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Call it the Kinfolk effect... table-sized chopping boards and pomegranate molasses are the new pottery. Sites like Food 52 and 101 Cookbooks with their subway-tiled kitchens scream 'you're not good enough, that's not even home-made pasta!' as we clatter around our tiny kitchens, bemoaning our non-Le Creuset pots and colanders that aren't even zany-hued. 

The best escape for such culinary pressure is to eat out (fuel your stomach AND the economy). Put the spiraliser down and don't bother choosing between orange and purple carrots.

Twice yearly we like to tease and titillate with an issue dedicated to the burgeoning food scene in the city, so it's lucky that black's the new black this season - it's slimming enough to allow you extra treats galore...take that as encouragement to read on.

This time around, we're revisiting old friends for breakfast, lunching like lords a'leaping and dining like the denizens of Michelin-land-On-Ice, with an interview from the maverick duo, A Killer Sandwich, who are using Twitter as their scrumptious deli-window.

Who's loosening their belts and reaching for the elasticated leisure-wear? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Jane.

"...a story-like link from bite to bite..." - Katie Sanderson and Fiona Hallinan
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November 07 2013


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free, 25e per poster.

exhibition/party
Mess It Up

A perfect design storm is coming in across Dublin this week: Design Week is taking place, city architect, Ali Grehan, is putting forward the case for a design strategy in the capital in the paper of record, OFFSET announcing some speakers for the 2014 edition and now this exhibition - Mess It Up. Designer Gianni Clifford and Curator Orlaith Ross have done the exact opposite of the show's title, opting instead to Completely Nail It with work on show from some of the world's top creatives. Milton 'I ♥ NY' Glaser, Ben Bos, Jessica Hische, Michael Bierut, Linda Brownlee, The Stone Twins, Oliver Jeffers..and many more are taking part in this third annual Movember show. A3 posters will be on sale for an incredible €25 so act like a Medici and get down there to be a patron of some poster art. / Vernon Steel

 


where
1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

when
5-11pm

how much
See Menu

food
Chameleon

It is often said that Temple Bar is not particularly well-served when it comes to places to eat. Recent high-profile openings have done little to offer contradiction. Well now. The  Chameleon has been going about it's business for almost ten years but when co-owner Kevin 'O Toole moved himself into the kitchen he brought a new intensity to the cooking. Specialising in 'Rijst-Tafel', a Dutch inflected Indonesian cuisine, this place is serving dishes that make your palate sit up and pay attention. The ten-hour Javanese short rib, in particular, is moreish in the way that smack is moreish, only more so. The room(s) are beautiful, service is effortless and charming. I always suspected that this guy would end up wielding a knife, I was just unsure of the context. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

November 07 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€18

gig
Omar Souleyman

Listening to Omar Souleyman has perhaps been the most subversive activity I’ve engaged in over the past weeks - crouching behind my desktop doing a crazy chair dance hoping no one in work can see me. I don’t know how or when it happened exactly, but somewhere along the way I fell in love with his manly middle-eastern features, his exhortative voice, his pumping, hypnotic sound and now I can’t let go. A legend in his native region of Northern Syria, Omar Souleyman was famous til now for doing local weddings. These are all superbly documented by a series of spell-binding home videos that will make you wish you partied like it was Syria ’98. Now signed to Four Tet, he has in recent years opened for Caribou, performed at Glastonbury and worked with Bjork. Omar I will be waiting for you at stage door. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

November 07 2013


where
Wilson's Auctions, Kingswood Cross, Naas road Dublin 24, Co. Dublin


when
5.30pm

how much
Free to attend

auction
Lost & Found Bike Auction

Legend has it that bootie is so-called because pirates shoved plunder down the leg of their swashbuckling thigh-highs. A similar amalgamation of the word bike could easily happen over time. A show of hands, please, whose had a bike stolen or knows someone who has? *whole world raises hand*. Once my dad locked his bike in town, got drunk and lost the key. Over the next few months he watched as parts disappeared. My whole outlook changes in regard to bike thieves. I become Rorschach-like and fill my journal with entries like 'The accumulated filth of all their bike thieving will foam up about their waists and all the bike thieves will look up and shout "Save us!"... and I'll whisper "no."' Well, it's that time of year again. That urban myth of an event. The guards are auctioning their reclaimed two wheeler collection. Stolen bike delight. / Georgia

