#TeamAlice have been busy busy this week. From lounging around in country house hotels to hitting up ‘gigs of the year’, as always, were reporting on it, and making sure you don’t miss out. Whatever you’re looking for this weekend, be it books, films or giant, glow-in-the-dark Christmas trees (!) we’ve got you covered. It’s time for this week’s #WhatTickledAlice!
Out & About
Vanessa checked out the ‘Wild Lights’ display at Dublin Zoo. She was in awe of the array of beautifully designed installations, her highlight being the gigantic glow-in-the-dark Christmas tree. It was a perfect evening, spent sipping hot chocolate and feeling festive – a magical experience which she will definitely repeat next year!
A big congrats to Emily and Niamh who had an active start to the weekend, completing the Clontarf Half Marathon! It’s a great race, complimented by the fresh sea air, and – most importantly – it’s totally flat! Perfect for an active weekend.
Emily also attended her camogie club’s dinner-dance this weekend, at the Hilton Hotel in Charlemont Place. She was really impressed with the food – delicious sea bass and polenta for the main course – and the very sumptuous surroundings.
This week, Emily also went to see Florence and the Machine at the 3arena and it was easily one of her favourite gigs of the year. Florence has SUCH a commanding stage presence and an incredibly powerful voice, whilst also coming across as genuinely humble and an all-round sound person. If you haven’t already seen her perform live, then don’t miss out!
On the Page
After hearing Sonya Lennon recommend it only about a million times (!), Martina finally got a copy of Joanne Lipman’s ‘That’s What She Said – What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together’. It’s a fascinating read about gender equality in the workplace, packed full of interesting statistics and case studies. The author was the first woman to become Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal and is now Editor-in-Chief of the USA Today Network. So, needless to say, she writes well! You can find out more here.
Having raced through that, Martina has now turned her attention to Senator Lynn Ruane’s memoir, ‘People Like Me’. She has only just started it but is finding it very interesting so far. In case you were living under a rock when it was launched and missed all the coverage at the time, there’s a great interview with Senator Ruane by Patrick Freyne in The Irish Times here.
On the Screen
Martina recently watched ‘Three Identical Strangers’ – an absolutely gripping documentary about triplets who were separated at birth; grew up in different adoptive families; and then – through a series of coincidences – found each other at the age of nineteen. After they start researching how they were separated in the first place, things take an appalling turn… Martina’s recommending it as a ‘must see’ and it’s showing at the IFI all next week, so don’t miss out! Details here.
On the Plate
Martina was very spoiled in the past week; she had a mini-break in Mount Juliet, County Kilkenny last weekend, where she experienced the tasting menu at the Michelin-Star-winning Lady Helen Restaurant. It’s a beautiful setting with delicious food. There were some nice, quirky touches too, like serving espresso martinis with dessert – yum!
And if that wasn’t enough, Martina also enjoyed a family meal in Mitchel House in Thurles at the weekend – a great local restaurant. Their “chocolate bomb” dessert is a must-try! Check them out on Instagram here.
That’s it from #TeamAlice this week. If you have any top picks that you think would tickle our fancy, let us know.
Have a great weekend!