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David and Steven Flynn know a thing or two about healthy eating and with the summer basically already here, we kinda need a bit of help to feel good in our skimpy festival clothes… 

As they were celebrating the 5 years of The Food Academy, a programme designed to help small businesses getting their products on SuperValu shelves, the famous twins answered our questions, from their ultimate tip to get that beach bod to why they want to step away from the vegan labelling. 

 

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What is the dish that your children always ask you to cook?

Pancakes! We make them every Saturday morning. My daughter Elsie is 7 and she can make them. They are dairy-free pancakes that are much higher in fibre than the regular ones. I’m happy for them to eat them because they are really good for them. It’s a great recipe and we serve it with this healthier Nutella that we make ourselves – it’s got 60% hazelnut. 

What is their favourite treat?

They are like all kids, they like sugar! They will take any form of sweets or chocolates. When they are with me they have kombucha which is a fermented tea that is very good for the digestion and the immune system, or else they might have a treat from our cafe, which would have a high fibre content.

 

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Do you believe that eating a vegan diet is sustainable for everyone?

I don’t think the message is about being vegan or vegetarian, I think it’s about eating more fruits and vegs. I think people get caught up thinking “I need to be a vegan or a vegetarian” but I really think it’s back to basics. We all want to be happy, healthy, wholesome humans and every leading science says you that eating more fruits and vegs makes your body healthier and therefore much more likely to be happier. I think the vegan label puts people off because it is too black and white. At the end of the day we are all going to die and what’s important is to be as healthy and happy as we can while we are here. 

What was your favourite dish growing up?

Porridge was always my favourite. We would add bran flakes on top, we kept it very simple. Mam would never allow us to have sugary cereals like Coco Pops as kids.

What about your favourite treat?

On Friday night, Dad would come home from work and bring back a selection of chocolate bars as treats. I think my favourites were the caramel ones.

Has cooking always been a family affair for you guys?

No it really wasn’t! As kids, we saw food as fuel, our mam is one of the few people who eats to live, it was never a pleasure for her so it wasn’t until we changed our own diet that we really got into food. It’s good to see that for our kids now, they find it normal for their fathers to be extraordinary passionate about food, always be cooking and always be around food. They find it normal to be going to market and experiment with baking breads and making their own chocolate bars or kombucha, that's just life for them. 

What measures should the government take to people eat better and healthier on a daily basis? 

We need to go back to basics, to get more people involved into growing fruits and vegs. When kids are involved with growing it or spending time in a farm, it’s just going to get to the root of things. We were asked before what we’d do if we were in charge and Steven said it would be great if, when they leave school, every person could spend a year working on an organic farm because then you’d immediately know where your food came from. It would create an association with nature and the soil and then we’d have a different food culture in Ireland. 

What dish do you particularly enjoy cooking at the moment?

Personally I’m very into mushrooms, I am experimenting growing oyster mushrooms. I am also experimenting a lot with fermentation, making kimchi and kombucha. A recent study said that by 2020 Korean women will be living until 90 years of age. They’ll be the longest living women in the world and one of the factors is that they eat so much fermented food, so I am big into that at the moment. We have a large section about fermentation in our last book, we are passionate about it. 

How important is it for you to eat local and seasonally?

Obviously there is the ideal and the reality. For me, I really strive to eat organic and eat as local as I can but then I do realise that I live in Ireland and we are not the best at growing vegetables in this country, we are much better at growing animals and producing dairy. It’s not to beat ourselves up but just to try and eat more fruits and veg in whatever form it is. The more it should be local, seasonal and organic but if you get too caught up on it or stressed about it you might just end up eating burgers and chips all the time.

What are your tips to shed a few pounds before the summer holidays?

One of the best thing you can do is up your fibre intake. 8 out of 10 Irish people don’t get enough fibre. Fibre is so important for weight loss because your stomach is made of density receptors and fibre fills you up. It’s low in calories and you only get them in fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Eating more of those foods will fill you up and therefore you will eat less; it’s sustainable way of losing weight.

