On the Plate

On Saturday, Emily’s niece Abigail was christened. The post-church get together was held in the Chocolate Factory which she tells us was really different. They were on the first floor, which has a warehouse-y feel to it. There were rough and ready tables and chairs, bunting and daffodils which gave the whole thing an indoor picnic feel. An Alice favourite – Blas café – located in the same building provided the food – a sort of a slow-cooked beef stew, but the trays of hummus and flatbreads and smoked salmon canapes they had were the highlight.

Niamh has been continuing with her rediscovered love for baking and made a warm chocolate torte and an almond and orange syrup cake. Both were demolished which is always a good sign! Suppose you can’t go too wrong when there’s a load of butter and sugar going on.

Darragh headed to the recently opened Lucky’s on Meath Street on Sunday for a pint and pizza. It’s a cool little spot and the pizza, by Coke Lane Pizza was outrageous! Staff were really lovely too. Darragh has already been back for a second pizza to takeaway.

There was also a #TeamAlice night out on Wednesday. The plan was to stop in Beer House at the top of Capel St for a drink before heading on for food but with such a great beer selection and cosy little seating areas, multiple rounds of pizza were ordered, and the night was spent there.

On the Screen

Martina embarked on an Oscars binge this week ahead of the upcoming awards, watching ‘Ladybird’, ‘Three Billboards…’ and ‘The Shape of Water’, and really enjoyed them all.  They’re three very different movies – so hard to pick a favourite. Ciara was also catching up with the Oscar nominees and went to The Stella to see The Shape of Water. She highly recommends the film and one of Dublin’s most recent film venues The Stella, it’s fabulous – gin and popcorn. What more could you want?

Both Niamh and Elaine were watching Room to Improve. The new series kicked off with Dermot giving the old ‘Dermot-Double-Height-Atrium’ treatment to Majella and Daniel O’ Donnell’s home. Both had a wee soft spot for Majella by the end of it, “a gentle old soul”.

Out and About

Emily has been putting us all to shame again with her enviously active lifestyle. On Sunday, she had her first camogie match of the season, winning the first round of the Spring Cup. Congrats Emily!

Elaine did a swim in Brittas Bay on Saturday. While it was a beautiful day, the water was bone-achingly cold – nothing that a curry and a cuppa couldn’t fix though, we’re told! It was all done in the name of a great cause raising funds for oesophageal cancer, and she’s running a collection for Lollipop Day this Friday too – a super altruistic week altogether.

Meanwhile Eva has been checking out some of Dublin’s latest cultural offerings. She thoroughly recommends checking out the Emile Nolde exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland. Whilst you’re there, the refurbished permanent collection section is pretty great too! On Friday she went to see Swan Lake/Loch na hEala in the Abbey Theatre and tells us it was absolutely superb! Unfortunately, that was the last showing of it as it’s about to go on tour. If you find yourself near by a tour venue she thoroughly recommends checking it out if you have the opportunity.

Ciara made the most of the winter sunshine on Saturday and headed to the Marlay Park market for a family picnic. They wrapped up well, got the picnic blanket out and had sausages and hot chocolate, followed by a wander around the secret garden. Hello spring!

Holly and Darragh went to the The Bowery in Rathmines to see cork-based Motown big band The Papa Zitas – there were shapes thrown. Many shapes. The Papa Zitas had everyone on their feet!

On the Page

Martina has been reading the third Cormoran Strike detective novel by Robert Galbraith, better known as JK Rowling, and flying through it.  It’s a great series – really easy reads and good ‘who dunnit’ page-turners.

Emily finished reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine which she quite liked. It took a while to warm to the characters but by the end she was totally engrossed – ‘it just makes you think about how you really don’t know what’s going on in people’s lives – people we might write off as being strange might just never have been shown what normal (well what we consider normal) human interaction is.’

That is all our recommendations for this week. Make sure to listen out next Friday for our next #WhatTickledAlice!

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