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With her genuine approach to blogging, Grace Mongey has gained a following of more than 100k on Instagram. 

Since the birth of her baby daughter Sienna, the beauty, lifestyle and travel blogger has chosen to get real about motherhood and isn't afraid to share some of the struggles she's encountered along the way. 

As she is just back from her summer break in Marbella, we have asked the makeup artist about her food habits.  

 

Never been happier #Family #MyGirl #SiennaHarper 

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What is your typical weekday breakfast?  

I love to mix it up at breakfast time. My favourites would have to be a slim bagel, smoked salmon and a poached egg, or some fruit with Greek style yoghurt and maybe some muesli too.

A coffee is always a must on the side! 

What do you usually have for dinner?

I generally would mix up the type of dinners I make but all would consist of meat, vegetables and a small portion of carbs.

Carbs like sweet potatoes, quinoa or butternut squash are always a hit. 

Is it different at the weekend?

Yes it can be for sure, it's a lot easier I find to fall off the bandwagon at the weekends and get a takeaway or indulge a little bit more.

I try to be as healthy as possible but we're all allowed a treat! We will cook something nice like Mexican food, fajitas are always a winner! 

I love to nibble on things like crackers and cheese, meats and hummus. 

 

The most incredible lunch. Buckwheat Pancakes #Yum #London #Lunch

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Do you snack during the day?

Of course, I always try to include as much protein as possible. My trainer recommends that so I'd have a protein shake with a banana, almond butter and milk. It's so nice, it's like a peanut butter milkshake!

Otherwise I'd have Greek style yoghurt with berries or some nuts.

What would be your ideal food day?

Cheese! Anything with cheese and more cheese! With bacon or bread. All the good stuff! 

What is your favourite dessert? 

Ohhh definitely a warm chocolate brownie and ice cream!

What is your favourite meal of the day? 

I would have to say breakfast. There are so many different things you can have for breakfast. Having a big breakfast or going out for brunch, I love both. 

Your favourite restaurant in Dublin/Ireland/the world? 

That's a really tough question! I don't know if I have a favourite because I love to try new places all of the time.

A great brunch spot though would be Noah&Co. in Liffey Valley. The food is delish.

The best brunch place in Dublin?

We love HQ on Grand Canal, that's gorgeous!! 

Any “food pet peeves”?

Mine would have to be when people automatically say they don't like something when they haven't tried it!

I'm one to try before I decide whether or not I like it. 

What food would you not eat for the whole world?

I hate ginger! It makes me feel ill even thinking about it…

What can we always find in your fridge?

Cheese, milk, yoghurt, oh and eggs!

You have friends over for dinner, what do you cook for them?

I love to cook and I have a few favourites. 

I would go for spaghetti bolognese, I love spaghetti.A stir fry either, my Mam says they are the best! I do a really nice chicken satay as well. Any of those I'd say! 

Do you find it hard to eat a healthy diet on a daily basis?

If I stay in 'the zone' I am totally fine, keeping up with workouts and eating healthy each week but it's when I fall off the bandwagon like I would have on my holidays, I find it really hard to get back on track!

I'm an 80/20 kind of girl though, so I do my best to eat healthy and work out as much as possible but I love some treats or cheat meals too. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Cheese! Any type, cheese boards with all the trimmings, olives, meats and grapes.

Cheese on top of cheese on top of cheese!!

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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.

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Scrolling Instagram in search of the most visually appetising food has become one of our passions in life. 

And behind one of our favourite foodie Instagram accounts is Amanda Holtz, aka Yummy Dublin.

Looking at her feed, you would wonder how Amanda manages to sport such a healthy figure with what she puts in her mouth…  

"When people look at my page, they assume I must be a 300-pound woman!" she laughs. "In actuality, I am a fairly good example of how to add balance to your diet. I eat quite healthy during the week, and allow myself 2 – 3 spread out cheat meals, which end up on YummyDublin."

"Life is about balance and food tastes so much better when it’s a splurge!"

 

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What is your typical breakfast?

6 out of 7 of my breakfasts consist of egg white omelettes with tonnes of veggies. I am a big fan of goats cheese and sun dried tomatoes so they almost always make an appearance as well.