 

November 07 2013


where
Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
10.30-5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Kate Murphy: This is the Point of Contact

Kate Murphy's work impinges on the boundaries of the familiar and the other and does this beautifully, working within the boundaries of the home. The opening piece consists of an unsettling video of a young child having knives thrown at her as part of what I can only imagine is some sort of deranged street circus act and sets the tone for the entire exhibition. No sooner than seeing pictures of pretty clouds we're pulled back into the darkness of reality with red ominous eyes peering out at us. Toys look like props from a fetish exhibition with bandaged faces and red adornments and hollow houses are engorged by pink sprawl leaking dirt into the landscape. It's sweetness seeping into sadness and innocence into the ominous... pink clouds and rainbows have never been so eerie. / Jane McDonald

 

November 07 2013


where
Various - see link

when
7th November - 10th November

how much
Various

festival
Dublin Beatles Festival

On the 7th November 1963 the evening papers ran the headline: “Many injured as Beatle crowds run riot in city.” There were scenes of mass hysteria in Dublin as The Beatles made their only ever appearance here in the now defunct Adelphi cinema. One Direction can only dream of the reaction they generated. The venue may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean the 50th anniversary of the occasion shouldn’t be marked, so tribute band Let it Be_atles have taken it upon themselves to play a gig across the road from the scene of their triumph to celebrate the anniversary. Expect less screaming teens and more appreciative hipsters, but you’ll get an idea of the vibe they generated all those years ago. / Frances Winston

   
 


where
21-26 Annes Lane, off South Anne Street, Dublin 2.

when
12-11:30pm

how much
See menu

food
Indie Dhaba

"Tapas" is perhaps becoming the dreaded appendage to any modern cuisine, but Indie Dhaba's take on the traditional Indian culinary experience of slow grazing through a line up of sumptuous dishes successfully splices age old Tandoor and Tawa flavours with considered modern presentation, resulting in elegantly composed parcels of immense flavour. The cocktail list, infused with ginger, chilli and cardamon, honours the contemporary take on old favourites offering up beauties such as the Chaijito and Spiced Espresso Martini. Nestled two flights below ground, the space is large but not cavernous- cast in lowlight the leather booths soften the edges, while the bar and open kitchen proudly curtain one wall. Quite simply, this is Indian that tastes as good as it looks. / Sophie Donaldson

 


where
12 Wexford St, Dublin 2. 

when
5-10.30pm

how much
See Menu

food
Las Tapas De Lola

Las Tapas de Lola is a neighbourhood restaurant. Along with the terrifyingly morish tapas they dish out by the hundred every night, the team have fostered a real sense of community both online and in person. The service is genuinely friendly and attentive, without crossing that line that makes you worry your waiter wants to come home with you. It's no surprise they won Best New Establishment at the 2013 National Hospitality Awards, since the staff slipped me a few free morsels and solicitous glances, convinced I'd been stood up, when my sister was 40 minutes late. It's hard to tell who was more relieved when she finally arrived. The service will warm your heart, but the food will have you returning with friends in tow. Caution – it's now everyone's neighbourhood restaurant so book ahead! / Kate McEvoy

 


where
1 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.

when
11.30-10.30pm

how much
See Menu

food
Taste of Emilia

Italian food is a pretty hard one to beat as far as cuisines go, and the best in all the land comes from the Emilia-Romagna region, where Taste of Emilia import from. Their balsamic vinegar, cheeses, cured meats and delicious wines are hard to beat, and this little wine bar has been given the stamp of approval by the many Italian customers frequenting the spot. There's a casual and relaxed atmosphere down to the fact it's also a deli and any dish can be taken away, which is handy since portions are big. Perfect for an afternoon panini and coffee or a pre-gig glass of wine with a cheese and meat board, and there's more bruschetta variations on offer than you could think up. Uniquely, it's one of the few places offering a good glass of Gewürztraminer and arguably the the best aperol spritz in town. / Hayley Reynolds

