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Hunger Games isn't just the name of a blockbuster out this week, it could also be the story of the most exciting reinvention of our city and habits right now. The food game is on.

In this lottery battle, it's encouraging to think that the good guys and gals are winning. The rules of engagement include buzz, authenticity, courtesy, value and, of course, nourishment.

In le cool, we've only taken a lollypop lick at some of those that have hit the mark of late or have stood the test of recent times. We've covered the latest arrivals (777 and Bear) already, didn't get a chance to put our foot in the door of The Greenhouse and promised ourselves we are heading to Farmer Browns on our next empty stomach.

Last weekend, we revived our faith in what seems like an old stalwart, L'Gueuleton, while our friend had 'beef cheeks' on the menu at their dinner party. Yet none of the above get a look in this issue. That's how hectic the scene is. So sit back, unfurl your napkin and fidget ever so slightly with your cutlery. Here is our food special issue. Bon appétit

Who is on song but off menu this week? MichaelCiaranKate,  Camille or Roisin

All the 'foods' in this piece are based on items found on thisiswhyyourfat.com - Issy
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March 29 2012


where
Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare St, Dublin 2


when
Mon - Fri: 8.30am-7.30pm, Sat 8.30am - 2pm

how much
Starter & main: €13 / €11.70 AF members

le other
La Cocotte

La Cocotte is quite simply one of the most pleasant places in the city to luncheon. It's an appealingly spacious room with light streaming in through magnificent bay windows on two sides and views over the cricket grounds in Trinity. Choose from pain garnis (that's a sandwich to you), freshly baked quiche, soup, salad(e) or the plat de jour and attempt to order en Francais. There is also a monthly menu featuring regional French food. We ate shrimp salad with well dressed leaves and an authentically gallic aioli, Quiche Lorraine and a couple of super fancy desserts. Although we were jealous of the dowager at the next table with her ballon of rosé, we still left feeling replete and content. We will practice our French for the next visit. And our frenching. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

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March 29 2012


where
153 Capel St, Dublin 1

when
Regular opening hours

how much
Reasonable

le other
Brother Hubbard

Taking a career break never tasted so good. Garrett Fitzgerald and James Boland have baked their way around restaurants and cafes from Lebanon to Turkey and Syria to Jordan, soaking up the flavours unique to those Middle Eastern palates. Having completed a course in Ballymaloe, Garrett takes influence not only from his travels, but also from gastronomic giant Yotam Ottolenghi. Far from being particularly ‘ethnic’ in menu, the influence is subtle, from the orange blossom buttered scones to rose-infused hand-squeezed lemonade, all served up in a modern Designgoat devised setting. A key element is abundance - the main counter is front and centre in the café, piled high with scrumptious cakes. The savoury lunch is yet to be introduced as they tinker with perfecting the flavours. Brother’s gonna cook it out. / Simon Judge
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March 29 2012


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until April 7th

how much
€15 / €12 concession, 8pm / Matinee on Friday's at 5pm and Saturdays at 3pm

theatre
Monster Clock

Prince Geoffrey, biggest little dick in all of contemporary television programming, takes a turn at charming the pants off all the ladies young and old in this puppet musicál. And oh, is it ever charming! The chorus alone are staggeringly accomplished, each four-part harmony leaving the audience aurally agape. But it is the puppets that are the stars here: who doesn't love cloth and fabric brought to life by the power of a fist in its anus? ("Did he just say fist & anus?" Yeah, I did.) Each one different and inventively constructed, from Swan to Lion to cameo Panda...to giant wooden clockwork driven evil Machiavellian spider-legged monster. AND for such a family friendly show, the moral at the heart of the story is a creatively philosophical one. A work of inspired theatrical invention and beauteous wonder. Win Tickets / Karl Watson

