As regular readers of our blog know, every Friday we give our lowdown on what to do, see and eat in Dublin and beyond. All recommendations are based on what #TeamAlice themselves have been up to over the previous week.
This week, as always, we’re keeping ourselves well fed and entertained 😊 Here are our top tips…
On The Plate
- Hey Donna in Rathmines was Emily’s choice of venue for a brunch to celebrate her birthday last weekend. The food is Lebanese-inspired, and she gave it a big thumbs-up.
- Staying in Rathmines, Emily headed to Voici after Hey Donna – for a salted caramel crepe. The verdict? “Delish”!
- The Angler’s Rest was originally built as a hotel in 1860s and, apparently, was used as a honeymoon destination by Dubliners (it’s about 15 minutes’ drive from the city – at the Strawberry Beds, past Chapelizod). These days, it does a great all-day Sunday lunch, and Martina is a regular visitor. She was there last weekend, and opted for crispy fried calamari, followed by the old favourite, bacon & cabbage. Yum!
- Darragh visited Wallace’s Wine Taverna in Dublin’s Italian Quarter this week (literally around the corner from our office) and says: “The Brigante pizza is outrageous, as is the Jaanihanso Brut Cider”.
- Far more exotic than Dublin, Katie spent last weekend in the Alps. One of her best meals there was fondue, paired with white wine and blueberry liqueur. According to Katie, this was “ahhhhmazing” and “a combo not to be beat”.
On The Page
- Martina’s been immersing herself in the Neapolitan Novels, a four-part series by the Italian author Elena Ferrante. So far, she’s read Book 1, ‘My Brilliant Friend’, and is half-way through Book 2, ‘The Story of a New Name’ – and she’s loving them. The series follows the lives of Lenu and Lila, two friends in 1950s Naples, as they struggle to move beyond the poverty-stricken neighbourhood they were born in. You can read The New Yorker’s verdict on the series here.
- Katie’s reading recommendation this week is also a series: a two-parter by Fredrik Backman. The books are called ‘Beartown’ and ‘Us Against You’ and are set in a small Swedish hockey town, where the star player rapes the General Manager’s daughter. According to Katie, these books are “an exploration into the allowances people give ‘celebrities’ or athletes in cases of sexual assault. A must read!”.
On The Screen
- ‘I Feel Pretty’ is the latest film starring Amy Schumer. Darragh saw it this week and his review is as follows: “The film itself is fine, cringy and OTT at the end, but Amy Schumer, as always, is hilarious”. You can watch the trailer here.
- Martina and Emily caught Episode One of the excellent (and harrowing) RTÉ documentary, ‘No Country for Women’. Both are looking forward to catching the second episode on RTÉ Player.
- Lucky Eva has been at Inspirefest for the past two days, and is “having a blast”! It’s Europe’s leading sci-tech and arts festival, and places diversity at its heart. Some members of #TeamAlice (including Eva herself) were on the project management team for the inaugural Inspirefest – back in 2015. So it’s amazing to see how it has grown and developed every year since!
- Casting back to last weekend, meanwhile, Niamh boogied the night away at Chic at Malahide Castle on Saturday.
- Emily headed to see The National, Lisa Hannigan and Villagers in Donnybrook Stadium.
- And Darragh took himself to the much more civilised surrounds of the National Concert Hall to see the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra perform ‘Once upon a Dream: Celebrating Disney’. Despite being one of the few adults there not accompanied by kids (!), he thoroughly enjoyed it – “You could swim in the nostalgia,” he says.
We have two not-to-be-missed client events to plug this week 😊
- Gerard Byrne is one of Ireland’s most successful visual artists. ‘Inside Outside & Beyond’ is a collection of his paintings from the past 30 years, inspired by the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. The exhibition runs in the Gallery Space of the Visitor Centre at the Botanic Gardens until Sunday, 15th July, and admission is free. Lucky Emily and Martina got a preview of the work yesterday, and they thought it was fab!
- Finally, for anyone in the Midlands this weekend – or anyone who fancies a road-trip – the Old Fort Quarter Festival is taking place in Portlaoise this weekend. With medieval heritage, two music stages, a comic book convention, an artisan food market and – for the first time – a dedicated comedy stage, there’s lots to keep you entertained. Best of all, many of the events – including archery, shield-making and other crafts – are free to attend. Read more about it in this piece from HerFamily.ie.
Have a great weekend everyone – and enjoy that lovely sun!