It’s the end of a week spent knee-deep in social analytics and client reports which means it’s the end of one month, the start of another, and most importantly, time for #WhatTickledAlice. We’re bringing you all of our April highlights, from Dublin’s newest places to grab a delicious brunch to binge-worthy TV series perfect for the long-weekend. Stuck for something to do this bank holiday? We’ve got it covered. That, and how to vote come May 24th!
On the Plate
Niamh’s culinary highlight from the past month was a trip to the new café Alma on South Circular Road, for brunch. She tells us it’s up there with the best brunches she’s ever had! Something a bit different to the average ‘avo on toast’, with really helpful and friendly staff. She’s highly recommending a visit.
Martina’s top recommendation this month for a belly full of happiness in Dublin is Stoneybatter’s Grano. She has been raving about the delicious Italian food, great wine-list, and really good-value early-bird menu. In her local neighbourhood, meanwhile, she was delighted to discover Riggers, a new breakfast / brunch / lunch venue in Inchicore. It seems to be in high demand, frequently selling out of dishes on the menu for weekend brunch. And it’s rumoured they’ll be opening for evening meals soon too. Exciting!
Also on Martina’s plate last month was a visit to The Little Kitchen, which has recently been taken over by a friend of hers. Based on Leeson Street, it also offers excellent value and lovely food. It’s BYOB meal makes it perfect for a wallet-friendly night out!
On the Screen
On the recommendation of almost everyone he knows, Darragh watched Fleabag this month and tells us he has fallen in love – with writer and lead actor Pheobe Waller-Bridge, with the show and with pencil haircuts – courtesy of TV’s funniest emotional breakdown. It’s hilarious, dark and thoroughly addictive. Thankfully, at just 30 minutes an episode, you fly through the two seasons in no time. Perfect for a long weekend binge!
A little late to the party, Niamh watched ‘Bodyguard‘ this month and LOVED it. It’s very edge-of-your-seat viewing, and worth watching for Richard Madden alone.
Martina, meanwhile, has been immersed in the final series of ‘Game of Thrones’. She is shook (!) after the most recent episode. She’ll say no more, for fear of spoiling the fun for others, but she hasn’t been well since!
Out and About
An Alice delegation headed to The Bernard Shaw last weekend to see Eva Elizabeth, our fabulous colleague, and Green Party candidate for Stillorgan in the upcoming elections talk all things sustainable consumption. She was sitting on a panel discussion at a Designers in the City event looking at practical ways we can combat climate change. Needless to say, she was phenomenal. If you’re looking for a passionate, hard-working Councillor who knows how to get things done, while also saving the planet (We know, she’s great!) then vote Eva Elizabeth Dowling Number 1!
Another highlight was spending a weekend in the Comeragh mountains in Waterford on a mountain skills course – she’s finally able to use a compass and is only delira! No longer lost in d’mountains.
Further afield, Emily escaped for a week in the sun in Torrox Pueblo, in Andalucia in Spain. It’s a sleepy town at the foothills of a mountain range and is – she tells us – heaven. Sunshine, white-washed Spanish architecture, narrow streets and lots of fresh fish, fruit and vino! What else do you want from holiday? It’s also ideally situated close to the Sierra Nevada national park, Granada, Malaga, and coastal holiday towns like Nerja.
Martina’s highlight of the past month was a long weekend in Naples with her sisters and mother. They ate their way around the city; walked for miles; and explored the ruins of Herculaneum, a village buried in the same volcano that hit Pompeii two thousand years ago. It’s a good alternative to Pompeii, as it’s less well-known, so less busy. The preservation after such a huge period of time has passed is amazing – you can still see coloured frescoes on the walls of the homes in the town. A loaf of bread was even found in the original excavation!
On the Page
On her holidays, Emily – Alice’s hurler extraordinaire – tucked into ‘Eat Sweat Play‘ by British journalist Anna Kessel. The book explores how societal attitudes have impacted on girls giving up sport and the barriers that prevent women from playing sport / exercising as they reach adulthood. It’s essentially a beautifully written call to arms – Hup the parish! A great read for anyone with an interest in sport.
That’s it for this week. But remember, if you live in the Stillorgan electoral ward (that includes Belfield/UCD; Clonskeagh; Mount Merrion; Stillorgan; Foxrock; Leopardstown; Cornelscourt; Carrickmines; and Cabinteely, we’re looking at you too!) then you’re going to want to be voting Dowling Number 1 on the 24th of May. We speak from experience – she’s the best!