Archives for April 2016

48 Hours in Galway

Galway Travel Guide - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

A few weeks back we spent a few days in Galway at a friends wedding.  We were blessed with the weather and managed to get visiting the towns of Oranmore and Salthill, along with Galway City.  I’ve spent many a summer in Galway as I have family in the small town of Moycullen, and have holidayed in Salthill quite regularly.  We’ve also visited Connemara, Spiddal and Clifden in the past although none of these places since starting the blog (sigh).  We tried to cram in as much as we possibly could in during our short trip to Galway, and with so many festivals in the county throughout the year, we hope to get down again soon in the not so distant future.

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A lovely stay in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast

Stormont Hotel Belfast Review - Pikalily Travel Blog

We recently had the opportunity to attend a 50th Anniversary dinner in the luxury Stormont Hotel to celebrate 50 years of ownership by Hastings Hotels.  The evening was a great success and we were lucky enough to have a room booked, which proved very handy as it meant we could both enjoy the delicious wine which was paired with all eight courses and not have to designate a driver between us!

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Celebrating 50 Years of Stormont Hotel

Review Stormont Hotel Belfast - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

On Friday night we were invited along to a gourmet evening at The Stormont Hotel in Belfast to celebrate 50 years of The Hastings Hotel ownership of the hotel.  The hotel has grown from a 10 room venue in 1966 to a fantastic, modern 105 room hotel with a range of standard and executive rooms, and a number of suites, overlooking the stunning gardens of Stormont Castle and Estate.

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A 24 Hour Stay In The Slieve Donard Resort And Spa

Slieve Donard Hotel Review - Pikalily Travel Blog

The Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Co.Down is a place we hold dear to our hearts as this is where we got married on 29th December 2014.  We were lucky enough to have a voucher for the Hastings Group so we decided to go back to the Slieve Donard and stay once again as you don’t get to fully appreciate the hotel facilities when you are caught up in the hype of getting hitched 🙂

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Cute ways to re-use jar candles

Tips for reuse candles - Pikalily Lifestyle Blog

If you’re anything like me then you’ll love the atmospheric lighting that candles bring, not to mention the endless options of fragrance! Jar candles are hugely popular but so many people throw out the jars once the candles are finished. The jars are a really pretty shape and have so much potential. They are great for storing small things like hair bands, jewellery, buttons and cotton wool buds. They are also great for displaying little curios, sweets and dried flowers and take very little effort to achieve.

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Getting to know Broighter Gold

Broighter Gold Interview - Pikalily Food Blog

The latest of our NI Year of Food and Drink interviews is with Limavady family based rapeseed oil producers, Broighter Gold.  Broighter Gold is owned by Richard & Leona Kane, who discovered the rapeseed oil by accident one evening 10 years ago when they ran out of olive oil while making the evening tea.  Read on as Leona talks a little bit more about Broighter Gold below.

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Slow Cooker Honey & Beer Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Honey Beer Pulled Pork - Pikalily Food Blog

Yesterday we brought you a pressure cooker BBQ pulled pork recipe, and we’ve been busy in the kitchen again, this time with the slow cooker.  This time we’ve slow cooked some pork butt (which we picked up from Lynas Food Outlet in Belfast) in a honey and beer sauce for your enjoyment.  Check out the steps below for creating this dish, and you can even watch our step by step video to creating the dish at the bottom of the page.  Let us know what you think of it in the comments section below.

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