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March 29 2012


where
34 Pearse Street,
Dublin 2

when
Regular opening hours

how much
Depends

le other
Sweeney O'Rourke

If you're a certain type of gastro-geek (and we certainly are), you'll get wood when you walk through the door of Sweeney O'Rourke. Good wood. Situated on Pearse St, that boulevard of methodone mummers, this cathedral of the culinary is stacked floor to ceiling with all that your chef's heart desires. But not in a Habitat sort of way. We're talking cooking equipment, not tea-table decoration. This is the place where the pro's buy their checkered trousers and other essential kit. Despite the reasonable prices, we find it difficult to leave without purchasing, so at least everything they stock is actually useful - no gimmicky gadgetry, no Ideal Homes must-have inventions. Now, Santoku knife, check, stainless steel sauteuse, check, rotary probe thermometer, check, checkered trousers... / Mr and Mrs Stevens

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March 29 2012


where
Speak Easy Cafe Bar
George's St
Dublin 2


when
Pizza time!

how much
See link for menu

le other
Dave's Woodfired Pizza

Home grown pizzaialo Dave Lennon has been a fixture on the farmer's market circuit for a couple of years now, and he's clearly been honing his craft along the way. We make a point of choking down a  couple of pies wherever we spot his jolly little mobile oven. Now, finally, with a bricks and mortar location, the man has raised his game. He's built a bee-hive oven in the Speak-easy cafe (formerly the ill-fated Sheebeen Chic space) and he has been knocking it out of the park ever since. This is Neapolitan style pizza, with a thin sourdough base and a pleasingly blistered cornicione (crust). The ingredients are top-drawer and seven euro for a small pie is good value. We favour the number 6, with capers and anchovies, preferably preceded by a sestet of frothy ales down the Stag's. / Mr and Mrs Stevens

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March 30 2012


where
59 Dame Street
Dublin


when
See link

how much
See link

le other
Mr Simms

I'm chomping my gnashers with glee at the current influx of sweet shops that are popping up around Dublin. The latest offering is Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe. Candy cave comes to mind staring up at the floor to ceiling shelves that are crammed with every imaginable piece of sugary goodness. The counter is caving under the weight of boxes overflowing with coloured treats, even the exterior resembles a toffee flavoured candy cane. Sheer choice is a terrible thing, but I have my eye set on a box of Wonka's Runts, perfect for a mid-afternoon pick me up. Place is already packed with confectionery addicts and they have plans to open another four shops in Dublin in the coming weeks. Literally you have reached candy mountain Charlie, thankfully organs still intact, teeth, on the other hand, probably not... / Sarah Maguire

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March 30 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10.30pm

how much
€12/€10 (Members)

dj set
Rustie

Rustie doesn't really do tasteful (the title of one early track was an unprintable reference to a certain yellow Pokémon's nether regions), and he doesn't have much time for ideas like subtlety or restraint either. That's not to say there's nothing clever about his music. His 2011 debut Glass Swords was a fiendishly constructed melange of trance, electro-soul, and autotuned R&B with an unending sense of invention and melodies and hooks for days. He also draws from some slightly less hip genres - he's a big prog rock fan - and a typical track might see an extravagant arena rock guitar solo welded to a backing track that's pure southern rap. He's a scrappier Daft Punk, the Chrono Trigger soundtrack with a dash of Glaswegian brio, and he's got the best slap bass since the Seinfeld theme tune. Properly unmissable. Win Tickets / Conor McDevitt

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March 30 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
1:05pm, 3:40pm, 8:50pm, 11pm

how much
€6-€9

cinema
The Island President

A documentary about a politician taking on climate change - haven't we been here before? Instead of bombarding us with scary facts and figures, this movie tells the story of the Maldives - known to most as a paradise holiday destination but also a nation with a violent past and a precarious future. The Island President of the title is former political prisoner Mohamed Nasheed who, after returning democracy to the Indian Ocean state, began a new fight to save the 2,000 low-lying islands of the Maldives from disappearing under water. The film follows his efforts to make world leaders reduce carbon emissions, culminating in his appearance at the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. It is both inspiring to watch this tiny nation make an impact and depressing to see how little actually changed. Education without lectures. / Anne Hayden