I hate cooking. How do I make sure I can eat healthily?

We have a range of great dinners in SuperValu! We got recipe books for people to cook but if they don't want to cook we have products available all around Ireland so we are trying our best to get people to eat healthier. 

Do you think it’s getting easier to find healthy food everywhere?

There is a massive shift in demand, many people are moving towards veganism and getting much more interested in healthy food so as a result companies are catching on and investing in healthier products. In supermarkets, coffee shops, even in Starbucks you can now find almond lattes! Next month we are going to start selling products in the UK with Waitrose and they didn't want any vegetarian products, then only wanted vegan because they see it as a huge growth area in customer demand. 

You became famous through social media. What’s your relationship with these platforms nowadays?

Our message is to get people to eat more fruits and vegs and to try and inspire people to live a healthier, happier life. Social media are incredible platforms to help us share this message. We use our accounts as business accounts, we don’t share anything personal, but we find it so useful. Two weeks ago, for the launch of our new book we organised a public swim rise – we swim in the sea every morning – and we invited everyone, we told them to meet us at 5.15am on Sunday May 6th and about 700 people showed up. The power of social media is incredible in bringing people together, building a tribe and trying to inspire people.

 

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What is your proudest achievement in your career so far?

It’s the sense of community. In Greystones, where we live, being able to walk down the street and know so many people because we have been in business in the heart of the town for so long, and the messages we get from people on social media every day, thanking us for our books and our products because we have helped making them feel healthier, or people following us on Instagram stories telling us they felt depressed and watching our stories makes them feel better, all these things make me feel so proud. 

Your new book “Recipes for Happiness” is just out, what’s next for you guys?

So as I said the expansion on the UK market is coming up soon, we have spent two and a half years working on it, we were invited to be a part of Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube to work closely with him in the UK. We have shot 400 recipe videos and as a result of that, on YouTube you get direct feedback about what people like and what they are looking for. We have learnt so much with the process about how to make food really accessible for people and we have put that in our book, so we feel it’s our best book yet. Our work for the next six months will be to get in as many people’s hands as possible because we really think it’s a great tool to help people eat healthier and be happier. 
 

Since the programme’s inception in 2013, Food Academy graduates, supported by their Local Enterprise Offices, have sold €78 million worth of produce in SuperValu stores and the 329 suppliers involved have grown to provide approximately 1,500 jobs.

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So, there's no question that our diets have changed in the past few years.

Avocados, chia seeds, almond butter – these things were barely in our vocabulary in 2011 never mind our fridge.

But it seems that these foods could actually be changing the way our bodies react to hunger.

Researchers from the University of Georgia discovered that foods rich in polyunsaturated fats may alter our appetites and in turn, contribute to overall weight loss.

Millenial staples like avocado, quinoa, chickpeas and walnuts have all been linked to improved problem-solving skills and better memory, but now scientists hope they could help tackle the obesity epidemic.

During the study, researchers monitored participants' hormone levels when following a diet high polyunsaturated fats.

The group of 18 to 35-year-olds were also asked to indicate on a scale how hungry they were and how much they thought they could eat.

The results showed that those who consumed more polyunsaturated fats were less hungry and felt fuller for longer.

According to The Independent, lead researcher, Jamie A. Cooper said, “Appetite hormones play an important role in regulating how much we eat.”

“These findings tell us that eating foods rich in PUFAs (polyunsaturated fats), like those found in walnuts, may favourably change appetite hormones so that we can feel fuller for longer.”

Now for the science bit.

The reason that following a so-called millenial diet resulted in better appetite control is that it decreases the amount of ghrelin and increases the amount of peptide in your body.

Ghrelin is the hormone which controls hunger, while peptide controls the feeling of satisfaction you get after a meal.

So, what have we learned?

Eating fat will nit necessarily make you fat and millenials are making the world a healthier place, one smashed avocado at a time. 

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As a staunch supporter of Down Syndrome Ireland for years, Rachel Allen recently launched the 2018 HB Fundays Campaign, which calls on the public to raise much needed funds for Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) by hosting a party with HB Hazelbrook Farm ice cream.

