Só Sligo – so much fun (Part 2)

So Sligo bloggers day

Following on from our evening at the Yeats Experience which you can read about here, the next day we were up bright and early and headed for Streedagh Beach, we were blessed with the weather as it was such a beautiful day. The bloggers had enjoyed their night, some of them stayed at the Glasshouse Hotel, the others at Markree Castle. As I’m a local I stayed at home (it’s a hard life 😉 ).

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We met Prannie Rhatigan, who launched her new guide to edible seaweed that day, which is a companion to her Irish Seaweed Kitchen book.  We had a picnic on the rocks with some wonderful buttery cheese and sea spaghetti straws, seaweed smoothies and delicious seaweed truffles.

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Prannie took us for a walk down to the sea and explained all the different types of seaweed to us and what it’s good for. We even tried some seaweed straight from the rocks, it actually tasted really nice and not at all like I expected it to. It was very interesting hearing all about the seaweed and spending time in Streedagh.

At Eithna's by the sea After our lovely visit with Prannie we headed to Eithna’s by the Sea in Mullaghmore. This is a wonderful restaurant specialising in seafood, it has such a  friendly atmosphere and it’s a pleasure to eat here. I say it every time I come here but the food is like a work of art.

Seafood platterThis was a seafood tasting platter, there was salmon, crab, squid, mackerel, mussels and much more. We also had seaweed bread with seaweed pesto. Even the desserts contained seaweed and you’d never have guessed it. Lucy was very impressed by the waiters. She said she’d go for the food and stay for the waiters! 😉

Desserts from Eithna's by the seaI’m drooling at these looking at them now, they were fantastic. The one on the left was a lemon and carrigeen mousse, the middle is a chocolate (and seaweed) brownie, on the right is a meringue (with seaweed). After a lovely leisurely lunch it was time for Zack, Lisa, Susan and Dee to go off with Seatrails on a trek along the beach with Island View Stables. Lucy, Oonagh and I headed to Solas Spa at the Radisson Blu Hotel for some much-needed pampering.

Solas SpaI had a mini facial which was so lovely and relaxing I almost fell asleep! I’m just sorry that we were short of time as I’d have loved to have spent longer in the thermal suite (above).

The Wine Buff

We all met up again in Sligo town and headed to The Wine Buff for some gorgeous wine, cheese, bread, crackers and olives. Joe who runs The Wine Buff is a really nice man and very knowledgable about his products, I will feature him on the blog soon.

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It was soon time for us to go on the Food trail. The food trail is a brilliant idea with various pubs, restaurants and cafes throughout the town offering tapas sized dishes for €5 during the food festival. I think it would be great for this to be run all through the year, it’s a great way for people to try the various places without breaking the bank. My group headed to Donaghys where we had chicken wings and a selection of desserts, which we all really enjoyed. After that it was off to Osta for their food trail special which was a trio of croquettes….and if you thought we hadn’t eaten enough we went to The Glasshouse Hotel for more food!! There was also a brilliant flash mob….I was tempted to join in but couldn’t move after all the food!

DancersIt was a fabulous day, but the food festival didn’t end there. There was a trip to Coney Island with Prannie and Tra Bhan cooked mussels on the beach. There was the great family cook off at St. Angela’s College, pizza making with Rugatino and Sligo CTC, the food market and so much more. You can see all my photos from the festival here.

On the walk to Coney IslandMy thanks again to all involved in the festival (and apologies to Berenice for chasing her around the beach with a dead crab!) Also thanks to Connacht Gold for sponsoring a lovely day.

 

 

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Seaweed is surprising!

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Yesterday was all about seaweed. I happened to be in town and Voya were giving complimentary hand massages in Kate’s Kitchen. Voya is a wonderful range of organic beauty products based on hand-harvested seaweed. I love the smell of the products and the hand massage was wonderful, it’s the first time I’ve ever had one. The hand massages are taking place again from 11am-4pm and it’s free.

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After that it was off to the IT Sligo for the launch of Explore Mullaghmore. It was very interesting to meet some of the people who live and work in Mullaghmore and it’s so much more than just a seaside resort. You can go horse riding, scuba dive, go fishing, take a walk with a trained archaeologist, surf on some of the best waves in the world and have lunch in an award-winning restaurant…it really is a case of Sligo – Who Knew!

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I listened to the wonderful historian and author Joe McGowan telling us about times gone by, I really could listen to him all day, he’s such an interesting man.

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Prannie Rhatigan gave us an informative talk about the powers of seaweed. Who knew you could put it in a chocolate cake? It’s also extremely good for you and there are so many different varieties all with their own unique flavour. There were several other speakers including surfers who told us how to catch the big waves (I’m not that adventurous….yet).

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We got to try seaweed smoothies (which were delicious), seaweed bread and a wonderful seaweed and wild garlic pesto. I’m now a new seaweed fan! The rest of my photos from the launch are here.

I’m heading to Mullaghmore tomorrow for heritage walk and brunch with Seatrails and Eithna’s By The Sea restaurant. It’s at a special price of €20 for tomorrow only. There are still a few places left so why not come and join us?

Seaweed, Sun and Strandhill

Well you’d never have thought it was November! It was a beautiful morning here in Sligo. I had a couple of hours to myself so I went to Strandhill.

First stop was Shells Cafe for breakfast….I had a lovely cherry scone, it was fresh out of the oven and delicious. After a quick walk along the beach I went into Voya for a seaweed bath.

It was lovely and relaxing. You have your own room with a shower and steam unit in it and also a deep bath full of seaweed with as much hot water as you need.

The only thing I didn’t like was sitting on a shell 😉

You get an hour in the seaweed bath, the only sounds you hear are the sounds of the waves which are piped into the rooms. My skin and hair felt really soft when I had finished.

It was a lovely way to spend a morning 🙂