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March 30 2012


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€5, BYOB

gig
Black Letters and Ballads

This is the real thing. A folk club like you hear tell of from the sixties, where rapt listeners sit silent as musician poets sing tales of sea-faring and loss and wandering strangers. Musicians and singers sing real old folk songs, not the schmaltzy sentimental faux-folk or Dylan tributes that too often define the genre in this country. In the sparse living-room like surroundings of The Joinery, you could be in Greenwich Village in 1962, channelling your inner Kerouac. The last time I went to Black Letters and Ballads everyone who performed got up for a song together at the end. Autoharps, dulcimers, double bass, mandolins and a cacophony of harmonising voices made a riotous and joyful end to a very lovely night of song. After some months wandering in a far off land, the club makes a welcome return. The loosely interpreted theme for this session is rather aptly, rambling and roving. / Alex Calder

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March 30 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
11pm

how much
€5.20 - €8.90

cinema
Friday Fright Night

This month's Friday Fright Night in the IFI will be a treat for slasher film fans and slasher film haters alike. The Cabin in the Woods starts off by sticking to the well worn slasher formula - a cabin, some creepy rednecks and the usual members of the modern Scooby Doo pack: a jock, a stoner, a skank, a nerd. All they want to do is get tanked up and make out - ah God love 'em! So we wait for the usual rules and scares to kick in... except... they don't, at all. Bore of the same minds that wrote Buffy, Cloverfield and the Avengers, this latest horror hacks off everything from your typical slasher except the eye-candy (that dude from ThorNOMNOM). Do yourself a favour though and go without seeing the trailer. Ignorance is bliss for this one. Win Tickets / Rachel Ray

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March 30 2012


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€18

gig
Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells

Aidan Moffat’s collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Bill Wells is by far the most satisfying of his post Arab Strap work. An 8-year, stop-start project resulted in last year’s Everything’s Getting Older, an overlooked gem featuring Moffat’s spoken word musings over Wells’ mostly piano-based compositions. Gone are the songs about one-night stands, weekend binges and weekday downers, to be replaced by a firmer sense of mid-life introspection. Never one to let good taste get in the way of a candid story, Moffat’s obsessions have always been “birth, love and death” (The Copper Top) but now they’re signposted by “fungal nail infections, dishwasher tablets, citalopram and CBeebies” (Cages). Having witnessed Arab Strap at their most shambolic and sublime live, Wells & Moffat is a more sober affair, and that’s no bad thing. Win TicketsBrian Keane

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March 30 2012


where
76 Benburb St, Dublin 7

when
Lunch Mon - Fri: 12pm - 3pm, Dinner Wed - Sat: 6pm - 10pm

how much
See link.

le other
Seven Social

Dublin's restaurant/bar scene has gone all ersatz living room. Whelan's has just opened a new after-show/members' space upstairs called The Parlour, which looks like what happens when someone goes mad at the Dublin Flea Market. And Emma from Donegal has opened the homely Seven Social restaurant in Smithfield where she wants diners to feel at home. With space for only eight tables and 22 diners at any one time, it's customary for Table One to be chatting with those at Table Two by closing. Emma does all the cooking for the Irish-with-a-European-twist lunch and dinner menus, a nod to her Polish partner Peter who works front of house. It's a pretty space with the city's most stylish outside loo; perfect for combining with a film at the Lighthouse. Emma's summation: 'It's a more reasonable version of The Winding Stair.' / Maisie

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March 31 2012


where
5 Rosemount Terrace,
Stoneybatter
Dublin 7


when
Mon-Sat 9am - 9am

how much
Depends on your choice

le other
Lilliput Stores

In the redbrick hipster-womb lalaland of Stoneybatter, there are a few institutions that keep the sense of community alive, and among them is Lilliput Stores. Packed full to the brim with major goodies that range from charcuterie to their very own The Good Olive Company, with products such as olives, oil and soap, this place is a treat not a shop. There’s also a selection of fabulously knobbly organic fruit and veg, excellent cheese and wines. But the main thing is the fuzzy warm feeling you get when you go in - chatty friendliness that will put a jaunt in your step for the rest of the day. In these sunny times that may not last long, take a Sunday morning ramble through the Phoenix Park and end up sitting on the bench outside Lilliput complete with coffee and croissant, and watch the world roll slowly by. It’s heaven. / Marie Claire