We got to sit down with the celebrity chef to talk to her about her experience at The Restaurant on TV3, ask her about her eating and fitness habits and of course, her engagement in this important fundraising campaign*.  

 

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Rachel, why is the Down Syndrome cause particularly close to you heart?

Like anyone who has either children themselves or having friends and neighbours who have children with Down Syndrome, it’s something that we are all aware of. It is such a struggle that I feel it’s important to get funding for those who are in need. At the moment they are not getting enough from the gouvernement so it’s really down to the families and the friends and people willing to help out with fundraising.

What are exactly HB Fundays and how can people get involved?

It’s a really good and fun way to fundraise. If you register online, HB will send you out a party pack with free vouchers. You go to the shop, pick up your block of HB Hazelbrook Farm ice cream, you organise a little party and you charge your guests something like €2, so they will enjoy some lovely ice cream in exchange for a small amount of money. That money then goes straight to Down Syndrome Ireland.   

What is the money used for?

It is used in lots of different areas. It helps provide extra help in school, but also with the preparation for the transition from primary to senior school,, which is a very important time. While children who don’t have Down Syndrome might be more able for this transition, it is something that children with Down Syndrome can struggle with, going to a bigger school, with older children.What everyone wants it to have children with Down Syndrome integrated into schools with children who don't have it rather than being segmented off, either into a separate school or a separate classroom. 

Can you tell us about your experience in The Restaurant? 

It was really great. The cooks did a really great job, some of them were stronger for starters, or for mains. I enjoyed trying to guess who they might be or what gender they might be. I really loved filming for The Restaurant!

Will you be there again next year?

If they ask me, I would probably be very interested, yes.

What was the worst dish you had on the show?

To tell the truth, there wasn’t one awful dish, everything was edible. There maybe were some combination which were slightly odd and I didn’t quite get them. But there really wasn’t one disaster.

 

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As a chef who is surrounded with food all day, how do you manage to stay healthy?

I think I eat very healthily. I am definitely aware of what I put in body. I eat a lot of local seasonal food, most of which we produce on the farm where I live. Heavily processed food just doesn't’t feature in my diet because I know how I feel after eating it. Having said that, of course I will have fish and chips from a great chipper if I am out or a bag of jellies, but that is really in moderation. It's all about balance. 

With your busy schedule, do you have time for regular physical activity?

Time can definitely be a problem with the kind of fitness that I want to fit in! Early this morning I went for a walk on the beach with friends and a dog, sometimes it’s a run, sometimes pilates; it tends to be whatever I can fit in. The beach is just at the end of our road so I take advantage of it and I feel so much better if I get some fresh air.
I need some sort of physical activity everyday, even if it’s just a 20 minute walk on the beach with a dog. 

What do you do when you feel the need to detox for a few days?

No, I don’t really! If I can get a good night sleep, then I am less inclined to reach for too many sugary things the next day. A good night sleep, lots of water and back to good food works for me, I don’t do diets or detox as such.

 

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What do you answer to people who think good food is expensive?

Well, it is not if you know how to prepare it, how to shop properly and if you are slightly organised. Avoid shopping for strawberries and tomatoes in December, wait until the summer and go for carrots and roots vegetables in the winter. Thinking in seasons is definitely very important.

Is there a chef you particularly look up to or whose restaurant you’d really want to visit?

David Thompson is an Australian chef who had a restaurant in Bangkok serving thai food. I have been to a couple of food shows where he cooked absolutely amazing dishes and I happen to love this food when I am in this part of the world.

*Down Syndrome Ireland have just launched their 2018 HB Fundays Campaign to raise much needed funds for members aged four – 18 years old in education. To host your own HB Fundays Ice Cream Party this May or June, simply call 1890 37 37 37 or register online at www.downsyndrome.ie to receive your party pack and to find out more information on Down Syndrome Ireland. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #HBFundays.