   
 

November 08 2013


where
Indigo & Cloth, 27 South William Street Dublin 2


when
6pm

how much
Free

launch
Designgoat: Gray

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful". William Morris' forceful Victorian dictum still rings true today, although vast swathes of Irish society have chosen to forget it. Ahmad Fakhry and Cian Corcoran are not amongst their rank. The duo behind Designgoat have been beautifying the utilitarian and vice-versa for some time now. You will have seen their design work at work in places like Brother Hubbard and Indigo & Cloth but this will be your first chance to see their first furniture collection - Gray in Ireland. The work, as ever, is assured, elegant and very useful indeed. This pair are at the vanguard of a new wave of young Irish designers, it's time to get behind them. Expect generous moustaches and cucumber in your gin. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

November 08 2013


where
Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
11am-5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Adiaphora

A makeshift wooden cube, stripped of walls, its metal roof drooping in a dented frown and punctured. Sand falling, building and crawling on the floor like a broken hourglass. A black flag looming on one of the walls of the gallery with what looks like the insignia of a cult – an abstracted flower, let’s say. The figures of Conor Mary Foy’s solo exhibition, consisting of photographs and video, stand indifferent – out in the woods, out of place, they are outlaws in the essential nature of the word: they are beyond the laws of context. Pointed cones cover their faces, their surface foil, reflecting nothing of their nature. Videos of them twirling instruments or their own bodies in part refers to the pointlessness of unmasking their identities. A feeling of sparseness to the work, but perhaps this is intentional. / Olen Bajarias

 

November 08 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10:30pm

how much
€12

gig
Dusky

Following a meteoric rise to fame propelled by a string of big-room bass geared anthems and remixes, Dusky is unquestionably one of the biggest names floating near the top of the UK's garage-tinged deep house scene. Their tracks are undeniably infectious, and this duo have developed a successful formula proven to churn out hits to please all the club kids. The latest Careless EP on AUS Music perfectly demonstrates this, it's currently sitting at the top slot of a couple of popular electronic music download charts. Their own music aside, Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman are renowned for their tasteful DJ sets, which always make a big impact on the floor. Any time Dusky plays in Dublin is a big night so expect a piping-hot stuffed pepper. / Conor McTernan

   
 

November 09 2013


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
2pm-4pm

how much
Movember Donation

workshop
Screen Printing

A trio of creative geniuses takes over the RHA this week. Damn Fine Print's screen printing studio churns out the very best design and illustration, and they will have the walls strung with a print collection dedicated to quintessentially Irish objects, alongside a wealth of other Damn Finery. Push Watches, purveyors of sleek time pieces, will be joining the party with their minimalist, accessible watches in an array of arm candy colours from pastel stripes to matching monochrome. Photo maestro Sean Jackson clinches the deal with his new show Second Nature on display, and a round up of the three talents will be led by DFP's Movember themed print workshop (novelty facial hair encouraged), wrapped up with a beer and a chat from Mr Jackson himself. / Sophie Donaldson

 

November 09 2013


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€24

gig
Volcano Choir

Volcano Choir make the kind of music that seems tailor-made for montages. Their songs are populated with slow builds, crescendos and bombastic choruses with rousing refrains. (See: Byegone. Pretty easy to imagine yourself screaming, "Set sail!" and punching the air, non?) That's not to detract from what they do, however. With their sophomore album, Repave, the Wisconsin collective have displayed no symptoms of Second Album Syndrome and have instead crafted a lush, cohesive collection of songs, all of which are propelled by a palpable sense of urgency and passion. Aided by Justin Vernon's distinctive timbre, Repave is a suitable accompaniment to brisk mornings and dark evenings, and this gig promises to be something special. / Amy O'Connor

 

November 09 2013


where
7 St. Andrew Street, Dublin 2.

when
5.30pm - 10pm

how much
Starter (€7.50), Main (€20)

food
Dublin City Food (evening)

