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New Café on the Square Belfast

Cafe on the Square Belfast opens at last! Custom House Square has been screaming out for something like this for ages now. It hosts umpteen events every year like the Tesco Taste Festival, ABV Fest and a whole list of live music gigs. But when the tents and equipment are all packed up and the … Continue reading New Café on the Square Belfast

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Monday Blues & Meat in Bread

Pottingers Belfast So a couple of Mondays ago it was a wet dreary mess of a day, plus it was Monday, making it extra crap! Now I know it’s not ideal to cheer yourself up with food all the time, but this was a particularly blue start to the week for me, so that’s what … Continue reading Monday Blues & Meat in Bread

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Pizza Boutique £5 Express Lunch

Pizza Boutique Belfast Follow @thebowtieblog Fridays are for treats! (But not all treats must be had on a Friday, just to clarify!). So if you looking for somewhere to celebrate the weekend (that’s an absolute bargain as well), check out the express lunch at Pizza Boutique. They make fresh handmade pizzas and really love to … Continue reading Pizza Boutique £5 Express Lunch

French Village Lisburn Road Brunch

Pork Belly & Polenta Cake | Weekend Brunch

French Village Lisburn Road Sunday brunches are great! It’s basically the go-ahead to unashamedly eat absolutely anything you fancy between the hours of 10am and 4pm. And a few weeks ago we headed to French Village Lisburn Road to do exactly that. This was my first in ages and in the classy surroundings of FV's … Continue reading Pork Belly & Polenta Cake | Weekend Brunch

Baked Sweet Potato with Homemade Guacamole

This is simply the tastiest thing I've ever made, and possibly the healthiest too. The fresh homemade guacamole is super quick and easy. Scrub the sweet potato clean and spray with olive oil, then stick it in the oven, 220'C. 'Give it an oven, give it an hour' as the old ad says. [instagram-feed]   … Continue reading Baked Sweet Potato with Homemade Guacamole

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Northern Lights – Craft Beer Bar in Belfast

Northern Lights Belfast - Before you read, watch the video >> Now in my lifetime, the spot that Northern Lights Belfast now occupies has been home to several different ventures. Sitting on the corner of the Ormeau Road and Sunnyside Street, it has been home to the Mercury, Judes and Brewdog more recently, though I'm … Continue reading Northern Lights – Craft Beer Bar in Belfast

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Pearl’s – New Urban Coffee Jungle in Belfast

Pearl's Coffee House opened just one month ago in the listed Pearl Assurance House building on the corner of Chichester Street and Donegall Square East, right next to Belfast City Hall. Its owned by restauranteurs Neil Johnson (Graze, Ballyhack) and Joe Baillie (Sozo, Antrim Road). They've created a pretty funky little haven for coffee drinkers … Continue reading Pearl’s – New Urban Coffee Jungle in Belfast

Pocket sized Coffee

So a speedy dander one lunchtime brought me to the aptly named pocket which sits right across the road from the impressive Queen's University Lanyon Building (sadly half covered in scaffold at the minute). They've managed to squeeze a coffee house into what is really a living room, on the ground floor with a couple … Continue reading Pocket sized Coffee

Freebird Tea

An Interview with Karen Alexander from Freebird Tea

Lynyrd Skynyrd, an epiphany in a hospital waiting room and gin & tonic tea! Karen Alexander tells me about her Freebird journey so far. *this post contains affiliate links Now I must confess, I’m much more into my coffee than my tea. But perhaps I’ve just never tried the right tea? (That and possibly the … Continue reading An Interview with Karen Alexander from Freebird Tea

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5 Great Gin Menus in Belfast

*This post contains affiliate links Now I love Gin, and apparently, I'm not alone! Gin is undoubtedly the trendiest of drinks at the minute. New gins continue to pop up from all over, trying for a share of our attention and to satisfy what I think is a huge surge in peoples curiosity about the … Continue reading 5 Great Gin Menus in Belfast

Trying the new Lunch menu at AMPM Belfast

So AMPM Belfast has a new lunch menu and they very kindly asked me along to try it out. They also gave me something very cool for all you lovely people, more on that later. First, let's see what's going on with this new menu. I think its fair to call AMPM well established now, … Continue reading Trying the new Lunch menu at AMPM Belfast

Granny Shaws Fudge Factory

Granny Shaws Fudge Factory opens at Glenarm Castle Northern Ireland’s first fudge factory has opened at Glenarm Castle just in time for the new spring season. Visitors can watch the art of fudge-making at Granny Shaws Fudge Factory before choosing from more than 50 flavours including Eton Mess, Sea Salted Caramel, Red Velvet, Chocolate Coconut & Cherry, … Continue reading Granny Shaws Fudge Factory

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The Naked Revolution at Finnebrogue

Naked Bacon So I'm loving this Naked Bacon, part of the latest range from Finnebrogue. Naked meats are made without the addition of nitrites and E numbers. The folks at Finnebrogue having produced sausages for more than a decade vowed not to produce bacon until they could make it safer, which means doing without the harmful nitrites, … Continue reading The Naked Revolution at Finnebrogue

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Brewed Belfast Donuts

Chilli Chicken Donut Anyone? Head to Brewed Belfast! Brewed Belfast has just opened up in Queens Street in the centre of town, and is challenging our taste buds by serving up savoury “burger style” donut dishes! Chilli Chicken, Spicy Beef, a Vegetarian Savoury and Pulled Pork all served between a two-donut “bun”. There’s also an … Continue reading Brewed Belfast Donuts

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BelFeast

BelFeast comes to Belfast BelFeast will be centred in the city’s Cathedral Quarter. The lineup includes live music performances, street artists, tours, workshops and talks. There will also be an artisan street market and a street food village running alongside the food festival. The three-day festival runs from 23-25 March. The Mac Food Theatre Pull up … Continue reading BelFeast

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Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland in the run up to St Patrick’s Day at Borough Market

The Best of Northern Ireland Food and Drink Borough Market will be providing culinary inspiration from the best of Northern Ireland food and drink to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the capital, with guest traders setting up shop in the Market Hall to sell some of the best Northern Irish delicacies available.   The regional … Continue reading Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland in the run up to St Patrick’s Day at Borough Market

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Zizzi

Zizzi Belfast, Victoria Square I was in Zizzi Belfast at the weekend for what was my third visit since it opened in late 2016. I'm really impressed by this restaurant. Each time it has delivered on service, price, and food. The menu has loads on it with plenty of classic and contemporary dishes, veggie & … Continue reading Zizzi

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Fish City

Fish City is something of a revolution in eating. This would normally be something kept for the end of a review but what they are pioneering here is worth pointing out right at the start. Having already won a bucketful of awards, 2018 proved no different. Fish City entered the UK Fish and Chip awards in 2 … Continue reading Fish City

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The House of Peroni Presents: La Primavera Belfast!

La Primavera Belfast | The House of Peroni arrives at St Anne's Square The sights, sounds and scents of springtime in Italy are set to take over the heart of Belfast this April, as St. Anne’s Square becomes home to The House of Peroni Presents: La Primavera Belfast from Thursday, 5th April, to Saturday, 7th … Continue reading The House of Peroni Presents: La Primavera Belfast!

Bacon & Mushroom Risotto

Bacon and Mushroom Risotto

So this Bacon and Mushroom Risotto is one of our favourite dinners. The recipe comes from my Brother-in-Law's, Sister-in-Law's friend (seriously). Its made its way into our house and features pretty much on a weekly basis. Ingredients - makes 2 (big) portions 6 bacon medallions cut into small pieces. 10-12 white mushrooms and 4-6 large … Continue reading Bacon and Mushroom Risotto