From Budapest to Wicklow to Amsterdam, #TeamAlice has been travelling and of course finding tasty treats along the way. Have a read of our latest recommendations and find out what tickled us this week!
Out and About
Ellen travelled to Budapest for a long weekend which was just fab, and she came back with lots of recommendations! She thought it was such a relaxed and beautiful city! On the first night Ellen went to Szimpla Kert, which is a big ‘ruin bar’. It looks like an old warehouse with different bars and places to explore, a very cool venue and a must visit when in Budapest! Another highlight of the trip was visiting the Gellért Bath. The setting was so beautiful and the baths are relaxing and toasty. A weird feeling to sit outside in the cold but feel warm while chilling in the thermal pool, she said it’s bliss!
On Sunday, Emily climbed the Sugarloaf mountain in Wicklow with her friend, Moira. They had heard it was a really easy climb, but didn’t do any research and ending up going up a longer and more difficult route! Despite that, it was a fab day and the scenery was stunning.
Lizzy had a week off which she spent half travelling with her friends to the cities of Brussels and Amsterdam. Besides the delicious waffles in Belgium, Lizzy’s favourite part was wandering through both cities and seeing the variety of architecture. When in Amsterdam, she visited the Van Gogh Museum. Vincent Van Gogh is her favorite artist and seeing his art in person was absolutely breathtaking. During the other half of her week, Lizzy’s mom was able to cross the ocean and visit Dublin. Lizzy thought it was so wonderful to show her mom around the city and spend time with her!
Martina was out at the O’Brien’s Wine Fair in Dublin Castle at the weekend – it was great. You pay an entry fee and then get to taste as many samples of wine as you’re up for! There were lots of vineyard owners there from all over the world, so you can chat to them about their wine! She then spent Saturday night at the Heritage Hotel & Spa in Killenard, Co. Laois – catching up with two old friends. It was great and had really good spa facilities, where she had a much-needed massage. And lovely lobby, restaurant, and bar. Perfect for a short spa break!
On the Plate
Niamh went to Cavan on Saturday to MacNean House restaurant – run by the man himself Nevin Maguire. It was a present for her Dad for his 60th so Niamh and all her family went for the night. It was AMAZING. Definitely one of the best meals she has ever had and one of the longest… she said felt like they were eating for hours!
The courses just kept on coming! The highlights were her main – which was turbot with basil risotto and some other delicious lobster thing that resembled a paté. She also LOVED the dessert – a ‘Chocolate Sensation’ – a chocolate brownie and vanilla ice-cream, topped with one of those divine chocolate domes that melted when the hot chocolate fudge sauce was poured on top. And then just to top off the gluttony, they brought some ‘petit fours’ to go with the tea and coffee. Niamh was so full at this point but they were hard to resist! Salted caramel balls and coconut marshmallow were her faves! It was HIGHLY recommended!
Eva stopped by The Square Ball in Grand Canal Dock on Saturday to watch rugby with her friends and really enjoyed the bar! She loves all their seasonal craft beers and the match was pretty brilliant too! Eva then grabbed dinner in Musashi next door, which never disappoints. It’s one of their newer outlets, but they’ve still managed to give it its own personality.
Ellen’s highlight meal of the weekend was her meal at Vicky Barcelona. It had the tastiest tapas and sangria, they did really cool cocktails and it wasn’t too expensive at all!
Emily also stopped at ‘West Wicklow Way‘ in Blessington and had a delicious carvery dinner. It really hit the spot.
Martina kicked off her holiday with a brunch in Storyboard, a new cafe that’s pretty much on her doorstep. She was so excited to read about this place in The Irish Times last weekend (which gave it a gushing review). It lives up to the hype – she enjoyed a yum sausage and sauerkraut sandwich!
In the Headphones
Niamh listened to an episode of ‘The Guilty Feminist’ podcast during the week and is really looking forward to listening to more. It’s very funny, which is a nice change from the podcasts she usually listens to. She mentioned how she was getting some weird looks sitting there laughing to herself.
On the Page
Lizzy has recently started reading ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’ by Ruth Ware. She is still early on in the book but the intense mystery plot is starting to slowly unfold. A travel journalist is given an opportunity of a lifetime, but it turns unexpectedly. Lizzy likes it so far and cannot wait to curl up and read more this weekend!
On the Screen
Eva has been catching up on loads of documentaries. Most recently watching all of the new Louis Theroux series ‘Dark States’. Over the three episodes, Louis visits three U.S. states that are each suffering from a local issue – murder, sex trafficking and heroin. At times, it can be a little harrowing to watch, and it’s so sad to see how these communities have been affected, but Louis does it justice by depicting it in a real and tasteful manner.
Niamh watched ‘The Martian’ on Friday night on Netflix. There was a big gang of them at home – and it was a great crowd pleaser. Matt Damon stars in it, and it’s about him getting left behind on Mars, and how he survives, while NASA plan how he will be rescued. A good one to throw on at the weekend – not too traumatic, and everyone managed to stay awake!
That’s all from us here at #TeamAlice! Let us know any of your recommendations below!