Hello you lovelies! It’s good to be back. I’ve been busy with work and classes, and we’ve also been catching up on some TV shows. Meanwhile, there’s a to-do list that’s a mile long, and along the way I turned a year older. It’s the first birthday that didn’t have much of a celebration. I went to work as usual, and my boss and colleague surprised me with a cake in the middle of class.
There wasn’t even any singing, just a simple “Happy birthday!”. I blew out the candle, then put the cake aside and continued teaching. The cake was cut up and eaten in between classes. That was pretty much it, and I’m fine with that. I really am getting old…
After work, I had my birthday dinner at Kinsale with Edwin. I had been planning to go again since I fairly enjoyed the dining experience there last time, and Edwin hadn’t tried it yet.
We started the meal with a couple of celebratory drinks. (It’s my birthday after all!) I had a glass of Prosecco.
Edwin had one of their signature cocktails, the West Side. It’s got Makers Mark whiskey, fresh grapefruit, honey and orange juice in it.
Sundried tomato and taleggio cheese arancini with beetroot relish, roasted garlic aioli, and a rocket and parmesan salad. I had this starter before and I’m either imagining things or these were bigger than the last time. Either way, I’ve got nothing but love for these delectable babies!
Lump crab cakes with pineapple and chilli salsa, and gherkin and caper mayonnaise. The crab filling was generous, and the flavours were subtle and balanced. Not bad!
Unfortunately, the confit pork belly with braised red cabbage, apple sauce, black pudding, and truffle jus was a bit of a disappointment. Overall, it was a little bland and just didn’t pack enough punch. I was hoping for some crispy skin on the pork belly to redeem the dish, but it was rock hard.
On the other hand, the zucchini “spaghetti” with green vegetables, artichokes, lemon, soft herbs and parmesan cream was amazing. Surprisingly, my favourite part of the dish were the artichokes (I don’t care much for them usually). Everything tasted great and there’s also that feel-good green factor!
This time, we were really full and had to pass up on the sweet stuff (shocking!), which was a shame because I really wanted to have their lovely black forest dessert. Well, we’ll eventually wake up early enough one Sunday and go there for brunch!
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