On Sundays, I love a good brunch. I usually always go for a Benedict covered in Hollandaise sauce but if there’s something that seems particularly different or wild on the menu, I’ll go for that. And always with a side of extra crispy bacon!
 
What about lunch?

My lunches are usually huge salads with lots of veg and protein. My splurge lunch is (no surprise) a big fat juicy burger and American style buffalo wings. If calories didn’t exist, I’d live at Just Wing It in Tallaght and just eat both every day!

 

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What do you usually have for dinner?

Dinners are my usual eating out meals. As I’m sure you can see from my page, I like to switch it up and try different things. Italian, sushi and tapas are my absolute favourites, but I do enjoy a good steak every once and a while too.
 
Is your diet different at the weekend?

Well, I see my boyfriend on weekends as we live a distance away from each other. As a rugby player, he is able to eat just about anything he wants. So, when we’re together I’m often eating whatever he is.

Mondays are usually my cleanse day because of it! We love a good dessert, so the weekend is when I’m eating all those ice creams and donuts on Yummy Dublin.
 
Do you snack during the day?

I usually snack on fruits and a boatload of cheese (any kind, I don’t discriminate). I also love Proper Corn – especially the sundried tomato and Worcester sauce kind.
 
What would be your ideal food day?

Breakfast would be fillet steak, eggs benedict with extra hollandaise sauce, a side of extra crispy bacon, really dense brown bread and butter and a bottomless mimosa, obviously.
 
Lunch would be from Fallon & Byrne – homemade Pappardelle pasta with an assortment of salads.
 
And for dinner, I really love sharing food so my favourite dinner date is always tapas. A little bit of this, a little bit of that and of course, a jug of red sangria. 

 

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

Chicken Parmigiana!
 
What is your favourite dessert?

Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Salted Caramel Ice cream with fresh crème.
 
What is your favourite meal of the day?

Dinner because I always overdo it… and it is acceptable to drink a bottle of wine with it.
 
Your favourite restaurant in Dublin/Ireland/the world?

In Dublin my favourite is actually The Back Page. I love it because not only are the people awesome and the food fantastic, but also the vibe is great. For dinner and drinks, you can get the best pizza in town while kickin’ it and playing board games with your friends. On the other hand, if you go for brunch – you can sit outside and eat it in a hammock! Awesome spot.
 
In the world, there’s a little restaurant in Ocean City Maryland called Sello’s. It’s a great real authentic Italian restaurant with the best homemade gnocchi you’d ever eat.
 
The best brunch place in Dublin?

Bloom Brasserie for bottomless bubbly brunch!

 
Any “food pet peeves”?

I think going out to eat should be a experience, and it can be absolutely ruined by having bad service and especially cold food.

I’m also addicted to hot sauce so when a restaurant doesn’t have it, especially for breakfast, I hate that.
 
What food would you NEVER eat?

Ketchup. You could not pay me to eat it.
 
What can we always find in your fridge?

Goats cheese, sundried tomatoes and Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
 
You have friends over for dinner, what do you cook for them?

I would make Caprese chicken with tomatoes, balsamic and buffalo mozzarella or pasta with grilled chicken & prawns in a sundried tomato cream sauce. Oh and two words… White. Wine.
 
Do you find it hard to eat a healthy diet in a daily basis?

Not at all, I think it’s a lifestyle change and it’s all about balance. I eat healthy most of the time, making my splurges that much tastier. Plus, when you’re able to cook well or know what to order, healthy food is fantastic.

 

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What is your guilty pleasure?

Pasta, ice cream and carrot cake.
 
What is you go-to drink?

Vodka & soda water or a pint of Guinness, depending on my mood.
 
Your favourite place for a drink in Dublin? 

If I’m having a night where I’ll undeniably end up in Coppers, I would go for a flavoured vodka at Camden Exchange. But honestly, I really love heading to Temple Bar area. I love a pint at the Auld Dubliner and a great Saturday night at Bad Bobs.

 

Marshmallow vodka anyone? #BestCraftCocktailsInTown

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Founder of lifestyle blog I Come Undone, Sarah Hanrahan's eye for food, fashion and trends got her crowned Social Influencer of the Year at the inaugural SHEmazing Awards

Scrolling through her Instagram, you'd realise rather quickly that the Dublin-based blogger is a true foodie –  always looking for some exciting new places to try.

