7 Deadly Things About Brasserie Sixty6

The Location

South Great George’s Street, arguably the best area around Dublin to eat and drink in for… oh, the past millennium or so, is so great that sometimes it’s hard to decide on where to go. 777 to the left of me, Pi Pizza to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle when all I’m looking for is a bit of warmth and a hearty meal to take away the autumn chill. Enter Brasserie Sixty6.

The Plates

Delicious dishes on the menu to delicate ones on the wall, Brasserie Sixty6 has a large arrangement of ornate and one-of-a-kind decorative plates on display. The collection compliments the comfortable feeling and also serves as a romantic backdrop for photos, in other words – it’s Instagramable.

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Brasserie Sixty6, South Great Georges St., Dublin 2

The Bread

Roth's Bakery ft. on 7deadlythingsWhen you’re spoiled with Tartine bread (bought from Minetta Delicatessen) it’s hard to settle for anything else. But the bread served to us on arrival, and again with the soup was so fresh and soft and melt in your mouth malty. It’s baked close by at Roth’s Bakery in Glasnevin, who bake bread exactly how the inventor of bread intended it to be baked.

The Set Menu

Brasserie Sixty6 ft. 7deadlythingsUnpretentious food is a favourite in that it’s not attempting to be anything more than it is. That said, the set menu is creative and takes into consideration the saison d’être. I went for the confit of duck to start, and the hake for my main, while my cuz enjoyed the wild mushroom soup followed by rotisserie chicken, mash, peas and gravy. Sometimes you don’t want a deconstructed this or a fancy-shmancy that. It is what it is and was yum.

The Artwork

By the bar there are some really cool art pieces, especially loving that mirrored Art Deco poster for “Quinquina Bourin,” 1937 by French twins Pierre and Jacques Bellenger.

The Dessert

Brasserie Sixty6 ft. on 7deadlythingsIf you don’t feel like a sweet you can order a cocktail instead. Nice to have the option, so we got one of each: The Oriental Flower was gin mixed with lychee and apple sour, Luxardo Maraschino and fresh lemon; and an apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce.

The Venue

We sat at the table for a good few hours. Nobody minded, nobody rushed us. Plenty of time for chats and lols. Just as we were finishing a party of 104 guests arrived. The pace picked up and there was a good buzz about. It’s a big group kinda place, a sorta Christmas party type venue, or simply somewhere to play catch-up with a pal.

Contact: 01 4005878; brasseriesixty6.com
Prices: €€€
Opening times: Mon-Fri: Lunch 12pm-3pm, Dinner 4pm to late; Sat & Sun: Brunch 10am-3pm, Dinner 4pm to late
Reservations: Recommended

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7 Deadly Paintings by Roderic O’Conor

Works of Irish artist Roderic O’Conor (1860–1940) are at the National Gallery of Ireland from now until October 28. Tickets available online or from the ticket desk.

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Roderic O'Conor NGI.1642 The Farm at Lezaven Photo ©NGI
The Farm at Lezaven, Finistère, 1894. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.

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Roderic OConor Breton Pots NGI.4721 Photo ©NGI
Still life with Apples and Breton Pots, c.1896-1897 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.

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Roderic OConor Bretonne NGI.4751 Photo ©NGI
Breton Woman, c.1903–4. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.

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Roderic OConor Self Portrait NGI.922 Photo ©NGI
Self-Portrait, 1903. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.

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Roderic OConor La Jeune Bretonne NGI.4134 Photo ©NGI
Young Breton Girl, c. 1895. Purchased 1975 (Shaw Fund). Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.

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Roderic OConor Aberystwyth NGI.4324 Photo ©NGI
Between the Cliffs, Aberystwyth, c.1883-4. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.

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Not a painting but here’s a photo of the man himself…

Roderic OConor Photo Courtesy NGI CSIA Archive
Roderic O’Conor. Photo Courtesy NGI.

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7 Deadly Things we Learned at the Legit Coffee Co. Home-Brew Masterclass

We went along to the Legit Home-Brew Coffee Masterclass, part of the Liberties Festival, and discovered it’s actually not that difficult to master the art of manual brewing. Here are 7 things we took away:

Get yourself a grinder

In no time you’ll become the self-respecting coffee lover you’ve always wanted to be –  grinding your own coffee beans every morning. Just keep in mind fresh grounds instantly begin to lose their aroma, up to 60% after only fifteen minutes. So grind wisely.

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The Legit Coffee Co. Home-Brew Masterclass Photo: JonathanHo

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Fridge or freezer or neither

Moisture is a big no-no for grounds and beans therefore the conditions in your fridge or freezer are unsuitable. When moisture is absorbed in that environment the original flavours begin to spoil from the odours of other foods. Commiserations to the coffee sat next to the frozen lasagna you’ll remember to defrost one of these days.