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Fancy trying some real tasty food and meeting your culinary idols? Look no further.  

With 25 amazing chefs in attendance, 20 top restaurants offering some of their signature food and a total of 120 masterclasses, Taste of Dublin 2018 is back and it already sounds like an unmissable event for Irish foodies!

In a mission to rewards creativity, risk taking, diversity and novelty in food, this year's edition will be held once again at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin 2, and taking place from the 14th to the 17th of June. 

 

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The theme for this year has just been revealed and it is… the ‘Food Lover’s Playground’ – where food lovers come to play!

Expect to enjoy a cocktail on the top floor of a wooden tram, to learn handy hacks to impress friends and family at your next dinner party in only 20 minutes, or to get to try an entire menu composed of food in various shades of pink. Can you think of something more Instagrammable? We can't. 

Among the big names in attendance this year, festival goers will get a chance to hear Winner of the Great British Bake Off Candice Brown, share her winning baking secrets. 

James Kavanagh, Chef Adrian Martin, pastry chef Aoife Noonan of Glovers Alley, Ed Cooney of the Merrion Hotel, Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House, Rachel Allen of Ballymaloe, or cookbook author Sharon Hearne-Smith are also announced to get on the biggest ever demo stage to cook their best recipes.

For the first time, the World Class Bartender of the Year Competition will bring its Irish final to Taste of Dublin with the winner being crowned live at The Iveagh Gardens on Sunday the 17th.

Tickets are already on sale from €15 at www.tasteofdublin.ie.

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Sometimes, all you need is a great bowl of pasta.

And while it is arguably the easiest food to cook, some Dublin restaurants have raised the bar so high their pasta could compete with what you would get in the best trattoria in Rome.

Unfortunately, we can't jet to Italy every time we crave a good plate of pesto pasta, so we have done a quick survey in the SHEmazing HQ to help you find some fabulous pasta around Dublin.

1. Host

Host is certainly one of the best restaurant openings of the past few months in Dublin. 

With its gorgeous small plates to share, this Ranelagh eatery combines incredible food, super friendly staff and trendy yet relaxed atmosphere. 

All their pasta are homemade and since we couldn't decide which one is the best between the Pumpkin cappellacci, the Duck pappardelle or the Taglioni with nduja and mussels, we'd just suggest you get them all.

2. Il Vicoletto

Located in the heart of Temple Bar, Il Vicoletto offers the most authentic Central-Northern Italian cuisine.

Using the freshest ingredients from Ireland and Italy, their hand made pasta are just as good as what you would get in Rome or Milan.

3. Terra Madre

This small cafe located between the Ha’penny and O’Connell Bridge is the perfect spot for an intimate fuss-free dinner date. 

Perfect if you want to impress a foodie, its home-style cooking will make you feel you are eating at your granny's – if she was Italian. 

4. That's Amore 

There is a reason why this place gets booked out weeks in advance. 

Famous for their antipasti, meats and pizza, the Monkstown gem also serves incredible Seafood linguine and Tortellini al tartufo to die for in a very cosy atmosphere, which is why it is so close to the heart of Clare, our lovely MummyPages writer.

5. Cafe Cucina

 

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The tiny eatery on Parnell st. is an absolute favourite of Katie, our talented MagicMum writer.

Run by Italians, it offers fantastic pasta dishes at a very affordable price.

6. The Hungry Duck

 

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According to Jolie, our brilliant Business Development Manager, this Walkinstown gem has an amazing linguine on their dinner menu, made with locally produced ingredients. 

It also serves a gorgeous brunch at the weekend. 

7. Pete's of Sandymount

Rebecca, SHEmazing's fab deputy editor, is a regular of Pete's of Sandymount for a very good reason. "It has the most delicious pasta pesto! I don't know what they do to it, but it is like CRACK", she says.

The fact that they have a Ladies' Night on Wednesday, when tables of just women can enjoy half price food, could explain it as well. 

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We all love taking care of our skin with an established morning and evening routine, using great products that we don't mind spending a fortune on. 

