This weekend we’re planning a trip to Dublin’s new ITALIAN FOOD HALL, a PICNIC in the park and a visit to an ART EXHIBITION …
WHAT: We’re heading to Dollard & Co Food Hall and Grill, which opens today Thursday, August 17. On the site of the historic Dollard Printworks, the airy building has been sympathetically restored, to create a food hall and market bursting with seasonal produce, deli delights, fresh breads and lovely coffee (from TwoFifty Square).
We’re looking forward to trying out their pizza and pasta counters as well as The Grill – the open-plan dining area, with a New York vibe, where standout dishes include their crab, lobster and potato omelette and miso-glazed chicken wings. Head chef, Ryan Bell, has also put together a menu of pre-prepared dishes to takeaway, inspired by restaurants such as Angelina’s, Sophie’s and Roberta’s (located upstairs from Dollard & Co). We’ll pick up some wine while we’re there; dinner sorted!
2 Wellington Quay, Dublin.
WHERE: To Cork this weekend, where more than 40 buildings are throwing open their doors free-of-charge for the 13th annual Cork Heritage Open Day, which forms part of Cork Heritage Week. Many of the buildings are not usually accessible to the public, including The Masonic Hall on Tuckey Street, Heineken Ireland (Murphy’s Brewery) on Leitrim Street, the recently renovated Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street and University College Cork’s Crawford Observatory. Of the many family events on during the day, visitors are invited to sample soup made for Quaker Soup Kitchens during the Famine; hear a talk on the history of the City Bridges with Antoin O’Callaghan; and find out more about the Navvies, the men who built the railways in Cork, in a talk by Patrick Walsh. Novelist, playwright and documentary maker Cónal Creedon is the ambassador for this year’s event, which is the biggest to date. For a full list of events see www.corkheritageopenday.ie.
WHEN: With the weather still holding up, a picnic lunch on St Stephen’s Green is always a good break. Why not pick up a Picnic Pack from Urchin? The trendy Hamptons-style eatery, below Cliff Townhouse, has a special Picnic Pack priced at 10 euros with the menu comprising tasty salads such as salmon, pink prawns or poached chicken followed by strawberry Eton mess. The salads are served in quirky sphere globes which are meant to be shaken to mix the layered ingredients. To perfect the experience, Insta-worthy blankets are available for a 10 euro deposit. www.urchin.ie.
WHY: We love Connemara and for a special weekend treat we’re booking Afternoon Tea at Ballynahinch Castle. Head chef, Pete Durkan, has designed the menu with tradition in mind, using the best seasonal produce; think scones and cream and delicious sandwiches followed by petit pavlovas and cakes, all served on lovely Willow Pattern crockery. Ballynahinch Castle has partnered with Galway-based master tea blender Jörg Müller of Solaris Tea, to compile the loose tea menu, which includes the signature blend using foraged herbs from the Twelve Ben Mountains.
Afternoon Tea is available every Saturday from 1.30pm to 4pm and costs €25 per person, or €35 per person with a glass of prosecco.
WHO: In need of a cultural fix? If you are in the vicinity of Lismore Castle on Saturday afternoon (around 3pm) do check the new sound installation by Luke Fowler. He has created a soundwork inspired by the history of the castle and its acoustic design. The talented filmmaker and musician used everyday objects found on the site in his composition called Gone Reflections. The work premiers in Broghills Tower in the Upper Gardens before travelling to Nasher Sculpture Centre in Dallas, Texas.
There’s also Wexford-born artist John Busher’s new exhibition Jostle, which opened this week and runs until August 26. The works were initially conceived on a small scale, with the intention of “finding a particular language that examines the notion of a bodily deficit. Re-evaluated on a larger scale, these condensed renderings are an attempt to discover a more direct form. In certain cases, the paint surface takes on the function of a notebook, the jotted down version is inherent to the work.” Pallas Projects/Studios, 115-117 The Coombe, Dublin 8. www.pallasprojects.org. www.johnbusher.ie.
AND … We can’t wait to check out Rixo at Brown Thomas which has just landed. The go-to label for dresses which work from dawn to dinner, they are designed with flair, colour and character. www.rixo.co.uk.
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