The thing that attracted us both to Goose on the Loose was the striking sign; a bold blue background is emblazoned with an unusual decorative script. It’s always intriguing when a bright new business opens in your locality, especially one that you are new to and constantly exploring. We lived in Dublin 8 for a year, so this lay locally to us when it popped up. The distinct and different name of this place helped too in enticing us inside…
If you’ve landed on this page, well done. Great decision. You won’t be disappointed.
This blog arose out of a love for Dublin and a complete under appreciation of the great gastronomic delights that lie mere moments from our doorstep. As somewhat of a New Year’s Resolution we decided that we needed to sample some of the excellent restaurants that are dotted around Dublin, which we have completely ignored or not made much of an effort to sample and support.
As a bit of a bucket list, we wrote down 50 restaurants, cafés and bars that we wanted to try throughout 2013. This blog was dedicated to our trials throughout the city eating and drinking our way to a better 2013; supporting local business, embracing the strong Irish food community and playing our part in making it something really worthwhile. When we unexpectedly moved to London mid-2013 it throw the blog a curveball, but we leaned into the upheaval and then the blog absolutely flourished. So now, living between London and Dublin, we document our recipes, restaurant trips, interviews, videos, travel features and personal posts in one great big ball of food, travel (and a lot of Eurovision!)
We hope to encourage others to try out the excellent eateries out and to engage with the fledgling food community that is so important in both Ireland and the UK right now. We write from a place of passion and we hope to pass that on to reader and fan alike.
A little disclaimer. Though we may review, rate and recommend eateries we do not strive to be known as or proclaim ourselves to be food critics. We are simply divulging our honest experiences of the places we try and the people we meet – whether they be positive, negative or anything between. More about our policies here.
A little bit about us
We are Russell James Alford and Patrick Hanlon. Extreme foodophiles by nature, not necessarily by profession. Though both in our early twenties, you will most likely find us tucking into a full-bodied red and some night cheese as opposed to stumbling out of a nightclub on a weeknight.
We met while studying in university and have been embarking on a life together for the past five years, first in Dublin and now in London.
So what more do you need to know about Gastrogays? Well, Russell works in TV production and radio and Patrick is a freelance writer, blogger and social media manager (his website here). That’s us by day, but by night we’re either checking out a new restaurant, writing up about somewhere brilliant we’ve just travelled to or spreading ourselves across social media in constant conversation about food!