Sunday, 17 January 2016

Dining Dublin #2: Foam Café

Dining Dublin: A blog series documenting the quirky, trendy and fancy places to grab a bite in Dublin. This time 'round I get a fantastical feast for the eyes at Foam. More from the series here.

If you think it's foolish to go to a restaurant just for the decor, you've clearly never set foot in Foam Café. It's an Instagrammer's heaven with its wall-to-wall kitsch and ceiling-to-floor colour and contrast. It would make for quite the intense game of eye-spy.

I spy something beginning with 'D'.
Duck fairy lights! Day of the Dead skull! Deer head!

You get the picture: there's a heck of a lot going on. Yes, it's garish. No, you shouldn't decorate your dining room in the same way. But maybe you should open your mind to clutter and spend a while admiring Foam's insane walls with a cup of tea and a cake.

Here I am, imploring you to visit, and I've yet to mention the food! I've been there several times, but as you can tell by now it's a favourite spot because of the decor rather than the menu! Having said that, the food on offer is pretty tasty.

On my most recent visit, I ordered a green tea and a barbecue-base bacon and chicken pizza. Yep, green tea and pizza. It's an unusual combination, but surrounded by the bizarre, mismatched decor it seemed to make perfect sense.

The pizza's a good choice if you're particularly hungry, but if you're looking for something lighter I can vouch for the 'Pine Forest' omlette or prawn and mango salad. In fact, I love the salad so much that I made my own version here!

If you hadn't already guessed, that Christmas tree is up all year 'round. Such is the randomness of the place.

Pop into Foam for a bite to eat amongst the quirky interior. And don't forget to bring your camera - you're going to want to document this.

Foam Café is open from 11am everyday and is located on Strand Street Great, Dublin City Centre.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The NYE Jumpsuit

A lot of people are quick to choose a night in by the fire rather than brave the crowds on New Year's Eve. The clubs too packed, the streets too rowdy. But I've always loved the buzz that comes with calling in the New Year, so more often than not I'm out there merrily (read: drunkenly) counting down 'til midnight. This year was no different.

Jumpsuit: Topshop // Shoes: Office // Necklace: Topshop

Hoping to find an absolute steal like last year, I popped into Topshop... And subsequently stumbled upon the outfit. The one that screamed New Year. The one that I had to have. The one that was €76 but now only €42. As Anto Sharp would say: Ooh, that's going straight in my basket. Ahem.

I haven't really rocked a jumpsuit before, and it made a pleasant change from the usual sparkly dress I'd wear on this kind of occasion. A change from triple checking that, yes, this dress does adequately cover my bum. Of course, a strapless jumpsuit (and my lack of boobs) comes with its own hazards, but I dealt with that by sticking an obscene amount of body tape in the necessary places. Add a statement necklace and I was good to go.

The night itself was a good one. It helped that I spent it in Donegal, rather than a city, so nowhere was crammed. I danced and laughed and had the absolute craic - I think I gave the jumpsuit the night on the town it deserved.

Hope you too had a fun New Year's, whether it was spent cosy at home or out on the town. Happy 2016!