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Coffee can get mouldy

Take your instant coffees and café chains who require vast amounts of coffee to be produced – they generally go for the cheaper, quicker option, which often results in low-quality processing. If the beans aren’t washed and dried properly a fungi called mycotoxin may grow. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland have regulations to ensure imports have safe mycotoxin levels, which will never be high enough to cause any health damage. Still though. Remember, the better the beans the better the coffee.

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The Legit Coffee Co. Home-Brew Masterclass Photo: JonathanHo

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Coffee is good for you

Studies have found that the health benefits of coffee greatly outweigh the negative effects. Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory molecules known to have many health benefits, like decreasing risk of cancer and increasing athletic performance.

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Coffee knowledge is power

If you don’t know your cappuccinos from your double macchiatos these days go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect €200.

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Head barista Marcin Kotwicki at Legit Coffee Co. Photo: JonathanHo

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Legit Coffee Co. are legends

High fives to these guys and their commitment to quality. Their coffee is phenomenal and the food is delicious. It’s the perfect spot to take refuge from the rumble – definitely worth a visit.

Please note that head barista Marcin Kotwicki is a complete coffee sensei (he just won the Irish AeroPress Championships 2018) whose wealth of knowledge couldn’t possibly be presented in a punchy post like this. Drop in and say hello, he’s great.

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Head barista Marcin Kotwicki at Legit Coffee Co. Photo: JonathanHo

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Gooseneck kettles are cool

The shape of the spout, the control of the flow, the precision of the pour… it’s all very sexy really.

Gooseneck kettle

Legit Coffee Co., 1 Meat Mart Meath Street, The Liberties, Dublin 8

Mon – Fri 8.00AM – 4PM Sat 9.30AM – 4PM

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7 Deadly Things About Pi Pizza in Dublin

By John Paul Le Bon – August 2018

The Place

As soon as you eyeball the expansive floor to ceiling window front of Pi Pizza and peer beyond into what seems like a vast space, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped off South Great Georges Street and into somewhere in SoHo or Brooklyn. An enormous matte black and faded terracotta tiled wood fired dome oven, complete with oversized chrome flue, dominate the minimalist space. The seating is wonderfully eclectic, an array of tables, booths, high tables and window shelf seating all come together in a sort of crazy interior anti–floor plan that shouldn’t work but oh so does. One wall is entirely made up of unlabeled tomato pulp cans producing a brilliant silvery texture that is in perfect harmony with, and offsets, the matte black structural girders, catwalk and ventilation features. But the showstopper, is undoubtedly what appears to be a hanging kitchen, finished in white butcher tiles and suspended menacingly over the pizza chefs heads, this thing looks like a derailed Lower East Side subway about to come toppling onto the restaurant floor.

The Menu

As you’d expect from the peeps that brought us Foodgame on Shelbourne Road, the illustratively designed one sheet menu is simple and bursting with quality. With just eight pies to choose from you’d think it would be an easy decision; it was not.  The pizzas are split into two types, crushed tomato and Bianca (white pizza). There’s optional extras to add, like ‘Hen of the Woods’ mushrooms and Nduja, some fine home made dips; Chipotle mayo, roast garlic and herb mayo, and our choice, basil aioli. Two desserts complete the menu, vanilla ice cream (not the ordinary kind, this one is served with extra virgin olive oil and Maldon sea salt) and a chocolate Budino, a type of chocolate pot. A condensed wine list by the bottle and glass, an expertly picked selection of beers plus some delicious soft drinks (see Old Jamaica Ginger Beer).

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The Pizza

My pizza compadre and I (editor of this publication) deliberated for a good ten mins before we settled with the Margherita and the Zucca, “what’s a Zucca?”, I hear you say, an unbelievably delicious white pizza with two varieties of zucchini (that’s courgette to you and me), house ricotta (no words can describe), basil, garlic, salsa verde and Grana Padano topping with a killer double zero flour base. I’ve really never been one for crust but this one was the yin and yang of chewy and crispy with a yeasty depth that could keep you carbed up all day, everyday. The Margherita was that rare, sublime thing, the most basic combination executed to the highest standard. Our basil aioli made the two pizzas sing. The gold teaspoon that arrived to serve the dip just had us totally made up. This was the best pizza I’ve had outside of the Amalfi Coast and Southwest of France.