Having mastered the art of delivering sandwiches all named after areas of the city ending in the letter ‘O’, cousins Brendan O’Connor and Adam Dickson now flip their sandwich board at 5.30pm to make way for night-time fare which extends upstairs. Dublin City Food have nestled in nicely on Andrew Street, home to the time-warped love(y)ness of the Trocadero and the overpriced travesty that is Nandos. The truffled poached duck egg, chorizo, asparagus and dates is a flavour funride of an opener which was followed by a scrumptious Conemara Hill Lamb Leg Chops with Turnip and Mustard, Broadbeans, Baby Potato and Mint Salsa. The jury is out on the homemade fries but there’s both gusto and finesse behind the bold claim that this is the home of Dublin City Food. / Zach Joyce

 


where
16 Mary's Abbey, Dublin 7.

when
8.30am - 4pm (11.30am - 4pm Sat)

how much
€5.50 (sandwiches)


Oxmantown

With its Edward Hopperesque framing from the outside and the Luas rolling by as you peer out, Oxmantown has laid authoritative claim to a previously forlorn patch of Mary Street. What with the proposed redevelopment of the Fruit and Veg market in the offing soon too and the potential of this space becomes all the more revealing. It’s already ready a winner with the barrister brigade serving up the newly anointed king of sausage sambos in the morning before rolling out some supreme sandwiches. Get your gnashers into the pulled pork or pastrami and pickle and you’ll be one step closer to the notion of what a food heaven might taste of. Benefitting from a little bit of Northside pricing too, there’s little need to dust down more than a fiver. / Zach Joyce

   
 

November 09 2013


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
Girls Names

Joy Division, The Cure, Wire, Echo and the Bunnymen, Johnny Marr, Crystal Stilts, The Horrors. Girls Names wear their influences on their sleeves and that's just dandy. Touring their 2013 album The New Life, the Belfast band hit Whelan's with their claustrophobic yet strangely bright, shimmering sound. Although largely guitar driven, the addition of synths on this album adds a welcome textural layer to the jangling strings. Cathal Cully's vocals are monotonous, muffled and (when we can make out what he's saying) morbid; perfect. It's quite the departure from Dead to me, their lo-fi garage-surf debut LP. The new songs are longer, more complex and carry a distinct whiff of Motorik. Seems like the ideal soundtrack to a cold November night. Ravelled jumper sleeves pulled over hands, intense head-bobbing, hair falling into eyes…Let's go. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 


where
54 Dame Street, Dublin 2.


when
9am-late

how much
See Menu

food
KC Peaches City

While it seems the Dame Street/Temple Bar area is experiencing a bit of a foodie/coffee renaissance of sorts lately, another welcome addition to this melting pot of eateries is KC Peaches. With its third city centre outlet, they consistently serve up a lovely array of eats and treats that won’t do too much damage to the waistline. Grab a small, medium or large box and stuff it to the brim and beyond with anything you like, hot or cold, from the vast and healthy selection of all natural foods, or try the San Diego wrap and feel your tastebuds weep with joy. Ideal for a work lunch or a seriously good coffee and cake situation, they even have a food truck named ‘The Fat Peach’ driving around hotspots serving up giant sandwiches, or ‘manwiches’ to fill you up. Yep, KC’s future is surely bright; some might even say peachy (sorry about that). / Philip Notaro

 

November 09 2013


where
53 Rathgar Ave, Rathgar, Dublin 6.

when
12-10pm

how much
See Menu, breakfast plate 12e

food
Beckett & Bull

Ireland's boom had many victims as it played out, but the disappearance of good greasy spoons is the one that can never be forgiven. The dearth of choice when it comes to that hangover happy meal, The Full Irish, is slowly being addressed but too often it's accompanied by fancy-pants black pudding and dishes like Eggs-Benedict-Cumberbatch-Bread. Enough. Beckett & Bull have brought it back to basics with a colossal breakfast simply called the 'breakfast plate'. It's a tectonic plate of bacon, sausages, pudding, eggs, tomato, potato, bread and relish and it will slay any hangover put before it. The Terenure road also houses the quaint Mayfield cafe, but as good as they might be with their deli delights, Beckett & Bull are belly belching in their face with this offering. / Vernon Steel

 

