Archive for: December, 2015

By Mark Keane There’s long been talk among beer lovers about Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, a beer that was once brewed solely for foreign markets, which would amaze you if you could get your hands on it. Guinness, seeing peoples growing demand for beer, and the huge success of new beers like Hop 13 and the Dublin and...

By Manon Gustave No one really knows where it first came from and no one can agree when it was first made? The earliest signs of it date back around 4,000 years, now cheese has a global presence and each country offers their own speciality. It can be used in the most elaborate recipe or served on crackers and toast....

By Mark Keane Despite their objections, food businesses and chefs will have to calculate calories for their dishes and display it on menus in 2016. Minister for Health Leo Varadkar believes this is an important step in battling Ireland’s current obesity epidemic, which is affecting 60% of the population. With only 7%...

  Text and Photos by Manon Gustave If you needed any further proof of Dublin’s ever-evolving restaurant renaissance, Camden Street is it.  Between Kebabs, Bib Gourmanders,  pizzerias and hipster-burger joints appears the always popular Frite Haus. The friendly Frite Haus team offer many Belgian edible delights and...

Christmas Coffee You need: 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon (or cardamom) 1⁄3 cup water whipped cream, for garnish milk, for serving sugar, for serving Let’s cook! 1.Over medium heat, boil sugar, cocoa, cinnamon and water for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add to coffee, stir...

 By James Albert When the winter nights come rolling in, there is comfort in spending time with friends and loved ones over the finest festive food, being lavishly liquored up and plump with pleasure. There is always the guilty New Year regime of, salad smoothies, the latest reality tv stars workout DVD and cutting...

By Mark Keane We look into our crystal ball to predict the next big trends for 2016. Be one step ahead of your friends next year with the following ideas.  1. The continued rise of doughnuts The world has been plagued with a lot of terrible doughnuts for such a long time. The tide is finally beginning to turn with...

By Manon Gustave As you know, Christmas is coming very fast, it is time to do the last shopping before the big day. Even if you know your Aunt Susan is happy with the usual scarf, your brother Richie is harder to please… Until you remember his passion for cooking! At Menupages we know that a cookbook is much...

By Mark Keane …Continuing our countdown! 9. White Hag: Christmas Ale It seems new breweries are opening up around Ireland every month. One that came out of the blue, guns blazing, was White Hag from Sligo. At their first Irish beer festival, they launched “Black Boar”, a 10.2% imperial oatmeal stout to critical...

By Mark Keane …Continuing our countdown! 5. Galway Bay Brewery: Dark Saison and a salted caramel Wee Heavy The dark saison is described by Galway Bay Brewery as a 5.5% amber sour that has been primary fermented with Lactobacillus then fully fermented with Brettanomyces. Basically that means this beer could be very...