It’s been a busy week in Alice PR but that being said we’ve managed to fit in a few extra curricular activities all the same. We said goodbye to John 🙁 , (just about) recovered from Electric Picnic, had a bit of pampering, did a bit of baking, explored a few Dublin, Cork and Wicklow sites and watched a bit of telly too!

Out and About:

PR Agency DublinEmily went off on holidays with some friends to Cork to meet up with another of their friends who lives there and treated themselves to a spa day in Hayfield Manor.

She said it was fab and very relaxing – the outdoor hot tub was a highlight! She had a Swedish massage and she’s a new woman after it. Following the pampering they had afternoon tea “like the geriatrics we are” but, she said,  it was lovely. We’re super jealous!

They headed out for a walk on Inchydoney beach and watched the hurling in a pub in Clonakilty. G’wan Galway! She was delighted to see them win and they all fell a little bit in love with the captain!

Like half the country, Emily had horrific #FOMO all weekend as there was no escaping the Snapchats, Instagrams and TV coverage of Electric Picnic! We’ve all decided, like everyone else, that we’re DEFINITELY going next year. Tickets go on sale today – we’ll see…!

Luckily enough for Niamh she didn’t have that problem because she actually made it to Stradbally this year and said it was “BRILLIANT”! She’s gone for a few years now, and she says it never disappoints – it’s always a highlight of her summer calendar. She managed to see a good few acts, and the weather (apart from Saturday night) was very bearable! Her highlights included London Grammar, The XX, Birdy and Elbow.

PR Agency DublinElaine and co headed along to the newly refurbished National Gallery of Ireland. She was bowled over by the changes and the light! She will admit to having spent more time looking at the building than the art – the changes that have been made since she worked there are stunning and the improvements really marry the old building and the Millennium Wing together – she thinks that’s what it lacked before and it really works now. From there they took a walk around Merrion Square. They also enjoyed a stroll around the Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh in Wicklow at the weekend. It’s always so pleasant – even in the rain!

On the plate:

Niamh enjoyed a really delish steak sambo at Electric Picnic which was her food highlight during the weekend. While in Cork, Emily said they made pigs of themselves and had a lot of takeaway! She highly recommends Lal Quila, she said it’s a really tasty  Indian in Douglas.

In contrast to that, in Clonakilty she enjoyed delicious chowder and brown bread in An Sugán which is a lovely little spot in the town centre. On the downside, she also had “the worst 99” of her life in Clonakilty – it tasted of machine!

PR Agency DublinElaine dampened the pain of having to go to the passport office by stopping off in her old haunt, The Merrion Inn. She hadn’t been since it was refurbished and it’s fab. She enjoyed a delicious Thai green curry, while the others had fish and chips and items from the kids menu. It was all pretty reasonably priced, great quality and the service was super-friendly. Oh, and the Guinness was amazing!

We were all getting adventurous in the kitchen this week – Elaine made moussaka and lemon drizzle cake this week and both were a huge hit while Martina tried her hand at making parotta, a sort of Indian pancake!

Martina had an absolutely delicious sandwich from our neighbourhood restaurant The Woollen Mills and also had yummy birthday cake in Sams Bar last night, for her sister Gill’s birthday! Happy Birthday Gill!

On the screen:

Emily went old school and watched ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Saturday night, about 30 years later than everyone else! She really liked it but it wasn’t quite what she expected! She also watched the last episode of Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling on BBC and really enjoyed the whole series, a good old fashioned detective story! She watched one episode of Poldark on Netflix and wasn’t impressed at all – she said she’s usually a sucker for a period drama but found it all a bit clichéd.

Both Elaine and Niamh were delighted that Dr Foster was back this week. They both watched the last series and thought it was decent winter viewing – a bit far fetched but worth a watch!

We’re still all delighted with Great British Bake Off and it’s giving us plenty of inspiration for office treats! #TeamFlo

Looking forward to…

A big congrats to Martina who, on top of everything else, took on a Diploma in Digital Marketing at Irish Times Training and got no less than a distinction! She’s looking forward to receiving her Diploma at her conferring. We’re all very proud of her!

Martina can’t wait to hang out in Hang Dai with friends that she hasn’t seen in ages. It’ll be her first time there so she’s excited to see what the fuss is about!

Emily is off to Achill to take part in the Quest Adventure  Race – kayaking, running and cycling around Achill. It seemed like such a good idea a few months ago…

Elaine is looking forward to the return of Gogglebox – autumn is definitely here when that’s on telly!

That’s all from us at #TeamAlice this week!

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