November 09 2013


where
Tivoli Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Francis Street, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
9:30pm

how much
€10/€5

birthday party
Belong To's Birthday Bash

The youth group for LGBTQers has grown from a city centre service to a national youth support incentive. Michael Barron sails the Belong To ship and under his careful guidance Ireland now has a gay youth group the envy of Europe. Belong To offers support to young people and focuses on the tough stuff, sexuality and identity, at that oh so emotionally challenging stage in human development- the teens and early twenties. The party to mark their tenth year will be a disco bopping dance fest of high camp fun. Martin Guillfoyle, Bad Bambi, Tonie Walsh and Phantoms Kelly Anne-Byrne will provide the choons. All you have to do is turn up, dance, dance whoever you may be and while enjoying yerself you will also be supporting a truly awesome youth service. Come in and see what it feels like to Belong To a welcoming community. / Joseph Kearney

 


where
Back of Blackrock Market, 19a Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin 

when
12pm-6pm

how much
€4-€10

food
Fish Shop

A converted outbuilding in the backend of Blackrock Market has recently become a fish and chips joint with a premium twist. Peter and Jumoke’s last two years working the London street food circuit are all too evident, as they work this shack with a hatch like it was a food-truck without wheels, using the most basic catering setup inside. A daily changing menu of locally caught beer battered fish and grilled seafood is the result. Battered hake and homemade chips, grilled mussels served with ajillo, razor clams with chorizo and raw Carlingford Loch oysters may be readily consumed al fresco on the other side of that fishy cornucopia of a hatch. Dine treehugger-style on seats and decking sourced from upcycled wooden pallets or just take away in fully compostable packaging once you’ve got the daily menu heads up off Twitter. / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 

November 10 2013


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

when
10.30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Broken Song

Claire Dix links arms with Alasdair McLellan, Bruce Weber and Hedi Slimane in casting a crisp net of black and white upon the beautiful of the XY chromosomal persuasion. The subjects of this documentary street poets/musicians GI, Costello and William Lee: feisty, articulate men from Ballymun all spark and youth and cheekbones and talent – watching them roam Finglas housing estates, the Forty Foot, gig venues and recording studios with the restless eye of her camera before letting them slip back into the colour of their lives. With words and language as putty and hip hop as tool, these artists sculpt an expression of their lives at once naïve and frank, infuriatingly cocky and bracingly profound, at the same time acting as mentors to pliable saplings, providing them with a trellis upon which to climb out of the fissures. / Olen Bajarias

 


where
The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

when
3-6pm Mon to Fri, 2-4.30pm Sat to Sun

how much
€36/ €50/ €56

food
Art Tea

Sometimes there's nothing better than treating yourself. If your lazy day's entertainment has been a trip round the National Gallery or the lovely old Natural History Museum (all free) you may feel inclined to splash out on Afternoon Art Tea in The Merrion - inspired by Irish artists and hosted by Ireland's only Tea Master (Laura McGinn) . €36 may seem like a lot to spend on lunch, but you'll get a huge pot of tea (try 'Granny's Garden'), a selection of sandwiches, an assortment of scones, sweetbreads and cakes and three pretty pastries. They're also happy to freshen up your tea at any time and supply all the newspapers. And they'll never tell you to shove off because they need the table back - it's yours for the day. So recline in a lovely couch by the fire, listen to the harpist and pretend for a moment you live there. / Rachel Lucy Ray

 

November 10 2013


where
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin


when
7pm

how much
€6

screening
Big Girls Don't Cry

Big girls don’t cry, at least according to The Four Seasons, although what their thoughts are on the emotional management skills of small or medium sized girls have never been made clear. Big Girls Don’t Cry is the story of Kati and Steffi, best friends since childhood; however as their adolescence becomes adulthood their friendship is tested. One discovers that her emotionally repressive father has been having an affair and the other is not best pleased when a boy she likes receives oral sex from a girl she’s not exactly fond of. There’s also an odd subplot involving a pornographer called Mr Winter. This sign of a dedication to a diverse showing of German films is reason enough to go along. / David Cadwallader

