It's fair to say that the only thing keeping us sane right now is the weather, and eating all the food (no change there really). So it's the perfect time to combine both with an outdoor picnic (ideally with three other people now that the reins have loosened slightly). Here's where to make a stop off for provisions on the way to the park.
Spitalfields announced this week that they were coming back, with picnic bags in tow. Their €65 offering for two looks enormous, with 13 different elements and a bottle of wine. Standouts include their famous devilled eggs, sausage rolls with Lakeshore mustard, Ballymakenny potato and herb salad, and a monster three desserts - a gateau opera, an Irish blackcurrant Eton mess and white chocolate cranberry clusters. No wonder it sold out in a day. Keep an eye on their Instagram for next week's release.
Launching next Tuesday, Pearse Street Café Cloud Picker's click and collect lunchbox looks right up our street. It's €13 (or €12 for the vegetarian option) and will change each week, but includes a main like fried chicken or stuffed savoy cabbage with egg-fried rice, a potato bun, salad, sauce and something sweet. It will always contain something fermented and you can add a homemade kombucha for €4, or whatever coffee you fancy. It's available from Monday - Saturday and you can book online via their website until midnight for collection the next day.
Eatyard at The Bernard Shaw in Glasnevin reopens at 12pm today for takeaway only. Two new vendors have joined the line up, Village Pizza and 3fe for coffee and pastries, and old reliables La Cocina Cuevas, The Saucy Cow, Janet's and My Goodness return. Grab your food and go for a sit down along the canal.
We've mentioned it before but we could hardly leave Mamó's new picnic hamper out of this one. We liked it so much we did it two weekends in a row, and a picnic along the Howth cliff walk overlooking the sea is a tonic. Order one for collection or delivery in North County Dublin here.
Two Boys Brew
We were very impressed with a recent visit to Two Boys Brew for a takeaway lunch. You can order online and wait outside while staff bring it to you, or join the queue to order inside and pick up Belview eggs, Ballymakenny Farm potatoes and a gigantic tub of granola while you're there. We highly rate the hotcake with strawberries, raspberries, lemon curd and vanilla mousse, but everything's a winner. Don't leave without a peanut butter cookie sandwich. Take it all to the Botanic Gardens or Blessington Street Park.
Fable & Stey