From Culture Night to London, #TeamAlice have been busy this week so we’ve lots of things to recommend to you!

Out and about:

Recommend Alice PREmily and Niamh were working with our great client the Irish Research Council on their Culture Night event. As always, it was an interesting event to work on and this year the musicians were a big hit! Emily’s highlight was the European Pedal Harp player.

Emily was supposed to do the Great Dublin Bike Ride, but had to skip it to play a camogie match instead (so committed!). Unfortunately they were beaten – it was  a really tough match and she has a few bruises to show for it after a few very sore belts of the hurley… But they’re now in the loser’s semi-final, so yay for that!

recommend Alice PRMartina enjoyed a Christmas brunch (!) courtesy of The Irish Times in Roberta’s with Niamh  and ended up going back there for a casual bite at their bar – they shared a really yummy pizza. She says it’s a great new addition for Dublin – lovely setting and all very nicely done. Prior to that, she was in The Palace Bar on Fleet Street for a couple of drinks. She loves The Palace and how old-school it is!

Recommend Alice PRNiamh went home at the weekend as she was overdue a Mammy Breathnach roast and cake which was duly supplied in the way of roast beef and a delish chocolate cake, with a chocolate ganache sauce on top, made by her sister. So bad but so good!

Niamh also headed along to Vicar St to see Vulfpeck. They’re an American disco funk band so she enjoyed a bit of a bop! If you haven’t listened to them, she “HIGHLY” recommends a listen!

They also finally named their little puppy Maisie! She’s still melting their hearts (and all of us – look at the photos!) with her cuteness. She loves to play with shoes and feet, especially moving ones, so they had a few close calls at the weekend!

RECOMMENDElaine and co headed to London for a few days and to catch ‘Later…with Jools Holland 25‘ in The Royal Albert Hall. She said it was amazing and highlights of the night included Gregory Porter, Van Morrison, Dizzie Rascal and Songhoy Blues. The very best thing was seeing how it all worked and the way it’s shot and filmed. So cool – once in a lifetime!

While in London, they went to Tate Modern and although the Turbine Hall was closed for an installation, it was great to see the rest of the collection and give the kids an introduction to some modern and contemporary art from some of the big names! They also really enjoyed the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum! If you’re in London any time soon she would recommend all of the above. With or without kids.

On the plate:

Recommend Alice PREmily “totally pigged out” and went for breakfast to McMahon’s café on Botanic Avenue, down the road from her house – she said they do delicious scones and cakes and she recommends getting coffee and cake as takeaway and then sitting down in the Botanic Gardens! She also went for brunch in the Back Page in Phibsborough and checked out the flea market there too. Brunch was delish, and only had one complaint – she thought that the poached eggs weren’t runny enough!

On the page:

As part of her book club, Elaine read ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ and “LOVED” it. It tells the story of Eleanor who leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Then one simple act of kindness changes all of that and she starts to question everything she has and how she has lived up to now and has to start to face the dark parts of her life that she’s managed to avoid. You will not regret reading it. Elaine highly recommends it.

She is moving on to “I found my tribe’ by Ruth Fitzmaurice next and is really looking forward to it. It comes highly recommended and is based on one of her favourite things – swimming in the sea in Wicklow – so she hopes she will be able to relate! You can hear an excerpt read by Ruth here.

On the screen

Emily has started watching the first season of Doctor Foster and loved it! We all agree, it’s a bit unrealistic, but the drama of it all is great –  a good watch! And she’s now trying to get her hands on season two now!

Recommend Alice PREmily also watched the Whitney Houston documentary, ‘Can I Be Me?’ and said it was really good. Like most of us here at #TeamAlice, she didn’t know a huge amount about Whitney at all but thought that from the footage she seemed like a genuinely nice person who was doomed from the start – her brothers introduced her to drugs when she still a child, and apparently she was bisexual and had a relationship with her best friend and Creative Director which continued throughout her marriage to Bobby Brown but had to be kept hidden from the public. She was some talent! It’s a good watch, she’d recommend it.

Looking forward to…

Emily is looking forward to heading home for some TLC and her cousin’s 40th birthday. Happy Birthday!

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