Archives for May 2016

24 Hour Guide to Exploring Belfast

24 Hour Guide to Belfast City - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

We’ve been enjoying getting out and about a lot more of late, and one place we really enjoy spending time in is our nations capital, Belfast.  We were recently invited along to The Stormont Hotel to join the hotel in their 50th Anniversary meal (you can read about that here).  We stayed the night and took some time the following day to explore Belfast a little more.  If you’re planning a trip to Belfast anytime soon, or even just looking for a few things to do during a day in the city, here’s our list of must see attractions.

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Interview with Chef Paul Cunningham from Brunel’s

Paul Cunningham Brunels - Pikalily Food Blog

The latest in our series of interviews for the 2016 year of food and drink here in Northern Ireland saw us catch up with one of our favourite local chefs, Paul Cunningham, owner of the popular Brunel’s Restaurant in our home town of Newcastle.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining in Brunel’s yet, we highly recommend it.  Read on to find out some of Paul’s food memories and inspirations.

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Tasty lunch at the Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough

Parson's Nose Review - Pikalily Food Blog

We recently took advantage of the sunny Bank Holiday at the start of May and went for a lovely drive to the Co. Down village of Hillsborough.  The pretty village is home to the Queen’s residence in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle.  It also has a beautiful forest park with a lake and stunning walks.  Hillsborough has many popular eateries and we decided to stop in at one we had previously visited, The Parson’s Nose.

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5 Reasons to visit the 2016 Taste of Dublin

2015 Taste of Dublin - Pikalily Food Blog

Last year was our first year visiting the Taste of Dublin (read about it here) and the popular foodie festival is returning again with the picturesque Iveagh Gardens once more the venue.  If like us, you love to get out and about for a day and enjoy sampling different types of food and drink, then the Taste of Dublin will be right up your street.  Below we look at 5 reasons to get yourself along to Iveagh Gardens for the Taste event, which runs from 16th – 19th June.

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Designing Our Own Wedding Cake

Designing Our Wedding Cake - Pikalily Food Blog

For 10 years now I have been designing and creating cakes for friends and family. Having made several wedding cakes previously, I couldn’t wait for the day when I could actually sit down and design my own, although I already had a fair idea in my head of the style I wanted. In all honesty, I probably began sketching the cake design the day after we got engaged!

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