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

We Slim Together | ‘The Difficult’ Second Month

So the clue’s in the title here. A second month of ups and downs on the We Slim Together plan. Nobody said it was going to be easy! And for certainly the month of March, it wasn’t! Starting weight 13st 7.3lbs Week 6 | Uh oh… So the week started off well with my beautiful … Continue reading We Slim Together | ‘The Difficult’ Second Month

Ohh Social

A Great Way to be Social

So there's been plenty of talk about the Ohh Social app recently from myself, other bloggers and plenty of people in general. If you haven't heard of it or haven't got a chance to look at what it’s about, read on, and also check out the fantastic offer that Ohh Social have given me for … Continue reading A Great Way to be Social

Born & Braised

Foodie Heaven in the North West

So do you remember 2016, the NI Year of Food & Drink? Ah the memories! Of course it seems like a lifetime ago now, so to get invited to a legacy event for this monumental year gone by, was an absolute pleasure. A wee road trip no less, first to the North West and Brown’s … Continue reading Foodie Heaven in the North West

Armagh Cider Company

Not to be outdone by the plethora of breweries, micro breweries and other craft beer & ale producers knocking about these days, Northern Ireland has a fair representation in the craft cider world too. The multi award winning Armagh Cider Company are one of the best known for this. Owned by the Troughton Family and … Continue reading Armagh Cider Company

The Chubby Cherub

Tucked away in Upper Arthur Street in Belfast City Centre, this little Italian has a very unique and intimate decor. They also have a £6.50 express lunch menu with enough on it to suit most including plenty of vegetarian options.   Very Authentic I was with a few friends from work and, whether through kind … Continue reading The Chubby Cherub

We Slim Together | The First Month

When I decided to start the We Slim Together plan my initial thought was "here we go again Michael. Yet another attempt to lose some weight...!. Defeatist I know but I'd spent the last God knows how long being somewhat quietly unhappy about my size, perhaps not so quietly. I was at the point where … Continue reading We Slim Together | The First Month

Live from the Farm

So last night I took part in my very first Facebook LIVE! The team at Farmageddon Brewing Co-op invited me to be part of what was their 2nd live broadcast. I’m a huge fan of their beer and have featured them previously in a couple of my posts, so it was fantastic to get to go to the … Continue reading Live from the Farm

YAHI’s New Breakfast Menu

So the folks at YAHI invited me along to try their new breakfast menu which launched last week. No need to ask me twice! This is one of my favourite cafes in Belfast. YAHI’s coffee is great and their food is fresh and different. They’ve recently upped their game with starting to stock a new … Continue reading YAHI’s New Breakfast Menu

Cocktails O’Clock

George's of the Market has a new cocktail menu! I was very lucky to be invited by the folks at OhhSocial to their first event of the new year. My 1st Event of 2017 The venue is one of the 50 premium partners on OhhSocial's app. George's, which, if you've never heard of it, sits inside and overlooks … Continue reading Cocktails O’Clock

Man with a Plan

There’s something hugely ironic about a food blogger going on a diet. Thankfully, this isn’t a diet. I’m just over a week into We Slim Together, a plan developed by local lady Sonya McAllister and based in Randalstown Co. Antrim. I’ve made it my mission this year to get healthy, to undo all the bad habits … Continue reading Man with a Plan

Preserving What Matters

Right so you'll find a few of these appearing on the blog this year and hopefully beyond. I love Northern Ireland Food (if that wasn't abundantly clear already!). Our producers are passionate, our products and produce are high quality and behind every one there's a real story, and I love that. So every now and … Continue reading Preserving What Matters

Baked Berry Oats

Right I'm going mad for oats this weather! Another healthy breakfast and an absolutely delish one as well. This takes a little longer to make but is still very easy to prep. Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. As with the Overnight Oats, use your fave low fat or fat free yogurt. Mix all the … Continue reading Baked Berry Oats

Overnight Oats

Here's the first of what will hopefully be a good few healthier dishes for you to try. There will be a link to this on The Skinny Bowtie, my new page which you should check out also. So this handy and rather tasty little discovery I've made are overnight oats. In my day job I … Continue reading Overnight Oats

Glass House Coffee and Flapjack

Glasshouse Coffee Lisburn

Now i always get a little nervous when I write about a place in Lisburn. I've read more than few snippets of criticism of the City since starting this blog. Lisburn Square has been the target for some of this criticism, and it has to be said, the Square can lack a little atmosphere at times, and it has … Continue reading Glasshouse Coffee Lisburn

Something New in Dina Dina

So this is something to definitely keep an eye out for in 2017. Dina Dina In Upper Arthur Street, Belfast is a super authentic Italian deli serving their fantastically fresh piadina flatbreads. From January they are introducing to their menu, their own range of Italy's most famous export, Pizza! A group of very lucky foodie writers … Continue reading Something New in Dina Dina

Fish City

Fish City, Ann Street, Belfast City Centre Now here we have somewhere which, as they put it themselves, is "Just what the City ordered". A fish and chip shop right in the middle of town. Marvellous! But on closer inspection, Fish City is much more than your regular wee chippy. I went along with my … Continue reading Fish City

Sweet Afton

Sweet Afton was the venue for a 'real life job' team lunch a couple of weeks ago. I hadn't been since it changed names (again) so was looking forward to trying out somewhere new. "Service was top notch and so was the food" Once upon a lifetime ago, Irene and Nan's occupied this space. It was a … Continue reading Sweet Afton

Hilden Brewery Tour

Learning and Legacy at Hilden Brewery

So the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink is coming to an end. Reserving December for, quite understandably, 'Christmas and Premium Foods', November was 'Legacy and Learn to' month. And what better place to celebrate this than in the oldest independent brewery on the Island of Ireland, Hilden Brewery, marking its 35th birthday in … Continue reading Learning and Legacy at Hilden Brewery

The Jack Stack

A quick post about last night's dinner, 'the Jack Stack. Salt & chilli steak from Spar NI, seared in the pan then cooked in the oven with red onion, mushrooms, a large pepper and covered in the pan juices a touch if water, lazy garlic and a good few dollops of Jack Daniels smokey BBQ sauce. At the same … Continue reading The Jack Stack