I often, thought not invariably, work on Saturdays. However, today was a work-free Saturday so I decided to go into town, town is as I mentioned before, is what the denizens of Dublin call their metropolis despite the fact that it’s a city.
I started the day with a coffee in Fallon & Byrne which is sometimes compared with New York’s Dean & Deluca. There is a section on the ground floor with a deli/coffee counter where you can sit and imbibe your choice of caffeine fix. Mine was a soya latte and it was good. Reports of the demise of the dinner party in Dublin, in these recessionary times, are methinks much exaggerated as I spied several people scooting about with baskets and small trolleys filling them up with what looked suspiciously like food-for-entertaining-friends-on-a-Saturday evening.
I checked out what was left in the sales and gave thanks to the shopping deities that I am so over buying things just because I spy a sign saying ‘reduced by seventy percent’. Unless of course they suit me, fit me, and are items I am likely to wear loads of times; today nothing fitted those descriptions.
I discovered a shop, called The Cloth Shop on Johnson’s Place off South King Street which sells both curtain and dress fabrics, that is newly opened since I was last in town. Dublin is a bit of a desert for those searching for dressmaking material and haberdashery so I suspect it will do well.
I had lunch in L’Gueuleton on Fade Street. I ordered the plat du jour (corn-fed chicken with a baked potatoe and red cabbage slaw). It was good, not sublime, but definitely good. Best of all, the price of the dish was An Age of Austerity friendly €13.95 and that price included a glass of wine.
I went into the Irish Design Shop on Bow Lane East to have a look around and ended up buying a small blue pottery jug by Dunbeacon Pottery. I have a thing about small jugs. I use them not as jugs but as mini vases. This one is perfect for the kitchen worktop.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.