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Cassmadabout life

I decided to change the name instead of my normal old week update lol.

Last Friday I went to one of my favourit places in Dublin to eat, The Market Bar  it does amazing Tapas.
Its perfect for a night out with the girls, few drinks amazing food and a good gossip.

We went for Meatballs with Patatas Bravas and of course Nachos.

Last Sunday I done the cooking the fear of doing the Sunday dinner, I  decided to stay away from even trying to do a roast dinner the stress. So I decided  to try a receipe I came across on facebook for pulled pork  this was so easy to make, if i can do it anyone can and the sauce was good I did buy a BBQ sauce just in case but we didn’t need it.

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I also done the dessert which was just strawberries, icecream, cream and broken meringue, its one of my favourite desserts and so simple to make.

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Bits and Bobs I picked up are of course are from Penneys/Primark.

First item is a Rose Gold jewellery organiser which is perfect for my dressing table and its €7.

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Another dressing table item which I was on the look out for a while now and was planning on buying one on ebay is a cotton wool holder and this was €2.50 and is so handy.

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Lots of Love

Carol

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The Boat Restaurant and Bar

Few weeks ago I went for a meal on MV Cill Airne its restaurant and bar on a boat that doesn’t sail. It’s based on famous river liffey on the north side.  I have been a few times to this restaurant and really love and it’s something a little different staff are all very friendly and food is good.

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We decided to eat in the restaurant as also do bar food and we went for the Pre Theatre Menu which is a choice of two course meal for €23 or three course for €27. I decided to go for the two course meal.

For main I went for the Steak now there is a €6 Supplement but it was worth it, it was served with mash potatoes, mushrooms and pepper sauce. The Steak was cooked to perfection and Mash was lovely.

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For dessert I went for the Tart which was only ok but the other desserts wore lovely I did bully my brother into swapping his cheese cake for mine and it was amazing.

What I love about this restaurant is the size its very intimate but at the same time you’re not on top of each other.

If your in Dublin and are looking for somewhere to eat try MV Cill Airne

Lots of Love

Carol

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FK Buckley Temple Bar and Vintage Cocktail Club

On Thursday night i went out for dinner for my friends 30th Birthday I decided to book FX Buckley in Temple Bar as I heard they do the best steak in Dublin.

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We went for the early bird menu which is two course’s for €19.95 or three course for €23.95 we both went for the ceaser salad to start which I have to say was nice it wasn’t the nicest ceaser salad I ever had but it was nice and a good size portion. Up next we both went for the same thing again Steak we went for rump steak now if you are ordering of the main menu they come out with a platter of beef and you can pick what steak you want to eat.

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I have to say the steak was perfect it tasted amazing I went for a mash side which was also very tasty we also had a glass of wine each and a coffee and it came to €61.

One thing I notice alot when eatting out in Dublin and it really anoys me if one of the guest is away from the table and the food is ready, this happend with the ceaser salad they still bring the food to the table to me they should wait till everyone is at the table before sevring also if you like meal to last a while between courses do not go here everything is very quick a bit to quick for my liking  it would of been nice to have a few more mintues between starter and dinner but haven’t said that I would go back for the steak.

click here to book FX Buckley

After dinner we went around the corner to Vintage Cocktail Bar you have to book Vintage Cocktail Bar before you go, as it is a secret cocktail club from the outside you really would never know the door only has VCC on it and is locked so you have to ring the bell as we booked very late the only tables left wore for the terrace which I was happy with as it was a lovely evening . It is a vintage cocktail bar so it is very vintage feel inside which i loved we wore shown to our table and handed a book of cocktails which was so hard to choose from .

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For my First Cocktail I decided to go for the Daily mule, The receipe changes daily depending on the mood of the bar tender but it Usually contains Absolut 100 Premium Vodka, fresh citrus, fruit liqueur, ginger beer or soda, with fresh fruit and a fresh mint sprig and it was delish my friend went for Tiki Peekey which contains  Absolut Grapefruit Vodka, VCC Pomegranate Tincture, cranberry and pineapple, fresh citrus, VCC 3 Sugar Syrup, soda top, with a fresh mint sprig and fresh pomegranate which of course I had a little sip of and it was nice.

