Having heard great things about the Cafe at Woodfield Garden Centre in Birr, I was delighted to get an opportunity to visit for lunch earlier this week. Woodfield is located on the Tullamore Road out of Birr, on the right hand side just after passing ALDI.
I love bread but like many people I’ve been trying to limit the amount of it I eat. I switched to spelt bread but I wasn’t really enjoying it. I was also very bad at eating breakfast, frequently going out to work on nothing but a cup of coffee and only feeling the hunger pangs the minute I got in the door to work. And then I discovered Porridge Bread and everything has changed.
I bought this Gunpowder Green Tea with Mint on a recent visit to the Gourmet Experience, a high end Food Court and Shop on the 9th Floor of the El Corte Inglés Department Store at Callao, Madrid. It is a wonderful tea. As soon as you open the canister and you get the wonderfully minty aroma, you know it is going to be good. And it is. I am not a fan of green tea usually and am constantly trying versions that have something added be it lemon, mint etc. The addition of mint to this one makes it smooth, refreshing and highly drinkable. It is rich in antioxidants and very refreshing, even in hot weather. Many consider green tea to be a cure-all, and this one is very reviving, a real pick me up.
McCambridges is a food shopping mecca located at 38/39 Shop Street in the heart of Galway City. In 2012, McCambridges added a restaurant to the fold opening Upstairs at McCambridges so it is now an all round foodie destination. And what a destination it is! The shop is great for deli items, sauces, jams, chocolate, fresh breads, vegetables, cheeses, interesting wines and craft beers. You can also get takeaway lunches (soup, sandwiches, salads, hot items (pies, quiches etc) and coffees. The restaurant upstairs is a beautiful space. It is open for breakfast Mon – Sat from 9am to 11.30am. It serves an All Day menu from Mon – Wed from 12pm to 5.30pm (last orders 5pm) and from Thurs – Sat from 12pm to 8pm. It serves brunch on Sunday from 10.30am to 6pm (last orders 5.30pm). Tables can be reserved from 5pm onwards.
Builin Blasta (Tasty Loaf) is a gem of a cafe located in the craft center (An Ceardlann) in Spiddal, Co. Galway. The cafe is owned and run by Chef Jamie (J-Me) Peaker who hails from New Zealand. J-Me’s cv includes a stint at well known London eatery The Ivy before he opened Builin Blasta in Spiddal. The cafe is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 11am until 5pm. Breads, pastries, tarts, sausage rolls, scones, desserts, dressings and preserves are all made on site. You can also purchase their dressings and chutneys to takeaway and they will also provide you with the recipe for their scones if you would like to try and make them yourself!
Firstly, ginger is my thing. I love it in all its forms; ginger ale is even my choice of mixer with Vodka! Ginger and treacle as a combination is another favourite. After a long search for a recipe for a Ginger & Treacle bread and finding none that perfectly suited what I was trying to create, I came up with this recipe which gives me everything I was looking for in a Ginger & Treacle bread.
After including The Fatted Calf on my list of must visits for 2014, I was glad to get an early opportunity to visit for lunch on a blustery Saturday in early February. Glasson is easily accessible from Athlone and well worth the trip even from farther afield. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.