DINING OUT

The Chef’s Table: Mmmm…Chocolate!

The Chef’s Table: Mmmm…Chocolate!

October 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm Comments are Disabled

Our food expert, Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ in Firies, on the artistry involved in cooking with chocolate  Working with chocolate is something that takes years of practice. It takes a special kind of chef to work with chocolate. Like perfect chocolate masterpieces, they need to be cool and well […]

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The bar downstairs has kept the character of its previous incarnation. Photo by Dermot Crean

Out To Lunch: Value And Quality At The Brogue

October 18, 2014 at 11:16 am Comments are Disabled

Kirby’s Brogue Inn Rock Street I HAD intended on writing an ‘Out To Lunch’ on tour this week, seeing as I was ‘out foreign’ this week but then I had a change of mind. It’s not much good to readers of this column to be extolling the culinary delights of […]

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Top Honour For The ‘Masterchef’ At Darcy’s

Top Honour For The ‘Masterchef’ At Darcy’s

October 17, 2014 at 10:12 am Comments are Disabled

  A TRALEE man, who has been a head chef in restaurants all over the world, has been awarded the top honour of ‘Masterchef’. Ballinorig native, Noel Keane, is head chef in Darcy’s Restaurant in Barrack Lane, Tralee, which has been nominated for numerous awards over the last year. Now […]

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Tralee Foodies To Flock To Listowel Next Month

Tralee Foodies To Flock To Listowel Next Month

October 15, 2014 at 5:37 am Comments are Disabled

  A MIGRATION of Tralee foodies will happen next month when the 2oth anniversary of the Listowel Food Fair takes place next month The mouth watering programme of events, for the week-long event from Monday November 17 to Sunday November 23,  includes a Gala Dinner and Awards, Craft Beer Symposium, Farming Seminar, Best Emerging […]

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The Chef’s Table: A Perfect Recipe For Autumn/Winter

The Chef’s Table: A Perfect Recipe For Autumn/Winter

October 12, 2014 at 10:43 am Comments are Disabled

Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ In Firies, has a great recipe for braised red cabbage… With the Autumn here and Winter just around the corner, I thought now is the perfect time to share my braised red cabbage recipe with you all. I love to serve this cabbage with game, […]

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Out To Lunch: A Trip Down Denny Lane

Out To Lunch: A Trip Down Denny Lane

October 11, 2014 at 8:53 am Comments are Disabled

Denny Lane Bistro Denny Street I SEEM to be running out of places to eat in Tralee. I found this out while walking around town one afternoon, searching for an eaterie about which to write a review and finding I’d already covered about 22 places so far. Then I remembered Denny Lane. […]

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The Chef’s Table: Cooking Without Salt. A Chef’s Nightmare?

The Chef’s Table: Cooking Without Salt. A Chef’s Nightmare?

October 5, 2014 at 10:40 am Comments are Disabled

Our food writer, Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ in Firies asks is cooking without salt really a nightmare for chefs? OK, as I chef there is one thing I love in food, and it is the correct amount of salt. Under-seasoned food can be bland and I often see people […]

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Derek Rusk Manager Manor Shopping Cnt Tralee , Corrie Rodgers Tralee and Teresa Foley Tralee Pictured at the Manor West Retail Park.jpg

Looking Forward To Foodies’ Heaven In Manor West

October 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm Comments are Disabled

THE hugely popular ‘Taste of Kerry’ event returns to Manor West Retail Park this month with food artisans from all over the county showing their wares. The event will take place on Saturday/Sunday, October 11/12 and will run from noon to 6pm on both days. Among the producers who will have stands at the […]

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The Chef’s Table: A Great Thai Chicken Curry

The Chef’s Table: A Great Thai Chicken Curry

September 28, 2014 at 9:33 am Comments are Disabled

THAI cookery has to be my favourite style of food. I love the freshness and simplicity of the dishes.

