Archives for June 2016

6 Foodie days out to enjoy this summer across NI

Hillsborough Oyster Festival - Days Out NI - Pikalily Blog

We may not be guaranteed endless days of sun during the summer months here in Northern Ireland, but one thing we are assured is a great choice of days out. Whether it’s days out with the family or enjoying a local festival with friends, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to looking for things to do across Northern Ireland this summer.

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8 Steps To Making A Terrarium

Making a Terrarium - Pikalily Food Travel Lifestyle Blog

Terrariums are really on trend at the minute, they seem to be everywhere, but often they come with a large price tag.  A more cost effective approach is to make your own, and better still it’s really easy to do, we created two terrariums in less than an hour.  Terrariums are great for anyone who is a little less green-fingered than the average person as they create their own little micro system and they are easy to maintain. Check out our video below on a step-by-step guide to making your own terrarium.

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Pressure Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs

Pressure Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

We recently shared a few pork recipes (pressure cooker bbq pulled pork and slow cooker honey & beer pulled pork), and we got our pressure cooker back out to cook some tasty pork ribs.  Using NI pork ribs from our local butchers, we created a dry rub mix for the ribs and got down to business.  Ribs are a favourite of ours, and when your eating them in your own home it’s a case of “more please”, and plenty of sauce.  Follow our step by step guide to these tasty BBQ pork ribs below.  We’ve even included an easy to follow video for you at the end. [Read more…]

A magical evening of Duvet Dining with TK Maxx

Duvet Dining TK Maxx - Pikalily Food Travel Lifestyle BlogLast week we were invited to a very quirky and magical event hosted by TK Maxx at The Treehouse in Belfast.  The invite was really intriguing with the hashtags #DuvetDining and #RidiculousPossibilities, along with the promise of a seven course dining experience created by Chef Gizzi Erskine, and we were hooked!

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Escaping the Euros with a Spa package at Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle

ESPA Slieve Donard Hotel Spa - Pikalily Food Travel Lifestyle Blog

As many of you know, Nial is football mad.  So as you can guess, with coverage of the Euros being everywhere at the minute, football is on the television in our house daily.  Sometimes even twice a day!  As I’m sure you have gathered from previous blog posts, I am not a fan, I can watch the odd game but there is a limit to how many minutes I can dedicate to football before I start to feel queasy…

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Join a Foodie Tour with McComb’s Coach Travel

McCombs Grub Crawl - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

If you are looking for a tasty way to spend the day with friends, then McComb’s Coach Travel’s new tour ‘Grub Crawl’ is the answer.  The Grub Crawl visits several local foodie delights including Abernethy Butter in Dromore (read our interview with the guys here), The Poacher’s Pocket in Lisbane, Kilmegan Cider in Dundrum, the Echlinville Distillery in Newtownards and the Mourne Seafood Bar in Dundrum (read our review here).

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Falling in love with County Clare and Cliffs of Moher

Visiting Co Clare and Cliffs of Moher - Pikalily Travel Blog

Last weekend was a busy one for us as we took in 6 counties across Ireland, the highlight of which was our 2 day break in County Clare.  This was the first time either of us had visited Clare, and we were more than looking forward to the trip.  A few friends had been to places like Lahinch and The Burren before and we’d heard nothing but good things about the area so couldn’t wait to get along and check it out for ourselves.

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An early summer walk around Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield

Visiting Rowallane Gardens - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

As we have been blessed with absolutely stunning weather of late we decided to head to Rowallane Gardens in Saintfield, Co. Down for a leisurely walk with our dog Bailey. This was our first time visiting the gardens, although we had been planning to visit for a while now, and we were amazed by how beautiful it was.

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