Whats going on along Camden Street? Dublin's dingiest street best known for groups of GAA fans queueing up outside Flannerys and 16 year olds baring all in their short skirts as they totter into the Palace with naggins hidden in their knickers. I lived there for couple of years and one particular highlight I'll always remember was one morning coming out of my apartment to grab a red eye flight at 4.30am and as I came out the door I happened upon a young couple who were getting to know each other. The girl was on her knees and lets just say she wasn't looking for loose change for the night-link home as I brushed past them and into my taxi. A couple of weeks later a guy was stabbed to death 10 yards from my door and I actually grew a healthy respect for the bouncers and police from watching them in action. In all fairness I'd probably be locked up for GBH at this stage if I was forced to turn away people for puking on my feet and slurring their words every night and keep a smile on my face like most of them do. If I haven't made myself clear enough Camden Street has always been a party strip and we've all enjoyed many a night out there. As our country and economy rebound we've seen a huge amount of restaurants open recently and Camden Street is starting to become a focal point. I counted at least 6 top quality restaurants that have opened within 100 yards of each other and the tacky Asian all you can eat joints are getting phased out. One new spot is Opium which is an ambitious project modeled on London's wildly popular Hakkasan. If you haven't wandered along Wexford Street recently and are expecting to see The Village you won't because it has been given an expensive facelift and converted into this gorgeous Thai venue.
I refuse to give into Christmas in November but by fucking god will I embrace it when it comes to December. It makes us all so happy and if I had my way I'd do it every month. Sure don't the retailers, pubs and restaurants need it badly! So this year I wanted to put a little list of 21 things to do in the build up to Christmas to get you in the mood. People always say there is bugger all to do in this city but flick through this list, tick as many off as you can and come back to me and say that again! We have fucking loads to do. The only problems I can see is finding the funds, getting a bigger pair of trousers and possibly applying for a liver transplant after it all! Get involved....
It has come to that time of year where you are absolutely frozen to the bone and I’m sitting here wearing three hoodies to try and warm up. This colder time of the year also screams soups to me and what better one to warm every bone in your body that a good old minestrone. What I love about this one is that you can make a big fuck off pot of it on a Sunday and it gets better every day as you come back and heat it up for lunch or dinner each day. This is savagely good.
I love discovering a load of new places in Dublin and rather than relying on newspapers (weeks behind), websites or guides I follow the people who know their shit on Twitter. It's a discovery engine more than anything and with the new visual way of looking at photos in the stream it is often the first place I head for food inspiration. There are tons of foodies on Twitter but here are a little selection of 20 that I'd strongly suggest you add to your feed. Watch out though you will be fucking starving after looking at these!!!
I've been asked loads of times to put a list together for the 12 pubs of Dublin and I wanted to put a slightly different slant on it so here are 12 of the most hip pubs in the city. You are clearly going to be hammered along this little journey wearing your snazzy jumpers and fairy lights so I've kept them more or less in a straight line. Enjoy it and unlike other big fancy sites I don't have anybody to answer to so I don't have to say drink sensibly. Get shitfaced, shift your co-worker, piss in an alley and deviate away from the plan into coppers if you feel like it. Enjoy!