Yet, sometimes, we forget that all these serums and lotions can be useless if we don't pay attention to our diet. 

Make sure to consume the food below regularly and you will notice a significant improvement in the look and general health of your skin.

1. Avocado

Avocado contains essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin. 

If you eat enough healthy fats, your skin will keep a good elasticity and remain soft and supple.

2. Oily fish

Salmon is a great source of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats, which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and can even slow or reverse the signs of premature ageing.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also well-known for their ability to combat and prevent many chronic skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.

3. Kiwis

…or any fruits and vegetables with a high content of Vitamin C, such as oranges, blueberries, red and yellow peppers, broccoli, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Vitamin C is often a powerful ingredient used in anti-ageing creams because it is a super antioxidant. Essential to produce collagen, it promotes radiant skin and help blemishes heal properly. 

4. Nuts and seeds

Almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds… these delicious nuts and seeds we love in our granola are packed with protein that stimulates collagen production.

They are also full of healthy fats, magnesium, copper, zinc, calcium, Vitamin B and E, reducing inflammation, fine lines and promoting a clear acne-free skin. 

5. Carrots

Carrots and other fruits and vegetables high in beta carotene are your skin's best friends.

This antioxidant is converted to Vitamin A inside the body, helping repair skin tissue and protects against damaging UVA and UVB. 

6. Water

The first step to a beautiful hydrated skin is… an hydrated body!

When you are even mildly dehydrated, your skin already looks dull, dry and greyish, so aim at 8 to 10 glasses a day. 

Bonus: what not to eat

You may have already guessed, but processed food should be avoided if you want a beautiful looking skin. 

Deprived of nutrient, high in additives and preservatives, they make your skin age quicker without providing it what it needs.

Biscuits and sugary drinks, for example, lead to the production of insulin which may damage collagen and accelerate wrinkles.

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When you visit a new city/country, checking the local food market is usually a great way to discover some amazing food for a reasonable price in a fun and lively atmosphere. 

Here are some of favourites, both in Ireland and abroad, that you should definitely put on your foodie bucket list.

Marchés des Enfants Rouges, Paris

 

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From Alain Miam Miam for the best sandwich you'll ever have, to Le Traiteur Marocain for a traditional couscous, pizza, japanese or libanese delicacies, the oldest indoor market in Paris located Rue de Bretagne is a great spot for a scrumptious lunch.

Dun Laoghaire People's Park

Hot food, baked goods, art and crafts, artisan food products and seasonal produce: these are all the wonders you can find every Sunday at People's Park.

Pick up your hangover fuel, dumpling and fresh carrot 'n ginger juice, saunter down to the pier to sit an people watch while you stuff your beak. Then you can get a cheeky Teddy's before hopping on the DART home.

Foodhallen, Amsterdam

Located in a renovated tram depot, Foodhallen offers over 20 different stalls, from Michelin star concepts to international streetfood.

If you have heard of a new food trend you are dying to try, you will find it there!  

English market, Cork

With its various cafes and deli’s as well as its impressive fresh food offer (from meats and fish, fruits and vegetables to cheeses, cakes and pastas) the English Market caters for all culinary tastes and all eating occasions. 

Its unique atmosphere make it a mandatory stop during visit in Cork.

Times Out Market, Lisbon

 

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The issue with the Times Out Market in Lisbon is that you will literally want to never leave this place and keep eating until they kick you out. 

From chef's stalls to amazing seafood, artisan charcuterie and of course, the famous pasteis de nata, you will find the best of what Portuguese food has to offer in this popular market. 

Torvehallerne Market, Copenhagen

 

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Located in the centre of the Danish capital, this market is a real foodie temple with its 60 stands selling everything from fresh fish and meat to gourmet chocolate and exotic spices, as well as refined quick bites (the famous smørrebrøds) and the best coffee you could ever ask for.

Chelsea Market in NYC

 

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Located in a building where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced, the Chelsea market is the best food hall in NYC, whether you are in the mood for some great seafood, fabulous tacos, sushis or tasty ice-cream.