For are secound cocktail  I went for Shut ver mouth Plymouth Gin, VCC Sweet Vermouth, Green Chartreuse, with lemon oils I wasnt a lover of this one it was abit to strong for my taste buds so I ended up swapping with my friend not sure what she ordered.

For the third cocktail I was very boring and ordered the Daily mule again  I know but it was so nice and my friend went for a different cocktail which tasted like choclote again not something I would be a fan off.

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Most people wore only staying for one drink as it is very expensice 6 drinks cost us €71 but it was 30th Birthday treat but I have to say I loved it and it really finished off our night so if you are looking for something a bit different to do in Dublin, Vintage Cocktail Club is perfect night.

Lots of Love

Carol 

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What’s your favorite meeting place in Dublin?

I received an email from a new Irish start up company meetingsbooker.com asking me what my favorite meeting place in Dublin is and me being me I couldn’t just pick one I had to pick three, I know but even picking three was hard as I just love Dublin.

 St Anne’s Park

St Anne’s Park is situated between Raheny and Clontarf on the north side of Dublin this has to be one of my favorite parks in Dublin.

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Its perfect place to meet your friends for a walk in the summer time or even in the winter when its dry and if there is kids with you there is loads of things to keep them occupied playgrounds, feeding the ducks or just climbing you can bring a picnic as their is loads of picnic tables.IMG_4938

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On Saturdays there is a market and there is some great stalls selling fresh fruit, veg flowers my favorite is the stall that sells cakes of course.

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I love the chocolate cake just grab a coffee and sit on one of benches and watch the squirrels playing and then you can walk the cake off.

Clerys Clock

Everyone living in Ireland know the sad news that Clerys has closed its door but the outside of Clerys hopefully will not be changed Clerys was a Shop that was situated in the heart of O’Connell Street.

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Before mobile phones or even house phones under Clerys clock was and still is to this day somewhere you would arrange to meet before your date, so nearly everyone in Dublin even Ireland has heard a love story that began at Clerys clock.

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The amount of times I have meet my friends and dates under Clerys clock meant I just couldn’t possibly leave this famous Dublin clock out of my list.

Sinnotts Bar

Sinnotts bar is on Kings street under St Stepehens Green Shopping Centre this pub has always been the place I meet my friends on a Saturday night its a great pub and has great atmosphere.

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oh and girls its alway’s full of men as it is a sports bar so if you are on holidays and want to do a bit of shopping and himself is annoying you, leave him in Sinnotts with a nice pint and do your shopping in peace.

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But its not just a sports bar it also has a large collection of original literary pictures and prints from a collection of Irish artists and writers including James Joyce, Oscar Wilde & W.B Yates.

Lots of Love

Carol

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Happy St Patricks Day

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I love St Patricks Day it really is an amazing day to me it’s like New Years, Christmas and Birthdays all rolled into one day everyone is so happy and friendly and there is a great atmosphere around Dublin and there is loads to do I normally head into the parade and then lunch and a pub crawl after all it really is a day to celebrate and of course I need accessories.

Hat is from Claire’s accessories sunglasses Primark/Penney’s.

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Necklaces are pound shop

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Tattoos are Primark/ Penney’s and pound shop

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Nails are ciate mini nail polish.

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Make up is every green eyeshadow i own.

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Hope everyone has a Happy St Patricks day and if you get the chance to come to Ireland try and make it for St Patricks day it really will be a day to remember oh and to see more Patricks day pictures follow me on instragram.

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Lots of Love

Carol

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Free things to do in Dublin National Gallery of Ireland

Free things to do in Dublin why not check the National Gallery of Ireland I am embarrassed to say I hadn’t been there since I was a child but I started going again in January and really is amazing to see a Picasso up close and Yeats collection and not to mention how relaxing it is walking around oh and its free that’s right free and its only a ten minute walk from Grafton Street.