 


where
45 Capel Street, Dublin 1

when
12-11pm

how much
See Menu

food
Hilan

Some places are great at everything they do, Hilan Chinese and Korean Restaurant is not such a place. Any combo of food nations is generally a warning to the public that no good will come of exploring a menu inevitably lost-in-translation on so many levels. A friend of mine also has a golden rule - never eat somewhere with pictures of the food on the menu. However, Hilan does one thing superbly that should allow a waiver of these inclinations and makes all else forgivable, even charming. It's truly the best Korean barbecue in Dublin. The charcoal grills are set into your table, on which you can throw on a choice of marinated meats, shellfish, fish and potato until they're a nice smokey balance of delicate flavourings. Accompanied with a series of yummy sauces, a plate of heart shaped rice and lettuce to wrap it all in... / Rachel Lucy Ray

 

November 10 2013


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
€6.29 - €11.60

cinema
Gravity

In a recent interview with NPR's Terry Gross, Commander Chris Hadfield remarked, "It's not like astronauts are braver than other people; we're just meticulously prepared." Having seen Gravity, I would beg to differ. Astronauts are very, very brave. And possibly insane. As you probably know, Gravity is about two astronauts, who find themselves floating aimlessly around space after a catastrophic accident casts them adrift. It's impossible to discuss Gravity any further without entering spoiler territory. What I can say, however, is that Gravity is an utterly immersive spectacle for which 3D isn't merely a tool employed to maximise box office returns, but a critical part of the experience. Thrilling, meditative and likely to induce palpitations, Gravity is a wonder. Or, as the lady behind me summarised it, "Me nerves!" / Amy O'Connor

   
 


where
59 Francis Street, Dublin 8.

when
9am-4:30pm

how much
Depends

coffee
Cross Café

The Cross Gallery has long been an oasis of cool in the sometimes fusty environs of the 'Art & Antiques Quarter', Francis St. Housing two distinct spaces and showing contemporary art from established artists and new names, the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. The decision by the owner Nicholas Gore-Grimes this Summer to convert the 'front room' to a café has only served to accentuate that feeling. The room is light and spare, as are the offerings; a couple of house-made sandwiches and a cake or two (baked by the owner's sister). These are ample accompaniment to the exemplary Badger & Dodo coffee poured by Melbourne trained barista Sungsu. Tea is from Clement & Pekoe. Everything is just so - from the elegantly striped carved architraves to the pretty blue cups. In the 'hood but not of the 'hood. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 


where
13 Wexford Street, Dublin 2.

when
12pm-11pm

how much
Big Bento Box: €8.99

food
Zakura

Wexford Street is really starting to sprout some gems of late. It started modest - a burrito place, a burger joint cowering under the neon glare of Empty Pockets, but now they've gone and got themselves the crowning glory of middle class foodie-ism - a sushi restaurant. Normally I avoid sushi in Dublin. It can be bland and overpriced and  you tend to overhear the most awful conversations about the stuff not being 'room temperature' like when you 'discovered yourself' on your trip to Asia. Zakura however seems to have hatched a scheme to shirk the sushi snob by serving up great traditional Japanese classics at redonkulously cheap prices. Generous portions, laid back atmosphere (you can bring your own beer for FREE) and lovely staff mean you'll wanna keep this secret to yourself and your friends who haven't 'found' themselves yet. / Rachel Lucy Ray

 

November 11 2013


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€20

gig
The Necks

The Necks: the code name given to an elite trio of Australian jazz telepaths. Conducting musical mind-melds around the globe for the past two decades, the Necks wage a war of measured spontaneity from the shadows of innumerable dive bars and jazz clubs. Their methods: superhuman ability on an arsenal of instruments, a supernatural improvisational understanding, and a refined sense of patience. With these gifts The Necks construct fully improvised musical structures, increment by tiny increment- growing them until they envelop the room in their immensity. Their enemy: the tyranny of the written note. So take heart, young jazz cadet. Wherever there is still some belief in the power of chance, wherever there is still a need for liberation from the shackles of musical predestination, that’s where you’ll find: The Necks. / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 

November 12 2013


where
White Lady Art Gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2


when
12pm-7pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Needles and Pens

