Cork City is decked out in red and white for the big All-Ireland rematch on Sunday.
Best of luck to the lads on Sunday! We’re already proud of you, but wouldn’t it be nice to bring the Liam home to Cork?
I feel fortunate to live close enough to an off-licence that also sells Irish gourmet foods, including Arbutus Breads, Fenn’s Quay scones, my favorite bottle ginger brew and the frozen fish sticks that my son LB loves. That magical place? Bradley’s Off-Licence on North Main Street.
It is also one of the few places in Cork City to sell chilled bottles of their beer inventory. Did you hear that? I swear the angels just sang a chorus.
As well as other European brews.
And American imports, like the IPAs we expats know and crave.
They carry rare beers too! It is where I bought a special bottle of Shandon Century Stout two years ago for a gift for my husband.
Don’t worry, if you’re not in Cork you can still enjoy their selection because they deliver throughout Ireland.
Totally not an ad and not compensated in any way to write these kind words. Seriously, this place is just that good that it elicits glowing testimonials. I go in regularly and always forget which beers my husband likes, but somehow Michael recommends ones that are perfectly suited. And if they aren’t perfect, they’re still fine beers and it’s just an excuse to visit gain with my husband with me to choose his own beers.
August, Cork, Ireland: Today, Franciscan Well and The Craft Collection are delighted to announce that Franciscan Well’s Jameson Stout has won a gold medal at the International Beer Challenge Awards in the Speciality category. Franciscan Well’s IPA also took a bronze medal in the Ales category.
Established for 17 years, the International Beer Challenge awards reward and promote exceptional beers. They are highly sought-after industry honours attracting thousands of entries each year and are judged by leading beer experts.
Franciscan Well’s Jameson Stout is the fruit of a collaboration between Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science at Jameson and Shane Long, Founder of Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork. Dave was keen to explore the effects of Jameson casks from the Midleton distillery on beer. Being a local brewery, Franciscan Well was the perfect choice for this joint project and a natural fit in many ways; both companies hail from Cork, both distil or brew using Cork water and both are craft brands passionate about marrying tradition with innovation.
Franciscan Well Jameson Stout was developed by Shane using Jameson Whiskey casks handpicked by Dave. The result is a smooth, rich stout with unique flavour properties that speak of the passion and expertise with which it was brewed.
Franciscan Well’s IPA was brewed as a result of customer demand for real IPA – a hoppier version of pale ale which originated in Britain in the 19thcentury. Franciscan Well’s crisp, balanced IPA is dry-hopped with Citra and has an unusually high speciality malt base which complements the additional hop content.
Shane Long, Founder of the Franciscan Well Brewery said: “We are delighted to have won the acclaim of the International Beer Challenge. Brewing is my true passion and to win two of these highly respected awards acknowledges the hard work and the process of trial and error that goes into turning raw materials into great beers. This gives us great encouragement to continue to test our creativity as brewers and work on further exciting collaborations in future.”
The Franciscan Well Stout aged in Jameson casks and IPA are limited edition products.
The Cork Butter Museum and Cork City Libraries cordially invite you to the launch of Books & Butter, a programme of half price admission to the Butter Museum for holders of Library cards.
The scheme will be launched by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Catherine Clancy, in the Cork Butter Museum, Thursday 22nd August 7:00pm.
I have quite a few real Irish recipes and Irish-American recipes to share with you today so in the interest of space, I’m using links. I’ll include a few yummy photos too, of course!
Nearly every Tuesday, a small varying group of Leesiders meets at Electric on South Mall to talk, drink coffee and Tweet.
All this grew from an exchange on Twitter among locals a few years ago and now is one of the most established casual meet ups in town. It started at Cafe Gusto on Lapps Quay but as numbers increased and winter got colder, we moved to Electric’s downstairs area.
No attendance is kept. The night before, Twitter lights up with the hash tag #TweetMeetTues as discussions occur on who may be there. Regulars tag other regulars to ask specifically and often it coincides with in-town appointments.
Some weeks, it is very quiet. Other weeks, it is lively. No matter how many people show up, the coffee is always hot and the conversation is beyond 140 characters.