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March 31 2012


where
U Bar, 13 High Street Christchurch Dublin 7


when
7pm

how much
Free

art battle
No Mickeys Bombing Session

Here it comes. When I was a little kid, I kinda had this problem...And it's not even a big deal. Something like 8% of kids do it...but for some reason, and I don't know why, I'd sit around all day and draw pictures of...dicks. It may have worked in Superbad, but it will not be tolerated in U Bar. This Saturday night, the newly renovated live basement will be unveiled and they are inviting taggers, blaggers artists and markers to deliberately deface the walls. The rules are simple: No Spraycans, No Mickeys, No Willys, No Beaks, No Dicks, No Genitalia. You all know what's gonna happen right? Big ones, small ones, cut ones, uncut ones, hard, soft, big veiny triumphant bastards. As far as the eye can see. Or maybe the specially invited crew of graf artists will resist the urge? And since when was a beak offensive? / Vernon Steel

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March 31 2012


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
Location Map

when
9pm

how much
€15

screening
North by Northwest

Film Fatale are presenting North by Northwest, a film dripping in sex, a bit racy for its time... I would eat a tramp's sock to go back in time and see the look on the Irish Censor's face when that reel started spinning. Hitchcock was the king of making a farce sophisticated, and if you can recount the plot in its entirety, intricacies and all, I'll eat my hat, or that tramp's hat, if you're a bit twisted and like to see innocent young ladies suffer. Cary Grant wouldn't make anyone eat a tramp's anything. That smouldering hunk of a man. Go to town and dress up - roll your hair if you're a lady, slick it back if you're a lad, and spend the night looking round corners using compact mirrors and ditch texting for a few hours and invest in some invisible ink (or a quill and lemon juice). Hitchcock would. Win Tickets / Kate Coleman

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March 31 2012


where
30 Drury Street, Dublin 2
House of Fraser, Dundrum
Pop-up shop until Easter in Arnott's, Henry Street


when
Tues-Sat 10.30am - 6pm

how much
See link.

le other
Cocoa Atelier

Last year, Cocoa Atelier produced the mother of Easter eggs; an exquisitely tempered chocolate shell, artfully cracked to reveal a golden-dusted inner egg. After polishing off one, I said to himself who I'd ordered to buy it, "Imagine if someone created an Easter egg resembling a giant boiled egg with the top sliced off and a mound of white and yellow caramel on top that you can scoop up in handfuls... Like a Cream Egg, only never sick-making, despite being 20 times bigger." Marks & Spencer almost got there this time with its super-size Walnut Whip, but abjectly failed for not filling the entire thing with fondant. What were they thinking? My longed-for egg is now one of a number of special editions created for this Easter by Cocoa Atelier. Now, can someone out there go and create a chocolate fountain in St Stephen's Green? / Maisie

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March 31 2012


where
7 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2

when
Mon-Sun 12:00 - 1am

how much
Two courses for €8.95

le other
South Street

Finding a decent place to eat in Dublin, after the curfew hours, with a menu that doesn’t say kebab, big mac or chips, is almost mission impossible. If there is one thing I miss about living in the Moscow megapolis it is the never-sleeping attitude. At three in the morning, you can get a table, meet a friend for a coffee, do shopping, even buy a drill. So, one night in town, not being a fan of Indian or Chinese fat smoldered take-aways, I probably would have expired of stomach frustration if not for South Street. It offered everything I love – tasty Italian food, good steaks, warm décor, reasonable prices, and staff who are courteous even at midnight. And just when the police start picking up drunk people on Dame street, my hungry fellow dancers and I can enjoy that late espresso and a gorgeous Black Forest cake after a gig. / Nadia Gativa

