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Here's how you can #ShopForIreland today

Three ways to support Irish businesses today.

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Even though we're all still practising social distancing and most of us are working from home, we still want to help support Irish food and drink producers. 

We've decided to help our readers #ShopForIreland so we'll be posting every day to highlight producers around Ireland. Get in touch on our social channels with your suggestions on who we should write about.

Paradiso at home

Café Paradiso in Cork may be closed right now, but the team have pivoted to offer customers the chance to enjoy Paradiso's plant-based menu from home. The Paradiso meal kits officially launched last week with each featuring partially prepared dishes with an instructional video showing customers how to finish them off at home. As well as meal kits, the shop at paradisoathome.com also has wine, condiments, books and more available for sale to make sure that you enjoy the full Paradiso experience while safe at home. Last week's meal kits sold out almost immediately, so when the online store reopens at 10am on Wednesday, June 3rd, we recommend that you place your order straight away. Click here for more info. 

READ MORE: A plant-based diet can fight climate change, according to scientists

Etto at home

To our complete delight, Etto has reopened for collection, offering partially cooked meals with minimal preparation required to finish the dishes. This week will be the restaurant's first for takeout, so spaces will be limited, but we expect to see more slots open up next week. This week's menu costs €60 for two people and includes snacks, charcuterie, a short rib and ragu main course, plus the famous Etto red wine prunes - thankfully! To order, email [email protected] for collection on Thursday through Saturday between 3pm and 7pm or Sunday from 10am until 2pm.

READ MORE: Teriyaki beef rib arancini recipe

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We’re back!!! 拾 We are starting to offer food for collection this week, from Thurs June 4th to Sun June 7th. We are offering a set meal for two people for €60. The ingredients are presented to you prepared and cold. There is a little heating and assembling involved but we aim to limit the work (and cleaning up) that you have to do! We have a limited number of meals available this week. We plan to add more dishes and options to our offering over the coming weeks. We are setting up an online ordering system but for now you can order by email ([email protected]). Please include your mobile number as we will contact you by phone to arrange payment. When ordering, let us know your preferred collection time. Please choose a half hour slot during the times below so that we can stagger collections and facilitate distancing. We will do our best to accommodate your chosen time but we will let you know if it needs to be adjusted: Between 3pm and 7pm on Thursday June 4th Between 3pm and 7pm on Friday June 5th Between 3pm and 7pm on Saturday June 6th Between 10am and 2pm on Sunday June 7th Collection will take place at the front door of Etto. Alternatively, if you are driving, you can pull up around the corner on Ely Place and call us on 016788872. We will run out and pop it in your boot. There will be plenty of wine available to purchase when you collect your meal. For now, we will just be taking payment by card and not cash. We can’t wait to see everyone again. ❤️

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Ichigo Ichie to reopen 

Takashi Miyazaki has announced that his Michelin-starred restaurant Ichigo Ichie will reopen on July 7th, just in time to celebrate the Japanese star festival Tanabata. This festival centres on the romantic story of the once-a-year meeting of stars Vega and Altair in the constellations Lyra and Aquila, which represent Princess Orihime and Hikoboshi respectively - by falling in love, they neglected their duties so the gods punished them by separating them with a river (the Milky Way) but they are allowed to meet once a year. 

The festival is a celebration of coming together after a long separation which sees people write hopeful wishes for the future on strips of coloured paper - which is particularly apt, considering that Ireland has been in lockdown for so long. Bookings to join Takashi for this special reopening feast will open on Monday, June 8th at 10am here, so set your alarms to make sure you guarantee your spot. 

READ MORE: In the kitchen with Takashi Miyazaki