I draw my biggest inspiration from the places I visit, the people I meet and the new flavours I discover all over the world, but mostly from right here in Ireland. Ireland’s natural beauty, the friendly people and its boosting culture are just a few things that drew me here and I always love to share my love for this country with anyone I meet. Whether you already live here or not, I hope this page will inspire you to discover more about the Emerald Isle.

Cork's Whiskey Festival 2017
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Cork’s Whiskey Festival 2017

Never a dull moment in Cork (or in Ireland in general). I’ve only just recovered from the Cork Burger Festival: January 30th – February 5th 2017 we had back at the end of January – beginning of February and where I enjoyed not one but two fantastic nights filled with mouthwatering burgers in Yellow Sub and Electric but now it’s time for the next festival: Cork’s Whiskey Festival 2017!

Celebrating Irish Whiskeys

As home of the best selling Irish whiskey in the world, it only seemed right that Cork had it’s very own Whiskey Festival.

To celebrate whiskeys from Ireland and across the world, the festival is working with some top producers such as Hyde, West Cork Distillers, St Patricks Distillery, Teelings Whiskey, Dingle Whiskey, Jack Ryan Whiskey, Knappogue Castle, Jameson, Single Pot Still, Bulleit Bourbon, Nikka and The Irishman Whiskey to ensure you get to experience the best whiskeys available in Cork.

  
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Cork Burger Festival: Electric
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Cork Burger Festival: Electric

As you probably have read by now, Cork Burger Festival is currently running here in Cork, Ireland. Although the festival is only in it’s first year now, it’s looking to be a great start. One of the goals of the festival was to help put Cork on the map a bit more, and to provide some good food entertainment in an otherwise quite boring time of the year. I must say Cork is one of the most active counties I’ve lived in and the amount of festivals is quite vast and big, like the film festival for example or ‘Taste Cork‘, a countywide celebration of the outstanding food & drink Cork has to offer but it does get more quiet around Winter. Festival Cork doesn’t only organise things themselves but they also want to help anyone who has a great idea but needs a bit of guiding or help to get it turned into reality. Ernest from Festival Cork: “We couldn’t be happier with the turnout for our very first Burger festival, with even butchers taking part and restaurants all over the county including Kinsale have turned this into a county-wide festival, instead of just a Cork City event’.”

  
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Cork Burger Festival: Yellow Sub
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Cork Burger Festival: Yellow Sub

With the Cork Burger Festival now in full swing, it was about time I went down to the city to try some burgers! On Wednesday I got invited to my first Irish blogger meet-up, hosted by Festival Cork and to get a sneak peek at what Yellow Sub is serving for the festival. Yellow Sub only started serving sliders a couple of days ago but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the quality, it was spot on!

The atmosphere was great right off the bat, there was loads of talking and laughs all over the place while the first sliders were being served. We started off our night with Fried chicken with lettuce, tomato and sub sauce. Sounds basic? Well turns out the key to success was in the sauce for this one! It had just the right amount of spice, which turned this burger into something a little bit more fiery than chicken burgers usually are.

  
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Cork Burger Festival: January 30th – February 5th 2017

Following the success of Cork Whiskey Festival and Taste Cork Week, Festival Cork have teamed up with Ballymaloe Relish to launch Cork Burger Festival! It’s only a couple of days away, so if you have no plans yet for next week: come on over to Cork for the most delicious festival you’ll ever experience! I’ve always been a sucker for burgers, and I very often experiment with different things, like making my own buns or trying different kinds of fish and meat. Some of my own favourite ingredients include bacon and pineapple or halloumi. I love a good chip on the side as well but I am hoping that some places will serve something more creative, or even just sweet potato chips! I must say the Irish beef and other meat in general are way nicer and tastier so I can’t wait to find out what the festival has in store!

Venues across the city and county are encouraged to create and showcase Corks best burger over the week, host pop up nights, tasting events or run daily burger specials. The public will be able to vote for their favourite burger through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

  
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Prizefight Blood & Sand Cocktail
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Prizefight Blood & Sand Cocktail

Only one more day until New Year’s Eve! We all know that unlike Christmas, it’s a lot more about the drinks than it is about food on the last night of the year! If you want to impress your mates/family this year, I have just the thing for you: Prizefight Whiskey‘s signature serves!