The White Lady Art Gallery lit birthday candles over the weekend, attracting a welcome swarm of tattoo-inspired artwork that clung to walls like moths: their bodies bordered by hard black lines, their wings an amalgam of hazy, semi-religious iconography, nods to popular culture, casual swipes at contemporary ills and lots and lots of roses. Among the artists represented are Boz Mugabe, who works swirls distended with meaning into crisp, abstract shells seen through copper; Adam McEwan, whose skulls bring to mind magnified tattooed skin until a nearby lamp that spits UV light invites them to glow; Neirus, who stands attitude-heavy alternagirls over sheet music of Puccini’s La Bohème; and Fergal O’Connor, whose delicate mesh of ink in Infancy, Lucidity and Creation of Self would look criminal as mere tramp stamp. / Olen Bajarias

 


where
55 Patrick Street, Dublin 8.

when
7.30-4pm

how much
Tea - €1.50 Porridge - €2.95

food
Bite of Life

Our lives are so busy these days that the most important - and maybe the best - meal of the day, is often forgotten. A good breakfast has been banished to the indulgence of holidays. We go out together for lunch, dinner and drinks but never the first meal of the day. Bite of Life by St. Pat's Cathedral is the frequented pilgrimage for many an office worker between 1 and 2pm, but it embodies its namesake on a Sunday, some time between elevenses and noonish. The wonderful thing about breakfast is that you can eat pretty much whatever you want, whenever you want, and this cafe offers plenty of choice be it porridge, crunchy granola, home breads and bakes, fresh pressed juices, or moist chocolate biscuit cake, with big pots of lovely hot tea to wash it all down. Bring a paper and park yourself beside the fire. / Rachel Lucy Ray

 


where
13 Dame Street, Dublin 2.

when
12pm-10pm

how much
Depends

food
Umi

The falafelistas of this city have been raving about Umi since its arrival on Dame Street a few weeks ago. And with good reason. Mixing smart graphic design, a minimalist and inviting interior by abgc and a moreish menu, Umi has a hit on their hands. Umi is the Arabic word for mother and a charming illustration of a glam mam adorns one of its walls. On the food front, there’s the Palestinian and Lebanese falafels but also an array of fantastic finger-licking salads (the Moroccan Quinoa being a particular highlight).With super friendly service, it’s about time the kebab empires were taken down a peg and Umi are at the forefront of the veggie charge. Dare I go as far as to invoke the spirit of the late Joe Dolan – “Umi Umy you’re such a good looking falafel”. / Michael McDermott

 


where
Blackrock Market, 19a Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

when
8am-5pm

how much
Lunch: €9-€12

food
Canteen @ The Market

It's so out of the way, it's almost a vote of confidence. At the back of a long dark alley with zero signage, a 3 month old bistro has been converting packed rooms of loyal lunch devotees with French bistro style menus and a good choice of hearty sandwiches. Seasonal ingredients like venison, exotic beef cuts and all manner of gourd-like carbs were spotted this autumn, reassuringly scrawled on ephemeral parchment and blackboard menus. Their recently launched Supper Club on Thursdays and Fridays offering 4 courses for 35 euros, has been met with a full house each time. It's a humble facade boasting gold-plated name-dropping talent as the chefs James Sheridan & Soizic Humbert hail from the likes of Michelin-starred Bath Priory, Amador and Thorntons. Book in advance. / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 


where
Meath Street, Dublin 8.

when
Regular Opening Hours

how much
€1.99 for half a dozen

food
Double Yolk Eggs

If you're looking for a quick thrill, Meath street's the place to be. Twelve yolks for €1.99. Look out for a place with no sign beside Fusco's chipper. Such a good price. As in egg yolks guuyyyyyss... Come ON. What did you think I meant? Anyway that's six DOUBLE YOLK eggs. Can you believe it? Rare shit though. They go on sale on a Wednesday and are out the door in no time. Actually here's a special le cool tip for you, if you get there at closing time on a Tuesday the order has sometimes arrived. As I said there's no sign, but it's a vegetable store with a really nice guy working there and a sign behind the till advertising double yolk eggs for €1.99. Generally with none to be sold. Wednesday's your day if you like things twice as nice. / Georgia

 

