Yes indeed it’s that time of year again! Time to wrap up warm and tuck into some treats to keep out the winter chills. The annual Chocolate Festival is on in Temple Bar this weekend with a great mixture of events for big and small chocolate lovers.
- Chocolate fair in Temple Bar Square – let’s call it a Chocolate Sunday!
- Demos in truffle making for all ages
- Movies galore with The Polar Express, Merci pour le chocolat, It’s A Wonderful Life and of course Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The full line-up for the weekend is on the TBCT website. Some events including the movies require booking so check out the website for info to avoid disappointment!
Yes, I’m afraid I have found and fallen in love with a pancake recipe other than my grandmother’s.
Tis that of Jamie Oliver. His ‘USA-style’ pancake recipe produces small, fluffy, lighter pancakes that are so yummy. Here’s the recipe:
- 3 large eggs
- 115g/4oz plain flour
- 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
- 140ml/5fl oz milk
- a pinch of salt
- drop of vanilla essence (my addition)
- Separate the eggs – whites in one bowl, yolks in another
- Add flour, baking powder and milk to the egg yolks and mix to make a smooth batter
- Add vanilla essence (optional)
- Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff white peaks
- Fold egg whites into the mixture
The Southern Smash
So today the boy and I eventually decided to head into town and find some nice grub and have a bit of a wander for ourselves. While considering retreating to the Westbury for a cosy sneaky pint I had the geeky brainwave that the Marble Bar in the Westbury was offering a deal on cocktails via FourSquare.
So I checked in while around the corner, had the good fortune of securing mayorship and thus unlocking their offer – buy 1 cocktail and get 1 free when you check in as mayor.
After settling into the cosyness of said bar I was pretty much sold on the idea of having a yummy cocktail anyway but the prospect of getting two of them for a tenner made it a little cosier.
The Southern Smash is now my favourite cocktail, just delish – Southern Comfort, honey syrup, fresh lime juice and fresh mint with ice and ginger ale.
That was my first time making use of an offer on FourSquare. And it worked. It enticed me into the place, got me spending my dollars while introducing me to a tasty new treat and reminding me how comfy the Marble Bar is. It did feel a bit weird/awkward/geeky presenting my iPhone with this offer at the counter and despite the staff not really getting what it was they went with it and honoured the offer anyway.
Win win win.
Double slanket - oh yes.
Happy Pancake Tuesday*. Here’s my favourite pancake recipe – it’s dead simple but it gives you lovely, fluffy, light little pancakes that are just nyom. (*correction – turns out that Pancake Tuesday isn’t till next week.)
State of the Internet infographic via Mashable. God I’d love to open an infographics gallery I love them so much.
Guesslist gets a spring clean – looking tasty.
There’s going to be Chaos at Wordcamp Ireland and I just can’t wait.
Some fantastic internship opportunities with Absolut Fringe, one of my favourite festivals in Dublin.
456 Berea St have discovered that sIFR’s default CSS causes issues for some screen readers. Here’s the skinny and the fix.
Anyone giving or taking up anything for Lent? Could you give up the Internet for 40 days?
Irish Blog Awards needs judges – sign up here.
St. Patrick’s Festival is all go and looking for volunteers.
Carluccio’s to re-open after landlord agrees to cut the rent – nice one Carluccio’s!
Congrats to the Science Gallery on getting nominated for European Museum of the Year. LoveLab opens to the public this Thursday, members-only launch is on Wednesday and you can get signed up for ‘membership plus’ for a reduced price of €20 until February 10th.
The awesome Sabrina Dent is organising the 3rd annual Ladies Tea Party for Blog Awards weekend. Follow @LadiesTeaParty for the skinny.
WordCamp Ireland is starting to look truly awesome – I’ll see you there!