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Ketty Quigley has been eating her way through the Irish capital for more than ten years and has been blogging about it for more than five.

Her successful blog French Foodie in Dublin got her to be named Food Influencer of the Year 2017 at the inaugural SHEmazing! Awards and she has been using her knowledge about the Dublin food scene to create Delicious Dublin Tours.

This is why when Ketty suggests a restaurant or a bar in Dublin, we are listening carefully!

For SHEmazing!, the French lady is sharing some of her favourite places in Dublin and also how she balances out her taste for rich food.

What is your typical weekday breakfast?
I eat porridge every morning for breakfast, it’s great fuel after an early morning run and the only breakfast that keeps me full enough until lunch!

I like putting lots of different toppings in my porridge: seasonal fruits, nuts, dried fruits, seeds and anything that makes it a bit less boring.

When the weather is warmer I struggle to eat porridge and replace it with yoghurt and fruits.

What about lunch?

My office is only a 7 minute walk away from my place so I go home and most of the time I either eat the leftovers from the night before or I quickly cook something with what I have in the fridge and pantry.

I often make salad bowls with a base of grains (I love couscous) or starch and whatever vegetables I have in handy. I don’t have a typical lunch, it could be a nice salad, pasta carbonara or even avocado on sourdough toast with sriracha if I don’t have much time.

Sometimes though I sneak into 147 Deli for one of their delicious sandwiches, as a treat!


Tasty leftovers for lunch: chicken with caramelised onions and cardamom rice (@ottolenghi's recipe).Now it's time to get out and enjoy that Dublin sunshine!

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What do you usually have for dinner?
Dinner is better because I have more time and always cook something from scratch. I love using Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks or the Ballymaloe course cookbook to find inspiration in the evening and cook something simple but tasty.

There’s very often something meaty and a bit of veg, although my husband and I tend to eat too many carbs (I’m a sucker for pasta and potatoes). Dinner can be duck confit with gratin dauphinois and a green salad or lamb koftas with a cucumber and tomato salad.

I like cooking lots of different things, it relaxes me in the evening.
Is it different at the weekend?
I really treat myself at the weekend… I cook nice brunches and I usually eat out at least once during the weekend.

This is the time of the week when I splurge in Fallon and Byrne or Temple Bar Food Market, cook and eat indulgent things!


A very French start to the day @fallonandbyrne before getting stuck into my wedding 'to do' list!

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Do you snack during the day?
I rarely snack during the day, just because I never buy snacks when I go food shopping. I’m human though and sometimes I have something small like a macaron or a piece of dark chocolate.

There’s one exception though, when I’m hungover I could snack all day long, but that doesn’t happen too often…
What would be your ideal food day?
The bacon sandwich from the Pepper Pot for brunch, dinner at Forest and Marcy and cocktails at Peruke and Periwig.


Chargrilled & pickled courgettes, basil, buttermilk, spiced crab

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The one food you could have everyday for the rest of your life?

Moliterno al tartufo, a truffle cheese from Sardinia.
What is your favourite dessert? 
Floating islands – it’s been a favourite of mine since my childhood, but very few places ever have it on their menu. 
What is your favourite meal of the day?

It only happens at the weekend, but my favourite meal has to be brunch. I associate brunch with having time off and being relaxed, and just love putting together something simple and flavoursome.

Your favourite restaurant in Dublin/Ireland/the world? 
Forest and Marcy, the chef is talented and creative and I love the casual atmosphere.

Closely followed by Delahunt and Etto, they’re very consistent and showcase Dublin’s vibrant and emerging food scene.
The best brunch place in Dublin?

My apartment, that’s why I rarely eat out for brunch.

Any 'food pet peeves'?
This might be controversial but I’m not a big fan of people who self-diagnose themselves with food intolerance.

I also don’t really understand people who call themselves ‘foodies’ yet have a long list of things they don’t eat.
What food would you not eat for the whole world? 
I know it’s likely to become the food of the future but I’m scared of eating insects. I’m sure I will try at some stage but yes, I still have a mental block.

What can we always find in your fridge?
Nduja – this spreadable pork salami from Italy is delicious on pizza, as a pasta sauce or even just lightly grilled on bread, I could eat it all day.
Sriracha – I love siracha sauce as it spices up any meal.
Irish butter – Ireland has some of the best butter in the world so I’ll always have at least one big stick of Irish butter at home.
You have friends over for dinner, what do you cook for them?
I love having friends over for dinner and never cook the same thing.

It could be homemade pizzas, a crepe or raclette party, a Middle Eastern feast, traditional French food or lots of tapas… I like changing the theme of my dinner parties!

