As the summer well and truly comes to a close, the team have been trying to keep busy and distract themselves from the dark evenings – mainly by eating. With lots of Dublin restaurant recommendations, and some more top Netflix picks in time for the weekend, here’s this week’s #WhatTickledAlice. 

On the Plate:

Martina visited Hey Donna! in Rathmines for the first time this week, and loved it.  The restaurant has featured in #WhatTickled previously.  She found it excellent value, healthier choices than offered by many restaurants, and really tasty food.

Also dining in Rathmines, Niamh went to Farmer Browns with her mam, dad and sister for dinner and had the chicken and chorizo tacos. She wasn’t blown-away! The potions are HUGE which is actually sometimes a bit off-putting and she thinks the food was a little on the cold side. She still enjoyed the meal but wouldn’t be rushing back!

After Niamh raved about Mad Egg a few weeks ago, Darragh decided to check it out and was just as impressed! The chicken is ‘beyond!’ and the restaurant has a nice, buzzy atmosphere. Great for a quick bite after work. At the weekend, Darragh also went to BiBi’s which is tucked away in a quiet leafy corner of Portabello. It’s a beautiful little café and the food is amazing. They serve breakfast, brunch and dinner, and their salted caramel brownies are a particular highlight!

Out and About:

The highlight of Martina’s week was her trip to the Moscow State Circus in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, where she was wowed by the skill (and bravery) of the acrobats; ate candyfloss for the first time in about 30 years; and generally enjoyed feeling like a little child. 

Also, this week, Martina attended an ‘Off the Page’ event at the National Concert Hotel, where the amazing Caitlin Moran was interviewed by Roisin Ingle about her latest book, ‘How to Be Famous’, and about life and fame generally.  It was laugh-til-you-cry brilliant! A hugely entertaining and funny night, though Caitlin also packs a serious punch and makes excellent points about sexism, feminism, parenting and friendship.

Darragh checked out Vitality Expo at the RDS this weekend, a natural-heath and wellness event, and was impressed with the mix of vendors and speakers, and picked up many more little bits than was intended.

On Tuesday Darragh went to see Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee’s new play Girls and Dolls at The Gaiety. He had been expecting to see ‘Derry Girls on stage’ and while there was lots of outrageous Northern humour, it was much darker than was anticipated. He tells us it was ‘as horrifying as it was hilarious’ but overall very worth going to see.

On Sunday, Niamh went for a walk around Merrion Square where all the painters have their work displayed on the railings over the weekend. A lovely Sunday afternoon activity – salthough she’s not exactly in the market for buying art at the moment, she enjoyed the mooch around nonetheless.

MoscomOn the Screen:

Martina is watching Series 2 of ‘Atypical’ on Netflix, a great comedy about an 18-year-old with autism and how his condition impacts on his wider family.

Darragh watched the Netflix original film ‘Ibiza’ during the week which isn’t really very original at all in terms of its premise. Three friends head off on a holiday and drunken debauchery and antics ensue. However, the cast are great with Vanessa Bayer a standout. It’s a fun film to watch if you want to switch off for a while.

On the Horzion:

This weekend Eva will be getting creative at the Green Party think-in in the Opsrey Hotel, and after helping set the political agenda, will be going to see ‘Cold War’ in The Lighthouse cinema.

That’s it for this week, let us know what you have been up to. Have a great weekend!

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