Rather than flying in cheese from abroad, a couple with a passion for local produce opted instead for a spot of import substitution at their Co Cork dairy, writes Roz Crowley.Irish mozzarella? Irish blue cheese? Irish cheddar? Irish halloumi? What’s going on? It’s called import substitution and Irish consumers are the better for it. As sustainability goes, it’s one decent step towards avoiding/reducing air miles while providing local employment. Home-grown isn’t always easy to achieve.Energetic Irish winemakers have been trying to grow grapes in Ireland for years, but unless global warming lessens our rainfall, it’s hard to believe they can produce consistently.However, we can support local a short journey away and drink sparkling wine made by Limerick man Dermot Sugrue at Wiston vineyards in Sussex (Bradleys North Main St, Cork, stock it).Responsible for award-winning sparklers including his own labels, Sugrue is doing his bit to reduce airmiles.Back in … [Read more...] about Curds and whey: Art of making sustainable cheese
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Bristol University has revealed its plans to build three huge tower blocks for almost 1,000 students at Temple Quarter. Part of the site was earmarked for Bristol Arena, but the city centre venue was scrapped in September 2018 by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees after a value for money report found an 'alternative use' would be better. Instead, a privately-built arena could be created in the converted Brabazon Hangar at Filton Airfield on the edge of the city. Now Bristol University has changed its plans for a new state-of-the-art campus at Temple Quarter. It is proposing to put all of the campus' student accommodation together on what has been known as ‘Arena Island’. A major conference and exhibition centre is planned for part of the island, and now the University of Bristol has revealed the plan for its section of the site, which include three large-scale blocks of student halls. The accommodation is proposed to reach 21-storeys high, and be home to up to 953 students. The … [Read more...] about University unveils what will go on their part of Temple Island
In Paris, the abandoned 16th century Saint-Vincent de Paul hospital campus has been reimagined as Les Grands Voisins, a "utopian village", with bars and restaurants, a flea market, greenhouses, football pitches, camping and more. It's one of the coolest places in the city. In Belfast, St George's Market (voted the UK's Best Large Indoor Market 2019) holds weekly food and craft markets, and a variety of cultural events such as Chinese New Year. The Friday variety market dates back to 1604, and is home to 300 market stalls selling everything from fish (there are 23 fish stalls), to fruit and vegetables, to antiques, books and clothes. The Saturday market offers a huge range of local and specialty foods as well as crafts, flowers, plants and local photography, pottery, glass and metal work, while the Sunday market is a mixture of the Friday and Saturday markets with a special emphasis on local arts and crafts, with live music from local bands. Cork has the English Market and Limerick … [Read more...] about Why doesn’t Dublin have a proper food market?
Sometimes a day just goes missing, however this time there was a good reason.We boarded the plane at around nine on Friday evening and checked into the hotel around nine thirty the next evening.Admittedly there is an eight-hour time difference between us and Taiwan, but even so, it seemed like Saturday had disappeared without trace.Still, we were up early next morning for a brisk round of temples, museums and monuments.Next evening gave us chance to check out the craft beer scene and night markets, but in fact we fell asleep and only had time to wander around the corner to the nearest bar listed.It turned out to be a sports bar with the craft beer imported from Belgium and Germany, so we ended up eating a burger sat at the bar while drinking Taiwan Gold lager as most of the customers were gripped by the final of the High School basketball tournament.The next stages of our tour didn’t promise much on the beer front as we were staying in nice hotels away from towns.The National … [Read more...] about The Bar Man, by Jeff Hoyle, March 29, 2019
A new shop is opening in Humber Fruit Market - and it should make brides-to-be very happy. Ghost Orchid Bride, which as been voted as one of the UK’s best for wedding gowns, is opening a new store in Humber Street, promising an exclusive collection from some of the world’s most creative bridal wear designers including cool indie labels and unconventional chic. Working on an appointment-only basis, owner Katey Headley provides a private boutique environment for brides to choose their dream dress away from the hustle and bustle of a crowded fitting room. The business has already built up a long list of international clients from as far afield as Dubai and Ibiza and has been included in GoHen’s top 50 UK wedding dress shops 2019. Katey said: “Choosing a wedding dress is a very exciting experience, so we work incredibly hard to give our brides a fun, memorable and stress-free day. “We operate a private appointment policy so brides can come along with … [Read more...] about The latest shop set to open in Hull’s Fruit Market