Objects of Desire: Martin King
The TV3 weatherman and presenter of The Seven O'Clock Show tells Andrea Smith about his favourite purchases
Jenny and I love our holidays. We're just back from a trip to Orlando with the kids (7 nights in Orlando from €584, CassidyTravel.ie) and we love the place. Maybe it's the big kid in me, but I always get giddy when we're walking up to the gates of Disney's Magic Kingdom. We also loved staying at The Mirador in Tenerife on honeymoon, and another time at Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque (www.bahia-duque.com), which was incredible and a real treat.
I love cream slices and eclairs as you can probably tell from my midriff, but coffee slices are my favourite (€2, TheNaturalBakery.ie). Chef Niall Hill from Butler's Pantry showed me how to make them on the show before and they were delicious.
Jenny's very special and I love treating her, whether it's through presents like the Karen Millen graphic stripe panel skirt (€102, OPSH.com) I bought her for the recent TV3 launch, or little trinkets for no particular reason. Like I might notice her cleanser is running low so I'll replace it (Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, €23).
I know it sounds cheesy, but Jenny and I go out together on regular dates. We're not pub-goers, so we enjoy going to restaurants such as Little Caesar's, Trocadero, Fire, and if it's a special occasion, Shanahan's (mains €35-€49). We have busy lives but try not to take each other for granted after 17 years together, and with five children between us, a grandchild, my job on TV and her job as a photographer (PhotosbyJen.ie), those nights out really give us a chance to talk.
I love sambuca, purely for medicinal purposes, of course. I take it like the Italians do - sipped, and not downed in one as a shot. My favourite brands are Ramazzotti or Vaccari (€25.99 and €27.49, OBrienswine.ie) and if we're at home on Friday evenings, we might get a takeaway, throw some music on and have a couple of glasses of sambuca to settle into the weekend.
Clothes and shoes
I really like my shoes and am slowly becoming Imelda Marcos. For suits, I love Canali when I can afford it (€1,049-€1,295, LouisCopeland.com). After being dressed smartly in work all week, it's Paul Smith jeans and casual shirts for kicking back at weekends.
I'm a big sports lover and soccer is a big thing for me, but Gaelic football trumps it all so the GAA Season Ticket is a must (Adults €95 and under 16s €10, GAA.ie). My love for the Dubs comes from my father, who used to take us to the games when we were kids. Dublin won the All-Ireland in 2011, and Jenny and I got married a few months later. The highlight that day was marrying the love of my life, but I was so thrilled that she secretly arranged for the Sam Maguire Cup to appear at our reception.
How to get Martin's favourite things on a smaller budget
Well, zip-a-dee-doo-dah, who needs to go to Orlando, when mouse magic is available closer to home at Disneyworld Paris? CassidyTravel.ie have four nights B&B at Disney's Hotel Cheyenne from €239, and a four-day park pass costs €174 per adult and €154 per child from DisneylandParis.ie.
For a night of fine dining, Martin loves to go with Jenny to American-style steakhouse and seafood restaurant, Shanahan's on the Green. If you would like to try it out, it offers a special four-course menu served from Monday to Friday from 5.30pm to 6.45pm for €50. See Shanahan's.ie.
Cake fan Martin must have picked up some tips from all the chefs on The Seven O'Clock Show, which he co-presents with Lucy Kennedy. He could treat the family by whipping up a Betty Crocker Devil's Food cake from this easy mix (€1.59, Tesco.ie) but we take no responsibility for any inches added to his waist.
We love him, but when Martin is giving us a terrible weather forecast, he doesn't impress us no matter what suit he's wearing! This Daniel Hechter charcoal grey suit jacket (€149, Suitco.ie) is very smart, and the price might just brighten up a rainy day.