After reading Dianne Jacob’s post about food bloggers being pushovers (or not), I want to state clearly that even though I eat at Fenn’s Quay and Electric at least once a week, Tweet/blog about my visits there, am friends with Kate (something that happened after I wrote my TripAdvisor review) and know Ernest and Dennis, I do not receive any freebies or benefits that are not also given to other customers. Every so often, I get a free tea or hot chocolate as a random act of kindness to a group of people or customers, but this is not timed or in association with any action on my part. I have never ever been asked to write a post or review about either place. Below, I am listing what I like about each place.
Fenn’s Quay (owner: Kate Lawlor), Sheares Street, Cork City Centre
Why the love?
1) The specials change daily and feature seasonal ingredients so it doesn’t get boring. But popular standards are always on their main menu. All at reasonable prices.
2) It is walking distance from my home, so it’s convenient.
3) The staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgable.
4) The food is delicious, using quality local ingredients.
5) The restaurant is clean with aubergine velvet banquet seating and chairs that feel elegant even though it’s a casual spot.
6) Ever since day one, my baby boy has received a warm welcome there and they make it easy to dine out with a little one. I am a sucker for a kid-friendly restaurant that isn’t geared toward children (ie, no frozen chicken fingers on the menu or plastic cups for everyone to drink from).
7) Free coffee refills.
8) Open from 8:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. That’s three meals a day, six days a week!
9) Comfortable and warm. A very important attribute in rainy Cork.
Electric Bar (owner: Ernest Cantillon), South Mall, Cork City Centre
Why the love?
1) Simple but creative sandwiches and soups after Noon for reasonable prices.
2) It is walking distance from my home, so it’s convenient.
3) The staff are friendly and welcoming to my baby boy, LB.
4) There is a changing table in the handicapped restroom. Though it took me over six months of motherhood to discover that (I never asked).
5) It is clean with great natural light streaming in the windows.
6) They carry Australian non-alcoholic ginger beer and pitchers of water with different sliced citrus or fresh mint.
7) Welcoming to my knitting group. Knitters are the like the skateboarders of the craft world. We are too busy knitting to order lots of food and drink so not a real money-maker for wherever we meet.
8) Sometimes there is a little taster of biscotti with my hot chocolate and it’s such a treat. Not always there as it is not listed as part of the hot chocolate on the menu, so a nice surprise.
So, there you have the details on why I eat where I do. Now, there’s no need to doubt the sincerity of my posts and enthusiasm for Fenn’s Quay and Electric. I go to these places with regularity and love them without any compensation, freebies, bribery, brown envelopes or begging. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?
Brunch may have been around for decades but Fenn’s Quay Restaurant, located on Sheares Street in Cork City Centre, is jazzing it up this Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Executive Chefess Kate Lawlor created a delectable brunch menu featuring local ingredients in classics, like Eggs Benedict with Rosscarbery Rashers, Eggs Florentine (available with Ardsallagh goats cheese) or Boiled Eggs and Soldiers with Marmite, and indulgent favorites, like Feirm Úr Buttermilk Pancakes with your choice of crème fraîche, homemade jam or maple syrup.
For light eaters, there are Croissants, Porridge or Fruit Scones served with Irish butter and Kate’s own house-made jam. With a variety of brunch dishes on the special menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Known for its family-friendly menu and staff, even the littlest brunchers will enjoy themselves. I know my little man, LB, will be having a blast. He’s in love with Kate’s Irish soda bread!
Sunday brunch on a bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to treat yourself to a relaxing meal. Make your outing a family affair or gather with friends. Fenn’s Quay will have its own playlist of Jazz favorites playing in the background so your conversation can be center stage.
Fenn’s Quay is proudly now an Eircom WiFiHub, a service that allows Eircom broadband, eMobile and Meteor customers to connect to the Internet when they are out and about. Each Twitter user receives one free mimosa when you Tweet about your brunch, mentioning @FennsQuay.
No. 5 Fenn’s Quay Restaurant offers cosy dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. The menu offers fresh, simple, and creative dishes from the regions of Ireland with global inspiration. The casual dining room ambiance combines contemporary elegance with rustic traditional. Street parking available in front or in nearby North Main Street public lot. Reservations can be made by calling 021.427.9527.