Month: March 2013

dolce far niente

I consider a day off a true luxury. I have time for myself, I can do whatever I want or do nothing if that’s what I want. But it’s surprising how much you usually get done during those days of doing nothing. I sent some important emails, booked a holiday, cleaned the house, worked on some pattern making, enjoyed the rays of sun with a magazine and a cup of tea in my hands and cooked a three course meal to finish the day. It was a good day.

happy easter

All the holidays involving chocolate make me miss Belgium. But luckily I found there is a Leonidas at the Jervis Street Shopping Centre; Easter could never be the same without those sugar-pop mini eggs. Now we’re on track again. I’m wishing you and your families a lovely easter 🙂

Thu night

For me Thursday night was like Friday night as I had Good Friday off. So we decided to fight the cold and go into town for some cocktails and good food. Our first stop was 37 Dawson Street, which is one of my favourite spots in the city. It was crowded as usual, but we managed to get a seat and some cocktails. There is no cocktail menu as such, but the skilled barmen will create custom-made cocktails according to your wishes. If you ask me, this together with the signature style aesthetics of the place make it without a doubt the best cocktail bar in Dublin.

Quay 14

The Morrison Hotel on Ormond Quay was closed for a few months for renovation and has recently opened again with a new look. On Saturday night we stopped at the downstairs bar Quay 14 for a drink to check it out. The atmosphere was welcoming and relaxed, the music perfectly pitched to have a chat or just to enjoy the ambiance and there was a touch of modern Scandinavian simplicity in the interior decoration that I liked. All and all a really nice place to have a drink, I might even come back for dinner one of these days.

60+

Turn off the lights for 60 minutes tonight at 8:30 pm your local time and join the Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a yearly event that aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world. Get your candles ready and join the millions of others to show your commitment to a better environment and a more sustainable future. This video and much more at http://www.earthhour.org

the elephant

As winter still holds Dublin in its grasp, there is no better time than this to find a warm cosy café and have a nice cup of tea or a hot chocolate. Foam on 24 Strand Street Great, just off Jervis Street and the Italian Quarter is worth seeing as its crazy interior is guaranteed to shake that gray-day-grumpiness off anyone! Spread over two floors the café offers an impressive menu including pizzas, salads, tapas, omelettes, pastas and soups to choose from; not to forget the many delicious cakes that attract passers-by at the window.  My white tea was served in a beautiful elephant tea pot and I think if an elephant would actually stand in the middle of the room, no one would give it a second look as it would blend in the lovely chaos so perfectly.

weekend

Well my weekend has been pretty much the opposite of this but still full of excitement. After a Saturday trip to Ikea and Oxfam home I’ve been re-organizing the apartment. Bye bye living room and welcome workshop. I’ll post some pictures soon and I’m sure there will be plenty of crazy creative nights in this apartment!