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If you love pizza, pasta, ciabatta and focaccia, then this pop-up market is perfect for you.

Coming to Meeting House Square in Temple Bar at the end of the month is The House Of Peroni Presents: La Primavera. 

On Thursday March 30 and Friday March 31, La Primavera will bring the taste of Italy to Dublin, with some of the city's finest restaurants taking part.

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As well as food from fab eateries, there will also be stalls with fresh food and vegetables, baked goods and plenty of booze.

There will be a special cocktail to try over the two days which wil be made from "Peroni Nastro Azzurro, gin, dry Martini, elderflower cordial, chamomile and thyme syrup, orange blossom and lemon juice," and our mouths are literally drooling right now.

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The market will be open from 7pm-10pm Thursday and 12pm-10pm Friday. 

Oh, and did we mention it's free in?


Nutella – a king of foods; a champion among spreads.

Chocolate and hazelnut and sweet, sweet sugary goodness… coated on toast, a crepe, and fruit; used in cake, biscuits and buns, or devoured with a spoon on its own – all-in-all, it's tough to beat. 

And admittedly with such deliciousness on offer, we've never given much consideration to the pronunciation of the brand itself. After all, it seems fairly phonetic: nut followed by ella. Simples.

Not so, however. In fact, unless you're a particular clever-clogs, you've definitely been pronouncing the name incorrectly for your entire Nutella-eating life. 

The epiphany comes via a quick glance at the company's website: located under the FAQs section is "what is Nutella hazelnut spread?" – the answer to which is worded as such: "Nutella (pronounced 'new-tell-uh') is a tasty, unique spread made from the combination of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and a hint of cocoa."

Yup, there it is – new-tell-uh – and NOT nut-ella

We hardly know what to say… except that the original (however incorrect) pronunciation is likely to continue to dominate for some time. 


We all love a good, hearty meal at times – and on these days (hello there, August rain), a cheesy treat is the way to go.

Inspiring many great Italian meals, we have rounded up the best cheesy treats for you to indulge in. Hurrah!

Whether you want to spoil yourself on the weekend, or make your a loved-one or flatmate a mid-week surprise, here are the tastiest and easiest Italian dishes you can show off with:


Umbrian-style white pizza

If you don't like tomatoes, this is the way to go. 

  • Buy a pizza base (or make one from scratch like a boss)
  • Top with wafter thin slices of potato, six anchovies, sage leaves and torn pieces of a mozzarella ball
  • Cook in a very hot oven for 15 minutes and viola – you pizza is made!


Stuffed baked potato

This snack is pure perfection and full of golden, crispy goodness.

  • Take one big baked potato (already baked that is) and slice in half
  • Scoop the potato out of the skin and put it into a bowl
  • With that, mix in crispy bacon, a dollop of cream, some butter, mozzarella cheese and salt and pepper
  • Spoon the mixture back into the potato skins and pop in the over at 220C for 20 minutes


The ultimate cheese omelette

Cheese and eggs are a match made in foodie heaven.

  • Thinly slice some mushrooms, half a red onion, chives and a tomato
  • Then crack three eggs into a bowl and mix everything together, along with seasoning
  • Fry the mix on a hot pan with a knob of butter and immediately add some grated mature cheddar and parmesan
  • Cook for 5/10 minutes and then just enjoy the oozy goodness


Italian Mediterranean pasta salad

A glorious Italian taste sensation

  • Bung a bag of penne pasta into boiling salted water and cook al dente
  • Add frozen peas at the last minute
  • Drain the whole lot and pour into a bowl with a good glug of olive oil.
  • Stir in a cup of crispy bacon, chopped chives, veg of your choice and a packet of your preferred cheese
  • The cheese will melt and ooze and transform the whole thing into a fabulous tasty meal


Kicky cheesy scones

Super easy yeast-free bits – just try not to eat them all!

  • Rub together 225g of self-raising flour, 55g of butter and a pinch of salt
  • Then stir in a liberal amount of cheddar
  • Pour in 150ml of whole milk and stir until you reach a doughy consistency
  • Separate into ten even pieces on a baking tray, brush with milk and grate some strong cheddar on top
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 220C for about 12 minutes.


Cappuccino cheesecake

For something a little bit sweeter try this

  • Mix crushed digestive biscuits with 85g of melted butter and a tablespoon of espresso coffee
  • Then pour the mixture into a baking tin and squash down so it's all even
  • Stir three tablespoons of espresso into a pan along with half a tub of mascarpone and heat gently, stirring until it bubbles
  • Then drop four gelatin leaves into a bowl of cold water to soften
  • Squeeze excess water from gelatin and add to coffee-cheese mix until dissolved
  • Beat the other half of the mascarpone tub with 225g of icing sugar
  • Stir the coffee and sugar together until sweet and creamy, than slather thickly over your biscuit base
  • Leave overnight and see what glorious-ness awaits you in the morning


There’s been speculation for months, as to whether or not Rita would be the new face for Roberto Cavalli’s campaign.