Prizefight is a collaborative Irish whiskey, distilled and aged in Ireland, and finished in American rye casks from Tamworth Distilling. The result is incredibly complex whiskey: a smooth and mellow spirit that packs a punch but never burns. The brand debuted at Whiskey Live on Saturday November 5th, the first opportunity for whiskey lovers and the general public to sample the exciting new product. Prizefight Irish Whiskey will be available in select bars and retailers in Dublin, as well as in an exclusive gift box at the Dublin Duty Free and selected independent off licenses.

  
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Prizefight Saratoga Cocktails
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Prizefight Saratoga Cocktail

Only a few more days until New Year’s Eve! We all know that unlike Christmas, it’s a lot more about the drinks than it is about food on the last night of the year! If you want to impress your mates/family this year, I have just the thing for you: Prizefight Whiskey‘s signature serves!

Prizefight is a collaborative Irish whiskey, distilled and aged in Ireland, and finished in American rye casks from Tamworth Distilling. The result is incredibly complex whiskey: a smooth and mellow spirit that packs a punch but never burns. The brand debuted at Whiskey Live on Saturday November 5th, the first opportunity for whiskey lovers and the general public to sample the exciting new product. Prizefight Irish Whiskey will be available in select bars and retailers in Dublin, as well as in an exclusive gift box at the Dublin Duty Free and selected independent off licenses.

  
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Prizefight One Inch Shot
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Prizefight Signature Serves: One Inch Punch

Are you ready for another great drink by Prizefight Irish Whiskey? Today I have this one inch punch in store for you guys.

Prizefight is a collaborative Irish whiskey, distilled and aged in Ireland, and finished in American rye casks from Tamworth Distilling. The result is incredibly complex whiskey: a smooth and mellow spirit that packs a punch but never burns. The brand debuted at Whiskey Live on Saturday November 5th, the first opportunity for whiskey lovers and the general public to sample the exciting new product. Prizefight Irish Whiskey will be available in select bars and retailers in Dublin, as well as in an exclusive gift box at the Dublin Duty Free and selected independent off licenses.

  
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Bitter Fight by Prizefight
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Prizefight Signature Serves: Bitter Fight

Last week I shared the great news that there’s a new Whiskey on the market called Prizefight Irish Whiskey. Starting today I’ll be sharing 4 amazing drinks created by Prizefight that will spruce up your Christmas parties for sure! I must admit that I don’t even own a cocktail shaker or proper glasses for fabulous drinks like these so to anyone looking for a Christmas present for me: hint hint hint!
Prizefight is a collaborative Irish whiskey, distilled and aged in Ireland, and finished in American rye casks from Tamworth Distilling. The result is incredibly complex whiskey: a smooth and mellow spirit that packs a punch but never burns.

  
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Prizefight Irish Whiskey
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There’s a new whiskey in town: Prizefight Irish Whiskey

Dublin, Ireland – In earlier times, Irishmen journeyed to America, where they forged their character with resolve and their fists. Each bottle tells the stories of the boxing legends who came with nothing and fought for everything. Prizefight is a collaborative Irish whiskey, distilled and aged in Ireland, and finished in American rye casks from Tamworth Distilling. The result is incredibly complex whiskey: a smooth and mellow spirit that packs a punch but never burns.

Pugilist Spirit’s Flor Prendergast wanted to create an Irish whiskey, so he called upon spirits maverick Steven Grasse, who came up with an idea for something new — a fine Irish whiskey finished in American rye casks. Making this idea a reality required collaboration between two craft distillers: one in Ireland, and the other in America. So, they reached out to West Cork Distilling to create the whiskey, and Grasse’s own distillery, Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire to arrange the finishing. Together, they produced a fresh, clean whiskey with fruit and floral notes that gets a hit of spice from the rye cask finish.

  
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Blarney Castle Autumn Walk
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Blarney Castle Autumn Walk

Even though I’ve had my blog for almost 3 years now, I still feel like I’m more of a recipe maker than a blogger so I’m going to try and work a bit harder on sharing some stories from my life that don’t necessarily have anything to do with food but more with my new life in Ireland. I moved to Ireland 1,5 years ago and as much as I love it, I have been so busy with blogging, work, sorting everything like a house & car, visiting my family and so on that I feel like I haven’t explored as much as I wanted to. I have been visiting Ireland for 6 years now and I’m still not done being truly amazed by the beauty that can be found here. It’s hard to even pick my favourite spot in Ireland, but I do have a very big love for West-Cork & Kerry, it’s a stunning coast line!

  
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