From her usual breakfast to the best place for brunch in Dublin, we have asked Sarah all her food secrets!

 

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What is your typical weekday breakfast?

Lately I've been introducing protein smoothies into my morning routine as I've been working out regularly but they're nothing fancy – just some protein powder, whatever fruit I have and water.

What about lunch?

My standard weekday breakfast is usually something made around eggs and smoked salmon (I eat smoked salmon nearly every day… I'm obsessed!), maybe a slim bagel with the above or, a salad plate if I'm feeling virtuous.

I try to stick to veggie-based meals or something with fish as I'm getting less and less comfortable with eating meat.

 

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What do you usually have for dinner?

I eat out a lot for dinner as you can imagine! I usually have a list of places I'd like to try each month based on a mix of recommendations, my own research and press releases so, I'll aim to head to one or two of them each week.

If it's a meal at home, I like to keep it simple to make up for my indulgences while eating out so again something fish and veg based…

I don't do things by halves so I enjoy myself when I'm out so I try and keep it low calorie when I'm home; the only way I can manage to stay in shape and still enjoy myself!

Is it different at the weekend? 

(Warning that I'm about to make the ultimate millennial statement but…) Brunch is a must! My food posts are quite brunch-heavy as my partner Sean and I take our Sunday dates pretty seriously.

Anywhere offering some progressive brunch options will make the cut for me and being dog-friendly or offering comfortable outdoor seating has become vital since we got our little staffy Stanley.

If a heavy night has been had I may indulge in a Sunday night takeaway too.. sure, life is short! Straight back to the green smoothies come Monday morning though! 
 
Do you snack during the day? 

I'm admittedly a BIG grazer but try to keep it to a minimum and tend to snack on fruit, corn cakes, homemade soup etc… nothing too bold but the calories do add up nonetheless and I'm not someone who can eat rings around them and stay slim, unfortunately.

 

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What would be your ideal food day?

An epic hotel buffet breakfast so I can have a small bit of all the deliciousness to start the day (those mini pastries get me every damn time.), a goats cheese, roast Mediterranean veg lunch (with warm garlic bread).

Then, a veggie burger with all the trimmings, chips and an obnoxious amount of garlic sauce for dinner with fro-yo (& toppings) for dessert. Throw in a Dairy Milk & some Meanies to snack on too… this IS the best food day ever after all!

 

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

Smoked salmon. Without a doubt.

What is your favourite meal of the day?

I look forward to breakfast the most as I'm always starving when I wake up. If I have the time to go out for breakfast I get so excited about it… it's the little things in life!

The best brunch place?

These questions are so hard to answer for me as I LOVE so many Dublin places but off the top of my head Herbstreet, Canal Bank Cafe, Nimmo's in Galway or Liberty Grill in Cork.

Any “food pet peeves”?

I will eat anything you serve me, I'm not fussy at all. I used to believe that fruit didn't go with food (if that makes sense!) but I've eaten too many epic dishes with fruit in them over the last few years to continue that belief.

What food would you not eat for the whole world? 

Live monkey brain… a Malaysian delicacy we came across when travelling. Barbaric. Ethically I could never eat that.

Do you find it hard to eat a healthy diet in a daily basis?

With the industry I'm in there are lots of exciting events with lots of delicious nibbles on offer which can make it hard to stay on track… often they're alongside drinks which make it harder to keep your resolve but I try and keep to not totally depriving myself but having a little.

Also eating out as much as I do can make it harder to watch calories but I rarely have more than one course which helps to avoid over indulging.

 

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What is your guilty pleasure?

Crisps!… I love Chilli Heatwave Doritos or salt & vinegar Hunky Dory.

What is you go-to drink/cocktail in a bar/pub?

I love cocktails that have a sour, spicy or basil base.

 

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Your favourite place for a drink in Dublin? 

Peruke & Periwig for a quiet one. Pyg or No Name for one that might turn into a few and of course Keogh's on a sunny day.

