Carbon Free Dining Hospitality Influencer

I am excited to have been invited to become aHospitality Influencer for Carbon Free Dining.

I was accepted today and have written my first Blog called ‘Here’s 8 things you MUST know before writing an article!’ for them……….please click the link and have a read!!!!

Happy Friday.

Belfast Holiday World Show is in Full Swing!!

The Holiday World Show is now up and running at the Titanic Exhibition Centre.

It was opened by the, well travelled and gorgeous, Debbie Magee yesterday.

This show has grown from strength to strength and being in January it sure gives us all dreams of our next holiday. Whether it’s a weekend break in one of the beautiful hotels around Ireland or caravans or motor homes or the classic package holidays to the Med or to far flung places like China, the USA, Canada to name but a few.

Places like Tunisia, Cyprus and Malta intrigued me as well as Jordan. There is a lot of exciting history, tradition, culture and cuisine on offer!!

There are holidays to lots of destinations, for different time periods and for every budget. The caravan market is huge here and growing and some of the luxury static caravans on sale are definitely worth considering especially if one has a young family and wants a bolt hole during holidays and weekends!!

The cruise market is also growing from strength to strength with the big players showing off their deals. Belfast is now firmly on the cruise circuit and had over 140 ships docked last year and that will increase this year.

The Orient was well represented by China and Thailand and these destinations are growing year on year. Jamaica and Mauritius anyone? Well find out all about them at the show.

Closer to home there was luxury garden furniture on display from Euro Gardens and stands selling all sorts of things like cleaning products, phone cables, sweets and tooth whitening!!

The show is on today and tomorrow before heading to Dublin next……..get down to the show and choose your next holiday!!!!!

A taste of Spain in Belfast

This afternoon, I was honoured and thrilled to be one of twenty five or so lucky guests, to be wined and dined courtesy of the Spanish Tourist Board . The venue was COCO Restaurant and Bar in Belfast.

The weather was miserable, cold, wet and windy and what better way to while away the afternoon than dreaming about the heat, sand and sea of Spain!!

I’m a huge fan of Spain and of Coco the restaurant and was so thrilled to be invited. After mingling for half an hour or so we were seated and welcomed by Ana from Tour Spain and then we were given a short presentation on the region of Murcia and the Costa Calida by Kristian.

Then it was lunch…. which naturally had a Spanish theme and highlighted the region of Murcia, for being a top gastronomic destination in 2020.

I started with the potted rabbit with toast and chutney. There was plenty of rabbit and the crunchiness of the toast, sweet chutney and buttery rabbit were excellent.

For mains I had the Barbary duck (well done, top left), artichoke purée and potato gratin. This was a fine dish and the creaminess of the potato was sublime. 

To finish I had Creme brûlée washed down with a coffee. The service was polite and unobtrusive and the setting just brilliant-loved the art!! A delightful afternoon!!!!

The Spanish Tourist Board will be showcasing the best of Spain at the Holiday World Show (17-19th Jan) at the Titanic Exhibition Centre.

Thank you Paco for your kind invitation.

‘Veganuary’ a good thing or a fad?

I think Veganuary is a fab idea but reckon it’s just a fad. I guess it will take time to see if it catches on and remains a permanent calender fixture in the future.

It’s good that we all reduce our reliance on meat and meat based products due to ethical, moral, environmental or religious reasons. Am I ready to go Veganuary, the answer is no but the clever folk at Burger King might just be able to tempt me…….

Burger King have launched their new, non meat patty, Rebel Whopper today in the UK.

It looks like the picture, has lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, ketchup and soya protein patty, flame grilled all in a seeded bun.

But it’s not suitable for pure veggies/vegans because it’s cooked on the same grill as the beef patties!! A big of an own goal!!!!

I would have loved to try it but don’t eat beef (for religious reasons) hence won’t be able to try it…..will you?