if you’re free tonight…

April 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Posted in music, northern irish | Leave a comment
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ed zealous

crayonsmith

two door cinema club

muchodanke djs

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victoria square photo opportunity

March 13, 2008 at 12:08 pm | Posted in architecture, northern irish, shopping | Leave a comment
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made sure i took my camera so i could get some shots of the latest architectural addition to belfast…

it does look impressive, and i love some of the shapes. the wooden parts of the platforms are really lovely, and the natural light that floods the place ensures it doesnt appear to be just another shopping centre.

taps

March 2, 2008 at 10:10 pm | Posted in restaurant, review | 1 Comment
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we visited taps restaurant on saturday night for a friend’s birthday

food was great, however the service was slow…and we ended up eating very very late. disappointing.

with so many dishes for nine of us, it would be impossible to list them all, so here’s what i had:

bread, oils and green pesto to start, which was delicious. then 3 tapas dishes: chicken skewers in white wine and garlic, halloumi in puff pastry with red onion and goats cheese and balsamic salad. for dessert, i chose the creme catalan:

all of which was totally gorgeous, and accompanied by sangria…

negatives: we never received our coffees, it took ages to recieve bread (which we were told would be straight out) and jugs of water, and despite asking for all the dishes to arrive together (as some had ordered the paella which takes a lot longer), they brought dishes out when they were ready.

next time, hopefully the service will be faster and more coherent

all saints: victoria square

February 27, 2008 at 7:21 pm | Posted in shopping | Leave a comment
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having visited the all saints shop in dublin, my impression of their pieces is beautiful fabrics, simple colours and unusual, modern cuts… enjoy drooling over these little gems…



their pieces are pricey, but well worth the investment… they will be having a stand alone shop in victoria square as well as male and female concessions in house of fraser itself.

the pier: victoria square

February 26, 2008 at 4:57 pm | Posted in shopping | Leave a comment
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second installment…

the pier’s products range from nice and simple pieces to some being slightly twee, but after hunting through, there are some pretty things…

definitely worth a look…

qft

February 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm | Posted in film, northern irish | 1 Comment
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Queens Film Theatre have just launched a new website, and having just picked up their new brochure for the next few months, i’m hoping to get down to see a few films, notably…

the diving bell and the butterfly

Most recent visits have been to ‘im not there’ and ‘no country for old men’, both of which were excellent and are highly recommended

gig watch…

February 19, 2008 at 10:18 pm | Posted in music, northern irish | Leave a comment
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heading to this tomorrow night…

having seen all these bands in some shape or form, this promises to be a good night.

restaurant review – drennans

February 18, 2008 at 1:13 am | Posted in northern irish, restaurant, review | 5 Comments
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this little restaurant is so new i cant find anything on it online yet ! so apologies for lack of links – they aren’t there yet.

k. and i went to this restaurant on fri 15th, as he had been sick the night before, and so this was our valentines meal. it was chosen on a whim, as he passed it on his way up to my flat, and we decided to give it a go.

from the outside, the building looks quite closed, and the permanent signage hasn’t arrived yet, so it’s not very eye-catching, especially as it sits beside the “queue for an hour before you get a table” villa italia. we had not problem getting a booking, and so we arrived at 8pm.

with a small, welcoming reception area to the left, the atmosphere is immediately set with soft lighting and and smiling staff. we were shown to our table in the dining area, which is located on a lower level at the back. with maybe only seating a maximum of 35-40 guests, the area is intimate and comfortable. the walls are decorated with french music hall posters from the late nineteenth/early twentieth century, antique mirrors and stained glass, but it remains simple and modern.

with about four or five choices for each course, and the menu being set at £13 for two courses and £17 for three, there isnt a huge amount of choice, but its simple and provides something for everyone.

for starters, i chose the goats cheese tart, which was crumbly, creamy and delicious. k. chose the parma ham on crustini with advocado, which was also very good. for mains, i had the pork medallions, which were served on a potato terrain and a mustardy sauce. the flavours were subtle and not overwhelming, whilst the meat was tender and perfectly cooked. k. chose the steak, which was accompanied by tobacco onions and potato wedges., and a choice of either peppercorn or garlic sauce. this was also very very good. the steak was cooked as to order and was yum. deserts were kept simple with us both opting for the berry pavlova, which was large, gloopy, crunchy and yum, served with strawberries, kiwis, grapes, apple and berrys. in terms of drink, they are yet to recieve a license, but with ‘drink’ across the road, and corkage only £1.50, this is a great option.

the toilets are located upstairs, just off the balcony that overlooks one side of the eating area. these are new, modern and black – very slick. also, the flooring and doors in this area has had some thought put in, with halogen lights laid into the floor and dark walnut wood being used. it’s really lovely.

what made the experience was the piano player, who sat at the top of the stairs playing soft, laid-back, jazz/easy listening, and whose voice was perfectly suited to the atmosphere.

all in all – a fantastic, intimate, reasonably priced restaurant, with delicious, simple food and a relaxed atmosphere. highly recommended !

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