Your weekend plans have arrived! Gather friends and visit URCHIN or PICKLE for a FABULOUS FEAST, or get away from it all with a night at CARTON HOUSE …
WHEN? For an after work drink or pre-dinner snack, may we suggest Urchin at Cliff Townhouse as a new addition to add to your “little black book.” The concept of open kitchen and small plates has been devised by the in-house Michelin star chef Martijn Kajuiter and head chef Sean Smith who are offering a tempting and ever-changing range of tapas-inspired bites. Complemented with a creative cocktail menu by the resident mixology team and its central location, Urchin has all of the elements for an enjoyable night out. www.theclifftownhouse.com
WHERE? We’re planning ahead for a midweek break at Carton House to enjoy their Spring Sensation offer. Set in bluebell woods with sumptuous cuisine and a tempting Spa’licious menu it’s the perfect place for a post-hibernation treat. From €99 per person sharing, their Spring Sensation package includes an overnight stay in a luxury room, resort dinner and a hearty breakfast the following morning. Carton House will also treat guests to a €10 credit towards a Darphin treatment at the spa or a round of golf on either of the championship golf courses. Guests have full access to the first-class leisure facilities including a sauna, steam room and 18-metre swimming pool. Call 01 5052000 or visit www.cartonhouse.com
WHAT? Finding out about the ancient Hindu celebration of Holi dating back to the 4th century. It’s one of the biggest festivals in India; known as the festival of colours, it marks the arrival of spring. Pickle, the North Indian restaurant on Camden Street, has created a special tiffin box to mark the festival. Packed with traditional dishes eaten during Holi, the lunch boxes feature sweet dumplings called gujiya, spicy puffed rice masala bhel, Rajasthani flaky mathri biscuits, slow-cooked Bhopali gosht, unleavened tawa parantha, coriander chutney, samosa, and homemade mango pickle. Buzzy and inviting, Pickle is a fresh take on the old-world bustling cafés of Bombay and a lovely alternative to lunch al desko. 43 Camden Street, Dublin 2, 01 5557755, www.picklerestaurant.com
WHY? Staying in to devour Ines de la Fressange’s latest book Parisian Chic Look Book – What should I wear today? (Flammarion, €25). While we all know the basics of Parisian chic by this stage, Ines goes one witty step further and offers solutions, with images, for all life’s emergencies. What to wear when your ex has invited you to dinner or at the courthouse for a divorce hearing – Ines has the solution to these and other scenarios as well as her fashion faux pas (leggings, knock off bags, culottes, bras with clear straps…..). Each look she creates comes with five key ingredients. After reading this, we’ll be drawing up a shopping list no doubt.
WHO? “My new paintings explore memory, dream and landscape. Images emerge over time, through layers of colour and textural paintwork. I try to capture elusive moments, the fleeting atmosphere of a time and place. Those visual afterglows that quicken and fade in the mind’s eye.” So says Cork-born artist Cormac O’Leary about his new exhibition called “Awayland” at The Doorway Gallery. Some images are inspired by paintings of places that Cormac had visited, or passed through, such as a former residency in Auribeau, in the south of France. www.thedoorwaygallery.com
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