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April 01 2012


where
13-17 Dawson St
Dublin 2


when
Mon - Fri: 7am - 8pm, Sat 8am - 8pm / Sun 10am - 7pm

how much
Reasonable

le other
Fixx coffee

Expert barista Buzz Fendall makes a mean cup of coffee. I first met him in a tiny branch of the Bald Barista on the Harcourt Road four years ago, and it was the first time I had been unashamedly chastized by someone for putting sugar in my coffee. 'It won't need it,' he said just as I had ripped the top off a paper sachet and was about to plunge the granules into the perfect foam. I took his advice and, suffice to say, I no longer put sugar in my coffee. Since then Buzz has opened up Fixx, a coffee shop which bears the same name as his hand picked coffee beans. Go here and soak up the atmosphere, one which is so often found in cafes abroad and so rarely re-created in Dublin. Sit back, enjoy the excellent coffee, comfortable seating and maybe start your first novel. / Jessica Hayden

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April 01 2012


where
Meet at Fleet St./Westmoreland St. entrance to Temple Bar

when
12pm

how much
€8-€20 (prebook, see link)

walking tour
Graffiti Walking Tour & Workshop

The tour is not about tags and rival gangs, and hoods stretched over baseball caps, but about street art. Art on walls, whether it is a sticker or an urban fresco. That communicates a message. And encourages dialogue. Urban Dublin makes you look up on your traverses around town, and with street artists and the kids in the know giving the tours, you've got an enticing marriage of cool vibes and engaging information. Prepare to be astounded by what you have walked past and missed every day, as you stare at the ground avoiding predatory chuggers and check your facebook repeatedly on your smartphone. Once enlightened by the inspiring art, use the inspiration to get stencilling and spraying in the follow-up workshop. It's so much fun I went straight out and bought a balaclava and a can of aerosol paint... / Kate Coleman

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April 01 2012


where
Dublin Food Co-op, 
Newmarket Square
Dublin 8


when
11am - 5pm

how much
Free

market
PureVintage Fair

Vintage, antique, retro, Victorian, epoch, classic, mature, time-honoured – sweet words to a collector’s ear. Recession be blamed or not, flea markets and fairs have sprung everywhere, moving antiques from the realm of snobs to the life of common Dubliner. Second-hand is not a derogatory term any more in a world filled with mass produced, soulless stuff. Is it any wonder that more and more people of the twenty-first century share a secret love for rutilant gems on old broaches, blazes of brass and silverware, delicate lace adorning clothes of a more elegant time? I don’t know whether that’s nostalgia, bargain hunting or recycling of history, but there is something special about owning an object with memory, someone’s story to tell. As a friend of mine said, “embrace your inner magpie of antiquated trinketry, go to a fair.” / Nadia Gativa

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April 01 2012


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€10

gig
John Wiese

The avant garde sonic tumult of John Wiese is both abrasive and invigorating. The LA noise artist and composer challenges listeners with a screwed up collage of power electronics, atonal racket and harsh sound projections. It’s a full-frontal assault that flushes your senses, a unique, breathless aural blitzkrieg. Amidst all the shade, the moments of light have even greater resonance, which is why hints at a change in his usual discordant conceptual mien on his latest album Seven of Wands are welcome. While his work remains musically very much on the outer limits, Wiese – who has worked with Sunn O))), Merzbow, Wolf Eyes and Thurston Moore – has moved slightly away from the severity and into somewhere approaching...listenable? The evening of out of bounds sounds is completed by support from Toymonger and Withering Zithering. Win Tickets / Mark Keane

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April 02 2012


where
18 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2

when
When you are hungry.

