Franciscan Cans of Beer

Tonight saw the launch of Franciscan Well canned craft beer. The beers are brewed in Cork and the venue for the launch was The Dark Horse in the Cathedral Quarter. 

On arrival we were handed a can of Rebel Red (a red ale) which was rather palatable. The Friar Weisse or wheat beer was also nice and not too bitter. Didn’t get to taste the Irish Pale Ale, although my mates said it was good!! The cans are colour coded (red, blue and green respectively).


There were prizes to be one for the funniest tweets, also a fine spread of finger foods laid on by The Dark Horse and all the while there was a live band keeping us entertained!! Big thanks to Michael and Ciara from Duffy Rafferty, to The Dark Horse-where,for the Game of Thrones fans, is the 10th carved door and lastly Franciscan Well!!

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Souls Restaurant opening

The newest eatery in Belfast City Centre opened its doors this evening. It’s situated on the busy Dublin Road and occupies the old Square restaurant.


It’s the brainchild of Pankaj and Sommerdeep (and their wives!!) who have worked long and hard to make their dreams a reality. The whole building has been totally transformed and will do very well. The restaurant is split over two floors and has an open plan kitchen upstairs and bar downstairs. It can comfortably hold 85-90 diners.


The genre of food, head chef Sanjay explained was Indian food served in a European style- a proper Indo-Euro mixed cuisine. Sanjay has trained in the Hastings Group and Spice in Lisburn and his partner chef Rakesh has worked in Portugal, Spain and for Atul Kochar as well as at Taaj Jordanstown. They put on a fine assortment of canapés. These were  mushroom veloute, aubergine bruschetta, tandoori chicken cake, salmon and wheaten and lemon posset. There was prosecco on arrival and matched wines with the canapés. If the canapés are a reflection of the quality of the A la Carte Belfast is sure in for a culinary treat.

The Mash Direct Great Mashed Veg Off!!

It’s the start of our very own Mash Direct Great Mashed Veg Off!!!


The idea is to cook up some recipes, dishes, concoctions and fine fayre using one or more of the vast array of Mash Direct produce. 

I picked up my goodies at the week end and I’ve already cooked up some fab dishes- will keep you posted in due course!!!


Please cook and share on #MashedVegOff for a chance to win some prizes!!