HIDDEN GEMS #2 – C’est la Vie

After our first Hidden Gem blog a couple of months back, a recent discovery has excited us beyond belief. We’re talking about C’est la Vie, a traditional French boulangerie.

Using only traditional French methods, they create delicious breads with the finest organic flours. As well as being a bakery, they are a café first and foremost. They open at 8am where they serve breakfast with a gorgeous choice of teas, coffee, hot chocolate and freshly baked viennoiseries (croissants, pains au chocolat & danishes). For lunch, there’s a choice of sandwiches, ham & cheese croissants, sausage rolls, quiches and croque-monsieur. Whether you prefer to eat meat, fish or are vegetarian, there is something for you!

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(The smell of that freshly baked bread is magical)

Then anytime during the day, you might be tempted to try one of their patisseries: strawberry pies, apple pies, chocolate eclairs, lemon meringue tarts and more depending on the seasons. Be careful to get there early as stocks are limited!
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Christmas Comfort Food

With Christmas just around the corner, Galway City is manic with shoppers from early morning until late evening. With the last minute rush on to keep loved ones and family members happy with well thought out gifts, it can be difficult to squeeze in some home cooking at the same time. Fear not, however, we’ve put together a few suggestions of what you can do to cure your hunger.

McHughs Traditional Bar & Restaurant 

A relatively new kid on the block in ways, McHughs Traditional Bar & Restaurant has been under new management since the Summertime when a major revamp of the building took place. With a warm atmosphere, open fire and a delicious menu, you can see why it has become a firm favourite of people all across Galway. What’s better, is that it’s outside of the City so you can always avoid the craziness of town. This will work particularly in your favour if you’re heading anywhere out of the City that means you travel on the Tuam Rd. Simply pop in for a bite to eat and wait for the traffic to ease off!46505766_2130686676961562_1809613478655164416_n

Christmas Markets

Of course one of the highlights from every Christmas of late has been the wonderful Christmas Markets in Eyre Square. Often criticised for its food heavy theme, this time it will well and truly play into your favour. With burger vans, crepe stalls and so much more on offer, you can grab something quick and get back to the shops.ferris-wheel-christmas-market1

The Dough Bros

I’d expect this one to be fairly busy but with two locations in the city, grabbing one of the nicest Pizzas in Galway might be just the treat you deserve.

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Fat Freddy’s

With over 30 years in the heart of Galway under their belt, anyone who has ever spent some time in Galway has visited Fat Freddy’s. With a large variety of options including Pizza, Pasta and salads, Fat Freddy’s is well worth a stop off. Vegans rejoice as they also have a range of Vegan options on their menu.

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BóTOWN

Craft Burgers & Beers await you at BóTown on Dominick Street. While it may not be a place you have heard of just yet, trust us when we say it’s a well-needed addition to the Galway food scene. After a couple of years working on restoring glory to their building, it finally opened in the last few months much to the joy of anyone who has tried their food.
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Hidden Gems #1 – Khow Thai

Galway has such a large variety of restaurants to choose from however not all of them are as easy to find. We’ve decided to start a ‘Hidden Gems’ series of blogs discussing some of our preferred places to eat that are considered to be off the beat and track. Firstly, what would you say if we told you that one of the nicest Thai Restaurants is currently in operation in Liosbaun Industrial estate? I’m talking about a place called Khow Thai.22490208_1967868576866556_926492584814557220_n

Khow Thai is an authentic Thai restaurant focusing on simple dining in-house while catering for takeaway, collection and home delivery at great prices. Providing a truly authentic Thai experience, they use only the freshest ingredients and products from unique Thai suppliers to create authentic Traditional Thai dishes.

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In the kitchen, all of the chefs are Thai Nationals ensuring you will experience all the sounds, smells, and tastes of Thailand. Their prices are extremely pleasing too it must be said, for example, their starters range from Spicy Chili Squid at €6 to the more tempting €5.50 for 6 hours roasted Prok Ribs.

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In the end, whatever you do choose, you won’t be disappointed. Let us know if you have any suggestions of what you would consider a ‘Hidden Gem’ and remember to subscribe through your email so you get updates on all the best eateries in Galway.
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ARTISAN OPTIONS #2 – Harvest Moon Foods

Following on from the first installment of our Artisan Options series (find it here), we’ve decided to showcase another producer who we absolutely love – Harvest Moon Foods 

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Delicious Hummus & Pesto which are dairy & gluten-free made by a company from the heart of Co. Mayo. Set up in 2012, Angela Carney developed a range that included using only fresh lemon juice, fresh herbs, and fresh garlic. All of the chickpeas they use are soaked and cooked by their team daily.

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(Their Sweet Potato & Coriander Hummus is by far my favourite)

You’ll find their products in SuperValu stores around the country and in a number of other local shops. You can find a stockist list here

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The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival

 

105508_Gal_OysterCreated by city hotelier, Brian Collins in 1954, the world-renowned Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival takes place on the last full weekend in September each year.

The festival is one of Ireland’s oldest festivals and celebrates the native Galway oyster or ‘Galway flats’. Galway is home to one of the last remaining wild oyster beds in Dunbulcan Bay – a protected bay with pristine waters perfect to cultivating the rare native oyster.

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During the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, there will be 3 days of events in the festival marquee including the National Oyster Opening (shucking) Champs, live bands, dancing, a feast of seafood delights, a masquerade ‘Mardi Gras’ style party on the streets, World Oyster Olympics, cooking demos and more.  This years event takes place on Friday, September 28th until Sunday the 30th #GalwayGrub

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