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If you are there with children they offer a free family pack containing paper, pencils, discovery trails and activity sheets they are available at the Information Desk in the Millennium Wing and on Saturdays at 3.00pm they offer family workshop again these are free and great way to keep a budding artist happy check out there www.nationalgallery.ieimage

Directions

Located in the city centre, in the heart of Georgian Dublin, the Gallery is easily accessible on foot, and by public transport.

On foot: The Gallery is less than ten minutes on foot from St Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street.

By DART: Pearse Station is five minutes from the Gallery.

By LUAS: If travelling via the Green Line, alight at St. Stephen’s Green. The Gallery is a short walk from here. If travelling via the Red Line, alight at Abbey Street, which is about 20 minutes from the Gallery.

By Bus: Nos 4, 7, 8 to Merrion Square North & Clare Street
No 39a to Merrion Row
No 46a to Dawson Street & Nassau Street

By dublinbikes: There are two dublinbikes stations beside the Gallery, located at Clare Street and at Merrion Square West.

By Car: There is metered parking on Merrion Square.

Lots of Love

Carol

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Day out in Howth

With Saint Patrick’s day coming up a lot of tourist are going to be over and there is no denying Dublin can be very expensive city but there is still things to do that won’t cost you a fortune and a trip to Howth is one of them he best way to get to Howth is by train its about 25 minutes from Connolly train station to Howth and will cost you around €6.60 return.

Howth is a small fishing village that the Norse vikings  colonised and built the settlement of Dublin as a strategic base between Scandinavia and the Mediterranean ok I am not going to bore you and go too much into the history part but Howth has a beautiful harbour and has some amazing views and its lovely watching the fishing boats come in and looking at the seals and if you like to cliff walk Howth is the place to go but be warned if you are afraid of heights it’s not for you. If you’re like me and prefer a stroll along the harbour and then a few pints this is a perfect day trip there are some fantastic pubs and in the summer its lovely to have a drink outside in the sea breeze the last time I was in Howth we went for Afternoon tea in one of the Marie Louise tearooms and if I remember rightly it was €27 for two people which isn’t too bad but if it’s a nice day why not bring your own lunch and have picnic or even better get fish and chips and sit on the grass watching the world go by.

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Lots of Love Carol

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Corfu Restaurant Dublin

I have decided to start writing about places to go in Dublin as Dublin is an amazing city with loads to do and I just had to tell you about this restaurant Corfu on Parliament Street just off temple bar we went here on the 15th February for a family meal for about 35 of us.

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The restaurant is a Greek restaurant which I have never been before we wore greeted warmly by the staff who really couldn’t do enough for us I had the meatballs to start with and they wore lovely I also had a try of the bruschetta which I loved.

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Mains I had Pastichio which is an oven cooked dish with baked layers of pasta sautéed mince beef and kefalotyri cheese topped with homemade bechamel sauce again I did try a few other dishes the Greek style burger was lovely but the spaghetti bolognese was so nice I wish I ordered it I kept robbing some on my brother and for desert I had a lovely chocolate cake.

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The whole day went perfect the staff wore amazing we had three younger children with us an 11, 7 and 4 year old the staff wore great with them and couldn’t do enough all the adults dinner plates came out hot but the children’s plates wore cold and as we wore leaving the kids wore given the valentines day balloons I admit the 11 year old did not want them but the other 2 were delighted also they didn’t mind us bringing our own birthday cakes as my cousin baked both cakes.

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So if you are in Dublin you need to check Corfu Restaurant out there facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/corfugreekrestaurant and they have a great deal at the moment 4 course meal for €20.95 so if your Dublin for hens, stags, date weekend or family holiday Corfu restaurant is right beside temple bar so perfect place to go before you hit the pubs or just go for a walk around temple bar to see what the fuss is all about.