The blogger behind French Foodie in Dublin on her favourite restaurants and why talking about diets makes her cringe.
The quality of Irish raw ingredients appeals to me
I think we're lucky to have access to fresh fish and seafood, which is something I didn't have when I was living in the middle of France. As a French person, I'm delighted we have excellent Irish farmhouse cheeses and, of course butter, which is something the Irish can be proud of.
I try not to eat out more than once a week
I'd usually have a meal in a restaurant once a month and maybe a lunch or brunch in a café or casual eatery once a week. I'd say about five times a month would be my average.
It's difficult to pick my favourite restaurants
It depends on my mood and who I'm eating with. Etto and 777 would be the places I return to the most often and I love them both. Pichet never disappoints and I'm big a fan of Delahunt too.
I have never dieted in my life
And I never will. I cringe when people talk about diets to be honest. I believe that if you eat good food as well as exercising, then you don't need to diet. It's just common sense really, I eat whatever I want, run a few times a week and walk a lot; that's my 'balanced' diet.
I love Sunday brunch the most
That started when I was living in Paris back in 2004 so it's not just from when it became cool in Dublin a few years ago. I like making my own brunch at home on a Sunday morning, it's a great way to relax. During the week I love breakfast the most, I always eat porridge but with various toppings.
See frenchfoodie indublin.com for Ketty's reviews and details of her Dublin food tours.
...Sweet as we are
Sugar-free is one of the biggest current trends in healthy eating. The Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey, Co Wexford is running a two-day event of raw, sugar-free, fresh and seasonal food demo classes with award-winning chefs and nutritional consultants. Starting April 26, the package includes three classes, two nights' bed and breakfast, lunch and one dinner from €249 per person. See ashdownparkhotel.com
...Tempted by Taste
It's never too early to start planning your summer festivals and tickets for Taste of Dublin, June 16-19, have gone on sale. Ireland's best-known chefs, including Neven Maguire, will be there while Gordon Ramsay's former head chef Anna Haugh is another big culinary name on the programme. Tickets from €15, see tasteofdublin.ie
Ireland's first Spanish wine week is taking place from Monday until April 17 and there are plenty of events taking place that will have you learning your Rioja from your Rueda. There are also special offers in a number of off-licences, including 20pc off Spanish wines all week in O'Briens. See winesfromspaininireland.wordpress.com for details of specific events.
Oh how we rejoiced recently when the H&M Irish online store opened, meaning you can now buy the brand's homeware line. Always cheap and always cheerful, we love this floral printed tray (€14.99), to give a tropical touch when serving drinks. See hm.com/ie