There's a decidedly summery feel to this week's Bite-Size news round up.
We have cocktails and chocolate-covered strawberries and iced coffees with a coconut twist - all perfect for the heatwave the country is experiencing.
Plus, there's info on a great new artisan food store in Galway and if you're in Dublin, there's some exciting news about Saba's new restaurant venture in the heart of the city.
Saba pop up
The much-loved Saba restaurant has a new home in Dublin’s city centre. It’s moved from Clarendon Street, its home for the last 15 years, to the space previously occupied by Eden Bar & Grill on South William Street. The new location joins the Baggot Street restaurant and three Saba To Go locations. It’s operating as a pop up for outdoor dining and take out from now until August. After that, it will close for refurbishment before opening as a new 120-seater restaurant offering award-wining Thai/Vietnamese fare (and those fantastic cocktails). sabadublin.com
Galway’s Gran Grans Foods, best known for its small-batch range of sauces, is setting up shop – literally – in Galway. Owner Nigel Murray, formerly head chef at Glenlo Abbey, and Magaly, his wife have revamped the old post office in Kilcolgan. The new Gran Grans artisan pantry offers barista-style coffee made from organic Peruvian beans and homemade pastries from local producers. There's also the Gran Gran range of preserves, relishes, dressings, dips and oils along with select products from other Irish artisan producers. grangransfoods.ie
Hensteeth, the Dublin gallery, shop and café, has just launched its very own cocktail range - The Henzo Mix. Hensteeth teamed up with Stilgarden Distillery to create a trio of drinks that are distilled, hand-mixed and bottled in Dublin 8. There’s Euphoria Crush (a sparkling blend of pineapple and grapefruit), Hollier Negroni (a classic bitter/sweet tipple) and Ninety Nine Spritz (an effervescent cocktail with notes of vanilla and a hint of biscuit). They’re available in 250ml and 750ml, priced at €14 and €35 respectively. Shop in-store or online. hensteethstore.com
Ice, ice baby
If there was ever a time for an iced coffee or two it's now. Just as well then that Nespresso’s iced coffee range is back for summer – and features a new limited-edition flavour too. The Barista Creations for Ice includes the new Coconut Flavour over Ice (€7 for 10 capsules) for both the Original and Vertuo systems. The coconut flavour is paired with the roasted, caramelly notes of a Latin American Arabica base espresso. There’s a trio of new Monin syrups, if you want to get creative with your coffee, and the brilliant stackable ice cube trays are back too. nespresso.com/ie
The sweetest thing
A new Irish food brand has landed in Brown Thomas Dublin. Located on Level 3 of the Grafton Street store, Glowberry serves up beautifully decorated chocolate strawberries. It's the brainchild of founder Leonie Emdadian who was inspired to set up Glowberry following the closure of her long-standing family restaurant due to Covid 19. The strawberries, sourced from Keeling’s, are double dipped in Belgian chocolate and decorated with sprinkles, gold leaf and more. You can also order online for delivery across Dublin and some areas of north Kildare or for collection from Glowberry HQ Dublin 15. glowberry.ie
There are few things nicer than warm, freshly baked cookies and Irish brand Hot Chip Dublin takes much of the hard work out of things with its range of bake-at-home cookie doughs. The business which was launched by Dave McSharry last year has now collaborated with Avoca on a new flavour. The Hot Chip Dublin Caramel, Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt cookie dough is priced at €8.95 and is available exclusively in Avoca stores. hotchipdublin.com