Do you find it hard to eat a healthy diet in a daily basis?
Yes… because I tend to be a bit too much of an Epicurean! I don’t eat junk or processed food but I tend to eat homemade food that is quite rich.

I’m conscious that I don’t eat as much vegetables as I should be eating and I don’t drink enough water but I exercise a lot. I never feel guilty though, food is pleasure for me and life is short!
What is your guilty pleasure?
A dirty burger from Wowburger.


We’re not fat, just big bun-ed! #Wowburger #InstaGood #LoveDublin #LoveBurgers #DublinDaily

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What is you go-to drink in a bar/pub?
When I go to the pub, I try to order craft beer and usually an IPA, whenever possible.  

I mostly go to one of the Galway Brewery pubs, I love their double IPA ‘Of Foam and Fury’. I never drink wine in pubs or bars but I love a good cocktail sometimes.
 Your favourite place for a drink in Dublin? 
I like the Black Sheep and P. Mac's for beer, Peruke and Periwig or the Vintage Cocktail Club for cocktails.


If you're on Instagram, there's a pretty high chance you follow at least one food-focussed influencer, right?

The vast majority of us take inspiration from their creations, take heed of their gastronomy advice, and positively salivate over their uploads on a daily basis.

And as these influencers help to add more than a splash of colour to the Irish foodie scene, we were only dying to pay tribute to them at our inaugural SHEmazing HP Awards on May 4.

Fighting off competition from Yummy Dublin, Cocu, The Happy Pear and Gastro Gays, Ketty Elisabeth, the face of French Foodie in Dublin, took the crown.

Authentic, passionate and utterly charming, Ketty started her blog in 2012 and has watched it grow in popularity over the past five years.

Celebrating the win, she wrote: "I still can't believe it. It was down to public vote and there were some awesome people in the final, I really didn't think I'd won."

"Mr. FFID and I attended the very glamorous ceremony at the Mansion House and being there was already brilliant but then when Daniella Moyles announced me as winner (after a long pause that seemed endless) I was completely astonished. It all happened thanks to YOU!"

"I'm so glad that even after almost five years, you think I'm still worthy of an award, value my blog and trust my recommendations. I'm very grateful for you taking the time to vote for me, even though most of you have never met me in real life."

 "I was very touched by all the lovely comments on Facebook and Instagram from people who have been following for the last few years. I feel very lucky to have you and can't thank you enough."

"I've won awards in the past but this one is probably the most special because it happened during the week of my birthday and at a time when blogging and social media is changing a lot."

"As a foreign person it also means so much and warmed my heart," she added.

Congratulations, Ketty!



Good food, good movies and good company – nights out don't get better than this!

A few members of the SHEmazing team decided to spend their Monday night at the Foodie Movie Club after seeing some buzz about the monthly event online.

The Foodie Movie Club is run by one of our favourite bloggers, French Foodie in Dublin, and it’s really surprising that someone else hasn’t capitalised on this fab idea before. This great event combines a French movie that has some element of food in it with a beautiful French meal and of course, wine.

The night kicked off in a private cinema screen in the basement of Brooks Hotel on Drury St. The movie of the month was Amelie and every super-comfy seat in the cosy screen was filled with enthusiastic Francophiles.

Afterwards we moved on to French restaurant, La Maison on Castlemarket St, where we were seated communally and served the most delicious meal. In between bites of escargot and mouthfuls of a beautifully flavourful duck cassoulet (who knew a stew could be so sexy?) we got to know our fellow foodies and our charming host, Ketty.

Students, retirees, singles, couples, people from home and abroad – this great mix of people made for hilariously entertaining conversation, especially after a glass or two of French Red.

Tickets are €35 (plus booking charge) and while wine isn’t included in the price, you can purchase it as an extra with your dinner when you’re at the restaurant. Which you no doubt will.

Would we go again? Mais oui! Can’t wait!


Craving a Parisian experience, but your budget won’t cover the flights?

Why not try a French Food Tour given by blogger extraordinaire, French Foodie in Dublin?

You can spend an entire morning or afternoon being escorted around Dublin’s most authentic Parisian spots, where you can sample lots of lovely French food and wine. You’ll also meet fellow Francophiles and who knows, you might even start your own French-themed social group.

The wonderful thing about these tours is that they’re given by a engaging French blogger who has both a passion for food and for Dublin, so the experience is bound to be the most authentic you could find.

So if you’d like an intimate tour around Dublin’s best cheese, bread, chocolate and macaron spots, book a place on one of French Foodie’s tours now.

Bon appetit!