Life in lockdown continues, and while it won’t change what we celebrate, it has changed how we do it. We suggest it’s time to swap your slippers for your second most comfy pair of footwear, wash your hair properly (not just the front so it looks passable on work Zoom calls), and maybe even put on a pair of trousers with a waistband while we guide you through the ultimate food options for all of life’s celebratory events. Just to note, while life has slowed down, the rate at which restaurants have to adapt is at Sandra Bullock in Speed levels. Please check directly with the restaurant in plenty of time to ensure they’re offering delivery or collection on the day you need it.
While quarantine birthdays suck, there’s always cake. If you’re not able to celebrate a friend’s birthday with them, we suggest sending cake. In fact, if you want to be our friend, sending cake is pretty much the key to our affections at any time of year. Mud Bakery is bringing us much needed quarantine joy through their deliveries. The week’s menu is uploaded every Saturday and available until it runs out, with delivery on selected days so do plan ahead. Also, do get more of the chocolate pecan cookie sandwiches than you think the birthday boy or girl will eat because they’re delicious, and friends don’t let friends run out of birthday cookie sandwiches.
We really want an excuse to order Finch and Berry's chocolate covered strawberries, and to a lesser extent would like a reason to send them to someone else. Word on the street is they're currently working on chocolate covered strawberry bouquets, which can be mixed with marshmallows, roses, macarons, chocolate bars and fresh berries, and we'll take one of those over flowers any day. Prices start at €35 for 12. See their selection here.
The Cake Café has launched a Sunday afternoon tea delivered across Dublin which includes enough sandwiches, scones, cakes, and prosecco cocktails for two for €59. Availability is limited so we’d suggest getting in touch with them well in advance so you don’t miss out.
If a birthday brunch is what you’re after, there are an increasing number of cafes and restaurants offering collection and delivery. We were especially excited to see Herb Street start a collection service in Grand Canal Dock. Lots of their brunch classics are now available including monster stacks of pancakes, chicken and waffles, eggs benedict and the French toast that’s served with a dangerous amount of rum butter caramel with bananas, pecans, and whipped cream.
Network Café on Aungier Street have launched brunch in a box available for collection or Saturday delivery (at a very reasonable €4) and includes hot and cold options like notions on toast (eggs and avo, natch), the brunch bap, granola, and buttermilk pancakes with lots of toppings. We've tried it and it's excellent value at €9 a head.
Mad Yolks egg-based breakfast sandwiches can be delivered to your door (within 3kms of their Fourth Corner bar location on Wood Quay) or are available for collection, along with pre-mixed cocktails. Want this service to continue after lockdown ends TBH.
The Big Night In
If you’re lucky enough to live with family, friends, or housemates who feel like they fit the bill, you can recreate the feeling of a celebratory night out at home - without the €30 taxi fare from town, or the dodgy kebab you semi-remember the next day.
The Quarantini Kit from Catch Events contains everything you need to make different cocktails each week. Send one to yourself, one to a friend, and mix them up while you catch-up on what’s not going on in each other’s lives. Perfect if you need a hug…e margarita.
Pickle have lots of dishes available for collection from Camden Street or for delivery within 5kms, and for 15% less than you’d pay in-house; more of this please, restaurants. We’d suggest ordering enough to guarantee leftovers for the following morning. Quarantine goals right there.