Interviews & Reviews

Focus Friday – James Coffey and Bean Delivered

Fri, 21 Feb 2020

By Melanie May Talk about nominative determinism! James Coffey is the founder of Bean Delivered, a coffee subscription service that delivers the best in Irish roasted coffee to your door. We sat down with James to find out more about his bean business and to chat all things coffee. Who is behind Bean Delivered? Bean […]

Sharon Hearne-Smith – Cooking with Essential Oils

Thu, 31 Jan 2019

Sharon Hearne-Smith – Cooking with essential oils written by Melanie May  Meet Sharon Hearne-Smith, a food stylist, TV cook and mum to two young girls, Pearl and Poppy. She is also a cookbook author with two titles to her name, No-Bake Baking and The No-Cook Cookbook. Another string to her many bows, includes teaching people […]

Review: The Address at Dublin 1

Wed, 06 Jun 2018

Review: The Address at Dublin 1 Written by: Melanie May When I was offered the chance to spend the night in a new luxury hotel in Dublin, I jumped at the chance as I don’t often get to check out hotels in my hometown, at least not overnight. The Address at Dublin 1 may not ring […]

Brian McDermott’s Donegal Table

Tue, 24 Apr 2018

Written by: Melanie May Brian McDermott is one of Ireland’s top Chefs and TV food personalities. He’s also one of only a handful of Irish chefs to hold a Culinary Arts Degree. He has a reputation for being one of the most innovative chefs in the North West of Ireland and opened Ireland’s first ‘No […]

Review: Firehouse Bread School

Tue, 24 Apr 2018

When Melanie May told us that she was heading down to Firehouse Bread School in West Cork to tackle a bread making course, we insisted on a very speedy report back. Here’s how she got on:   At 9.55am on a Saturday morning, myself and four other people boarded a tiny boat bound for Heir […]

Whiskey Island

Mon, 16 Apr 2018

Whiskey Island – Premium Tours & Tastings Written by Melanie May The Irish have a long-standing love affair with Whiskey. Irish whiskey was one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe. The first record of Irish whiskey dates back to 1405. Now it seems, the rest of the world is catching on and our copper-coloured […]

Catherine Fulvio’s Valentine’s Feast

Mon, 12 Feb 2018

They say food has always been associated with romance and love and there is a good reason for that – it can be intimate, romantic and in our busy lives allows us take time to talk together while enjoying the fruits of our labour. Catherine Fulvio is encouraging couples to heat up the kitchen this […]

Reclaim Your Lunch With FEED

Tue, 08 Aug 2017

Shane Ryan is a man on a mission, thanks to FEED, his range of meal pots designed to help you fuel your day in the most delicious and nutritious way. With a background in the high octane world of hospitality, Ryan knows the importance of fuelling your body in order to keep up with the […]

Pat Divilly’s Top Tips For Living Well

Mon, 08 May 2017

Pat Divilly is a speaker, author and entrepreneur. After struggling with his first personal training business in Dublin, Pat moved home to Galway in 2012 where he started a small fitness class with 5 people on his local beach. Now five years after that first class over 18,000 people from all over the world have […]

Kitchen Confidential

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

Whether you are a top chef or a busy Mum, the kitchen of most homes gets a daily work out that can leave it in need of a regular upgrade. We caught up with Leandro Godoy, Kitchen’s Manager at IKEA Dublin and pumped him for his top tips for designing a dream kitchen… here’s what […]

Jordan Bourke’s Healthy Baking

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

Jordan Bourke is an Irish chef and author of the critically acclaimed best-selling Our Korean Kitchen, The Guilt-Free Gourmet and The Natural Food Kitchen. Having trained at Ballymaloe in Ireland, he worked at the Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries restaurant, London. He now divides his time between working as a food writer, food stylist and consulting for […]

The Cultured Club

Wed, 15 Feb 2017

In her first book, The Cultured Club, fermentation expert Dearbhla Reynolds teaches you how to turn simple ingredients into superfoods by using one of the world’s oldest methods of food preservation. Here, she tells us about what drew her towards fermentation and why everyone should give it a go. An Adventurous Cook “I have always had […]