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He may be famous for his quirky personality and laugh-out-loud posts on social media, but James Kavanagh is also a real foodie. 

Alongside his boyfriend, William Murray, the social media star is currently working on a cookbook which will be out next year.

Called The Currabinny Cookbook, named after their successful food company, it will be a collection of James and William's most sought-after recipes; from breakfast ideas to sumptuous suppers and sweet treats. 

Before you can get your hands on the book and make his favourite recipes at home, James Kavanagh shared with SHEmazing his food habits, guilty pleasures and pet peeves.

 

The sunset in Athlone is outrageous #AthloneToDaBone

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What is your typical weekday breakfast?

I usually grab whatever is in the fruit bowl and have a Revive Active – so,so good for energy. 

What about lunch?

I’m currently obsessed with Industry's salad boxes – I get one of those almost every day.

They have new salads every day, so you’re never bored. Make sure you get the hummus too – it’s life changing.  

What do you usually have for dinner?

Some sort of pasta or fish and vegetables.

When I’m feeling lazy (which is all the time), I get Cotto pizza or Brother Hubbard via Deliveroo. 

 

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Is it different at the weekend?

Myself and William have more time at the weekend, so we tend to go wild in the kitchen, and pour loads of time and energy into a meal.

William usually goes all out and whips up a cake too. 

Do you snack during the day?

Crisps are my weakness. I’d eat bags and bags of them.

Tayto Cheese & Onion are my fave (at the moment). 

What would be your ideal food day?

For breakfast, I'd have almond milk porridge from The Westbury. 

For lunch, whatever the special is in The Pepper Pot. 

Dinner would be the tasting menu in Chapter One.

Finally, for dessert, I'd have a Cremia ice-cream cone from Japan (the best ice-cream you’ll ever have).

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

Pasta (all kinds of pasta) 

What is your favourite dessert? 

Our Currabinny Soaked Orange Cake!

 

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What is your favourite meal of the day?

Dinner. It’s always exciting. 

Your favourite restaurants in Dublin/Ireland/the world?

In Dublin, I love Coppinger Row – there’s always such a gorgeous atmosphere there. 

In Ireland (this is SO hard to chose!) maybe Café Paradiso in Cork. Proof that meat is not necessary to make an exquisite meal.   

The best brunch place in Dublin?

Fia in Rathgar. The best eggs in Dublin. 

Do you have any “food pet peeves”?

Raisins; they seem to be in everything and they RUIN everything.

Even people who are fond of a raisin would prefer a plain scone, or to not have them in a curry or couscous.

PLEASE STOP PUTTING RAISINS IN FOOD!!

What food would you not eat for the whole world? 

Coddle – not if you paid me. 

 

Surprise bitch x

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What can we always find in your fridge?

Elderflower cordial. 

You have friends over for dinner, what do you cook for them?

Our halloumi burgers – they always win hearts.

Do you find it hard to eat a healthy diet in a daily basis? 

No, not at all. Good food is plentiful these days, and most cafes and restaurants are pulling up their socks and tweaking menus to suit those after wholesome dishes. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

A cheese toasty. I’d have them every day… 

What is you go-to drink/cocktail in a bar/pub?

Espresso martini or a G&T.

Your favourite place for a drink in Dublin? 

L’Gueuleton. And the barman William is really hot!

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Imagine that you are working in some of the best restaurants in the country, and your job is to come up with the most delicious ideas for desserts: that is the life of Aoife Noonan.

Previously Head Pastry Chef for the Michelin-starred Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, the 28 year-old Dubliner is now Executive Pastry Chef at SMS Luna

While we feel jealous that she gets to try all these delicious cakes and desserts, we also wondered how she manages to stay in shape.

Her secret? You might have guessed: she doesn't eat cake all day.

 

Itty Bitty loaf of Saffron Bread anyone? #DublinRestaurants #Dublin #Food

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What is your typical weekday breakfast?

I always make the time to have a good breakfast. I start the day with a huge glass of water, then coffee, and usually eggs.

I love eating vegetables for breakfast, a favourite would be roasted beetroots, poached eggs, greens; usually kale or rocket, tomatoes and romesco sauce. So tasty! 