November 13 2013


where
National Print Museum, Old Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
Location Map

when
9-5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Vintage Values

"Don't marry a Catholic" is one the tidbits of advice that crossed my path at Vintage Values, I imagine it was a toughie to comply with in 1950s Ireland, but you needn't pay it to much heed as there is plenty of other posters to take in such as 'The Young Lady Says No' and 'The Dead Do Not Move' (thanks for that guys, just needed to be sure). The collection comes from Catholic Truth Society pamphlets, the covers of which are on display in a souped up format that are delectable. Ranging from the 1940s to the 60s, the display makes for a great throwback to the past when Ireland was only beginning to embrace modern design and neglect the fail safes of crucifixes and harps. Seen in the today there's a distinct sense of humor when reviewing the old fears of about "going steady" and "fashionable sin" so stand back and enjoy. / Jane McDonald

   
 


where
34 Castle Street, Dublin 2.

when
Regular opening hours

how much
See Menu

food
Toffoli

Best pizza in Dublin? We're sure there are lots of arguments about it but here's my two cents... Toffoli is the best authentic pizza in town. Ask any Italian. The place itself is hidden away on dodge Castle Street, lacking in decor and only sits around 15 comfortably, but it sure has heart. The pair at the helm are passionate about all things Italian and research every ingredient. Naturally that means they are a bit obsessive about coffee and wine too. It's a rare pleasure to meet people with such a passion for their business, and it comes through in the food. The dough is perfect - light and crispy - and the ingredients are super fresh. One teeny problem though is you can never actually rely on them to be open during stated hours. But I guess that makes it all the more of a treat when they are? / Rachel Lucy Ray

 

November 13 2013


where
Fallon and Byrne, 2 Exchequer St, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
4pm - 9pm

how much
Free

restaurant
Fallon & Byrne Christmas Extravaganza

As the streets of Dublin suddenly find themselves dressed with a little additional sparkle in the form of Christmas lights and festive numbers are surreptitiously making their way onto the playlists of the High Street, it's clear that the Yuletide season is well and truly imminent, if not already upon us. In that spirit, Fallon & Byrne are hosting their annual Christmas extravaganza, an event which gives customers the opportunity to meet artisan producers from around the country and get a headstart on everyone else when it comes to planning festive feasts. Sample seasonal delicacies, seek advice on how to really nail that Christmas ham and enjoy a cheeky Christmas cocktail, courtesy of Fallon and Byrne's bartenders. Sure, it'd be rude not to. / Amy O'Connor

 


where
No. 17 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6.

when
10am-11pm

how much
See Menu

bar
Kinara Cocktail Bar

The best cocktails I've ever had in Dublin are the best cocktails I've ever had. They came courtesy of The Blind Pig, a pop up 1920s style speakeasy, location only revealed on social media. The Pig is getting a facelift, due to reopen in December. In the meantime you can partake of classic and forgotten cocktails concocted by Paul Lambert above Ranelagh's Kinara Kitchen. Upstairs@KK is a cosy, secret space with the added bonus of being able to order tasty Pakistani snacks from the restaurant as you prop up the oh-so-private bar. You won't be disappointed sticking to Paul's carefully curated menu, but if you're feeling adventurous let him pick something to suit your palate and broaden your horizons. With guest mixologists from global cocktail hotspots and regular masterclasses, once you've gone upstairs, it's very hard to come back down. / Kate McEvoy

 
The New Earls of Sandwich

The inimitable and iconic Mr. & Mrs. Stevens provide the thriller filler in A Killer Sandwich. We chat sambos and sarnies with Conor and Siobhan.

As the system works, we tweet our sandwiches on a Wednesday, take orders by direct message. We go into production on Thursday and sell on Friday. It's all very simple, but it also, interestingly, seems to be drawing new people into Twitter.

We conceive the sandwiches together, which sounds vaguely sexual. There's a pretty fair division of labour.

We've been going to New York for years specifically to eat. We would like to bring back the zeal that New Yorkers have for pretty ordinary, quotidien foodstuffs. Over here, a sandwich has long been regarded as something you're forced to eat at your desk. We're trying to bring a bit of Friday excitement to an ordinary thing.

The whole core idea is that it's a sandwich that just tastes fucking brilliant. Gorgeous, delicious, satisfying in every conceivable sandwich way.

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