From award-winning whiskeys to some brilliant last-minute meal options for Valentine's Day this Sunday, there's plenty going on in the world of food and drinks this week.
We're also happy to report that a much-loved ice cream has just gone portable (perfect for those within-5k walks - no matter what the weather, we say) and if you're thinking of celebrating Feb 14th with your other half - or just your family or housemates - Irish brands have stepped up. There are lots of great options below, whether you're looking for a last-minute gift or a tasty meal to enjoy on Sunday. Read on to find out more.
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If you’re after some easy Valentine's Day gift ideas, or are thinking about ordering a special meal, Irish site StuffUNeed is a bit of a one-stop-shop. There’s a huge array of food and drink gifts on offer, from Champagne to chocolates, and some great restaurant at-home kits, such as Box Burger’s Beef Burger Box €34.99 pictured above) too. Stuffuneed.ie
Ice-cream on the go
We have some very good news for ice cream fans: Ben & Jerry's is now on a stick! To celebrate the 30th birthday of its iconic Cookie Dough ice cream the brand has introduced Peace Pops. They’re made with Fairtrade vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip, not to mention a cookie-dough-inspired centre - and it’s all covered in chocolate. The new Peace Pops are RRP€2.95 each or RRP€5.25 for a pack of three. Benjerry.ie
Aldi Ireland has been voted Own Brand Supermarket of the Year for its whisky/whiskey offering. It’s the second year in a row that the retailer has bagged the accolade at Whisky Magazine’s The Icons of Whisky Ireland awards. Aldi's range includes some top award-winners in their own right: Ardfallen Whiskey, €18.68/70cl, Highland Black, 8 Year Old Scotch, €14.74/70cl and Samuel Joe’s Bourbon, €14.25/70cl. Aldi.ie
Breakfast in bed
While lazy hotel breakfasts are a little out of reach at the moment, you can at least bring the experience home (or send it to your favourite person). Galway’s Ballynahinch Castle Hotel has launched a lovely breakfast hamper. It including a box of the hotel’s own blend tea, homemade granola, Ballynahinch raspberry jam and two mugs. Priced €40 (plus postage), it’s available to order and collect or delivered countrywide. Ballynahinchcastle.com
A big deal
If you’re cooking for your loved one this weekend (or just fancy some nice food with your housemates), SuperValu’s Signature Tastes meal deal is hard to beat. Available until 17 February, you can get one meal, two sides and one dessert for a mere €10. Dishes include a lamb tagine with jasmine rice, fish or cottage pie, and butter chicken with potato gratin with desserts such as chocolate, coffee or carrot cake on offer too. SuperValu.ie