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Food and Drinks

All Rhodes lead to Dublin

Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes has opened his first Irish venture, the exciting new restaurant RhodesD7.

RhodesD7 has Gary Rhodes distinctive touch, using top quality local ingredients, as well as inspiration from his travels across the world.

The food in RhodesD7 is a fusion of traditional Irish favourites and European cooking – Gary Rhodes always tries to celebrate local cooking in his restaurants, and RhodesD7 is no different.

Main courses include braised shank of lamb, served summer vegetable ragout and champ potato. Among the other hearty, rustic mains is the RD7 Ploughman’s, a speciality at the restaurant. This is made with Cashel Blue quiche, baked ham and piccalilli, smoked salmon, Irish Camembert, rabbit and foie gras terrine, tomato and basil salad and chips. The combination of flavours is stunning.

A selection of 120 wines is available to compliment your meal, with every major wine producing region represented.

Gary Rhodes will oversee RhodesD7, while head chef duties go to Paul Hargreaves. Paul has worked with Gary Rhodes for the past six years, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to RhodesD7.

Find out more about RhodesD7 or book a table.

Fight to see The Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails 22 August at Marlay Park Dublin

On Wednesday 22 August, Bud Rising commences in Dublin at 17.30 bringing three rebellious acts to whip your Wednesday into shape. The line up:

  • Silversun Pickups 17.45
  • Nine Inch Nails 18.45
  • Foo Fighters 20.30

Silversun Pickups (also known as SSPU)
A well thought out opener to a well thought out festival – SSPU open the live music event at Dublin’s Marlay Park blasting out favourites such as Well Thought Out Twinkles and Kissing Families.

The band have been likened to The Smashing Pumpkins, so you know there’s no need for them to visit the School of Rock – well there wouldn’t be as band member Tanya Haden has already picked up tips from husband Jack Black.

Nine Inch Nails
Industro-rocky sounds and anti-US political messages are to be expected from Trent Reznor’s live ensemble at the gig at Marlay Park.

The release of the latest Nine Inch Nails album, Year Zero, in April is part of a concept album and spin off reality game that aims to capture the imagination of future generations.

Reznor’s album envisages an Orwellian existence and is a reaction against the Bush administration and US Military – so music fans should be prepared for some speeches and stunts dotted throughout the performance.

Previous NIN gigs saw Reznor plant flash drives randomly for fans to find – so who knows what to expect at this live event in Dublin.

Find out more about the Year Zero spin-off game

Foo Fighters
Foo fans will be anxious to hear new material from the Foo Fighters when they play live in Dublin. The band’s latest album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace, is set for release on September 25, 2007 and marks a reunion for the band with record producer Gil Norton. Gil helped produce The Colour and The Shape in 1997.

Foo Fighters front man and lead vocalist Dave Grohl also has links with funnyman Jack Black as they appeared dressed in drag as frisky rednecks on the video for Low which was banned from MTV! Grohl also played drums on Tenacious D’s 2001 debut album and played the devil in the video for Tenacious D’s song Tribute.

Get a sneak preview of The Pretenders, the first single to be released off the new Foo Fighter’s album

For the latest Foo music news and tour dates, visit the main site

No patience? Book tickets to see them headline and kick off this Bud-tastic live music event in Dublin

Cajun cooking at Tante Zoe’s

Tante Zoe’s has a highly suitable motto for the Temple Bar leisure and pleasure zone of inner Dublin. It reads: “Let the good times roll.”

No better place to start than this Cajun-Creole restaurant where the menu is peppered with Southern style flavoursome dishes. Even the darne of salmon is seasoned with Cajun spices. For an out-and-out Louisiana dish, try the roast breast of duck which is glazed with honey and mustard and topped with crisp bacon slices.

It would be wrong to assume that this restaurant is geared to American visitors, welcome though they are, the truth is – holiday makers from many nations, and the local population, find its menu especially appetising.

With 220 tables on three floors, Tante Zoe’s is in serious business on a large scale serving such lovely items as Plantation Cheese Log, Alabama Rissoles, Cajun meatballs, served fondue style with a hot spicy cheese sauce; or Cajun Calamari. Inevitably Surf and Turf features, but worth exploring is the Jambalavas section which offers Lou-Lou Mae for €19.50. What’s Lou-Lou Mae? It consists of turkey, pork, ham and a spicy sausage. This is a real meat-lover’s dish served with garlic bread and tossed salad.

Steaks also have a significant place on the menu. Of course Rib Eye merits its place. Convincingly, the Cajun-Creole Restaurant, with a large capacity for business, proves a point – Southern Cajun food is popular in Dublin.

TANTE ZOE’S
T e l : 679 4407

Trastevere – the taste of quality.

Trastevere restaurant is centred around the largest terrace area of the Temple Bar Square. Visitors congregate at this vibrant outdoor focal point to do what human beings do best – relax, eat, drink, chat, absorb the ambience and enjoy the efficient service rendered to their needs.

Being a public square you could be serenaded by a virtuosic busker while you enjoy your meal.

Generosity and the craic characterise the social interaction inside the Trastevere restaurant. The white timber chairs add vibrancy in the dining room.

The menu is a delight for the taste buds.

Little touches make a difference like mozzarella cheese topping on the garlic bread. Wild mushrooms, beef or pork meat balls, chicken wings (with chilli sauce), calamari fritti and mussels are available. That’s just for starters.

In the pasta range, customers are spoiled for a choice with more than a dozen items conforming to classic Italian style especially the spaghetti and ravioli dishes.

In the Trastevere, you even have the privilege of designing your own pizza. Don’t get alarmed. You don’t have to make it. You select the ingredients from tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, artichokes, spinach, olives, red onions … the list is extensive.

The menu includes a good selection of top quality meats – beef, pork, lamb and chicken. Fish is fresh from the market on a daily basis.

Fine Italian wines dominate the shelves. Ask for an Amorone!

Contact the Trastevere on T e l : 01 670 8343.

Eco festival sandwiches in music, food and theatre

The idyllic grounds of Stradbally Hall may not seem like the most obvious place for a music festival, but since 2004 the Electric Picnic has brought some of rock’s biggest names to these rolling fields.

Since it began as a one-day event, the Electric Picnic has always been unique among music festivals. And not just because of the mix of music.

At the Electric Picnic, you can enjoy the 24-hour cinema, watch some great plays, get a makeover in the Pamper Palace and even fire off a few rounds at paintball.

If you’ve ever thought festival food consisted of dodgy kebabs and burgers, the Electric Picnic will change your mind. There is plenty of high quality, organic food, including mouth-watering barbequed steaks.

All the traders at the Electric Picnic will be using Fair Trade ingredients where possible and the festival is doing all it can to become carbon neutral.

This year the Electric Picnic has teamed up with Act for Climate. Their ‘Adopt a TD’ scheme will help ensure Ireland’s politicians get the message about global warming.

The Electric Picnic could well be the world’s most ethical music festival. Looking at the line-up, it will also be one of the most entertaining.

The 32,500 fans who were lucky enough to get tickets for the Electric Picnic’s three-day weekend will get to see an unbelievable range of acts.

Other festivals may say they have a diverse line-up, but few can compare to the Electric Picnic. It’s not often you get to see Iggy Pop play on the same bill as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

The festival has always made a point of including many up-and-coming acts, making it a great stepping stone for younger bands. It also features classic acts such as Sonic Youth, ensuring there is an older audience compared to other festivals.

The Electric Picnic runs from the 31st of August to the 2nd of September.