Friday 23 August 2019

The pleasure list: A festive poppies and peonies pop-up from elegant Joeanna

Flower power: Joeanna Caffrey is the creative talent behind a gorgeous new pop-up in Dublin 1.
Flower power: Joeanna Caffrey is the creative talent behind a gorgeous new pop-up in Dublin 1.

Any frequenter of Avoca, Rathcoole is already a major fan of Joeanna Caffrey. She is the flower power behind the chic and elegant cottage outside the entrance to Avoca which is a treasure trove of blooms, bespoke arrangements and beautiful bouquets.

Caffrey left a successful marketing management career to follow her floral dreams and train with a top London florist. Though her path took her far from home in Co Meath, home is where Joeanna gets her inspiration saying her passion for creating beautiful arrangements is inspired by her mother's love of dressing the family home in flowers.

This Christmas, Joeanna is bringing her impeccable eye for elegance and unique home styling to Arnotts in Dublin with a seasonal pop-up store at the Liffey Street entrance from tomorrow until Christmas Eve.

The pop-up will provide made-to-order Christmas arrangements like wreaths and table centrepieces, along with candles, homewares and festive touches. Joeanna's aesthetic is always firmly rooted in nature giving her creations a gorgeous natural feel while also emphasising upcoming trends that lend the pieces a refreshingly contemporary vibe.

Feast on fiesta by Eileen

Look out for a glorious exploration of food, family and feasting by the nation's favourite Irish-Italian domestic goddess, Eileen Dunne Crescenzi.

Festa tells the story of Eileen's life in Italy from starving art student - both figuratively and literally - to learning to cook with her Nonna Valentina, her new husband's formidable grandmother and being barred from her Italian mother-in-law's kitchen for daring to make tea instead of coffee in the mornings. To read Eileen's Festa is like taking a seat at one of her boisterous, sumptuous dinner parties. Eileen entertains with wild stories inclduing the one about a beloved old car crushed during some exuberant Italian festivities, while photography by Joanne Murphy whets the appetite.

The recipes of course are scrumptious and transport us straight to Italy.

Festa, €24.99 is available in all good book shops.

New food vibe serves up a few tasty treats in the city

SuperValu Blackrock has recently relaunched with a new look and a new vibe - think New York deli meets London's Borough market with a focus on artisan producers and niche products. The emphasis, as always, is on provenance and quality with an abundance of choice as well as in-store expertise from knowledgeable butchers to skilled fishmongers. There's an unmistakeable enthusiasm and exuberance to the new food hall which perfectly matches our passion for cooking and eating well. SuperValu is clearly invested in bringing on the Irish food scene and understands that eating is a pleasure, and shopping should also be about pleasure. SuperValu's Good Food Karma has been inspiring us to eat better, try new dishes and be mindful in our consumption; now the new emporium takes the drudgery out of the weekly shop and makes it easy for us to be inspired.

Everyone needs a few professions covered in their friendship group. The absolute ideal set of friends would comprise of a GP, a solicitor, an accountant and a mechanic. Into this mix we are definitely adding a new profession that becomes more pertinent to us as we get older and no it's not a dermatologist - we need a gemmologist. This week, Dublin jewellers, Stonechat are hosting just such a potential bestie. Michael Dwyer, goldsmith and expert gemmologist, is in store this Thursday from 6-8pm for an evening of relaxed chat about reworking pieces you may already own or designing future fabulous investments. Michael trained in the UK and Ireland before moving to Antwerp, commonly known as the 'Diamond Capital of the world'.

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