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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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Foodie bloggers have become part and parcel of Instagram life. 

If you want to know what a restaurant is like, the reality is that you''ll head to the location tag on Instagram or Twitter and have a sneak preview of what's on offer before committing to a lunch date. 

Amanda Holtz, the brain child behind Yummy Dublin, was inspired by this concept when she set up her now hugely popular and ever growing foodie 'gram .


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Yummy Dublin has taken off massively, and so when I meet up with the American student-turned cuisine connoisseur, we are heading to an exclusive menu pre-tasting at Michelin starred Dublin restaurant Pichet.  

Pichet was playing host to world renowned chef George Casey, as part of their Friends of Pichet guest chef concept, who is back in Dublin to run his elite catering business after travelling the world exploring all of the flavours Australia has to offer. 

Over a first course of 48 hour marinated and cooked lamb rib, Amanda, along with her equally gourmet gifted boyfriend Aidan, gave me an insight into her inspirations for her foodie blog. 

"When I would go out to dinner, I'd always look up the restaurant's food Instagram because I'm a visual person, I think most people are, so it's a way to literally see what's available," she said, leaning over to get the ideal shot of the beautifully presented lamb. 

"The rib was so tender that when we picked up the rib, the meat fell completely off the bone, and paired perfectly with a mint Kohlrabi slaw, making the best lamb and mint combination I've ever tasted," said Amanda, showcasing her truly foodie palette. 

On the topic of presentation, I wanted to know what the essentials are whe it comes to creating the perfect picture of food.

Yummy Dublin is awash with perfectly seasoned chips, painstakingly arranged desserts and well lit street food, and every single picture makes your stomach growl. 

"Presentation is part of the fun of going out to eat. Lighting is key," she said, using her iPhone flashlight to illuminate our next course.

"My Mom and my boyfriend always get so embarrassed because they think everyone is looking when I'm standing up taking food photos and using the light on my phone to get the best look for the food. Maybe people are looking but I choose not to notice."

Next up came the tuna tartare crackers. Yummy Dublin's thoughts?

"The black squid ink cracker, made these look like artwork. They looked fab and tasted every better. I grew up living a fave minute walk to the beach, so trust me when I say, I know my fish. This tuna was so fresh and the combination was light and delicious."

"The fish course for the pop-up is a Langoustine with fennel, diakon and pomelo. Chef George made a vegetarian version for us, with avocado instead of lanoustine, and a tomato oil drizzle. The flavours!"

"We were just looking up last night where we were going to go on Valentines Day," said Amanda, nodding to boyfriend Aidan as he helped her adjust the lighting for her shots of the avocado dish. 

"The Bank was an option, the clue is in the name but it's an old bank that's been turned into a restaurant. As far as scenery goes it's so cool, it's definitely Instagram worthy. They have big sharing plates so it's ideal for couples."

"Featherblade is where were actually going, we just booked our reservation last night, just because the boyfriend is such a steak lover but I think that most guys are. Also the price point is reasonable."

"There's only three main courses, but those are the places that you know they're really good because if they only have a couple of things that they specialise in then you know it's going to be amazing."

Chef George was on hand to deliver the last course of the evening, a fancy AF dessert of celery granata, raspberries and yoghurt.

"Usually I'm a chocolate girl, so this wouldn't be something i usually order, but it was fantastic. This was a perfect palate cleanser for a seven course meal," said Amanda.

Chef George Casey is heading up the seven course spread pop-up at Pichet this Sunday, January 29, in a one-night-only event that any foodie lover worth their pink Himalayan salt already has tickets for.