Otherwise it's soaked oats or porridge with a mountain of various toppings like berries, nuts and seeds if I'm not feeling the eggs. 

What about lunch?

Working in a kitchen all day means sometimes lunch is forgotten. I get peckish and start to pick at things otherwise, so a lot of the time I bring lunch with me.

I meal prep a few bits and pieces throughout the week so I always have things to throw together for lunch. 

I love prepping lots of roast vegetables, sweet potato, squash, peppers, then have them in the fridge ready to go into a salad with chicken, tuna or chickpeas with some greens.

As a pastry chef, how do you manage to keep in shape? 

I train in the gym four times a week. Being on my feet all day obviously ensures I stay active.

Eating well is so important and contributes massively to a healthy lifestyle. 

Do you eat cakes and sweets on a daily basis? 

Believe it or not, many are surprised to find I don't gorge on sweets all day! Being a pastry chef means I'm constantly developing, creating, and tasting, all day every day. It's my profession.

But I love savoury food and will choose savoury over sweet out of work. Obviously I have a sweet tooth or else I wouldn't do it for a living. 

What do you usually have for dinner?

Dinner during the week is usually fairly simple, if I go to the gym in the evening it needs to be something quick to prepare so I can get it eaten soon after I come home.

I love chilli with brown rice and smashed avocado, or Middle Eastern spiced chicken with quinoa and hummus and lots of salad.

Is it different at the weekend?

Dinner at the weekend is much more laidback, and I can enjoy taking the time to cook. I love making a roast at the weekend, or eating out. 

 

 

Unreal feed @bastible111 this afternoon Thank you @bazfitzo ! #bastible #sundaylunch

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Do you snack during the day?

I try to eat every 3 to 4 hours, so I would snack on fruit; berries or melon and yoghurt, with pumpkin seeds and almonds.

I love nut butters, so eating them with something crunchy like quinoa cakes or crackers always hits the spot. 

What would be your ideal food day?

Breakfast would be waffles and truffled eggs in Duck and Waffle in London.

Lunch would be a sort of Afternoon Tea/Lunch hybrid in the Ritz or the Shelbourne. Absolutely love it.

Dinner would be the tasting menu in the Ledbury in London. 

 

Savages. #afternoontea #thewestin 

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

Cheese. Obsessed. 

What is your favourite dessert? 

I love a simple Victoria Sponge. Soft fluffy sponge with cream and jam and a nice cup of tea, can't beat it. 

What is your favourite meal of the day?

I love having a good breakfast and starting the day right. But my favourite meal of the day would have to be a long lazy lunch, like the French do.

When I lived in France I learned how much of a huge part of the culture it is. A few hours, a few courses, a few glasses of wine, good company, it's so relaxing. 

 

Summer on a plate! Tomato, courgette & goats curd. @forestandmarcy @macsuibhne1 #summerfood

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Your favourite restaurant in Dublin/Ireland/the world?

My favourite restaurant in Dublin is Forest and Marcy. Ciaran is doing amazing things and every time I eat there I have an outstanding meal.

Outside of Dublin, I love the Tannery in Waterford.

One of the best meals I ever had was in Restaurant Jan in Nice, France. The chef is South African and fuses classic French with food from his native country. The combination of flavours and concepts and how he executed them were outstanding. I didn't want the meal to end. 

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Talented stylist and mother of two, Eimear Varian Barry, is the kind of girl we wish we could count as a friend. 

Her perfectly curated Instagram account made us follow her, but it is her funny, pretty and authentic daily Insta stories that really got us addicted.  

And now the Cork-native speaks to SHEmazing about her eating habits and what she loves to cook for her family and friends.

What is your typical weekday breakfast?

My go-to breakfast is 3 hard boiled eggs and a small avocado or Flahavan's organic porridge. 

What about lunch?

I usually have a French baguette with vintage cheese and Ballymaloe relish and spinach, or leftover dinner from the night before! I love mozzarella on sourdough with balsamic and basil too. 

What do you usually have for dinner?

I LOVE cooking dinners. I'm not the best chef, but I still love cooking. I'll do all the basics like spag bol, shepherds pie, lasagna.

I love making beef stew and having it with fresh bread and Kerrygold butter! 

