You should hear what some people make of my name. There are classes devoted to pronouncing it before I arrive at destinations.
We live in a secular democracy but a few days of the year you’d hardly know it. I don’t count Christmas as that’s really the most consumer driven spendfest of money and consumption ever. Good Friday is one of those days though and it’s made all the more obvious when you go into any shop in Ireland today:
You can’t buy alcoholic drinks today in Ireland, but that’s alright because anyone who cared was out last night at the off-license getting their tins and bottles for the party tonight. There’ll be some sore heads tomorrow!
As the Rubber Bandits so eloquently put it,
Make sure ye don’t drink alcohol today. There was a lad nailed to a cross in the late Iron age and he’s his own father. The two of them will set you on fire after you die if you drink cans. Just to be extra safe; our government, which is comprised of rational adults has written this into the law so you can’t buy cans anyway. It’s grand, don’t worry though. You can eat big chocolate eggs on sunday. This is because the lad who was his own father from the late Iron age didn’t die after all. So you can eat the chocolate eggs then because of that.
Looking forward to Sunday, no lie. Yummy Chocolate.
Sultan Delight is a new shop opened on McCurtain Street, Cork, near the Everyman and if this post by Billy Lyons is right, near where the famous Hadji Bey had his shop until the 1970s.
The shop sells chocolate, Turkish Delight, teas and coffees, spices, cakes, biscuits and more. The chocolate on display is delicious! I had a Chocolate Orange and it was lovely. It’s very sweet and filling so you wouldn’t eat too many. The Chocolate Mint is really nice too and there’s a Chocolate Smarty in the fridge here at home I’m eyeing up but my son has first dibs on that. I’m sure he’ll share with his Dad. Yeah.
I also tried a delicious biscuit but I can’t remember what it was called so you’ll have to take my word on it that it was tasty. All the food is hand made, prepared by the owner, Yosra or the chefs at the nearby Sultan Restaurant. There’s also a small alcove in the back where you can enjoy a cup of your favourite beverage and a snack.
Go pay them a visit and look around. It’s wonderful to see such a selection of food in a small shop, you’ll love it!
There’s a market every Sunday morning/afternoon in Blackrock village, Cork and one of the highlights is the stall run by Taoufik Hamammi, owner of the Sultan restaurant in the city. They specialise in Lebanese and Moroccan food and it is delicious.
I’m making myself hungry looking at these photos, brb. Yum Yum!
Last night I went to my first panto (that I remember anyway). Oh no you didn’t! Oh yes I did! Oh no… Well, never mind!
Anyway, Cinderella is on in the Everyman in Cork with a great cast who put on an amazing show for kids and adults. It was so much fun, and I laughed so hard at times I had a three year old in the next seat look at me strangely. The singing, dancing and music are top notch and entertaining. I haven’t enjoyed myself at the theatre so much in a long time!
It would be a crime for these shows not to be sold out, and if the page above is anything to go by there is some availability. I checked their booking page however and it’s showing other show times as sold out so book your tickets quickly.
A rather depressing montage of the the low points of Irish politics over the last number of years. Mostly since the 80s, but you gotta get Dev in there preaching about our morality too.
I still don’t know why they put the “This video does not exist” message over it. Anyone enlighten me?
We had dinner in the Sultan restaurant this evening and it was delicious. This is Meshawi Mix, a mixture of marinated lamb and chicken, Lebanese bread and more. Check out their menu.
If you live in Cork you’ll be familiar with KC’s in Douglas. Here’s their story.
I’m getting hungry for one of their pitas now!
This is a not-so flattering look at Cork City on a Saturday night, but it’s probably repeated most everywhere where drink is served.
I like the music though. Could this be a sneaky attempt to make a viral video for the musician? Bet there’ll be an exclusive interview with thejournal.ie or The Examiner in a few days time. Or, as one Reddit user said,
obvious propaganda from the government in Dublin who want to annex our republic.
A drone flew over Cork City capturing the cityscape from an unusual viewpoint. You may even recognise parts of it from the photos of Cork I’ve posted in the past.
I honestly don’t know if this is legal or not but it’s impressive. Watch it before it gets taken down!