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Dublin Wine Fest is full swing!

Right, so I finally emerged from under my pile of proverbial rubble. (Rubble of papers on Coffee, the environmental, health, and economic impacts of the trade and policies to improve prices and health of coffee farmers) – If this doesn’t sound fascinating to you, well, I guess we can’t be friends.


I have to lock all social media and distractions away when trying to write papers.  So that’s why i’m coming to you so late.  BUT, the first
Dublin Wine Fest has been getting tremendous support in the last week.


5 things you need to know about Dublin Wine Fest!:

1) It runs from the 20-25th of APRIL, blink and you’ll miss all the fun!


2) It’s a great way to see parts of the city that you haven’t explored. There are four HUBS (Georgian Dublin, City Centre, Liffey Side, and Green Luas)
The map identifies areas or travel routes that help you find a ‘local’


3) Each participating restaurant has a wine or drink feature and special meal offer this week!  Also lots of talks and tasting events happening!


4) There are fun competitions and prizes to be won!
 tweet about the best wine experience using #BestDublinWineExp or put it on Facebook.com/GreatIrish Beverages


5) HOW MUCH?  €5 wristband here will get you in for deals at 32 restaurants & bars
This isn’t all about drink, it’s food & wine, so get your wristbands and your friends let’s start at the end of the Luas line and end in town!


Prizes for voters include a €200 case of wine from O’Brien’s Wine, €100 case of six wines from The Corkscrew, a voucher worth €70 for The Cavern wine bar from Baggot Street Wines, and two tickets to ‘Wine Tasting Wednesdays’ Burgundy tasting (6th May) at Green Man Wines.

Looking forward to galavanting the city for all the wine in the city.

Here are a selection of ‘Wine Experiences’ that might entice you
Super Miss Sue Dublin Wine Experience: 
Shrimp & Oris: Small plate pairing of char-grilled shrimp and honey gyros with Ciu Ciu ‘Oris’ Pecorino/Trebbiano (€12, daily 2pm–7pm)


Whitefriar Grill Dublin Wine Experience:
Three-course early bird menu with paired wines (€32), plus a 10-question wine quiz where each correct answer docks 10% off your bill!


ely wine bar Dublin Wine Experience: 
A flight a night: let us lead you astray with a themed tasting flight of four different wines every night, priced at a 30% discount.


China Sichuan Dublin Wine Experience Offering:
Choice of starter pairings: glass of Fantini Fiano & Chinese Turnip Cakes (€12) or glass of Allegrini Palazzo della Torre & Tea-Smoked Jasmine Ribs (€15)
Stanley’s Dublin Wine Experience:
‘Skin-contact’ wine & brief history of wine-making seminar (5pm–6pm daily, bookings welcomed) including flight of skin-contact wines with pressed duck terrine canapé (€12)


disclosure: we’ve received two wristband for the week

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Forest Avenue – Sussex Terrace, Dublin 4


[SHORT, Quick Lovin’ ]

Service: simply real & relatable 

Likelihood to return: we’re neighbours, I’ll be back next week

Food/Coffee: Food 4.8/5, Coffee 4/5.

Chillness: 4.9 chill chairs!  This would be my place to hang out!  

Highlights:  Brisket, cannelloni of celeriac & ox tongue, onion, grilled leek & horseradish


A year ago I arrived in Dublin and I was pleasantly surprised with the food scene.  I have definitely observed quite an entrepreneurial spirit here, I thought my hometown Calgary was filled with start-ups and the like but as one Dubliner recently said, well if you don’t ‘make it’ yourself, nobody else is going to just give it to you.

I’m fortunate to have a husband that knows how much I love, love, LOVE food- he is probably the source of all my up and coming food knowledge.

Forest Avenue is a restaurant set up by husband and wife team Sandy & John.  I didn’t have the opportunity to attend any of their previous pop-ups, ‘The Supper Club’, but this is the real thing so we make it count!  We walked in just on Sussex Terrace, a block off the canal and we were completely caught off guard. Unsuspecting place. The space is minimal and white, but decorated tastefully, loft-like high ceiling in the entrance; then to the left there’s an espresso & brewed coffee set-up. I’m feeling quite at home now.

The photos will speak for themselves.  I’m really trying to write more succinctly or not at all.

forest ave api

[insert snacks here] 😉

Can i just say that the bread is out of this world? I don’t want to get your hopes up but ask for the potato bread, or the toasted walnut bread….

FA midi

[i]House made ricotta, squash, chicory & truffled hazelnuts

[ii] Brisket, cannelloni of celeriac & ox tongue, onion, grilled leek & horseradish

[iii]Cod Broccoli, spiced miso butter almonds & mussels


FA dessert

[i]Venison,parsnip cooked in miso, beetroot, cavalo nero & pear FANTASTIC – I currently have a serious obsession with cavalo nero. Can NOT get enough of it.

[ii]Spiced bread crumbled, pear, chocolate cremeux, salt walnut ice cream

[iii] Petit fours – tasty as hell-beignets & marshmallows






The open kitchen made for an intimate meal where we were able to observe the chefs at work without even getting in their way.  This kitchen is well on their way to wow-ing Dublin; their composure, and friendly, authentic staff were beyond ‘grand’ and made us feel so at home.



Now, I know that people were hesitant about our opinions.  I think probably five people asked how our coffee was that night.  Honestly, it was great.  The detail, tasting notes, and information on the farm that Cloud Picker Coffee Roasters provided is just testament to the growth of coffee culture in Dublin.  They say there is a Resident menu for Weds & Thursdays, an abridged taster of our meal – but I am so excited that our neighbourhood has this new resident to feed our gullets

Now that we’ve satisfied your dinner needs, look forward to brunch at Forest Ave.

8 Sussex Terrace, Dublin 4
Tel: 016678337
Website: http://forestavenuerestaurant

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