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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

Pottingers Belfast Lunch

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

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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

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

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

Digital Cities Belfast 2017 #DigiBelfast

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Belfast played host to Digital Cities this week. 7 days of seminars, workshops, masterclasses and various other events on all things digital media. On Wednesday, as part of this, I was at the MAC theatre in the City’s Cathedral Quarter for a digital skills day hosted by the very talented people at the BBC Academy. … Continue reading Refreshing Content

Whiskey & Muses | Bushmills Irish Whiskey #Answerthecall series continues

Register for the event here So this is the next in a series of collaborations between one of Northern Ireland’s longest standing institutions, Bushmills Irish Whiskey and a group of creative individuals who strive to be that little bit different from the norm, creating something unique and inspiring, much like Bushmills Irish Whiskey do themselves. … Continue reading Whiskey & Muses | Bushmills Irish Whiskey #Answerthecall series continues

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Asda’s Super Summer Picnic Range

The Great Outdoors So it's mid-August already but there’s still plenty of time to make the most of what’s left of the summer. Plus we all remember how good the weather gets in September from back in the school days, sitting in the 'greenhouse' assembly hall on the first day of term. What better way … Continue reading Asda’s Super Summer Picnic Range

The Amzing Adventure of Gnorman the Gnome [Video]

ASDA have kindly sent me a lovely hamper to show off their great picnic range (post on that on its way soon). In the middle of the packed and well presented hamper, staring out at me through the plastic wrapping, sat Gnorman the Gnome. I became quite attached to this wee cake and so before … Continue reading The Amzing Adventure of Gnorman the Gnome [Video]

Early Morning Belfast

Belfast was looking gorgeous in the early morning haze today. I took a stroll round the river Lagan to the Titanic Quarter and went a bit snap happy with my new gadget (a recent Birthday present). Here's just a few of the pics plus a little slide show of a handful more, hope you enjoy.   Instantly … Continue reading Early Morning Belfast

The Parsons Nose

So this little jewel in Hillsborough has went under the knife and had a hefty makeover worth half a million pounds and I was very lucky to be invited along to see how it was looking, and to try some the of the dishes from its extensive menu. All made by the talented hands of … Continue reading The Parsons Nose

Solo Kitchen & Bar

Right so I promise the title of this post will be my first and final ‘solo’ pun. Well, maybe not, but it was my first visit here in quite a while and this time I wasn’t ‘flying solo’ (sorry! 🙂 ), I was with my wee Mammy for a belated Mother’s Day meet up (she was … Continue reading Solo Kitchen & Bar