how much
Sandwiches from €3.90, Cupcakes €2.50

le other
Lolly and Cooks

I think we are all agreed that there's nothing like a good sausage in the morning. Lolly and Cooks know this and their stall in George's Street arcade have been creating a cult following with their 'savage sausage rolls' since 2008 and have now opened a second venture on Merrion Street. Perky staff and a salad selection to drool over (get there early before the flock of suits descend if you want a helping of their chickpea concoction) will ease the pain of the queue which is invariably out the door - testament to the fresh ingredients and decent helpings. Huge choices of meal deals, brick sized foccacia and daily hot pots will have you salivating, and if you're looking for something sweet try their massive range of "dublin's best cupcakes" in colours so whimsical they'd make my little pony blush. / Sarah Maguire

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April 02 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
2.30pm, 4.50pm, 8.50pm

how much
€5.20 - €8.90

cinema
Into the Abyss

The debate on capital punishment rages on, and this documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Warner Hertzog will no doubt add fuel to the fire of those opposed to it, giving as it does a human face to a convicted murderer as he awaits his imminent execution. Hertzog, who has publicly stated that he is opposed to capital punishment, remains impartial here as he follows Michael Perry, convicted of murdering a 50-year-old nurse, and his accomplice Jason Burkett who received a life sentence. Perry maintains his innocence until the end and, with his final interview recorded just eight days before his sentence is carried out, viewers are confronted with a man who is all too aware of his own mortality. Whatever your views on his crimes, it is hard not to feel for someone who has spent a decade with this hanging over them. Very thought provoking. / Frances Winston

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April 02 2012


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
Location Map

when
Regular pub hours (runs until end of April)

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Dave Kennedy - Monochrome Landscapes

Describing himself as an amateur photographer and a Dubs fan, you would not associate Dave Kennedy with his photographs. Working mainly in black and white, he produces elegant and beautiful pictures, quiet portraits of Dublin nature and Irish landscape. He apparently has a fascination with the Phoenix Park and runs a website entirely dedicated to it. His photos give a real majesty to many places we take for granted, so much so that  I thought one of the photographs was of the North Pole instead of Mayo. The fact that these photos are hung in The Workmans and stay up throughout the night, earn them an added layer of respect as they hang in their dignity on the walls, witnessing the degenerate youth without saying a word, like a grinning granddad in a corner. / Roisin Agnew

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April 03 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
3.15pm, 8.10pm

how much
€7.50

cinema
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Turkish, 150-minutes long and slow moving, you’d be forgiven for not expecting much of a yarn from Once Upon A Time In Anatolia. But as the title hints, you will get a yarn. That’s not to say you won’t also be shown a realistic report too, even an autopsy of events. You’ll curse director Nuri Bilge Ceylan for being so clever as to anticipate that your screen-battered attention span will probably miss a key detail, and definitely make you feel like you have. Like the film’s key suspect, who claims drunkenness at the time of the crime, you mightn’t remember things with complete accuracy. The night during which the film’s main action takes place is like a dream and a film, one you want to revisit as soon as you’re back in the light. If you have another 150 minutes lying around, you might want to./ Jamie Leptien

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April 03 2012


where
Various. See copy.

when
Burger time

how much
Around €15

le other
Dublin's Best Burgers

As burger fetishists, we realised long ago that the only way to order consistently well would be to move to Manhattan. A drastic measure you might think, but there are few foodstuffs quite as satisfying as a well executed specimen of this humble sandwich. As classicists we like ours medium-rare with half-sour pickles, a slice of gruyere and raw onions. Read on for our top three in the city. All are priced around the €15 mark. At three - Fallon&Byrne - a solid, handsome burger, cooked medium and served in the most elegant dining room in Dublin. At two - Elephant&Castle - feted for it's wings, their cheeseburgers are flavour-packed pucks of delight. Top of the list - The butcher burger at the Butcher Grill, cooked (whisper it) to order, these delicious buggers are up there with NYC's finest. Welcome to flavour country. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

