I could kiss the salvaged scaffolding floor. People of the northside I love you. Here’s a cafe in an old sweet factory with a bicycle chandelier ha(...)

It’s all cranes and cool people round London’s King’s Cross these days. The halo of grime that blooms around train stations has been scrubbed away.(...)

She’s my oldest friend but it’s looking like I might have to ditch her. We’re jinxed. A series of misadventures the last time we met for dinner led(...)

Ralph Haslam on Mossfield Farm, his organic dairy farm just outside Birr, Co Offaly

Ralph Haslam makes the universal sign for crazy by tapping the side of his head with his finger when asked what his neighbours make of his farming (...)

You have to admire the chutzpah of the welcome. As he’s leading the way up the stairs, the Scottish wine bar guy has asked whether it’s a first vis(...)

Mark Moriarty prepares a dish under the watchful Stephen Gibson (Pichet), Neil McFadden  and Marc Amand (La Rousse Foods) back in 2012. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Mark Moriarty’s home economics teacher, Brian Dooley, told him he should start at the top if he wanted to be a chef. “So I drafted a letter with my m(...)

A friend calls Lisbon Europe’s most underrated capital when we tell him we’re off there for the weekend. There’s such a lot to love in its barrelly(...)

There is a visual allure to a stack of thick American pancakes.

Like everything else in life, pancakes seem to have gotten more complicated. In our house they’re simple. If the question is: “What’s for lunch(...)

W hat is it about back lanes that brings out a school kid urge to go on the lam? It seems like restaurants down laneways lend themselves to a bit o(...)

Menu labelling in the US will only apply to restaurants with 20 or more outlets – such as fast food chains –  vending machines, amusement parks and prepared foods in supermarkets.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The howl of rage from the Irish restaurant trade over this week’s news of Cabinet approval for calorie counts on menus contrasts with how the move is(...)