Happy Paddy’s Day


Happy St. Patrick’s Day, or Paddy’s Day as us Irish like to call it. This is possibly one of the greatest days of the year, a day where our little nation gets noticed and celebrated by the world. Sure we’re so much craic why wouldn’t you all want to celebrate with us?!

Unfortunately, for the first Paddy’s Day ever, I have to work. This week is also the busiest week of the year where I work, but I’ve got my green hat on and I’m embracing it. The music is playing on the radio, we’re having a sing song, and most of all, we’re having fun.

I don’t know one person who isn’t proud to be Irish. For such a small country, we’ve got a pretty big presence around the world, and it’s on days like today that we feel most proud.

So wherever you are this Paddy’s Day, I hope you’ve got a nice cold drink in your hand and you’re getting ready for some craic agus ceoil.

Sláinte bar agus beannacht libh go leir. Lá fhéile pádraig sona duit!

Sorcha x

Mama’s Day!

It’s that day of the year where we get to celebrate all the incredible, amazing Mamas out there. Our own Mums, our grandmothers, our aunts, our friends…

 

Where would we be without our Mamas? I for one would be lost without my Mum, she is my confidant, my advisor, my helper, my calmer, my friend. And today I thank her for always being there.

  
So Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely Mamas, I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Sorcha x

A Perfect Saturday

Last weekend my sister and her new fiancé were home for the weekend. In case you missed my post last week, they just got engaged, and that meant some major celebrations were in order.

We are a complete foodie family, so where better to celebrate than the crème de la crème of restaurants in Dublin, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. For those of you not familiar with Guilbaud’s, it is one of Dublin’s top restaurants located beside the Merrion Hotel, and currently holds two Michelin stars. So we’re talking fancy, shmancy people!

  

Lunch was booked for 13.45pm and we had organised to have the private room for our celebrations. There were six of us in total, and the day was incredible. C’était incroyable!

When you arrive, you are led into a lavish sitting room area where you can enjoy a pre-lunch drink. This room has all the characteristics you expect from a Georgian townhouse, high ceilings with intricate cornicing, walls that host paintings from some of Ireland’s most famous artists, and luxurious, cosy furniture. All of which make this room a sanctuary of relaxation. You could so easily while away the hours in this room, conversing as you sip your champagne.


When it comes to the food, you have the option of ordering either from the Lunch or A La Carte menus, but for this visit we opted for the set lunch menu. At €55 for 3 courses, this is an absolute steel, particularly for a restaurant of such high standard.

Once we ordered and made our way to our table, we were given a selection of homemade breads to choose from – Tomato and Fennel, Walnut, Brown Soda, Baguette, there were so many options I can’t remember them all! I opted for the baguette and then our Amuse Bouche arrived. It was Eel with an apple jelly. At first I was a bit apprehensive of the eel, but actually it was delicious, and the perfect taster ahead of our meal.

Let’s face it, in a restaurant like this it’s really just all about the food, so here’s a look at what I ordered:

Starter: Onion Soup, with a Hint of Langoustine

 

Don’t let the title of onion soup fool you here. This was onion soup on an entirely different level. It was rich and creamy, and the more you ate, the more flavour that came through. In one mouthful you taste chive, in another taste cream, in another you get Langoustine. Each mouthful a wondrous journey of discovery! This was simply heaven in a bowl.

Main: Monkfish with a Tomato Curry Jus, Potato Gnocchi and Courgette

 

I’m not usually a big curry fan but I love Monkfish and decided to give this a try. As with all things in this restaurant, nothing is ever as it seems and the curry flavour was oh so subtle. Just enough to give the fish a kick while remaining gentle and respectful of the delicate Monkfish flavour. Delicious on so many levels. Our mains were accompanied by creamy mashed potato and green beans, all so wonderfully French.

Dessert: Cheese Plate


I know many of you might be thinking cheese, seriously?! I know, I’m weird like that. I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth and I love cheese so this was a no-brainer for me. I had a mixture of both Irish and French cheeses, opting for the milder choices as I’m not really one for blue cheese.

Just because it looked so pretty, I also had to get a picture of the desert that everyone else opted for which was a Raspberry Parfait with Aerated Rice Pudding. Apart from looking amazing, I was told that it tasted amazing too, so happy campers all round.

Petit Fours

 

The Petit Fours you get here are unlike no others I’ve seen. You’ll have to excuse the missing item in the picture which was a sweet sponge, my Dad had it eaten before I got my photo!

My sister and I cut each of the rest in half and shared them between us: Quince Jelly, a mini Lemon Meringue Tart, a Pistachio Cake with Pistachio Crum, a Raspberry Macaroon, and the best of them all, a White Chocolate, Piña Colada and Pineapple Cake Pop. Oh. Dear. Lord. This was a little explosion of happiness in your mouth. Utter indulgence. Delicious doesn’t even cover how tasty this was.

All washed down with some Champagne and beautiful wine.

Once lunch had finished, we made our way into the bar of the Merrion Hotel, grabbed a seat by the fire and ended the day by drinking some more red wine and talking all things weddings and politics (given the day that was in it).

I am by no means a food expert, but the day was so enjoyable that I wanted to share it with you. How all Saturday’s should be spent I think…

Oh and for all my fashion loving followers, here’s a look at what I wore for our day out!

Sorcha x

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun


It’s almost the weekend, and I’m very excited because this weekend I’m heading away for my lovely friend Nikki’s hen party. Whoop! I can’t disclose any information as yet – it’s all a very top secret surprise for the bride-to-be. But it’s going to be GREAT.

If you’ve read some of my earlier posts, you’ll know that one of my big resolutions for 2016 is to go to places I’ve never been before, and this trip will be my first destination. Although I won’t be sharing it with my new hubbie, I love nothing more than a good girly night away, and what better reason for a girls night than to give our fab friend a spectacular send off into married life. That, combined with the fact that I haven’t had a night out since the wedding, means this is set to be one hell of a party!

I promise to fill you in when I get back, and while I’ll be keeping the weekend’s antics to myself, I will be sharing my first travel review of the year. If you can’t wait until then though, remember you can always head over to my Instagram where I’ll be sharing lots of lovely details over the next few days.

Until then, happy weekend! Cluck, Cluck…

Sorcha x

Monthiversary!

With all the excitement of getting my first blog post live yesterday, I forgot to mention perhaps one other equally exciting event… Dave and I were married one month yesterday. Hurrah!

 It’s cheesy as hell I’m aware, but at least I’ve now migrated from weekiversaries to monthiversaries. Dave will be especially pleased as I don’t think he could handle me wishing him weekly happy anniversaries for the next year!

Given how much I absolutely LOVED my wedding, I’m sure I’ll be sharing details on all the planning and finer details over the coming weeks. I’m a post-wedding bride in mourning with nothing to plan, what an alien feeling it is. Thankfully three of my dearest friends are all getting married over the next few months so I think I’ll get away with talking all things weddings for a another little while yet.

For now… Happy Monthiversary hubbie!

Sorcha x