#TeamAlice has launched into spring mode, celebrating the end of drab old January with food, concerts, and stellar entertainment! We’ve been in hot chocolate alright…here’s #WhatTickledAlice this week

On the Plate

Martina ate at Klaw Seafood Café in Temple Bar recently and, if you like seafood, couldn’t recommend it enough. Delicious oysters, crab meat, prawns, lobster roll… she would happily eat her way through their entire menu & can’t wait to go back concert. They also do breakfast & lunch, and, with excellent service, Martina would highly recommend it.

Holly ate all around her during her trip to Amsterdam, so much so that in her attempts to defy her stomach capabilities, she only took one photo of one of the many, many fab things she had. She found this amazing café right around the corner from her Airbnb called Ted’s Place – crawling with MacBook-tapping, beanie-wearing hipsters –  and there fell in love with their Bailey’s Hot Chocolate “topped with loads of other stuff”.

She would also recommend visiting the indoor Foodhallen with pop-up restaurants for every whim…unfortunately she ate all the evidence of this.

Niamh ventured to Tippenyaki in Rathmines last Friday and  loved it! If you’re a fan of theatrics you’ll be right at home here as you sit around the chef’s grill, watching them throw their knives around, hurl food at you, and occasionally cook of course! Tasty and fun, Niamh will definitely be back (and be bringing Alice staff in tow, we hope!)

She also went to the Ramen Bar on Fitzwilliam Street this week (Emily has recommended it here before!) Great cheap and cheerful spot! Had never had ramen before, but definitely one of the converted now.

On the Screen

For on the screen, both Niamh and Martina went to see The Post this week, starring our great pals, Meryl and Tom. Unsurprisingly, Niamh and Martina were enthralled by both the acting and the storyline – Niamh loved how fascinating a true story it was, whilst Martina was impressed by how the film hammered home the value of an independent media.

Niamh and Darragh are also very much on the Derry Girls buzz, with Niamh catching up on her missed episode this week. Direct quote: “I LOVE it. SO rare you actually laugh out loud at television anymore – had a great chuckle.” – We’re not sure if she likes it that much?

Eva is following Elaine’s lead and re-watching HBO’s The Wire. Having first watched it years ago, she is loving it all over again!

On the Page

Darragh has been trying to get into Anna Karenina for the last while but finding it quite heavy. He’s persevering though, and is still excited to see why it is such a classic.

This week, Martina read Mary Beard’s ‘Women and Power’ manifesto, which is excellent. To quote The Guardian (because who says it better) – “In this brilliant book, the classicist charts misogyny from ancient Greece and Rome to today, and issues a clarion call that it is not women but power that must change”. Martina is going to re-read it again soon – it’s just that kind of book.

Out and About

Although our week has revolved primarily around food, a few of us have still found time for a bit of culture and social interaction! Niamh went to the Bowery in Rathmines for a few drinks on Friday night which she loves as an out-of-towntown spot for a night out. She got exceptionally lucky with their live music as they had a disco band playing…there were a few shapes thrown.

Eva attended the Green Party ‘Think In’ in Limerick last weekend. She was delighted to catch up with colleagues and members from across the country and make plans for the year ahead. On top of that, she even found time to round off her visit with a trip to Dolans to see Katie Kim – an awesome experience and venue and definitely not to be missed! 

Martina went to see Martha Wainwright perform in St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Temple Bar Tradfest, which was class. Martina thinks she is amazing and SO entertaining to see her live!

Darragh stumbled across Red Bank Wine Tavern, a little hidden gem in a basement beneath Duke St. Super rustic and cosy, with a limited – but really tasty – wine list. They order pizza in from The Dublin Pizza Company which, according to him, is outrageously good! Super garlicky though, so he advises to choose based on the company you’re keeping!

Martina also checked out what was flowing in 9 Below – the new and very swanky bar under the Hibernian Club on Stephen’s Green. While it was interesting to see it and relatively good for people-watching (a bit too discreet for her liking!!) she wouldn’t be going there every weekend, as it’s pretty pricey. Still though, checking out this décor, we could get used to the opulence!

 

That’s just about it from all of us here at a very full, very indulged office. Wishing you a lovely weekend from all at #TeamAlice, may it be lobster-filled and pizza-centric!

 

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