But the designer finally put things to rest yesterday, when he posted new images of the singer  on their Facebook page

Rita is seen wearing some of the designer’s gorgeous gowns from his new collection. The pictures were taken in New York by Italian photographer, Francesco Carrozzini.

The 23-year-old shared her excitement on Instagram about her new Cavalli campaign on Instagram: “This collaboration is a huge honor.”





Katy Perry decided to give her fans a sneak peek of her Prismatic world tour wardrobe this week.

Katy uploaded three outfit sketches onto her Instagram account, which were each created by three high profile designers.

The latest release is by Jeremy Scott who designed a Moschino ’80s outfit, with bright yellow leggings and an emoji-printed jacket.

Perry also released two sketches of glamorous dresses by Italian designers, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli.

It looks like it’s going to be a glamorous world tour.







Everyone loves pizza but sometimes it can be difficult to know what is going into your pizza – especially if you are watching your weight.

Making pizza is so simple and far more gratifying than throwing something into the oven, why not have a go?

It can also be made from many kitchen staples.

What you’ll need:

For the dough:

  • 500g strong white flour
  • 1 x 7g packet fast-action yeast
  • 280-300ml of lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp caster sugar

For the toppings:

  • Tomato sauce – homemade or ready-made
  • mozzarella/feta/cheddar cheese
  • pastrami/salami/prosciutto
  • mushrooms/tomatoes/rocket

What you’ll need to do: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Combine the sugar, yeast and water and leave for a few minutes.
  3. In a large bowl or on a clean surface mix the salt with the flour and create a well in the middle.
  4. Pour the liquid into the well and using your hands work the mixture into a dough.
  5. Knead the dough until it forms a good, elastic quality. Place in a bowl cover with a teatowel and set aside for up to one hour.
  6. After an hour, knead it another bit and divide it into equal parts of your desired size for pizzas.
  7. Shape each size and using a rolling pin create a nice, flat, pizza shape.
  8. Brush with olive oil, add your tomato sauce and toppings.
  9. Place in the oven for 10-20 mins or until the dough is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbling.



Going out for dinner should always be an enjoyable and fun experience; new foods, great company, nice wine. However, if you are trying to be healthy and change your eating habits it can be difficult to make the right choices.

Of course, if going out for dinner isn’t an everyday thing, by all means go for it; dessert and all! A lot of people have jobs (or social lives!) that require them to eat out quite a bit and so sometimes they need to make healthier choices.

Here we have listed some of the most popular types of restaurants and some healthy choices you can make when eating out.


  • Swap kormas for tomato-based dishes for a less calorific dish. The spicier the better in terms of metabolism – how hot can you go? Tandoori dishes are great as they are really flavoursome but don’t have a sauce and are the lightest item on the menu in an Indian restaurant.
  • Go for rice OR naan, not both. Skip the poppadoms altogether – they’re oily, not filling and definitely not healthy.


  • Have beans in your burrito instead of meat and leave out the rice. Beans are a great source of protein, low in fat and taste amazing. Even better, a lot of Mexican places often have burrito’s in a bowl, meaning less bread, more rice and veg.
  • If you are having meat, go for chicken as it is leaner than beef or pork.


  • Fried chicken is becoming popular here but good for you it ain’t. Try see if the place has chicken that isn’t deep-fried; often places will have some chicken dish that is marinated and grilled instead.
  • Skip the chips and go for a side such as salad or corn on the cob instead.


  • Go for tomato-based dishes rather than cream or cheese based sauces and your tummy will thank you for it.
  • See if you can get a sprinkling of feta on your pizza  rather than lots of melted cheese, which will leave you feeling bloated and sluggish.

Like we said, these swaps are great for people watching what they are eating or have to eat out a lot; always enjoy your meal out and treat yourself, you deserve it!


This is a really easy dinner to throw together after a long day at work.

Serves One

What you’ll need:

  • 75g wholewheat spaghetti
  • Juice and rind of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • handful of breadcrumbs
  • Sprinkle of feta (optional)

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Cook the spaghetti as instructed on the packet and set aside.
  2. In a frying pan heat the olive oil and add the garlic, soften.
  3. When the garlic has softened add the breadcrumbs and combine so they soak up the oil and garlic flavours.
  4. Squeeze in the lemon juice and add the rind, heat for a further 5mins.
  5. Combine the spaghetti and the breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Stir in the chopped basil.
  7. Sprinkle the feta over the dish, if using.
  8. Enjoy!