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Bunsen Burger, where tasty meat craves some salt

4 Oct


The Schtick: Classic, straight up burgers that are a long way short of being great. Crispy and fluffy shoestring fries are excellent however.

Cooking Method: Flat top grilled

Price: Hamburger €6.95; Cheeseburger €7.45; Fries, Handcut or Shoestring €2.95

“How would you like your burger cooked?” is a question you don’t hear too often in Ireland. In fact, a request for doneness usually provokes the “we cook all our burgers medium well… it reduces the chances of contracting some of the bacteria harboured in our frozen mystery meat hockey pucks”. Ok I added the last bit. But it’s truly refreshing to find a place like Bunsen that’s grinding good quality meat in-house. Continue reading

Cereal Club: Honey Loops V Honey Cheerios Rd.2

4 Jun

Cheerio_v_honeyloop1In recent years the once mighty and untouchable colossus Kellogg has been losing it’s firm grip on the cereal world. Why exactly is hard to say but the rapid growth of General Mills by hoovering up Pillsbury and Nestle is hardly coincidental. By adding the genius minds behind Cinnamon Toast Crunch to the team that brought us the magically delicious Lucky Charms and Count Chocula, General Mills muscled itself past Kellogg to dominate the cereal aisle. Continue reading

A Taste of Edinburgh

18 Nov

Edinburgh, renowned for its castle, JK Rowling and being a place “you really must visit”. I’m immediately put off when people tell me I must go somewhere not because I dislike travel, quite the opposite, but usually because I rarely agree with the general population on where is worth visiting and if I decide to go I’ll end up using my days leading up to the trip researching the worthwhile local restaurants and delicacies and still worry that I wont be able to find the good stuff to eat. As it turned out Edinburgh’s food scene has a limited online presence and so research was thankfully cut short. Of course the downside to this was the inevitable worry about ravenously wandering the streets of Edinburgh in the depths of winter in search of a restaurant that didn’t boast about being Scotland’s best restaurant or having the world’s greatest Haggis, the type of places locals would snub for a Big Mac and fries (not that there’s anything wrong with that, I am after all a self-professed lover of fast food). In preparation for the trip I called my friend Tom in a desperate hope that his eating habits had advanced ever so slightly. The last time I saw him, a meal consisting of reheated fish cuisine with a side of oven chips was described as “beautiful”, and there was the time he consulted for instructions on how to make an omelet and when that failed he consulted his 11-year-old sister who, one can only imagine, rolled her eyes while talking a grown man through the process of beating eggs. I’m glad to report that his eating habits have changed, he lives with his girlfriend who cooks a lot, however, his information on good local eats was restricted to chippers none of which he specifically advised visiting but assured me they were all great for fish and chips. As someone who lives in Dublin, a city loaded with chippers all boasting to do great fish and chips I can positively say there are only two worth visiting. My deductions lead me to believe chippers in every city follow this trend and only the locals know the good ones. Continue reading