Thursday, 9 March 2017

Andy Warhol in Dubln!

How exciting is this!
There is a really little small gallery in Dublin not far from me that has scored a real coup and has some of the most wonderful well known contemporary art on show for literally just two weeks!
Andy Warhol, Banksy, Basquiat, and Bambi and others.
I was really excited to hear about this a couple of months ago and marked it in my diary as a must do.

How beautiful is this Warhol

Oh just a few amazing Banksy' little ol' Dublin!!!!

This is "interesting".  It's a limited edition (67/300) print of a Basquiat original.  The original is painted on slats of wood - if you look closely you can see the lines of the wood going through the picture.  For me part of the vibrance of the original is the fact it's painted on wood and is almost 3d because of that.  This piece/the print feels flat in comparison.

The price however is not flat! €67,000 if you're asking!

I had not heard of Bambi before.  I like their work a lot!

It was a really enjoyable gallery visit, and I'll definitely be back.  The art is amazing and also, again just the whole thing about these world famous artists being in the basement gallery in an old Georgian building in Dublin all just feels very surreal and little bit special.

One week left!  Go!!

What I've been up to

My mother gave me this book. And my God I could kill her!  If you know me you will know that I don't do horror films or ghost stories etc.  I have learnt from experience that the effect on me for weeks (and months!!) afterwards is just not worth it.  Even now (15/20 years later??) the thought of the Sixth Sense still freaks me out!
So there I am reading this book which mam has personally recommended when it turns really really weird...a horror basically.  At 10.30pm at night! Just when I will be going asleep #funtimes!
How cute is this photo!  This is from Sunday night, near Stephen's Green.  I had my umbrella, and while I was still cold and kind of miserable it made me feel alive out walking in weather like this!
And this little girl splashing in her wellies with her mother made me smile :-)

My latest snack food is wasabi peanuts.  I figured they were so hot I wouldn't be able to eat many of them.  Turns out that is not a problem for me (I do like very hot curries btw!), the steam is practically coming out my ears and nostrils and I am loving it and still eating more and more!

International Women's Day 2017

I arrived into work yesterday to a flower on my keyboard from one of my German colleagues.  How sweet was that. 
A great way to start the day I can tell you!

I had wanted to get up to O'Connell Street on my lunch break to support the Strike for Repeal protest.  Unfortunately I had meetings booked practically right through.  In fact when I came into work I noted that literally my last spare half hour without a meeting had been booked up overnight.  So I couldn't go...but, considering the attendance and the photos from the event it was a huge turnout so my one little no show did not impact!  I did however wear black as requested to show my support for the Repeal the 8th Amendment agenda (something I think you know I am passionate about).

And then later that day we had ice-cream in work! 
It was a pretty good Women's Day all in.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Starbucks rocks :-)

Today at lunch I met Mam and Enid in my local Starbucks.  When I arrived in the two of them were laughing and laughing.  Below is a status update from Enid's facebook which tells you what had happened to make them laugh.
How hilarious is this!
Oh and I got a free coffee too!


Saturday, 25 February 2017

What I have been up to...

I had Enid and Cousin Kasey over for drinks and chats last night. 

Quick and easy, I made Falling Water cocktails (sprite, vodka, cucumber and ice). 
I wish I took photos of the food - it was all really nice. And quick and easy as well (Ha! For "easy" - read "Marks and Spencers")

I finished a book!
I have been reading lots lately, as I normally do.  But I have been finding it really hard to see the books right through to the end and I've been picking up and putting them down for the last month.  Finally I finished one and it felt good!  Anne Tyler has written quite a few books so I am going to ask Enid to get me some more from the library and hopefully I will finish them too!

The French rugby team are staying in The Merrion hotel beside me. Ireland v France is on in the Aviva stadium today - and Enid just texted me to say she got a ticket for it , the lucky sucker :-)
The Irish team is staying where they always do - around the corner in The Shelbourne - handy location for them for their traditional kick/throwabout in St Stephen's Green on the morning of the match.

Cuba Gooding Junior in Dublin

Posting for posterity! 
I came across these two photos on an old twitter account of mine and as they are from 2011 (before blog!) they would never have been posted here on this old blog of mine.  So I figured I'd post them here - as it is a bit of an interesting story and also it saves them from getting lost forever.
So, 3 September 2011 exactly, Enid and I met Cuba Gooding Junior in Dublin.  I know that this is the exact date because he appeared on the Late Late Show on the night prior to that.  We were on our way to my friend's birthday party in Ballsbridge and popped into the bar in The Shelbourne for a quick pre-party cocktail.  And there was Cuba with his wife having a drink.
He was very nice and polite, and fair play to him, didn't seem to mind us coming over and having a little chat and getting a photo.
And here's the evidence!


