Archives for February 2016

A day exploring our home town, Newcastle

Mourne Mountains Newcastle - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

Followers of our blog will know that we’re big fans of travelling, whether it’s around Ireland or European City breaks, we like to get away for a few days and explore new surroundings.  In 2015 alone we visited Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Valencia, Brighton, Manchester and various spots around Ireland.  While it’s great to get away for a few days, sometimes there’s just simply no place like home, and in Newcastle that is exactly the case.

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An evening at Fratelli, Belfast

Review Fratelli Belfast - Pikalily Food Blog

A few weeks back we were invited along to try out the new menu at the Italian restaurant Fratelli, in Belfast.  The restaurant is owned by the Galgorm Hotel (an amazing hotel you should all try to get along to at some point if you get a chance) and located in the city centre along the popular Great Victoria Street (opposite the Europa Hotel and bus station).  We parked the car at a nearby car park and went along to take our seats in what was a pretty packed restaurant.

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Spicy Spanish Potato and Sausage Bombs

Spicy Spanish Potato Sausage Bomb - Pikalily Food Blog

We were recently asked by luxury travel site Destinology for a recipe that takes inspiration from our travels.  Having honeymooned in Barcelona and Madrid, and also spent time recently in Valencia, for us, it had to be a Spanish inspired recipe.  We did a lot of foodie things on these trips, from food tours in Madrid and Valencia, to wine and tapas in Barcelona, so it’s fair to say we had plenty to choose from.

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Top tips for dressing your dinner table on Valentine’s Day

Setting Valentine's Table - Pikalily Food Blog

We were recently asked by Oak Furniture UK what our favourite way to dress a table for Valentine’s Day was.  We’ve included this below along with some steps to enjoying your evening.

Valentine’s Day come’s but once a year and with it comes the daunting task of what to do for the one you love.  Should you opt for flowers or chocolates, perhaps some jewellery or a meal at your favourite restaurant, or maybe even a night away somewhere – decisions, decisions, decisions.  While all of these can certainly earn you brownie points, we feel that’s there’s nothing quite like a homemade meal to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  But where do you begin?

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6 Great Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas From M&S For Under £25

Valentine's Day Gifts M&S - Pikalily Food Blog

Finding the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day isn’t always an easy task, especially if you leave it till the last minute.  We were recently invited along by Marks & Spencer to check out their great range of Valentine’s Day gift ideas and we have to say we were impressed.  Below we take a look at 6 foodie gift ideas to consider for Valentine’s Day that will cover all budgets and fit many tastes.

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Coconut and Mango Pancake Recipe

Coconut Pancake Recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

Pancake Tuesday is the one day in the year that everyone seems to fall in love with pancakes.  Pancakes can be a popular choice for breakfast, lunch or an evening snack, especially for kids, so with this recipe we replaced butter for a much healthier cooking alternative – coconut oil.  Coconut oil is all the rage now in the kitchen, and a healthier way to fry food.  We decided to try out a coconut pancake recipe in time for Pancake Tuesday.  Check out the video and cooking method below.

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