Thursday, September 16, 2010

ponte vecchio

while the little girls slept every afternoon and esme was off playing wild games with her older cousins, aidan packed me off to sample the delights of killaloe cafes and bars. i spent a couple of hours writing and reading in this great little delicatessen. the shelves of italian delicacies and big blocks of parmesan jostle cosily for space with the chairs and tables tucked into alcoves and corners. it had a secret, indulgent feel and was perfect for an afternoon of escapism. in fact two ... pictured is the freshly made lemon and poppy cake with hot chocolate. the next day, i returned for olives, beer and cheese. great stuff!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

killaloe sunday market

on sunday we wandered into killaloe along the lough and over the bridge to ballina where we swam and watched the market being set up across the water. by 11am, when the market opened, we had worked up a great appetite for the fabulous cakes made by the fellas that are in our old unit at crossagalla. their dark chocolate tart was rich, smooth and intensely chocolatey!

burren beo - september events

saturday 11th september burrenbeo conservation volunteers monthly outing. led by butterfly expert, jesmond harding. clearing hazel and hawthorn from an important marsh fritillary breeding site. everyone welcome, but must register at

thursday 16th september. monthly talk - venue and speaker to be confirmed.
everyone is welcome to participate in these events, more info from or 091-638096

fabulous fresh fish

we have had a great summer! i have been busy with christmas products for cocoa bean, going out with the girls, the garden and a fabulous week in killaloe visiing aidan's family and old friends and colleagues. i have loads to write about and this is the first chance so i'll do it bit by bit. the first treat was the new shop run by mark anderson who was head chef of the cherry tree when i lived in limerick. he has now opened this great shop in killaloe where you can buy local meat, fish and organic vegetables. he is also starting to serve food that can be eaten at a stylish counter in the shop. over the week we bought swordfish, monkfish, scallops and organic corn fed chicken. they were fabulous and i was sorry to leave. mark has always been passionate about food whether it was making a special menu for aidan in his vegan days or demonstrating cookery at limerick midsummer market. this shop is no exception and i hope he is thriving when we go back to killaloe for christmas.

gravitas -purveyors of fine foods & fresh fish. bridge street, killaloe, co. clare