Ali’s Kitchen in da houseeee

Last weekend I was down in cork, lots going on with words by water literary festival in Kinsale and my dads book signing in Waterstones as part of the “books are my bag” day.

Digressing a bit there, sorry, back to FOOD! So as I said I would go up and help dad out at the book signing, I arranged to meet a friend for brunch beforehand who I hadn’t seen in ages so a good catch up session was required (obvs). I had a quick look online to see if anything new I hadn’t seen before and saw Ali’s Kitchen pop up as one of the “best brunch spots in cork” so that was a decision made.

We made our way over and that’s when I saw the queue waiting outside (ding ding, always a good sign). I went in and enquired about a table which was going to be about 45 mins which was fine because there was a market nearby so we strolled over that way first and headed into a few shops to pass the time. When we got back, our table was ready and I for one, soaked up the atmosphere.

They had a specials board and so we both went for items from the specials including:

Corn and Jalepeno fritters with mozarella, poached eggs, pickled veggies and harissa (€13)

French toast with a caramel pear, spiced maple mascarpone and pecan crumble (€10) As a coffee fan, I also got myself a skinny cappuccino. Lately when I’m out I got for the skinny cappuccino, my usual is the Americano with skimmed hot milk, but sure I’m fancying myself a bit more these days.

Overall, good vibes from this place, even though the place was hopping, the staff were friendly and efficient and the food was great. Definitely recommend for anyone passing through Cork, or for any locals who haven’t tried this out yet.

~EarlieGirl

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Bean and Hop

This had opened before I moved back to Ireland over 2 years ago, however I didn’t have the chance to try it before I left. However my friend had been telling me it was her new favourite place to go in Earlsfield and so when I went over for the weekend Bean and Hop was on the agenda.

So talk about living my best foodie life, we went here on Saturday morning for ‘breakfast’ which ended up being brunch with another brunch booked an hour later 😂

Unfortunately I didn’t capture photos really of these as they went straight onto my Instagram stories! However first impressions were amazing, staff were super friendly, coffee was delish and eggs with roasted tomatoes and feta were nommy!!

OH AND CHEESE ALERT, THEY HAVE HALLOUMI FRIES ON THE MENU 🤤

So obviously day 2 in Earlsfield, we had to go back for breakfast, basically I had to leave early enough to catch my lunchtime flight back to Dublin but wanted to get “some grub” before hitting the road (plus was feeling a little of the tender side from the night before)

  • Something which I LOVED, was the fact that when we sat down, the guy serving us immediately said “welcome back” – he had recognised us from the previous day, and you know what, that makes all the difference.

Anyway, coming back to the food, I opted for the breakfast Quesadilla which had your basic quesadilla ingredients along with egg and bacon, very delicious, and exactly what I was in need for to keep me going for the airport run.

Definitely would recommend this, great spot to catch up, coffee is really good and a variety on the menu, plus the staff are all lovely.

In addition they also do craft beer and pizza so what more could you want for a midweek treat. I’ve heard the pizza is good too, definitely on the to do list for my next visit.

Also just want to point out, how cute is the logo for bean and hop, a DOG! Which by the way means that this place is dog friendly too. Win win!

~EarlieGirl

Brick & Liquor

  • I was back in London for the weekend and decided to check out some of the locals of around I used to live. So on the Friday myself and a couple of friends headed down to brick and liquor in Tooting Broadway (about a 2 min walk from the tube station). There is also another B&L in Clapham!
  • Walking in, I liked the vibes of the decor.. (picture you see is not my own, but just so you can get an idea)
  • See it’s cool isn’t it? So when writing posts/ Instagram photos I don’t like posting negative therefore don’t publish things where I haven’t really enjoyed however for brick and liquor the food and drinks were top notch, but it was kind of dampened (not ruined) by what I can only imagine was a new member of waiting staff because he was god damn awful, very scatty and not the most approachable! So, if that can be rectified then all good..
  • Cocktails were unique and fun with an almost famous glitter cocktail (Wow)
  • Plenty of those consumed along with the salted caramel expresso martini
  • As there was a group of us we just decided we would get some sharing bits so we went for the arancini and a large sharing board which combined of focaccia, pork belly bites, chicken tenders, chicken skewers, ribs and some nicey nice sauces.
  • Chorizo & Mozzarella Arancini (£11) – Hand crumbed risotto croquettes stuffed with mozzarella and chorizo served with white truffle mayo
  • Spinach & Ricotta Arancini (£11) – Hand crumbed risotto croquettes stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta and spinach served with white truffle mayo
  • The sharing platter is NOT FOR VEGANS, unless you are ok with focaccia 🤣☺️😉 however they do also have a veggie platter on the menu so fear not!
  • The carnivore platter (large is £38)
  • Teriyaki steak skewers, chicken skewers, pork belly bites, bbq ribs, and roasted focaccia served with brick and liquor dips!
  • So verdict is, great cocktails, and great food which between 5 of us came to £35 per head which included the service tip (although I didn’t think tip was deserved). Cocktails are around £9 each. Will definitely go back again though, and I see there’s a brunch menu on offer so would be cool to see how that goes.
  • ~EarlieGirl