Don’t know this name? Well you will soon enough. As a top female chef having commanded some of the best restaurants in London, there’s no better place for Anna Haugh to be right now. Born in Dublin, she’s spent the past decade and a half working her way around kitchens across the world and is a true Irish culinary talent that deserves to be a household name. From Derry Clarke’s l’Ecrivain in Dublin to Gualtiero Marchesi’s restaurant in Paris to Pied à Terre in London, Anna comes from a Michelin star pedigree. Continuing our GastroGays Meets… series, we caught up with her to talk kitchens, cookery and what it’s like to be one of the most successful Irish chefs in London.
We realised recently that we’ve kind of never talked about our very first small screen appearance (on The Restaurant on Ireland’s TV3) on our blog. Not that we try to brag or share every single bit of publicity that we receive, but more about the fact that in our short (but also not so short) three years of blogging it’s a pretty nice milestone and benchmark to have under our belt and we get lots of questions about it.
We were delighted to be asked by the producers to take part. We got a couple of emails, had a call or two and even attended a meeting in Dublin in summer 2015 before we were confirmed. Then, we sneakily flew home in August for a whirlwind two-day trip to film our episode at The Restaurant’s filming location, Marco Pierre White’s Courtyard Bar & Grill in Donnybrook.
We know…this sounds like a real departure for us but let’s face it, summer is coming: beach body, engage. We’re firm believers in having cake whenever and wherever you want but we often offset it by suffering through a gym session before or afterwards.
Healthy nutrition, as in life, is all about balance and moderation, so if you’re looking to lean out for summer, we have the perfect recipe that’s a healthy treat even when you’re watching your weight, plus it’s a fast dish to cook and a pretty impressive one to have in your repertoire.
Coconut oil? Chia? Flaxseeds? Spelt? In a GastroGays recipe!? No, we haven’t gone crazy… we do eat healthily for the most part and stock our cupboards with specialist products, health food items and things that are good for us too, so if you’re looking for a more healthy recipe from our repertoire, this one’s for you: our Chia Bia Banana Bread! 🍌
Thousands of people will be descending on Stockholm for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, and while everyone will be worrying about how much glitter they’ve managed to bring into the arena, or if they have a big enough flags to wave, we’ll be making sure you’re well fed. We find that eating out in a city, which many haven’t been to before, can be quite hazardous, in particular when a large global event is taking place. Be wary of tourist traps and follow our guide to the best places to eat and drink in Stockholm. Also check out our Essential Stockholm Tips for Eurovision 2016.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again. Yes, It’s Christmas, but not the one you’re thinking of. It’s Gay Christmas; a crazy week where all of Europe (and Australia) will focus its attention on a 61-year old song contest which constitutes a melting pot of wind machines, camp costumes, key changes and broken English that is the Eurovision Song Contest. We just happen to be heading to the host city of Eurovision 2016 for the entirety of the contest so we’ve written a quick guide of all the things to see and do during Eurovision week in the wonderful city of Stockholm plus some essential Stockholm tips so you make the most of every moment. We’ve also written our top tips for places to eat, drink and head out to at night, which you can read here.
Yes, it’s that time of year again where our attention turns to one of our favourite annual traditions, Eurovision 2016! If you’ve been living under a rock you won’t have noticed that we’ve been putting up Youtube videos weekly reacting to the Eurovision acts as they’ve been announced. Hopefully you’ve seen them? Now we’ve made it through all 43 ESC 2016 entries , we’ve whittled those down to our definitive top ten – ten Eurovision 2016 acts we think you need to watch out for and whom we predict are going to do really well in Stockholm, Sweden.