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Check out Able Archer, a five-piece proper rock band from Dublin. Enjoy!

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Fabulous food blogger and savvy business woman, Ketty, of French Foodie in Dublin [FFID] brings us a new night out with a twist, the Foodie Movie Club. The idea is that each month she chooses a different food themed movie screened in the private cinema in Brooks Hotel. I attended her last screening of Julie & Julia which proved so popular, I think she had to put on four separate screenings. It is the movie that inspired me to start blogging. You can read my review of the movie here. I also love Meryl Streep’s performance as Julia Child, an over-the-top, eccentric and exuberant chef and author of the best-selling cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

After popcorn and the movie, we headed en masse [well there were around 20 or more of us] around the corner to French restaurant, La Maison, on Castle Market. Through it’s red curtains and up the stairs to a private dining room where we dined on steaming pots of the most delicious French classic Boeuf Bourguignon. I had come on my own but quickly made friends with a fellow blogger, the lovely Marta of Cook It, Eat It, Love It. She has recently relocated to Dublin from Galway. The movie was a real talking point as was the luscious Boeuf Bourguignon complete with puff pastry surround which we demolished. Everyone was friendly and welcoming and I ended up staying way longer than I thought I would as I was enjoying myself. We happily ate and talked and laughed. I had to tear myself away reluctantly as I had work in the morning.

As Ketty says “It’s more than just watching a film, it’s about meeting people, enjoying food and building a community of those with a shared love of food and film.” Judging from the success of the night I went, it’s a concept that clearly works. I would heartily recommend it as a fun night out and going alone ensures you make some new friends.

This month FFID has selected the movie Ratatouille, the story of a little rat who dreams of becoming a French chef in Paris. The movie will be followed by an authentic ratatouille dish in French restaurant La Maison. There are two screenings on the 23rd and 28th of April – check out her website www.frenchfoodieindublin.com for further details and to make a booking.

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After a stressful few months in work and several recurring viral infections, I booked a week in sunny Nerja, Spain. It is on the Costa del Sol only an hour away from Málaga in the community of Andalusia in southern Spain surrounded by mountains. We stayed in an apartment block known as Cantares on Chaparil [about a 10 minute walk to the centre square of Nerja] booked via booking.com with a view of the sea from our balcony. It was a quieter area away from the hustle and bustle of the centre and near Playa de la Torrecilla beach. The location was perfect and the apartments were clean, comfortable if a little bit worn around the edges. It’s opposite the Hotel Riu Monica and beside a lovely row of cafes and shops on Avda Mediterraneo.

View from Apartment

View from Apartment


We had a lovely, lazy week which suited me and allowed me to de-stress and the sunshine helped to rid me of the nasty viral infections. Life is very busy and 2014 is flying by so it was nice to kick back and recharge my batteries. Although we had access to WiFi in the apartment and most of the bars and restaurants supply it for free, it was nice to switch off from technology and the TV for a while. I read four books, went for long walks along the shore and soaked up the sunshine. The beaches were busy, the waves were big, the people were lovely and friendly and best of all food and drink is so cheap.
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Some recommendations for things to do and see while in Nerja:

- For a lovely brunch or lunch, check out Café Jamaica for cheap, all-day breakfasts. My favourite was the American Breakfast and freshly squeezed OJ.

- Definitely take a trip to the traditional Spanish village of Frigiliana with its white houses high on the hills and its narrow, windy cobbled streets. The bus only costs a euro and the town is located about 10 minutes away. The old Moorish part of town is one of the best preserved Moorish villages in all of Andalucia. In the centre of town, the 16th century mansion used to house the molasses factory, which is a type of syrup made from sugar cane (“miel de cana”) and popular in Spain.
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-Sit out and people watch while enjoying some tapas in the Square beside the Church of El Salvador in the centre of the old town. Be sure to check out the creepy religious statues inside. The Balcón de Europa, once a fortress in the 9th century but now a mirador or viewpoint which gives stunning views across the sea, is just around the corner.
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-Be sure to indulge in some churros y chocolate. They are luscious, a little bit like doughnuts only lighter and you dip them in a thick, melted chocolate. Yum!
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-Enjoy a drink on the sunny terrace of restaurant Marbella with fantastic views of the sea.

-Lastly for a special dinner, I would heartily recommend Restaurante Jacky located on Calle Chaperil. They do a beautiful tasting menu and the food is simply delicious. You can choose from two set menus or go a la carte. It is more expensive than other restaurants in Nerja but it is good quality food and Jacky, the chef obviously takes pride in his cooking. It is quite a small restaurant so I would suggest booking as it fills up pretty quickly.
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I returned from Nerja feeling refreshed and ready to face the world again.

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For I should rebuild this broken heart

Josh Record’s debut album Pillars is scheduled for release on 14 July 2014. Enjoy!

21 Balançoires (21 Swings) from Daily Tous Les Jours on Vimeo.

21 Swings
Every spring, an interactive installation takes over a high-traffic area in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles and sets a collective ritual. The installation from Daily Tous les Jours offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately.

The result is a giant instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation. I love how the swings light up at night.

The project stimulates ownership of the public space, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds, and creating a place for playing and hanging out in the middle of the city centre.

A traveling version of the project is currently being made for these collective moments to spread around the world. I hope they come to Dublin…I am a big kid at heart and always wanted a playground for the grown-ups. Does anyone else still like to swing or is it just me?


Hope you all had a very happy Easter as good as the people in Kilrush, Co. Clare. What a nice surprise from Tesco.


One of the things I love is to listen to TED talks – some of the most inspirational people share their stories and one of these is Sarah Kay, queen of the Spoken Word. She is from New York and discovered a love for poetry and performance at the tender age of fourteen. The Bowery Poetry Club in the East Village was her classroom. She founded Project Voice where she inspires young people to express themselves through poetry. Her poems are open, honest and simply beautiful. Women like Sarah are excellent role models.

A New Perspective For Moms from Elevation Church on Vimeo.


Funnyman Ben Aaron shows us the new craze he has developed he calls… DANCE WALKING FITNESS. Not sure I can see this catching on in Dublin!

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Ever wondered what your first tweet was well now, thanks to a new Twitter tool as part of Twitter’s eighth birthday celebration, you can go back to the beginning simply by entering your profile name.

Simply go to first-tweets.com, enter in your Twitter handle, and your first tweet will appear.

You can also look up the first tweet of any user with a public account. Enjoy reliving the past.

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