Review: Beef and Lobster

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Beef and Lobster in Dublin was one of the few restaurants open on January 3..so we tried it out!

After the holiday festivities, Dublin city center seems like a ghost town. Some shops and restaurants are not open for business until the second week of January. So, if you are walking around the city center around this time of the year, expect some hot spots to remain closed for business!

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Review: Makati Avenue

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On my little one’s birthday, we went to Makati Avenue for an early lunch!

This is one of my super late posts! Apart from lacking time to write, there are a lot more important posts I felt must be published first before this. But as they say, “it is better late than never!
I posted about my little one’s birthday celebration over here. My son turned three but we didn’t arrange any parties for him. We felt that apart from the expense – he won’t appreciate it that much yet! He is still developing his social skills and doesn’t really care about other kids his age. So planning a party may not be the most practical thing to do.

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Review: Pho Viet

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A nice and warm bowl of pho at Pho Viet to warm our freezing hands..

It’s been a while since I had a nice, warm bowl of Pho. I guess the temperature didn’t plummet until close to the end of winter. Or, my soup cravings have been mostly satisfied by the nearby Japanese restaurant in IFSC. But one day after catching on some winter sales in the city center, I craved for some nice bowl of pho. That’s when we decided to go to our favorite Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Viet in an instant!

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Little one’s trip to Panda Play Cafe

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My son turned three last month and we took him to Panda Play Cafe so he can have fun..

My son turned three years old last month. Sometimes, it feels surreal to realize how time flies. Of course, hard parenting times are there – especially without having any form of support system from relatives because we live abroad. But just to see my son grow before my eyes make me emotional sometimes.

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Of course, he had cake at home!

One of the reasons why there are times I feel bad for my son are milestones such as birthdays. Throughout my childhood, I celebrated this day with cousins and neighbors. They were also the same persons whom I consider as my close friends while growing up. But for him, it is hard to organize such events without spending a lot of money. Doing it DIY (to save a bit) is not an option either as we don’t have space to cater for guests at home.

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Review: Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill

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My husband celebrated his birthday and we ate at Marco Pierre White’s..

In our small family, my husband celebrates his birthday first. And for his birthday this year, we had his birthday lunch at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant in Dublin. To be honest, this wasn’t our first option. But because my husband’s birthday was a public holiday in Ireland – there were a few restaurants who were still closed that day.

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Review: Carluccio’s at Dawson Street

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A recent trip to Carluccio’s after my son’s rugby class..

Anthony Carluccio is one of the famous celebrity chefs over here. But before relocating here, I don’t know him at all. I only got to know about his existence when my husband (then boyfriend) bought his cookbook in Melbourne so he can cook me a dish from one of his recipes.

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Review: Lemon Jelly at Millennium Walkway

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An unexpected brunch/morning snack at Lemon Jelly..

Lemon Jelly is a very busy cafe/brunch/crepe place at Millennium Walkway – a short distance away from Jervis Luas station. Even if I frequently pass by this place, this post marks the first time I have eaten here.
I remembered when I just relocated, I used to point to this place and tell my husband “Maybe we should try to eat here sometime. It is ALWAYS busy – must be good.” But he would tell me that he ate here before and it was just “alright”. So, I never thought I’d get the chance to try it myself and see what he meant by – alright.

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Christmas Package at the Powerscourt Hotel experience!

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After the sumptuous Christmas Eve meal at the Sika restaurant in Powerscourt Hotel..

After our fantastic Christmas Eve meal at the Sika restaurant (that I haven’t written a review yet, whoops!), we were so excited about our Mountainview Suite and looked forward to our evening of rest. We didn’t book for any babysitting arrangements and decided to stay inside our hotel room to relax after a short tour of the hotel.

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Christmas 2016: Powerscourt Hotel and Estate Day 1

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Our Christmas getaway at the Powerscourt Hotel and strolling at the Estate..

We didn’t travel internationally for this year’s Christmas. Instead, we had a staycation at one of the best hotels in Ireland – Powerscourt Hotel. The hotel is situated within very close proximity to one of Ireland’s leading tourist attractions – Powerscourt Estate.
I have been to the Estate on my first year in Ireland but this is the first time for me to stay in the hotel. So, I was really looking forward to Christmas since the hotel is operated by no less than Marriott! 🙂

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Review: Catch-22

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A great seafood catch at Catch-22!

Catch-22 is a new-ish seafood joint in Dublin city center. We would’ve probably been in this place a lot more often if only they had more space or if more chairs are “child-friendly“. They do have high-chair/booster seats if you are dining with a small child but I think it is a bit flimsy especially if you were given a high table and chair.

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