Key tips

This is a bit of a lazy (cheat!) blog post but it has some good information and will serve a purpose/help someone in the future I am sure.

A friend of mine asked me for some Key West recommendations so I sent him an email which what was essentially just a bit of a mind dump of a mixed bag of KW things to see and do.  Anyway he seemed happy with it and lol, said I missed my calling as a travel blogger - which gave me the idea of posting it here. 

So here it is.  Things to do and see in the wonderful Key West, Florida (aka paradise):
Little White House is my favourite
Really enjoy Hemingway House also
I’d really recommend doing these…
Plus the lighthouse is nice too
If you want some “good” restaurant recommendations let me know.  Seven Fish comes to mind, & Santiagos Bodega…but if you want more let me know.  Oh! And Flaming Buoy. And Origami for sushi.
Loads and loads of bars along Duval, I am sure you will have no problem finding ones you like!
Sloppy Joes is good for music. Gets very packed at night though (very touristy).  I always thing it’s at its best in the late afternoon if there is music on.  Makes me feel like I am back in the era of Hemingway and that him and the "boys" could literally walk in the door for a drink to celebrate their day of catching big fish.
The Green Parrot is also good for music – off Duval. 
There are some really nice places to eat and drink “along the bight”.  Plus it is nice looking at all the boats. (It’s like a marina)
Half shell raw bar
Turtle Krals

I like this best for eating!!!
Don’t discount Happy Hours!  They are not about mad drinking over there like the way they are in Ireland.
Tends to be 4-6pm and all drinks and appetizers are half prices.
I’d really recommend trying out Alonzo’s during happy hour ….we treat it like tapas and order a load of different appetizers and share etc. 
Get the baked oysters (with parmesan and garlic), or the shrimp in spicy sauce!
(arrive early, it gets quite busy…)
My mother is obsessed with Kelly’s.  Specifically their chicken wings J
Owned by Kelly McGillis and her ex husband
It’s the original building for the Pan Am office in Key West.  They have a bit of a Top Gun museum in the front of it – opposite to the bar.
Happy Hour - If you sit at the bar during happy hour they have a half price menu and specials etc.
Great chicken wings and margaritas!
I’d recommend you buy the local newspaper “The Key West citizen” and read it with your morning coffee – just for the sheer comedy of it.  Mad island. Mad parochial news.
You can buy it from the newspaper vending machine thingies for 50c/$1.
My favourite beach to sunbathe and swim at is the Southernmost Beach.  Nice little bar beside it as well.  Plus has happy hour specials too J
You may have a swimming pool where you are staying but if you like the beach I’d recommend you try that one.
Be like a local J Get a bike!
Bikes are the best way to get around! I’d recommend Eaton Bikes…but do shop around…make sure whoever you get it from supplies lights on the bikes – some do and some don’t. You do need them, it gets quite dark in the evening.
Mallory Square is enjoyable. Bring dollars for tipping all the street entertainers etc. Celebrate the sunset and look forward to what the next day bring.
Wear insect repellent every day but especially in the evenings!!!  You wouldn’t think it, and you don’t see them but you do get bitten.  The locals call the mozzies the “noseums” i.e. the “no see ‘ems” J
If you come across the Dairy Queen (old 1950’s building) on your cycle travels, do stop and have one – very cheap(!!) but nice ice-cream.
If you are into it, think about a fishing trip.  We do a few different types while we are there….  For the length of time you are there I suggest a half day trip and what they call a “party boat” i.e. a group boat.
Wu used to go out in Captain John’s Greyhound boat but he has finished now.  Google party boat etc and you'll find one.  If you are really interested in this let me know and I will try remember the name of the last company we used.
You can bring the fish you catch to a local restaurant and they will cook it for you and provide sides for about $15 per person if I remember correctly… e.g. Dante’s
If you like a table quiz check out Viva on Tuesday night
Sunday brunch!
Will you be there on a Sunday??? 
Check out Margaritaville (the old Westin) for the Sunday brunch at Bistro 245 (unlimited mimosas/champagne)
The food is amazing!
Enjoy!  Enjoy the vibe and enjoy being on “island time”