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April 03 2012


where
Brown Thomas, 88 Grafton St. D2
Location Map

when
9:30am - 8pm

how much
Starting at €1.50

le other
Ladurée

Food trends in Dublin seem to come and go fast these days. Last summer it was the cake on a stick and traditional pies. This year goat's meat, specialist beers and elderflower spiked everything. And according to Google, the infamous Cupcake is still on the up and up, making it the corporate go-to gift. You can't go to the opening of an envelope without an envelope-shaped cupcake being shoved in your face. Disturbing... So if you want a change and a real treat, then may I suggest macaroons. Not just any macaroons though - God no - Ladurée Macaroons.  An eye feast as well as a taste one - the packaging alone is delectable - there's a newfangled confection every time you visit. You can 'fake' a cupcake, but a macaroon is just to damn complicated . Long live Ladurée! Death to the Cupcake! / Rachel Ray

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April 04 2012


where
Thomas House, 86 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
8:30pm

how much
€5/€20 per table of four

competition
The Villains Inquizition

Quizzes bring out the worst in me. Try and tell me that Pompeii was destroyed by an ash cloud, and I will tell you - no! That was Herculaneum! Pompeii was coated by a pyroclastic flow! And poor Caecilius died (obscure Cambridge Latin textbook reference there). My point is...I will bring a radio with me to highlight any sub-table texting to mates with internet access, will argue with the quizmaster who changes the one question with every single reading of it, and I'm not even the worst case. I know one guy who staged a coup during a charity table quiz (all the more poignant because the charity was Amnesty International) and then proceeded to conquer his beering ex-teammates' ladyfolk. If you identify with any of the above, get yourself to the noggin doctor. If you just like quizzes, get yourself down to the Thomas House. / Kate Coleman

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April 04 2012


where
Various, see copy. 

when
Various, depends on place.

how much
Depends

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Where to eat when you cant eat anything?

Eating out for allergy sufferers is tricky. You don’t want to be a killjoy while yer mates horse into beef wellington, but you don’t want to be rushed off to A&E halfway through dindins either. What to do? Dublin is getting better. There’s Blazing Salads - temple of (take away) vegetarian, with Cornucopia around the corner. Govinda's serve cheap and cheerful Indian - sans dairy, MSG, and wheat (if you steer clear of the pappadoms). Chinese and Thai are tricky but, Yamamori and Siam both offer allergy advice; careful selection is  key. Rustic Stone (George’s Street) pride themselves on top nutrition and fab raw food. For more hipster action there’s Jo Burger and Crackbird – neither officially allergy sensitive, but delicious ingredients not too mucked around with, do the business. / Rosita Sweetman

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306-308 Lower Rathmines Road, 
Dublin 6 


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Regular Shopping hours

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Kwality Foods

When I see a new ethnic food store open up in Dublin it excites me more than is probably normal. Kwality Foods in Rathmines has something different about it; being new, everything is clean and shiny, everything is labelled beautifully, and the selection on offer is second to none.  The major selling point, however, is the staff. So often I have let my ignorance get the better of me and left an ethnic food store without asking the necessary questions about how an ingredient new to me should be prepared. Instead of having to ask in Kwality Foods I was very politely offered advice at the till and then given several pre-printed delicious recipes to try out at home. I left there feeling elated, more informed and (most importantly) was the boss of my split lentil dahl when I got home. This place will give you confidence. / Jessica Hayden

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Joanne Peat - The Bake House

Newlywed Joanne Peat has it all at The Bakehouse, where design and homely cooking meet...

The recession helped create the concept. During the Celtic Tiger we all got used to eating foreign food, and now that we're feeling a bit raw I thought that we needed to go back to good, homely cooking.

We [with husband Chris Morrissey] wanted to go back to the 1950's style of Irish cooking that my grandparents and parents would've grown up on. One of the big sources of inspiration were my grandparents. My grandad was a baker with Bewley's for forty years and my gran was an excellent cook. The idea of the 1950's kitchen is also what inspired the design of the place.

It's been a year of tweaking and changing but it's been going really well, we're even among the top 10 places in Dublin for food! Perhaps I'll look back and think I was mad. I'm a true North-side girl. We get the sun on this side. And as they say- get over yourself and get over the bridge.

Visit The Bakehouse at 6 Bachelor's Walk, D1. PHOTO: seanandyvette.