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Donal Skehan: What to eat now

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The specials board is ever-evolving and offers gems like Doran's devilled crab

The specials board is ever-evolving and offers gems like Doran's devilled crab

If you're a lover of all things Mexican, you need to hightail it to Picado Mexican Pantry, Richmond Street, Dublin 2.

If you're a lover of all things Mexican, you need to hightail it to Picado Mexican Pantry, Richmond Street, Dublin 2.

Pear frangipane galette

Pear frangipane galette

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The specials board is ever-evolving and offers gems like Doran's devilled crab

Restaurant recommendations and more hidden gems from Donal’s Little Black Book.

Buttering us up

If the thought of making your own pastry terrifies you, there is a solution. Meet Mairead Finnegan, the owner of Roll It, Handmade All Butter Pastry, who began producing ready-to-roll pastry using all-Irish butter two years ago. Mairead offers two types of pastry in her range: sweet shortcrust for biscuits and tarts and plain shortcrust for sweet or savoury tarts and pies. The range is now stocked in selected food stores across Ireland in the frozen section. A handy ingredient to have for any baking emergencies.

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If you're a lover of all things Mexican, you need to hightail it to Picado Mexican Pantry, Richmond Street, Dublin 2.

If you're a lover of all things Mexican, you need to hightail it to Picado Mexican Pantry, Richmond Street, Dublin 2.

If you're a lover of all things Mexican, you need to hightail it to Picado Mexican Pantry, Richmond Street, Dublin 2.

Arriba, Arriba! Andale! If you're a lover of all things Mexican, you need to hightail it to Picado Mexican Pantry, Richmond Street, Dublin 2. Run by husband and wife team, Lily and Alan, it has everything you need to cook authentic Mexican food at home. Each product is hand-picked, tested and tasted by Lily to ensure only the best and most authentic products make it to their shelves. Think canned chipotle chillies, corn tortillas and Mexican vanilla pods... Shop online or in their new store and make sure to check out their Facebook page for any upcoming events and workshops. You better be quick, though - they sell out fast!

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The specials board is ever-evolving and offers gems like Doran's devilled crab

The specials board is ever-evolving and offers gems like Doran's devilled crab

The specials board is ever-evolving and offers gems like Doran's devilled crab

I always get excited when new eateries open up close to my home and Minetta Deli in Sutton is no exception. Set up by sisters Deborah and Niamh, Minetta's neat menu offers comfort food at its finest including their homemade pizzas which do not disappoint. The specials board is ever-evolving and offers gems like Doran's devilled crab and cheese sourdough toastie or the Fivemiletown goats' cheese with pomegranate seeds salad box. With a huge array of tasty treats for such a tiny spot, this little deli has a whole heap of personality and style. Welcome to the neighbourhood, ladies!

Irish Independent


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