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(...)

‘I don’t think you should be taking your kids to McDonald’s every day, but there’s nothing wrong with bringing them there for a treat.’ The Minister for Food, Simon Coveney, sits down to lunch at Hatch and Sons, in the basement of the Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

He spends his days talking about food – how to produce it, sell it and regulate it. But who knows what the Minister for Food really thinks about food?(...)

Illustration by Fuchsia Macree

1. Coffee coffee coffee Shake your brain into action with a short, sharp coffee at the big, pointy Alto Vetro tower’s Art of Coffee. theartofcoff(...)

Kary Purdy outside his shop, Coffeeangel, on South Anne Street Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

I ’m standing in a small room off the Lisbon Road in Belfast and about to cup. My host, Hugh Gilmartin from Specialist Beverages, says we are r(...)