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Emily and Niamh ran the Clontarf Half Marathon on Saturday and said it was surprisingly enjoyable! There’s no holding them back – look at their happy heads! (Note – this was the start of the race…)
Eva visited the founder of the Green Party Ireland, Christopher Fette’s beautiful home in County Offaly with the rest of the Executive Committee. It was a really special occasion for her to meet him and visit the property. He has Spanish Chestnut trees planted by the Huguenots in Ireland in the seventeenth century and she also spotted one of her favourites – a Ginkgo tree, and they gifted him another tree to mark the visit.
On the plate: Both John and Emily sampled the fare at Roberta’s on Essex Street. John had brunch (eggs royale with home potatoes and some passion fruit Bellinis) and Emily went for dinner (Iberico Secreto). Though they both enjoyed the food, they did find it was on the pricey side, but it’s a nice place to go for a treat! It’s owned by the same group who owns Angelina’s, Sophie’s, Cleaver East and so on, and it’s decorated very similarly to those and has a “gorge” terrace area!
Eva took some time to cycle to her favourite health food store, The Hopsack on Sunday. She’s been going there since she was a kid and they always have some delicious and healthy treats at the ready. They didn’t disappoint!
Elaine had a day out in town sans kids and treated herself to some delicious noodles in Wagamama – an oldie but a goodie! It was delish!
She was taking inspiration from John over the last few weeks and tried her hand at a new recipe – she went for moussaka and though it’s quite labour-intensive and uses a lot of pots (and a lot of washing-up!) she highly recommends it. It was a resounding success in the Howe household!
On the screen: John and Elaine are continuing to binge-watch box sets. John finished another season of The Amazing Race and started another. As he said himself, it’s getting a bit much now but it’s so addictive! Elaine is still on her Sopranos buzz – it’s so good! Even though a few things are dated in it (clothes, mobile phones, music, etc.) it still works. It’s a classic.
On the page: Elaine is about to embark on the next offering from her book club. This month it’s ‘Golden Hill’ by Francis Spufford – winner of the Costa First Novel Award. On a rainy evening in Manhattan, in 1746, a charming young stranger (‘Smith’) fresh off the boat from England arrives at a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition – he has an order for £1,000 in his pocket that he wishes to cash. Can he be trusted? This is New York in its infancy – with a population of only 7,000, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh!
Niamh and Emily loved this article in the Irish Times on why Love Island is the only telly you should be watching right now – ‘vacuous bliss – with a great subplot of female empowerment’. Preach!
Looking forward to…
Eva and Madison have been heading along to Inspirefest this week and were very excited about seeing Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters) and Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh – Inventor and CEO of Sugru. Watch this space for their recap blog! 😉
#TeamAlice are looking forward to lots of gigs in the next couple weeks. Niamh and Emily are heading to Coldplay on Saturday, Niamh is heading to Two Door Cinema Club and Fleet Foxes next week and Elaine is heading to see Belle and Sebastian in the Iveagh Gardens!
More dips in the sea – come on in – the water’s beautiful!