Wednesday, October 7, 2009

American Rí Rá

Hey American friends, looking for a genuine "Irish Pub" experience? Looks like a few Dubliners have brought Ireland stateside without a hint of diddly-eye-doucheyness that's usually found in the American version of an Irish pub.

Rí Rá is a small but growing chain of restaurants/pubs that you can read all about on the Tasting Table site here:

According to Tasting Table, the menu varies from location to location - which looks like it's down to locally sourcing their goods - that's a win for locality and sustainability. Annnnd even better, most of the local establishments appear to support & benefit their community, with fundraisers and the sponsorship of teams etc.

Check out Rí Rá's website here:

Well how nicey nice!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Temple Bar Food Market

Been meaning to post these photos for ages but I'm only getting around to it now. A good few weeks back myself and the fella headed into the centre of Dublin's Fair City on one of those rare lovely bright Saturday mornings when you've had a good rest...

The Temple Bar Food Market was in full swing, serving up it's delicious array of fresh foodie goods. Here's some of what we found:

They say ignorance is bliss, and it's probably true as now that's I'm a bit more food-origin-conscious I realized it's a "food market" and not a "farmer's market". The difference? I think it's down to the fact that the proprietors are more "distributors" than actual farmers, at least that's the feeling I got when compared to my precious Santa Barbara Farmer's Market.

I hate being a negative nelly, but while all the lovely organic fare got me drooling, I did find myself a little disappointed with the amount of imported produce. A lot was flown over from Holland, France & Spain - but unfortunately there's not a whole lot you can do about that when living in the dark wet Irish environment. I've obviously been very spoiled growing up in California where the local climate is incredibly accommodating to most produce, and the farmers markets are made up of... farmers. But hey, it is organic, and I would gladly go out of my way to support a local farmer/distributor than Tesco any day.

I tried my darndest to choose only local stuff, but boy was it tough. Here's what I cam home with: Irish tomatos, leeks, garlic, spinach, zucchini (courgettes to you Irish), an artichoke & apples. The non-Irish stuff came in the form of blueberries from Holland, peaches & plums from France. I think I did fairly well considering.

My biggest challenge was to next use ALL the fresh fruit & veg before it spoiled. A tough job for busy busy folks like the fella & me. The results coming soon.

Monday, October 5, 2009

More Eco Fashion Fixes

I just came across a web magazine devoted to the ever-growing and trendy world of Eco/Ethical fashion.

There's a boatload of articles, ideas, ideals, online shops, store locators & more. It's mega-huge. Green Street Style? List of blogs? Videos? Yeeeah! Excellent!

I'm still trawling through their endless pages as I write this, getting exited to see if there's any projects I can work on, or new places to shop. And of course, who would argue with looking fashionable AND being good to Mother Earth. That's what I thought!