 Thai food is unique in the fact that in many dishes you get spicy, sweet, citrusy and salty all in one dish. During my time working in Australia, I worked with […]

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Out To Lunch: Nothing Small About Teach Beag Dish

Out To Lunch: Nothing Small About Teach Beag Dish

September 27, 2014 at 9:40 am Comments are Disabled

An Teach Beag The Mall WALKING around town this week it was plain to see most people had a spring in their step. The All-Ireland has provided us with an unexpected boost going into the late autumn and as the phrase goes, “it’ll shorten the winter”. I decided to head […]

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Out To Lunch: Fallen For A Fels Sandwich

Out To Lunch: Fallen For A Fels Sandwich

September 22, 2014 at 9:36 am Comments are Disabled

Claret’s Bar Fels Point Hotel THE Fels Point Hotel was a different place on a sunny Tuesday afternoon compared to when I was last there four weeks before. That was the night Maria Walsh was selected as Rose of Tralee and the hotel was full of revellers, journalists and friends of the Roses […]

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The Chef’s Table: Why Do We Overcook Our Food?

The Chef’s Table: Why Do We Overcook Our Food?

September 21, 2014 at 10:03 am Comments are Disabled

  Our food writer, Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ in Firies, says people who overcook their food don’t know what their missing… ONE thing that I have learnt over the years of teaching people to cook at our school is that the majority of home cooks cook their food to […]

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The Chef’s Table: The Salad Days Of Autumn

The Chef’s Table: The Salad Days Of Autumn

September 14, 2014 at 10:08 am Comments are Disabled

Our food columnist, Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ in Firies, says salads don’t have to stop once summer is over… “SALADS? They’re rabbit food!” I hear you say! Most people’s idea of a salad is limp lettuce with tasteless tomatoes and a bit of cucumber, but there is so much […]

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Out To Lunch: All’s Rosy In The Garden Centre

Out To Lunch: All’s Rosy In The Garden Centre

September 13, 2014 at 9:03 am Comments are Disabled

The Cafe @ Ballyseedy Ballyseedy Garden Centre I DECIDED to travel out of town this week for a bite to eat. Not too far out mind you. I’ve been out to Ballyseedy Garden Centre’s Cafe once before and it was only for a coffee, but it really is a nice place to […]

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The Chef’s Table: I’m Not Quick To Complain In A Restaurant, But…

The Chef’s Table: I’m Not Quick To Complain In A Restaurant, But…

September 7, 2014 at 9:45 am Comments are Disabled

  Our food columnist, Mark Doe, on complaining in a restaurant… AS a chef, one of the questions I get asked frequently is “do you ever complain when in a restaurant?” Because I am a chef, people seem to think that I am hard to please when it comes to […]

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Out To Lunch: Feeling ‘Appy At The Abbey

Out To Lunch: Feeling ‘Appy At The Abbey

August 30, 2014 at 8:22 am Comments are Disabled

The Abbey Inn Abbey Street GROWING up in Tralee, the Abbey has taken a number of guises over the years. When I was a teenager in the late 80s, it was the place where the bikers and rockers went, so I missed out on going there back then. My impressions […]

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The Chef’s Table: A Perfect Thai Dish

The Chef’s Table: A Perfect Thai Dish

August 24, 2014 at 9:21 am Comments are Disabled

THAI food is one of my favourite cuisines in the world. 
Fresh, vibrant, flavorsome, quick and healthy makes it a great style of cooking. What makes it so unique is the combination of spicy, salty, citrus and sweet flavours in most dishes.

 Ingredients are readily available from most supermarkets and […]

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Out To Lunch: Great Value From An Old Favourite

Out To Lunch: Great Value From An Old Favourite

August 23, 2014 at 10:04 am Comments are Disabled

Der O’Sullivan’s/The Mall Tavern WHERE does Der O’Sullivan’s end and The Mall begin? Ah sure they’re all the one anyway. The deli/cafe/bar is a town institution and I’ve been eating their delicious food at home for as long as I can remember. It’s real comfort food from the deli counter; […]

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Out To Lunch: The Festival Food Market

Out To Lunch: The Festival Food Market

August 17, 2014 at 9:41 am Comments are Disabled

WITH the week that’s in it I decided to give a wander around The Mall and Denny Street to see what the street traders were serving up. I love this aspect of the festival. Many, many years ago, punters engaged in a sort of food roulette when they bought a burger […]

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The Chef’s Table: Mark Doe Picks His Favourite Cookbooks

The Chef’s Table: Mark Doe Picks His Favourite Cookbooks

August 10, 2014 at 8:33 am Comments are Disabled

Our food columnist, Mark Doe of Just Cooking in Firies looks at the cookbooks he has acquired down through the years… I HAVE a lot of cook books, in fact I have been collecting them since I was 16. I am not going 
to tell you how many years that is […]

