively Cuban music.

I really enjoyed the evening and will definitely be going back to sample the chicken and chorizo again! I would definitely recommend it to other Dubliners, and they also have a branch in Miami so if you ever find yourself in that area of the world, why not give it a go?

Bon apetit! x

 

Samsara Cafe Bar

3 Dec

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One of my favourite bars in Dublin is Samsara on Dawson Street. They play really good music (in my humble opinion!) and have a range of cocktails for 5€, which is as cheap as I’ve seen them in Dublin. They also offer you free bowls of popcorn with your cocktail… what more could you possibly want?

For more information, follow them on Twitter @SamsaraCafeBar.

Best hot chocolate ever!

12 Nov

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This is the best hot chocolate ever! You get a cup of hot milk and a chocolate lolly complete with marshmallows. Add the lolly to the milk and hey presto – perfect antidote to these wintery afternoons! This was from Herb Street in Grand Canal Dock.

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