Is it different at the weekend?

Yeah – I always get an Indian or Thai on a Friday night.

Saturday I'm usually in London working, so will dine out and Sunday is usually a roast. 

Do you snack during the day?

I love fruit and veg as a snack and anything cheese-related! Brie on an oat cracker with honey on top is so good.

Also sugar snaps, bananas, blueberries, carrots and hummus are always in my fridge! 

What would be your ideal food day?

I love the avocado on toast in Bill's for breakfast, or the fresh pastry basket at Berners Tavern at the London Edition.

The Riding House Cafe has amazing food (big, rich portions).

Dishoom's lamb chefs special for dinner and Jamie's Italian for dessert! 

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

Thai food!

What is your favourite dessert? 

Cheesecake, biscuit base, not baked. 

What is your favourite meal of the day?

Dinner! I love being hungry for a massive feed! Haha!

I just love the art of dining. And having the family eat at the table is really important to me. 

Your favourite restaurant in Dublin/Ireland/the world? 

I was just in Berlin and was blown away by House of Small Wonder.

I'm also obsessed with all of Jamie Oliver's restaurants. 

The best brunch place in Dublin?

Definitely The Pepper Pot! I love Industry & Co for sweet bites and coffee. 

What food would you not eat for the whole world? 

Don't think I'd ever be into Asian street food…frogs and all that..

What can we always find in your fridge?

I always have bottles of water, organic Yeo Valley milk, organic cheese, brie (the good stuff) , Kerrygold butter, Ballymaloe relish, mayo, strong mustard, cherry tomatoes, organic Greek yoghurt, organic beef, basil, coriander, spinach, broccoli, hummus.

This is quite boring actually! 

You have friends over for dinner, what do you cook for them?

I love doing big pies that you can just dig in and dish up . Like, cannelloni or lasagna or chicken pot pie. 

Do you find it hard to eat a healthy diet on a daily basis?

No, not at all. I'm not an obsessive healthy eater, but in general I eat good, wholesome healthy food.

I wouldn't touch crisps, fizzy drinks or deep fried food.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Those little butter biscuits you get with your coffee. They sell them now in Tesco and I'm obsessed!!

 

Brunch today here in frosty Surrey. 

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What is you go-to drink/cocktail in a bar/pub?

I rarely drink, but when I do, it would be a lager. Even the smell of ale gives me a headache.

Sometimes I have red wine in the winter.

Cocktail wise, I like an Amaretto Sour or a Tom Collins.

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While we may all have that Friday cheat day feeling, we do have majorly good intentions when it comes to healthy eating. 

Dublin-based blogger Holly White is the definition of the picture of good health.

Passionate about wellness, natural beauty and plant based eating, the journalist turned stylist is a true inspiration to add more greenery to our plates thanks to her beautiful Instagram account. She is also the co-creator of Nutmost, a healthy snack range.

From her favourite food to what you can find in her fridge, Holly shares with us her eating habits and super healthy lifestyle.

What is your typical weekday breakfast?

If I’ve been to the gym I make a smoothie with Welleco Vegan Protein, berries, spinach, a banana, Udos oil and water. I’ve tried a lot of vegan proteins and this is the nicest tasting one I’ve found. It’s really delicious and organic. 

Otherwise I have porridge made with jumbo oats soaked overnight. I top this with some coconut yogurt, berries and seeds. I think oats are a really reasonable staple food. A bag keeps us going for weeks. 

What about lunch?

Lunch will be some leftover roasted veggies from the night before thrown onto salad leaves, lots of balsamic dressing, hummus and maybe some rye or sourdough toast. 

I’m a big believer in bulk cooking dinners for saving time and avoiding temptation, which doesn’t always work out but I do try! 

What do you usually have for dinner?

Dinner is my favourite meal. Usually we will have roasted veggies, sweet potato wedges, salad and some chickpeas or tofu. At the moment I am really into marinating tofu, and cider vinegar and tamari works so well. I also love roasted cauliflower and I use lots of different herbs. 

I always make sure to have a vegan protein, lots of leaves and something warming and comforting like the sweet potatoes or roasted vegetables. 

