Food Glorious Food

This weekend we tried two new places to eat, which are right beside each other and both of which we’re planning to return to as soon as possible. On Friday, I met a friend at El Celler in Blackrock Market. We don’t see each other that much so needless to say we had a lot of catching up to do. The food and drinks were fabulous, and the setting is so cosy and friendly you can stay for hours, which we did. I can highly recommend the cava and the garlic prawns.

I returned to El Celler the next night as I had booked my husband a particularly special dinner in honour of his birthday. Months before, on the day it was awarded a Michelin star, I had e-mailed Heron and Grey to book a spot in their tiny restaurant. I had kept it a surprise until the day before and it was worth waiting for.

We had a quick drink in El Celler as they are very close by each other, then on to the main event. Heron and Grey only serve one set menu and we decided to push the boat out and go for the wines to match. I mean, how often are you going to eat and drink like that? Every course was a surprise and a delight. We loved the informal chat about the food and wines. We’ve been to several other Michelin star restaurants before and the atmosphere here wins hands down-just the right side of casual without being too irritating.

I’m still thinking about the fishy dish with a foam and himself could eat a plate of the cracker with sea foam on top.  We’re planning a return visit, and it is probably among the best value for money place we’ve eaten.

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Food Glorious Food

Things Which Sparked Joy This Week

Having a half day off work and being able to dine out for a birthday midweek (which never happens when I’m in work).

Going for my fitness assessment update in the gym and finding out I’ve lost five and a quarter inches. New gym shoes here I come.

The anticipation of a busy weekend of meeting old friends and new ones. I’m never out on a Friday and Saturday night. I think I’ll be having an early night on Sunday.

An empty laundry basket thanks to the sunshine and juggling of clothes inside and out.

Trying something new and a little scary and finding out its actually fun and exciting.

Things Which Sparked Joy This Week

The Ordinary

I have been using The Ordinary skincare for a few months now and it definitely sparks joy. I like the simple packaging and the low prices. One of my resolutions this year was to review my skincare regime and follow some sort of plan. I’ve been using up what I have before buying anything new so the products I have on my shelf are all replacements for other products. I should probably do a little more research into how zero waste-y the products are but I have placed a second order for some new things.

The Ordinary

Planning A Zero Waste Holiday

After some weeks of mainly pointless research and reading of reviews, we’ve decided to return to the same place we holidayed in last year. This will be our third year of the same sort of holiday and I feel like this year is the one we’ll nail it. We’ll be travelling on a ferry and staying at a campsite in Brittany.

Last year, having started on a zero waste approach, I noticed some of the supermarkets in France had dispenser like things for putting nuts, pulses and pasta into your own containers. I plan on bringing some of our own containers this year to take full advantage. There’s also an excellent deli about five minutes’ walk from where we’re staying, so the containers will come in handy there too.

We eschewed suitcases last year for reasons of space in the car and in the mobile home. Packing everything into vacuum bags, even if they’re not actually vacuumed out and fill with air before you even drive onto the ferry, was a revelation. We also brought about half of what we did the year before. I plan on bringing a capsule wardrobe of whatever worked last year, including two pairs of my trusty Saltwater sandals, and washing everything half way through the holiday. Fingers crossed the sunshine will do the drying.

I never liked waste even before trying to go zero waste. Therefore, it came naturally to me to pack a box of things we know we’ll use while away. We tended to eat in most days, a BBQ and a glass of Crement de Loire being as relaxing as any dinner out after a long day of sitting on the beach reading. So packing a box with staples from home, including our salt and pepper grinders, condiments we like and our own linen napkins and tea towels is a must. We shop while away, but knowing we have the basics to tide us over saves time, hassle and money.

This year I’m going to do a little more research into local caves and see what’s on offer. We always leave room for plenty of wine and sourcing amazing finds locally, as we did on our first holiday like this, is even better than a large supermarket run.

Sometimes I think planning is the best part.

 

Planning A Zero Waste Holiday

They’re Too Worried About What People Think

This is what I heard a grandmother say about young people today, and why they wouldn’t get up to dance at a social function. She said they’re too worried about what people think, which restricts what they can do.

This phrase has been ringing in my ears. They’re too worried about what people think.

They’re too worried about what people think. So they send their ‘fallen women’ into prisons.

They’re too worried about what people think. So they don’t need to treat the children of these people with dignity and respect.

They’re too worried about what people think. So they let a church run the schools, hospitals and social services rather than shout stop.

They’re too worried about what people think. So they don’t ask where the babies they’ve bought have come from.

They’re too worried about what people think. So they let their children be indoctrinated regardless of their own faith or right to privacy.

They’re too worried about what people think. So they let lies be told in public in the name of balance.

They’re too worried about what people think. So they’d don’t ask whether wanting to draw a line under another exposed atrocity is a bad thing.

They’re too worried about what people think. So they don’t look too deeply into why children are playing with babies’ skulls.

They’re too worried about what people think. So they don’t speak out about obstetric violence.

They’re too worried about what people think. So they don’t think, they just do.

I am also too worried about what people think. I am too worried about why parents will continue to indoctrinate their children. Why my peers have church weddings and baptise their children. Why we are allowing lies to take equal status alongside the truth. I am too worried that the 800 babies and children who died in Tuam died and were forgotten on purpose because They’re Still Too Worried About What People Think.

 

They’re Too Worried About What People Think