Pig Welfare in Ireland: Free-Range vs Factory-Farmed, Which is Better?

After watching Philip Boucher-Hayes’ documentary What Are You Eating? this evening, I struck up an interesting conversation with Shane McAuliffe of Truly Irish foods. I was curious to know, given the clear pride Shane has in the products he promotes, if the Truly Irish brand was free-range.  I received a prompt response: Curious at this…

200 Word Review: ETTO on Merrion Row

Etto. A restaurant that I had heard many whispers about, but never had the chance to visit. Sitting at the bar, myself and my partner glanced over the menu and gave each other a knowing glance – this looked very promising. It was the first time that both of us weren’t seated at a table,…

The Best Irish Food and Drink Products I discovered in 2015

What a year! Ireland never ceases to amaze me. Despite being quiet here on the blog I’ve had such a busy few months trying new things and delving into new products. I’ve experienced other products from these producers before, but I was amazed and delighted to get to taste new things. Here are the ones…

Reflections on the National Crafts and Design Fair and Bite Festival

I feel incredibly lucky to live in a country that creates such amazing, creative, innovative and magical things. I say “things” loosely because often I find it difficult to categorize the vast array of “things” that continue to excite me.  Let’s back track. What exactly am I talking about? Well, over the past few weeks…

The Sunday Round-Up: A well-needed catch-up and a cup of tea

My fellow Beanies, it’s been a while. Let’s sit down, relax and have a cup of tea. A lot has changed over the past few weeks. Cooks Academy After a long time to holding out and keeping an eye on the job front, I started with Cooks Academy the week before last as their Digital…

Top Eight Movies for Wine Lovers

Picture the scene: the fire is lit and you’re tucked up in your warmest clothes; it’s raining outside, and all you have is a bottle of your favourite wine (be it red, white or even orange!). It’s perfect. There’s nothing I love more than sitting back with a good film or documentary, and really easing…

Word of Mouth: Inspiration aplenty at the Waterford Harvest Festival

A last minute notion struck my Mam and I to head down to Waterford for the weekend for their annual Harvest Festival, that was in conjunction with Grow it Yourself (GIY) International. A celebration of food heritage and culture aimed to suit all tastes, the harvest festival has been around since pagan times acting as…

Essential Italian words for your food journey

“Everything you see I owe to pasta.” – Sophia Loren If you’re looking for a quick cheat sheet on ordering some Italian grub, you’ve come to the right place. This week we’re celebrating all things Italian, and so I thought it’d be quite useful if I dished out some essential words to use if you…

The Details: Please Vote for Spill the Beans in the Blog Awards

So it’s with great joy that I can tell you folks that I’ve been shortlisted out of hundreds for a Blog Award! It was a real surprise because though this blog is over a year old, there have been times where I’m just too exhausted to write anything! I guess what I’m trying to say…

Ciao! It’s Italian Week on Spill the Beans

Last week Mr. POH and I celebrated Chinese week where I cooked nothing but food with an Asian-flair but this week we’re going European. This week, we’re zooming over to Italia, where I’ll be rustling up some tasty (I hope!) Italian dishes. Included on the menu this week is: Minestrone, Zuppa Toscana, Lasanga and a…