Most nights I’ll have a few squares of dark chocolate with some tea afterwards also. 

 

Dinner tonight #sweetpotatoaddict

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Is it different at the weekend?

Totally. At the weekend we might of out for dinner of if it’s a Sunday and we go for brunch we tend to pick on snacky food in the evening afterwards. There’s no routine and I love that. 

Do you snack during the day? 

Well I do love Nutmost, which is an activated almond product myself and my husband co-created. The Himalayan salted ones are my favourites. I also love a good energy ball and if I’m having a busy day I’ll try find time to stop and have an almond milk latte.

I try to only drink 1 coffee a day and I do genuinely savour it. We got given a Nespresso for our wedding and the temptation is now there daily in my kitchen! 

I also make my own Kombucha. I did a 10 week course on raw food and fermentation and love having this most days also. 

What would be your ideal food day?

In an absolutely ideal food day I’d have pancakes for breakfast with loads of coconut yogurt, berries and almond butter and an almond milk latte.

For lunch I’d head to the Happy Pear in Greystones for a feed and I’d skip dinner and go straight to dessert and have my raw lemon and raspberry cheesecake!

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

I’m really into a good smoothie. I could live on those for the rest of my life. 

What is your favourite dessert? 

Our wedding cake is the nicest dessert I’ve ever had. It was a raspberry and chocolate raw torte made by Susan Jane White.

It’s on the cover of her second book The Virtuous Tart. We served it with fresh Wexford strawberries and Nobo Salted Caramel. It was so good! Vegan or not everyone loved it! 

What is your favourite meal of the day?

A Saturday morning breakfast is the nicest moment of the week for me. I love taking time, maybe getting the papers and staying in my PJ’s as long as possible. 

 

All you need to make your good morning a great morning 

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Your favourite restaurant in Dublin/Ireland/the world?

My favourite restaurant in Dublin is Sova Food Vegan Butcher off Camden Street. The owner Bart is incredible. We first went when he had a pop up in Rathmines and it’s amazing to see him now having one of the busiest places in Dublin. It’s BYOB and the food is so beautifully presented and a great addition to the Dublin food scene. 

In Galway, I love Ard Bia at Nimmos and also Orso in Cork. Both do such great locally-sourced food and have real charm and character. 

In LA I love Café Gratitude. It’s a vegan hub and full of a really eclectic mix of people and incredibly delicious food. 

When I first ate there I was blown away by things like vegan cheesecake which is made with cashews and has the same texture but didn’t give me the bloat that normal dairy cheesecake did. I found it very inspiring. 

The best brunch place in Dublin?

I love Two Boys Brew. We’ve gotten to know the guys behind it from going in and out a few times and they’re lovely.

It’s a really exciting time for food in Ireland and I love seeing so many entrepreneurial people who are passionate about doing things well.

Everything there is fresh, locally-sourced and they have no problem tweaking things to make sure you get exactly what you want. 

 

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Any “food pet peeves”?

Poor hygiene and presentation or bad service in any restaurant.

I feel if you are paying for something it should be nicer than what you could do at home. 

What food would you not eat for the whole world? 

I’m vegan for the past 3 years so meat would now be a big no for me. I’ve no interest and don’t miss it and giving it up has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 

What can we always find in your fridge?

Loads of coconut yoghurt, berries, sweet potatoes, avocados, lots of roast veg leftovers and some dark chocolate. 

You have friends over for dinner, what do you cook for them?

I love the idea of letting people help themselves so will always serve things buffet style. 

I try to prep as much in advance so as I can actually enjoy the evening so ideally I would do a few Ottolenghi style salads, loads of dips and hummus, great bread and a simple main like a veggie curry. 

I also think if someone offers to bring something say yes! You don’t have to kill yourself preparing for a dinner party! 

Otherwise I’d probably serve fresh strawberries and a good vegan brownie for dessert with some Nobó – which is a dairy free Irish ice cream company. !   

 

Toasting to a happy honeymoon!

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Do you find it hard to eat a healthy diet in a daily basis?

Working from home I find it hard to avoid constant snacking throughout the day. Whenever I am avoiding something or stuck I find myself making more and more cups of tea.

