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The Best Lunch Deal in Dublin…So Far

By far the best lunch deal I’ve found in Dublin so far is at Soup Dragon on Capel Street.

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For €3 you get a really great soup and get to choose from a wide variety and lovely tasty breads and a piece of fruit of your choice. Save it for your three o clock snack or for your morning elevenses the following day! Either way it will all keep you happy, healthy and full.

Their amazing smoothies are only €2 to take away also and I’d highly recommend the red dragon. Ask for some banana for extra yum.

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Family Gatherings – A Polite Opportunity for Chaos

Extended family gatherings are different for all families I’m sure but mine are incredibly polite. This year I saw the politeness lead to a whole new level of bizarre courtesy of my genius mum. 

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Mum suggested, for her own entertainment I’m sure, that we have an Easter bonnet competition. Thanks to everyone’s good manners – no one rejected this ridiculous suggestion. And thank Zombie Jesus they didn’t because it was the second most fun part of the day.

The winning moment was when someone knocked my gran aunts cake almost clear off the table. It’s sturdiness was both concerning and impressive.

We all looked ridiculous in our hats, and it was wonderful. There was no wins at all on the first prize scratch cards – the only disappointment of the day. We all had high hopes of ending up on winning streak for winning an Easter Bonnet competition  There’s always next year, though Mum was so mortified when she won that I’m not sure she’ll do it again.

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Cheap Lunches Dublin – Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard is a lovely wee spot. Their coffee is the bizness and the place looks amazing thanks to Dublin Design duo Design Goat.

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It’s a bit over my measly food budget to be eating lunch their normally but take away soup with really lovely breads is 4.50. Decent. And the soup is tasty as fuck.

Looking forward to trying their juices too.

They’re on capel street in the city centre and go with plenty of time – they do things well but speedy service isn’t their top priority. And I’m glad, it gives you more time to sip their free water with mint or lemon or cucumber in it and look at all the stylish furniture and people.

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Jezzebelle at Brown Bread Mix Tape, Stags Head Dublin

The brown bread mix tape is held once a month in the stags head. Went for the first time last night. It certainly wasn’t lying about that it was mixed. Evening may include everything from comedy sketches to weird madness interspersed with a raffle.

Irish band Jezzebelle were my favourite of the night. There is a tiny vine clip here but look them up or see them live if you can.

Fiver entry and you get a free drink. If you like the idea of a mixed and interesting evening, check out the MGM and look up Flight of Ideas. Dublin has got it goin on.

Thanks for being sound – Murphy Cycles!

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Sometimes people are more helpful and kind than they need to be. I think when a business is new or small or struggling, the people working there are more inclined to make efforts and compromises in order to make a sale, be it of their services or a product. One can be headstrong and not budge on anything but in the long run, my hope and belief is that it pays off to go the extra mile or offer that discount. Because word of mouth is important and so is creating a sense of loyalty with your customers or potential customers.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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These are yum and easy and the first thing i’ve written into my Old Book Hides Handbound Hardback Journal! 2013 is pretty good so far :)

Ingredients:
3 eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup butter
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2½ cups self raising or plain flour (depending on if you want them flat or pouffy)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups of oatmeal (or porridge oats)
Chopped hazelnuts
Chocolate chips

1. Combine the eggs with the vanilla essence and set aside. If you wanna replace the chocolate chips and hazelnuts with raisins instead pop them in with the eggs and vanilla too.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together

3. Add in the flour and salt and mix it all together

4. Blend in the eggs, chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips

5. Roll into balls and flatten slightly before popping in the oven

6. Bake at oven preheated to 180degrees celsius for 10-12 mins

7. Put on a rack to air out for a bit

8. Share with friends

Dublin Coffee Culture – The Fumbally and Tamp & Stitch

Dublin coffee culture is changing. I’m an avid coffee lover and although i don’t know everything about it i know what i like and spent a bit of time in Australia working as a barista.

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I have two new favourite places for coffee in dublin. And i think they’re getting busier all the time so they probably don’t need me writing about them, but just in case you haven’t been yet.

The first is the Fumbally. Located near St patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin 8 (not as far from the city centre as it sounds) it’s the biggest surprise to walk into. On the outside it’s a run of the mill new apartment block type building. I walked and cycled past so many times before i ever went in. I always thought ‘Oh they picked out a great mix of tables and chairs’, but that’s as much of an impression as i had of it.

When you walk in you are greeted with wonderful wholesome food smells and the scent of fresh nicely made coffee. it’s warmer than it looks like it’s going to be and walking down the steps, as it’s kind of sunk into the ground, you feel wonderfully welcome. They’ve made it cosy without going over the top. It’s interesting without feeling pretentious and there’s lots of space and light and chair and table types to sink into something comfy or work away at a big table.

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My other new favourite is Tamp & Stitch. It’s located at Scarlet Row, Essex street west which is just around the corner from Cow’s lane – home of the great markets and the famous Queen of Tart’s. Paul who runs it makes some of the best coffee in Dublin and he’s passioante about the place. They sell clothes and jewellery too. The jewellery is freaking amazing. I do tend to run in, get coffee and leave quickly. But mostly because i’m scared i’ll buy too many things i can’t afford if i stay browsing! It’s so worth a trip in. Go out of your way to go there. Won’t regret it and excellent stuff for christmas gifts to boot.

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