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Cocu has been one of our favourite foodie spots to grab lunch this summer, but sadly the epic Dublin eatery is closing it's doors.

Renowned for their hearty salads and healthy treats, Cocu is the perfect myriad of delicious ingredients and a heath conscious attitude. 

The Chatham Street location will serve its last customer today, before moving on elsewhere. 

 

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'We are sad to announce that our short tenure in Chatham Street has come to an end, ' reads a recent Insta post.

'Cocu Chatham St will be closing its doors on Wednesday 30th August.'

'We’d like to thank all our lovely customers for their continued support.'

 

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Thankfully we don't have to be too devastated, as the Hatch St unit is still going strong, and is a mere five minutes away from the current location.

In more excellent news, this is more of a see you later than a goodbye, as Cocu announced that they will soon be setting up shop elsewhere.

The delicious foodie concept will be making a permanent home for itself in the IFSC in the coming weeks. 

The Kale & Coco smoothie bowl pop-up will also be finishing up this week, but Rebecca and Jen have promised that they will be running some amazing special offers in the remaining days. 

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If you have ever scrolled through Instagram, we're sure you have come across one of those intricately decorated, delicious looking smoothie bowls. 

Rather than being turned off by the concept of fruit soup, the very photogenic smoothie trend took off, blossoming in the fitness and healthy eating corner of social media sites.

Now, one Dublin duo are bringing the smoothie bowl to the city, with a pop-up in healthy eating haven Cocu.

Kale + Coco are a brand new smoothie bowl innovation, ran by two entrepreneurial young women, Rebecca and Jen. 

The pair have started the brand new venture in the form of a pop-up in Cocu on Hatch Street, and their colourful creations look divine. 

The pop-up features a selection of signature bowls, which sound completely delicious. 

There is the Classic Açai, made of blended frozen banana, coconut water and organic Amazonia açai topped with fresh banana, strawberries, granola and coconut chips.

 

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We also LOVE the sound of The Khaleesi – blended frozen banana, coconut water, passion fruit and organic dragon fruit topped with banana, granola, mango and coconut chips

The bowls start at €7.50 and the pop-up will be in Cocu all summer long, we'll see you there. 

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Bringing your lunch to work or to college is the best way to eat well and save money.

We mean, who needs a sausage roll from the shop when you can whip up a delicious and nutritious meal in no time?

We asked Emilia Rowan, founder of Cocu, to share three recipes that are both easy and tasty! (You can thank us later)

Egg muffins

For 4 portions:
5 eggs
40g feta, crumbled
30g sundried tomato, chopped finely
1 small handful spinach, chopped finely
Oil for moulds

Preheat oven to 160˚c. Beat eggs in a bowl, Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir gently.

Line the silicone moulds with a little oil and pour the mixture into each one evenly. Bake for 12-15 minutes until firm in the centre.

Eat immediately or allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Butterbean hummus

2 tins butterbeans (drained and rinsed)
3 tablespoons tahini
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon cayenne
3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until creamy in texture. Taste and adjust seasoning. 

Wholemeal Dipping Chips

Wholemeal wraps
Rapeseed oil
Sea salt

Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Cut the wraps into 8 wedges (like a pizza) and brush with rapeseed oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and toast in the oven for 8 minutes, until crisp. 

Allow to cool fully and can be stored in a airtight container for 3 days.

 

Thai veggie salad with sesame and soy dressing

Serves 2

For the dressing:
⅓ cup rapeseed oil    
3 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
a squeeze of lime juice
2 tablespoons boiling water

For the salad:
150g frozen shelled edamame
2 cups baby kale
1 large carrots
1 red pepper
Handful of coriander 
1 spring onion
Small handful cashews

With a hand blender, blend all the dressing ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge. (nb: there is extra dressing so you can keep it for another salad).

Steam the edamame lightly for 2 minutes, in a pot of boiling water. Drain and allow to cool. 

Meanwhile prepare the vegetables. You can chop the vegetables any way you like, spiralise or finely slice. You can leave the edamame and the cashews whole for extra crunch, or pulse them in a food processor for a different texture. 

Toss all together and dress when you are ready to eat. 

Emilia was in our studio last night to cook these delicious recipes. You can watch her here:

 

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There is literally nothing better than tucking into some take-out, but the guilt of over-indulging can sometimes (rarely) hold us back.

If there was a way to get our fast food fix without the potential penitence, we'd be all over it, and luckily one such cuisine concept has popped up in Dublin City. 

Jackrabbit is the seriously cool new street food pop-up being hosted by Cocu on Chatham Street. 

Jackrabbit was conceived as a way of bringing chef, Ian Marconi’s, cooking style, which features a medley of big flavours & seasonal ingredients, which are treated in non traditional ways, and applying them to fast food and street food favourites.

He wanted to offer items which are both very familiar to a fast food-loving palette while being completely unique.

Think green chilli and vintage cheddar fries over basic curry cheese chips. 

“I like the idea of fast food made completely from scratch using ingredients found in high end restaurants," says Ian.

"My ‘fast food’ is full of fresh, natural ingredients to offset any indulgence.” We like the sound of that.  

The self described "healthy street food specialists" will be serving their deliciously indulgent wares in Cocu  from Thursday, February 23, and into the foreseeable future. 

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Cocu has fast become one of Dublin's favourite foodie spots, and it's expanding like wildfire!

The Baggot Street eatery is opening a new branch on Chatham Street, and to celebrate it's giving away €1 coffee until 10am on Thursday.

It's also doing something pretty special for Pieta House on the same day, offering a 'pay as you please' lunch promo until 12pm with all proceeds going to the Dublin-based charity.

The eatery boasts of fresh and innovative dishes, and also use eco-friendly and biodegradable packaging.

See you on Thursday, yeah?

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