I definitely think if you can get organised food wise you save so much money. I’d say I eat well about 3 days out of five during the week. I go to a lot of events with work and if there’s treats on offer it’s hard to resist. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

A glass of Champagne and some dark chocolate is always a treat or I love Booja Booja – which is a dairy-free ice-cream you get in health food stores. The raspberry one is amazing

Your favourite place for a drink in Dublin? 

I love Peruke and Periwig on Dawson street. It’s really intimate and so creative. 

 

Get over the Tuesday blues… Bottoms up! ‘Bellini Bottom Blues’ #Peruke

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With three branches in Dublin – one currently hosting a smoothie bowl pop up – Cocu is one of our favourite places for a health food fix in town. 

And we have asked founder of Cocu, Emilia Rowan, successful chef and entrepreneur, to share her food and drinks habits with us. 

 

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What is your typical breakfast?
I usually have eggs, smoked salmon and smashed avocado in Cocu.

What about lunch?
It is very boring, but I would mostly have a Cocu salad, or a wrap when I'm on the go.

I love sushi and ramen so I go to The Ramen Bar on South William Street when I meet my dad for lunch.

Another favourite is the "Al pastor tacos" in El Grito on Merchant's Arch – they do the most authentic tacos and it is always busy and affordable.  

What do you usually have for dinner? 
I love fish: it's quick and easy to prepare so perfect for dinner as I am usually home late.

It is different at the weekend, I would either be eating out or having people over to our flat. When eating out, I love a good pizza place, or a Bunsen! 

Do you snack during the day?
I don't really snack, probably because I am working on my feet and on the move. I think if I was sitting at a desk all day I would probably snack to break up the day. 

What would be your ideal food day?
Breakfast would be in Spain, a tostada with jamon iberico and tomato spread, a strong coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Lunch would be moules frites and for dinner, I would share an Indian feast in Pickle Restaurant on Camden Street.

The one food you could have everyday for the rest of your life?
Eggs; I eat them every day, in lots of different ways.

What is your favourite dessert? 
Vanilla ice cream with loads of hot chocolate sauce! 

What is your favourite meal of the day?
Dinner, because there's time to enjoy it and I'm usually eating with either my boyfriend, family or friends. I love cooking dinner for anyone who is around.

Your favourite restaurant in Dublin/Ireland/the world? 
Terra Madre on the quays: it is like you have stepped into an Italian family home. The food and welcome is the best, if I could eat there every day I would! 

The world…Japan; I am dying to go to Japan and eat my way around.

The best brunch place in Dublin?
I'd have to say Cocu on Chatham Street! We do a healthy brunch there at the weekend and there is no booking needed.

I'm not a big fan of eating brunch around Dublin, I like to be more spontaneous at the weekends and most brunch places you have to book which doesn't really suit me.

Any “food pet peeves”? 
Poorly filled sambos. I like mine to be packed with filling.

 

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What food would you NEVER eat? 
Not much, I will try anything once, and haven't come across much that I wouldn't eat again. I'm easy to please food wise.

What can we always find in your fridge?
Lemons and garlic. I would use both a lot in cooking, Lemons especially; if in doubt, add a squeeze of lemon or some zest. 

You have friends over for dinner, what do you cook for them?
Anything and everything. I love cooking Middle Eastern things, as they're great for sharing.

My favourite cookbook at the moment is called Honey & Co (from a Middle Eastern restaurant in London). Last week, I cooked butterflied lamb with salad, hummus, pomegranate, pickled red onion and yoghurt. It was tasty and perfect for sharing. 

 

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Do you find it hard to eat a healthy diet in a daily basis?
Yes and no; I have pretty good habits generally. However if I am in any way hungover, the healthy diet gets derailed slightly. But there's no point not enjoying life, so I try not to beat myself up about it and annoyingly follow my dads advice of 'everything in moderation' – it is the best advice but I don't like telling him he's right!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Fried chicken from the chipper. A recent find and it is a serious guilty pleasure…

What is you go-to drink? 
I love ice cold beers in a pub and if I need a pick me up, an espresso martini is my favourite. 

Your favourite place for a drink in Dublin? 
Slatterys in Rathmines. Great atmosphere and interesting people to chat to.

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