Great Market Hall in Budapest

 

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Opened in 1897, the biggest market hall of the city is held in a gorgeous building adorned with Zsolnay tiles

Renowned for its great variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, baked goods, quality meat products, wines and other Hungarian delicacies, it is also a great place for some handicrafts and souvenirs and take a quick break at the food stalls where you’ll be able to try some classic Hungarian dishes, such as goulash, Hortobágyi palacsinta (meat filled pancake), or lángos.

The Galway Street Market

 

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In the shadow of the St Nicholas Church in Galway City Centre, this adorable market offers fresh fruit and veg, fish and cheese, as well as a huge range of Irish and ethnic street food stalls.

You will also find loads of Celtic jewellery stalls, art sellers and holistic stalls that will make great presents. 

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In Paris, brunch is usually served only on Sundays and cafes and restaurants tend offer one option including all the food and drinks.

Some places work differently and don't require you to get the whole meal deal so check beforehand if you don't necessarily want to spend 25 quid in one go. 

As you would assume, brunch is quite popular in Paris so queues can be quite frightening if you show up to a trendy place at 1pm on a Sunday. But most of the time, the food is worth the wait! Here is our pick for the best places to go for brunch in Paris.

1. Café Marlette

Prepare yourself for a bit of waiting as Café Marlette is a very popular spot to get a delicious Parisian brunch. Coffee, juice, granola, cheese, ham, eggs, fresh bread, cake… for 25 euros you will be fed for the day (that's if you manage to finish your plate). This café also offers a range of cake mixes that are better than any homemade one so grab a couple boxes while you are there. 

 

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51 rue des Martyrs, Paris 9 and 63 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris 9

2. La Recyclerie

Built from recycled good which makes it look like a Pinterest board, this unique spot is ideal during a sunny day as you can enjoy your brunch plate outside, sitting by some old train tracks that are not in use anymore. La Recyclerie often hosts charity thrift sales at the weekend to the delight of all vintage lovers.

 

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83 boulevard Ornano, Paris 18

3. Uptown

Located near Montmartre, Uptown serves a gourmet brunch in a lovely casual atmosphere. If you can't make it for brunch, this place also offers delicious small plates for dinner, ideal to share and try some absolutely fabulous French food.

18 rue Francœur, Paris 18

4. Paperboy

This small hipster café is worth a visit almost as much for people watching as for the food. On this menu influenced by American and British cuisines with a healthy twist, everything is delicious, fresh and homemade.

 

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137 rue Amelot, Paris 11

5. Clint

Eggs, burgers, salads, homemade cakes, waffles, milkshakes… It will be hard to chose what to order from Clint's tempting brunch menu!   

 

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174 rue de la Roquette, Paris 11

6. Season

This healthy and trendy spot covers all the most instagrammable food you could think of, from avocado toasts, to pancakes, acai bowls, burgers and salads. So if you fancy a tasty meal that will definitely score a few likes on the gram, you know where to go!

 

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1 rue Charles François Dupuis, Paris 3

7. Le Trésor

Parisian are usually a bit wary of all-you-can-eat buffets as they tend to be a sign of lower quality. With its scrumptious yet refined food, Le Trésor is an exception to the rule. From croissants to fresh breads, hot dishes, eggs, cold meats, seafood or homemade cakes, you will enjoy the all-you-can-eat policy until the last bite!

8. BüL & bar à cannes

If you feel like a healthy and yummy brunch, BüL is the place to go. This small eatery offers gluten-free and mostly vegetarian options that won't make you feel like you are missing out on anything. 

 

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20 avenue Trudaine, Paris 9

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Carb-lovers take note! 

Pasta pies are quickly becoming our dish of choice, and for good reasons! 

We have compiled a list of some of the most delicious pasta pie recipes out there… thank us later!

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1. Massaman curry mac and cheese pie with ground beef

Anyone else drooling at the thought?

Get the full recipe here

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2. Fettuccine and ground beef pie

A tasty twist on a true classic.

