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(...)

T here’s woodsmoke in the night air making Cork city centre smell like an alpine village. A man sees me out for a run and utters a pure Cork comment a(...)


A Michelin-starred chef is going down the bistronomie route. But we need a new word (gastrosteria maybe) to describe it, because it’s not French but m(...)

The net curtains are neat. In another place they’d tip into twee. But this room has the bone structure to carry them off, like a frumpy haircut on (...)

It’s more like a family gathering than a restaurant. I’m sitting in a candlelit room full of warmth on a dank winter night. Some of the people at the (...)

The arts and crafts house on Shattuck Avenue where Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse in 1971 looks like a cross between a music box Swiss chalet and a Shinto temple

It’s a long walk with a bag full of heavy bombs. Well not bombs exactly. But explosive bottles of Alex Hozven’s kombucha from The Cultured Pickle S(...)

Restaurant of the year: Harry’s Restaurant and Bar in Inishowen, Co Donegal

Of all the bare-bricked and filament-bulbed gin joints in all the world – I’ve walked into more than my fair share in 2014. It was the year that Ir(...)

Brother Hubbard’s middle eastern breakfast plate.

Tis the season of goodwill to all men, right? Even those who have opened achingly hip cafes and hotels. So, no grousing about the two new brunch ve(...)

We start with a story about a Swedish lawyer named Mikael Jonsson, who also wrote a food blog and threw astonishing dinner parties for his friends.(...)

This being Belfast, the three silver moons on the walls of Eipic have already been put in their box. “Michael you must get all the channels here wi(...)