Pi Pizza
Traditional wood-burning oven made by cult-oven maker Stefano Ferrano

The Drinks

We just loved the tight, simple beer and wine list. Just nine beers and ciders, seven (our favourite number) wines, including a sparkly. The hot day that it was, and having only left the office, the boss and I were gasping for a cold beer. I went for the Ichnusa, an Italian unfiltered beer (filtered is so 2017) and Gus went with a 33cl can of Fathom IPA. We were not disappointed. Lots of “oohs!” and “ahhs!” – happy punters. Pricey though coming in six blips minimum each for a small bottle and can, but so damn refreshing. Next time I’ll be perusing the old world wines, the Senso Sangiovese particularly standing out.

The Service

So refreshing to go to a new place and be met with friendliness, professionalism and calmness. A bunch of good energy humans all over their game. Well brought up bucks that we are, we opted for cutlery with our pizza, not the done thing here at Pi, a slight eyebrow was raised by our server but she cheerfully returned with the coolest matte black, weighty instruments. Would happily return for the staff alone.

The Price

The pies range from €9 to €16 – great value when you weigh up the craftsmanship and quality. Add ons and extras are all super reasonable. I did feel that the pricing was off for the beers. Maybe that’s something the management can look at but other than that, really well considered price points. Our damage came to €41 for two pies, two beers and a dip. Money well spent for sure.

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The Overall Vibe

The Pi guys have nailed it. Can’t wait for my next pizza hit. 7 Deadly Things says “yes please!”

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Pi Pizza is located at Castle House, 10, 73 – 83 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2.


Pi

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7 Deadly Amy Winehouse Live Performances

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Live performances in full below:

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Amy Winehouse ▴ Valerie

The DL Sessions ▴ 2007

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Amy Winehouse ▴ Back To Black

Other Voices, Dingle, Ireland ▴ 2006

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Amy Winehouse ▴ Tears Dry On Their Own

Later… with Jools Holland ▴ 2006

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Amy Winehouse ▴ I Heard Love Is Blind

Porchester Hall, London ▴ 2007

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Amy Winehouse ▴ He Can Only Hold Her

De La Semaine, Paris ▴ 2007

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Amy Winehouse ▴ Wake Up Alone

Shepherd’s Bush, London ▴ 2007

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Amy Winehouse ▴ I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know

De La Semaine, Paris ▴ 2007

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7 Deadly Dublin Coffee Shops Doing Extracurricular Things

Home Coffee-Brewing Masterclass | Legit Coffee Co.

Over the 5-day Liberties Festival (in its 48th year) happening 18th – 22nd July, Legit Coffee Co. will present a masterclass on choosing the right coffee to suit your taste buds, the methods of grinding and how to brew the perfect cuppa for the comfort of your own home. To grab yourself a spot register here.

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Write Club | Starbucks on the Quays

Every Monday morning Write Club hosts a free Meetup group to get some solid writing done. Whether you’re working on a novel, screenplay, poem or blog everybody is welcome here. It’s the perfect place to put and end to procrastination alongside other budding writers who need a creative space a couple of hours a week. Sign up here.

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Barber & Barista | Razors and Beans at The Morris Wallpaper Stores

Razors and Beans at The Morris Wallpaper Stores

A much needed and very welcome addition to the old Dublin street that’s brimming with potential, The Morris Wallpaper Stores serves up organic Rainforest Alliance coffee inside a beautiful building (with the most incredible wooden floors). Go grab a coffee or get a haircut or both. Shout them a like on Facebook and their Instagram‘s fun too.

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Café Theatre | Bewley’s Grafton Street

‘Tis a special little place that theatre upstairs in Bewley’s where local talent may go Wilde, showcase O’Casey, or you might see Shaw performed on your lunch break. Doors open Monday to Saturday at 12.50pm and the show begins at 1pm, lasting one hour. For latest showtimes, visit the website or thier Facebook page for more details.

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Wednesday Dinners | The Fumbally Café

The Fumbally Cafe

Wednesday nights are your chance to try what’s inspiring the kitchen that week at The Fumbally. The small plates menu is cooked by a rotating panel of chefs who work seasonal fruits and vegetables into the food theme of the evening. It’s delicious and nutritious and oh so good to eat.

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Arthouse Movies | The Irish Film Institute (IFI)

Afternoons or evenings – there’s always an independent/arthouse movie worth the watch at the Irish Film Institute (IFI). Arrive early to grab a coffee, although they do have a substantial selection of craft beers, the Guinness is good, and there’s a quiet sunny courtyard out the back too.

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Yoga | Two Pups

Two Pups

Happiness is… an early or midmorning class at Yoga Kitchen followed by avocado on Le Levain sourdough toast and a 3fe flat white downstairs at Two Pups on Francis Street.

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7 Deadly Insights for the Undecided on the 8th Amendment

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