I came across this little conversation on Twitter the other night and it got me thinking about the challenge of successfully selling good quality fresh food and drink online. I think it is an interesting challenge for producers and retailers in Ireland right now and as everyone seems to be keen to sell more and more online.
The best, the smartest and probably the most-hyped coffee house in Dublin.
I’ve been in and out of this place for the past two years and have been watching the business grow and develop with interest over that time. They recently made a great 15 minute video (Vimeo) on the business and their journey from being closet-coffee geeks to successful entrepeneurs.
3FE will be regarded as too cool for school by most Dublin folk and will be too far out of the way for many others. Most won’t be prepared to pay 3 for a coffee each morning (I hear some local NAMA folk have dubbed it ‘3 Feckin Euro’) and for this reason I think its interesting to see this business thrive and prosper in today’s market. There are many reasons why the business should struggle to survive but yet it hasn’t – it’s actually doing the opposite. So kudos to Colin Harmon, his team and his fellow shareholders.
I spotted these little beauties in The Irish Times here and thought they’d be a lovely nibbler over the Christmas period. They are in fact “fuckin’ delish” and I ended up having to ration them from myself as well as others. They were great to have in a tin over Christmas and got a great reaction every time I pulled them out.
Note of warning on the recipe: they will take you at least an hour to make. I had forgotten how tricky working with caramel can be at times. Having to reheat the pot while you twirl your magic over the pecans is a delicate balancing act. I also need some better/heavier saucepans.
I also had a bunch of leftover caramel and chocolate which I poured into a slab, left to cool and then made my own Dime Bars – yum.
I’ve been quiet on this site over the past few weeks – damn wordpress.org and Register365 giving me trouble. More on that experience later.
For now I just wanted to recommend two really good wines I discovered over the Christmas period. I picked them up at The Corkscrew and Chris recommended the Californian one which was really good and priced at €39. The burgundy is quite special and I picked it up at one of their wine tasting evenings at a good price (normally retails at about €70/80). [I was celebrating when I opened it!]
So I’m kicking off my first beer review with the most interesting beer I’ve found this year. Kinnegar Brewing from Donegal captured my attention with their fresh vibrant branding when they stood out from the crowd at the Craft Beer Festival in the RDS last September. After two or three pretty average pale ales I moved on to the Kinnegar stand and I found something really interesting before I even tasted the beer. Continue reading