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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Review: Pre-Christmas weekend at Brasserie 66

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On the weekend before Christmas, we had lunch at Brasserie 66

Our small family celebrated Christmas this year a bit “reserved“. After meeting with friends for one day, we were pretty much on our own. Despite that, we didn’t spend the festive holidays stuck at home. In fact, the week prior Christmas, we went to a restaurant called Brasserie 66!

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Review: Five Guys at Dundrum Shopping Center

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Finally, Five Guys reached Dublin!

Five Guys is one of the popular burger joints I keep seeing on my Facebook newsfeed. Well, I have a lot of friends in the US and most of them are foodies like me, too.
I consider burger as my ultimate comfort food – well, maybe at the same footing as pasta and pizza. Who wouldn’t want a piece of tasty burger patty topped with cheese and crunchy bacon, right?
So imagine my excitement when I read Five Guys is FINALLY opening a branch in Dublin?! I was so ecstatic we dropped by their only branch (for now) located at Dundrum shopping center on the first weekend after the news.

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Galway and the Oyster Festival

Galway Seafood and Oyster Festival

On the second day in Galway, we went to the Galway Seafood and Oyster Festival

We only stayed in Galway for the long weekend so we had to make the most of our last day to roam around. On our first day, we took a leisure stroll around the city center and visited a number of attractions around. And in case you missed it, you can read my entry here.
The next day, we woke up to a really gloomy weather. I even checked my weather app to see if things will get better. But to my disappointment, that day was expected to receive showers and gray clouds. That didn’t stop us from stepping out, though. We just prepared ourselves by wearing the appropriate outdoor gear to protect us from the rain! Continue reading “Galway and the Oyster Festival” »

Review: Eyre Square Hotel Restaurant

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Personal dining experience at the Eyre Square Hotel Restaurant..

We recently had a trip to Galway to show a friend around. And because it is only about a 3-hour train ride from Dublin’s Heuston Station, we took the early-ish train to go to Galway. We thought it is the best way to make the most of the city since we were only there for the long weekend – so we wanted to arrive with enough time to walk around before it gets dark. Apart from that, we also took my son’s naptime in consideration so it all made sense to travel in the morning!
Luckily for us, there was a 10:05 AM train to go to Galway. We booked our tickets online and arrived very early inside the station to have breakfast before the trip. The train ride was OK apart from some noisy group of guys onboard the same train car as us. We didn’t go hungry in the middle of the trip since we had a BIG breakfast before the journey started. But boy! We were so hungry when we finally arrived in Galway!
The great thing about Galway’s train station is that it is super close to A LOT of restaurants and pubs. As soon as we stepped outside, we immediately saw a couple of places to eat. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular at that moment – I just wanted to sit and have my meal. But we didn’t take the first restaurant we saw either. We had a look at a couple of “potential” places to have lunch and settled in at the Eyre Square Hotel restaurant instead. Continue reading “Review: Eyre Square Hotel Restaurant” »

A weekend lunch at Eddie Rocket’s City Diner!

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Burger cravings satisfied: Eddie Rocket’s City Center branch!

A few blog posts ago, I shared with you a weekend where I spent most of the days walking around Dublin city center looking for bargains (aka a lame excuse to shop). On that post, I also raved (and ranted!) on the experiences from the day. And, I also promised to write a review on the burger joint where we ate our lunch called Eddie Rockets! So, here it is! Continue reading “A weekend lunch at Eddie Rocket’s City Diner!” »

Review: Chez Max (Baggot Street)

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French dining at Chez Max!

Having a toddler has its advantages. Especially for a child who loves food, eating out is now our chance for some peace and quiet. These days, my husband and I try to go back to the places we loved to dine before my son was born. Restaurants and cafes with very limited space used to be a far distant memory. And I feared I might need to wait for my son to become a teenager before we can go back. Lucky for us, that didn’t happen. My son is a toddler who loves food and that allowed us to go back to places such as Chez Max at Baggot Street to dine for a meal!
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Spending the weekend at Dublin city center

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Last weekend at Dublin City Center..

Last weekend, we missed the Luas to go to Dublin city center. And because the sun was shining brightly, we decided to go for a walk. Before my son was born, my husband and I rarely use the Luas – especially during the spring/summer season. And since my son is no longer a baby and the weather still warm, we decided to use our feet to go to the city center.
It was great. We used the time walking to chat and appreciate the refreshing breeze outdoors. Apart from that, we also noticed that preparation for the Oktoberfest is now ongoing. Booths and food stalls (I failed to take a photo of, too busy chatting with my husband, 😆 ) are already setup. In case you are interested to know more about Dublin’s Oktoberfest celebrations, watch out for my article on ExpatPost tomorrow (16 September 2016) about it!
We went to mass at the St Mary’s Pro Cathedral located at Dublin city center. As usual, my husband and son stayed inside for the first half of the celebration. We were lucky we were seated beside the candles for prayer offering – allowing my son to keep still longer than usual. But that didn’t prevent him from running around the Church ( 😐 ). So eventually, my husband took him out and I was left inside to finish the mass.
After the mass, we have to wait a couple of minutes till the shops open at 11 AM. We decided to drop by a local Starbucks shop to wait and grab a bite, too. On our way to Starbucks, I had to appreciate the fantastic weather outdoors and snapped a couple of photos of some attractions at Dublin city center! Continue reading “Spending the weekend at Dublin city center” »

Review: Il Fornaio IFSC (Dublin, Ireland)

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Personal dining experience at Il Fornaio IFSC branch

I can feel the cold winds of autumn are just around the corner – literally. Each day, the nights are getting longer and colder. Yellow leaves are starting to fall down into heaps around the pavement, too. For my son, that’s a great “toy” to play with but for us, we knew that the weather will now turn for the worse.
Whenever we find ourselves with an unexpectedly sunny day, one of our default places to go to is Il Fornaio at the IFSC. It is an Italian cafe with reasonable prices and yummy food items to choose from. Apart from that, our Italian friend loves to dine there. She mentioned once that the staffs were like her pseudo-family while she’s in Dublin. And I can say that they were really the nicest bunch of people, too. Continue reading “Review: Il Fornaio IFSC (Dublin, Ireland)” »

Review: East Restaurant (Dublin, Ireland)

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A great Thai/fusion dinner at the East Restaurant in IFSC!

While we are still in the nicer and warmer days of summer, we try to make the most of it. Especially when the temperatures reach more than 20 degrees Celsius, it is kind of depressing to stay indoors while the rest of Dublin is outdoors having as much sun as they want!

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