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Out To Lunch: Wrappers Delight On The Mall

Out To Lunch: Wrappers Delight On The Mall

August 9, 2014 at 10:43 am Comments are Disabled

The Daily Grind The Mall IT’S all building up now! With a week to go until the Festival, I found myself struggling to get a parking space around town. Even The Brandon car park, where I eventually left it, was almost full – a sure sign we’re at the height of […]

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The Chef’s Table: You Gotta Love Those Temperamental Chefs

The Chef’s Table: You Gotta Love Those Temperamental Chefs

August 3, 2014 at 9:28 am Comments are Disabled

  Our food columnist, ‘Just Cooking’s’ Mark Doe, on how different chefs have their ways in the kitchen… WE all know that some chefs have a reputation of being temperamental, and to a degree it is true. I know when I ran kitchens I sometimes had my moments, so I have decided to […]

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Out To Lunch: Fish Trio Hits The Heights At Ballyroe

Out To Lunch: Fish Trio Hits The Heights At Ballyroe

August 2, 2014 at 10:32 am Comments are Disabled

Ballyroe Heights Hotel I’M cheating a bit this week as it’s an evening meal review, rather than a lunch. I was covering a story at the hotel on Thursday night so I decided to have a have a bite to eat while I waited to do my job. The hotel always sends in […]

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The Chef’s Table: Cooking The Perfect Steak

The Chef’s Table: Cooking The Perfect Steak

July 27, 2014 at 9:17 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above ad for more Our food columnist, ‘Just Cooking’s’ Mark Doe, on the traditional favourite – a juicy steak… Cooking the perfect steak is a lot easier than people make out. 
Okay it does take a little practice to test the degree of cooking by pressing the steak, but […]

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Out To Lunch: Dawson’s Doesn’t Disappoint

Out To Lunch: Dawson’s Doesn’t Disappoint

July 26, 2014 at 10:26 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above ad for more Dawson’s Restaurant The Mall (Above Heaton’s) MY attitude to Dawson’s is a bit like my attitude to the TV series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. When I was in college years ago my flatmates would insist on watching it and I’d groan ‘Oh God, […]

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Doireann Barrett (left) of The Gluten Free Kitchen with Laura O'Driscoll. Doireann will have a stall at  the Electric Picnic music festival at the end of August. Photo by Gavin O'Connor

Tralee Business To Provide A Gluten Free Picnic For Music Fans

July 24, 2014 at 8:26 am Comments are Disabled

Click on the above ad for more IT’S not just musician Gary Keane that’ll be flying the flag for Tralee talent at this year’s Electric Picnic (see story here). Local business, The Gluten Free Kitchen, has been invited to showcase and sell its products at the famous festival. Doireann Barrett, who owns and runs the […]

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Out To Lunch: Hail Caesar In Paddy Mac’s

Out To Lunch: Hail Caesar In Paddy Mac’s

July 19, 2014 at 9:43 am Comments are Disabled

Click on the above ad for more Paddy Mac’s Pub, The Mall I DON’T know about you, but I have no mind for eating on really humid days. And Friday was one of them. I fancied something light for lunch so I called into Paddy Mac’s on The Mall. I’ve always […]

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The Chef’s Table: Meet Our New Food Columnist Mark Doe

The Chef’s Table: Meet Our New Food Columnist Mark Doe

July 19, 2014 at 8:44 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above ad for more Meet our new columnist, Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ cookery school in Firies. Here he describes how he got started in the industry and how he ended up in Kerry. BE a chef they said. See the world, get a trade, everybody has to eat! […]

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Out To Lunch: Retaining That French Flair In Courthouse Lane

Out To Lunch: Retaining That French Flair In Courthouse Lane

July 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm Comments are Disabled

Click on above to enlarge Chez Christophe, Courthouse Lane I HAD been to Chez Christophe before and,  despite only staying for a very fine coffee, I promised to return. That was over a year ago. It was quiet then as it was only open a few weeks so that was to be expected, […]

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Out To Lunch: Crabbing About The Salad

Out To Lunch: Crabbing About The Salad

July 5, 2014 at 10:44 am Comments are Disabled

  Click on above ad for more Johnny Franks, Meadowlands Hotel, Oakpark Road I HAVEN’T been to Meadowlands Hotel in a long time, again harking back to my old days in The Kerryman. The lunches there were generally good and the place was always fairly packed – that’s quite an […]

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