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I haven’t been everywhere- but it’s on my list

We often play- where would you go if you won the lotto- and it’s amazing what different people look for in a holiday. The eldest often talks about Iceland, which is my fault really as I made the family watch Walter Mitty.

And while at a family party, we borrowed a copy of their Lonely Planet  1000 Ultimate Experiences.  And as we sat flicking through the different sections- from food markets to thrill seekers, we wondered where we’d go.  I’m not really into sun, but don’t necessarily want it to rain either, and probably the best way to decide where to go, would be to decide where you wouldn’t want to go first!

For various reasons India, Thailand and China would be out for me.  And I think at my age I’m definite about that!  A tour of South America might be an idea, but I’m not 100% gone on the idea of altitude with my asthma. Coumshingaun is often a challenge even on a good day.

Then you look at those typical pictures of deserted beaches…

The Maldives

The Maldives

But there’s only so many sandcastles one can make.  I’m also not a fan of sea swimming. ( You’re never sure what’s under there!)  And at the risk of sounding like a complete moan, I don’t want to spend all day flying- so Oz is most probably out.

I watched a tourist programme once on the TV about visiting the Galapagos Islands, being a Darwin enthusiast, but I’m thinking there’s quite a lot of travel involved there too!  Advertising definitely works on me, who doesn’t want to visit the Rockies after seeing this advert?  And if you don’t go somewhere by train- then why not be car- the whole Route 66 is not to be missed I’d say!

Route 66

Mind you, it just goes to show exactly how bad my geography is, when I was looking up images of Route 66 for this post I realised that the road trip itself is not all on the coast!

America does have lots of options, and not only for the New Yorkites.  I have been a fan of some American TV, Greys, Bones, Alcatraz- and the lure of those cities appeal to me.  And those I’ve seen in Films- Seattle, Washington etc.  And Florida has been on the most wanted for quite some time as we rather enjoy ye old theme parks!  not cool I know, but that’s the truth!

Then there’s Europe.  We once had the privilege of sitting out in Frascati, drinking copious amounts of wine, while eating pork belly, and felt it couldn’t get any better.  And it might be best to remember it like it was.  The same could be said of our trips to France, I’d love to go back to so many of the wonderful places we’ve visited, not least for the food…

And food travel is a whole other post….

So where would you like to go?  For me the essentials are

1. Family

2. Good Food

3. Mountains

4. Water

And without going anywhere, I have three out of four.  I’ll wait for the rest, but still planning and dreaming is half the fun.








A night in the City

During Wine Lecture, our esteemed lecturer, Colm McCan mentioned he was attending the “Variations on a theme ” night in Jacques, Oliver Plunkett Street, as part of the International Wine and Food Society launch of their 2015 calendar.  He was looking to bring some students in to see what it was all about.

Jane Murphy from Ardsallagh Cheese spoke about her business, how she got started, and how it expanded.  She is passionate about her product, and not afraid of sticking to her guns, and doing it her way.

First Tasting plate of Ardsallagh Cheese

First Tasting plate of Ardsallagh Cheese

She was absolutely perfect to talk about, and showcase her cheese on the five tastes.  On one course we had the cheese with a kind of cooked potato and beetroot mash/ pancake.  The little bit of chilli on top helped lighten this dish.  The lamb chop was beautifully cooked and the addition of the goats cheese did not make the dish too much which was surprising.

My favourite was the sweet course, it was so simple.  Some slightly sweetened and seasoned with vanilla cheese, stuffed into a date, on top of a round of blood orange.  The colours, textures and flavours were so good we were practically begging for more.  We also found a bottle of this wine on the menu.  And were delighted!

Beauregard Mirouze

Beauregard Mirouze

The two sisters Jacques and Eithne made us feel so welcome, and their staff were so very good at their job.  It was lovely to see Billy Lyons in attendance, even if Clare was in absentia. I am seriously considering joining, and looking at the itinerary, I’d better join quick before word spreads.


Food Photography

I think, for me, good food photography is nearly better than seeing food “in the flesh” so to speak, it’s what draws you in…  I came across this blog post this morning, and was fairly wowed by the food photos, check it out..


My plan of action this evening is to track them down on instagram.



Thank you very much

I am delighted to say that I have got through to the next round of the Cono Sur Food Bloggers Competition. Thank you to all who voted for me.  As you all know I am extremely passionate about cooking (and drinking wine).  I wish I could cook you all a meal to thank you… maybe someday when I open my cookery kitchen.

Thank youFor now be thankful I didn’t put of a picture of me with a ridiculously happy smile!