Dining at the Shelbourne Hotel

by Kristin on October 24, 2015

It’s hard to keep up with Dublin’s dining scene these days. Every time you turn around a new restaurant has opened, each one hotter and hipper than the last. As exciting as that is, it means it’s easy to forget about the older places on the edges of the limelight, keeping their heads down and quietly […]

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Bon Appétit, Malahide

by Kristin on September 13, 2012

When I was in Malahide a few weeks ago to eat at Bon Appétit, I wondered why I hadn’t been back in so long. The last time I was in the affluent Dublin suburb was 10 or 11 years ago, when I did a two-week TEFL certification course there. Malahide is a pretty seaside village […]


Ard Bia Cookbook

by Kristin on August 31, 2012

A few years ago I was in Galway city for the first time, giving a talk with a typesetter friend about the freelance side of the publishing industry to the masters students at the university there. We got to Galway later than we’d expected and didn’t have time to go searching for lunch before our […]


Fuchsia House Restaurant

by Kristin on July 5, 2012

“Indian cooking isn’t complicated,” says Sarajit Chanda as we perch on the bar stools that have been set out behind the range in his restaurant kitchen at Fuchsia House. “It’s easy — I’ll show you.” Over the course of the next 90 minutes, Sarajit does just that, making six different dishes and chatting all the while […]


Catherine Fulvio at Druids Glen

by Kristin on April 10, 2012

Driving south to Wicklow, when the M50 downshifts into the N11 and you leave the city sprawl behind, there’s an invisible border when you pass through the Glen of the Downs and you suddenly feel as if you’re a million miles away from it all. Not too far from that line is Druids Glen, nestled […]


The Tannery’s Crab Crème Brûlée

by Kristin on October 14, 2011

“Every chef has a signature dish, and crab crème brûlée is mine,” said Paul Flynn in an episode of his recent TV show, Paul Flynn: Irish Food. “I was just rooting around among my books and recipes and magazines that I had and I found this old Mrs. Beeton recipe from the late 1800s. It […]


The Phoenix Park Tea Rooms

by Kristin on August 11, 2011

Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction (almost 1 million visitors last year in a country with a population of only 4.5 million) and we take the kids once or twice a year. I like the zoo as much as the next person, but my favourite part isn’t the tigers or the elephants or […]