For the full recipe, click here

3. Spaghetti carbonara frittata

*heavy breathing!*

Click here and experience the most delicious thing on earth!

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4. Butternut squash and gorgonzola rigatoni pasta pie

Pasta and cheese? What more could you want! 

Get the tasty recipe here ladies! 

Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Rigatoni Pasta Pie with Fried Sage | halfbakedharvest.com

5. Baked capresse with zoodles 

This little baby is gluten-free… so it's a healthy option! 

Get this delightful recipe here

Baked Zoodles Caprese is made with zucchini noodles and tastes like lasagna. A light dish, with zesty Italian flavor and under 200 calories per slice. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

6. French onion spaghetti pie

A French classic.

Get the recipe here.  

French Onion Spaghetti Pie

 Bon Appétit! 

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Our favourite thing to do during the winter break when we are done with the present shopping is obviously to drink with our friends and eat all the chocolate. 

And for some of us, it is also to bake some pretty treats to share with our family. If you are really broke, an edible gift is actually a good idea for your uncles and aunties who will appreciate the effort.

With the inspiration below, you will definitely be crowned star baker! 

1. Three Wise Men

 

2. Cute treats

 

 

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3. Kawai gingerbread men

 

4. Winter accessories

 

 

5. Princess Elsa

 

 

 6. The poo-moji

 

 7. Adorable fawn

 

 

8. Cute snowmen

 

9. Winter jumper collection

 

 

 10. Hot chocolate mugs

 

 

 11. Teddy bears

 

 

12. Beautiful Santas

 

 

 13. Wintery landscape

 

 

 14. Christmas baking essentials

 

 

15. Santa macarons

 

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Cheese is more than any normal food. For some people, it is basically a religion.

If you know someone whose eyes start to sparkle at the mention of a cheeseboard, we have some great ideas of Christmas gift that will make them incredibly happy. 

1. A crackers and chutney hamper

EDINBURGH PRESERVES, Cheese Wedge Gift Pack, €18.00, brownthomas.com

2. A cheese maker

LEKUE Cheese Maker, €35.95, arnotts.ie

3. An elegant cheese dome

J by Jasper Conran – White marble and glass cheese dome, €60.00, debenhams.ie

4. A cookbook devoted to grilled cheese

Cheese Melts Cook Book, €17.55, asos.com

5. A delightful print

Kitchen Wall Art Print 'French Cheeses', €28.54, etsy.com

6. A pair of earrings

Cheese Earrings by BY POPPY, €11, notonthehighstreet.com

7. A cheese knife set

MASTERCLASS 3 Piece Cheese Knife Set, €25.00, brownthomas.com

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If there is one thing we love about Christmas – apart from the boozing, snoozing and chilling, it is the excuse to binge on chocolate totally guilt-free. 

While most people enjoy chocolate on a regular basis, we all know a person who is truly obsessed it. Real connoisseur or simple cacao enthusiast, the chocolate lover in your life will be over the moon if you get them one of these presents!  

1. A chocolate fondue kit

Chocolate fondue set, Debenhams, 25 euros

2. A hot chocolate kit

Cocoa Creations, Whittards of Chelsea, 25 euros

3. Some sweet soaps

Box of Chocolate Soaps, Uncommon Goods, 24.23 euros

4. A chocolate workshop

1 Day Chocolate course, The Baking academy of Ireland, 150 euros

5. A dangerous game

Chocolate Russian Roulette Game, Debenhams, 11 euros

6. A membership to a chocolate tasting club

Bean and Goose Tasting Club Membership, from 20 euros

7. A hot chocolate room spray

Chocolate Fragrance Room Spray, by Sensory Decisions, 11.30 euros

8. The ultimate Parisian chocolatier gift box

Hatbox by Nastry, La Maison du Chocolat, 132 euros

9. A book with the best chocolate recipes ever 

'I Want Chocolate!' by Trish Deseine, 15 euros

10. A fun notebook

Chocolate notebook, Amazon, 5 euros

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