The empty wallet


You know that feeling you get when you walk into a proper French establishment, be it an epicerie, a boulangerie or a bistro?

It puts a swagger in your tail. We like to be transported in a Midnight in Paris sort of way (watch this movie if you’re a Francophile). One such place in Dublin is Chez Max (133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, tel: 01-6618899). The epicerie above the restaurant has an exclusive stock of French products.

They are offering a free cup of their Cafe Ricard (roasted in Paris) coffee to the first 100 readers to visit the epicerie and quote “Chez Max September offer”.

Bush Moukarzel’s play, Souvenir, is an examination of French writer Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. There are four free pairs of tickets (worth €13 each) available for the show, running at the Absolut Fringe 2012, for the first people to email The show plays at the New Theatre (43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, tel: 01-6703361), September 17th-22nd. Courtesy of Dead Centre Productions and the French embassy in Ireland.

The Paris Bakery (18 Moore Street, Dublin 1, tel: 01-8044112) produces breads and pastries using ingredients mostly imported from France and baked in their five-ton French oven. Today, they are offering a free pain au chocolat and an apricot croissant with every coffee purchased, to the first 50 readers to visit and quote “Paris Bakery offer”. Drop the Magazine and run, this place gets busy.

The Alliance Française Dublin (1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, tel: 01-6761732) is hosting an open day on September 15th, from 11am to 3pm. This free event is an opportunity to test your level of French, participate in workshops, and even taste French wines. See alliance-francaise.iefor details.

La Cave Wine Bar (28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, tel: 01-6794409) is a great spot for soaking up a little continental ambience. They are hosting a wine tasting, An Introduction to French Varietals, on October 3rd at 6.30pm. There are four pairs of complimentary passes (worth €27 each) for the first to email

Last but not least . . .

Fancy a free breakfast that will warm the cockles? The Happy Pear (Church Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, tel: 01-2873655) is a food market and restaurant. They offer free organic porridge every morning, Monday to Friday from 9am-11am.

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