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08th May 2015

Book the Babysitter: Our pick of the best date ideas this week

Katie Mythen-Lynch

Pop by a Pop-up Beef Bistro

Dublin, May 15


The brainchild of SuperValu, who have launched their Best Beef Ever across stores all over Ireland, a temporary eatery enticingly called Pop-Up Beef Bistro will open on Dawson Street on Friday May 15. Chef Kevin Dundon will personally cook up SuperValu’s Best Beef Ever for a few lucky diners on the night. To request a table for two, prospective diners are asked to tweet @SuperValuIrl #bestbeefever with their name to be in with a chance of securing a booking. Confirmation of time and location will be sent to the lucky winners. Diners must be over 18.

Raincheck to cash in? Source a sitter for Body and Soul

June 19-21, 2015, Co. Westmeath

Wonderlust 2015We can’t wait for the annual trek to Body & Soul. This June we’re looking forward to Wonderlust, a little stage of curiosities dedicated to the exchange of wonder and discovery. Expect a bazaar of talks, music and performance on themes that swing from social activism and creative entrepreneurship to the philosophical and celestial end of the spectrum. By day Wonderlust 2015 includes conversations and experiences with Le Cool, The Trailblazery and Forkful, to name but a few. By night it’ll showcase Irish music, including folk pop stars Inni- K, Talos and Augustus & John. Can’t find a babysitter? Book a Family Ticket and take the kids. Click here to sample Wonderlust’s 2015 sounds.

Get your dinner for free on Leeside 

Albert Street, Cork


If funds are tight and you’re looking to stretch your socialising budget, get yourself down to The Sextant, where they do free food EVERY Friday. The first Friday of the month is a pig on a spit, the last is Fishy Friday and the rest are sumptuous surprises, like a lovely lamb. Great beer garden too.

Wine pairing at The Marker

Dublin, Wednesday May 13


The uber stylish Marker Hotel hosts its first wine dinner of 2015 on Wednesday May 13 in association with Australian winemakers Penfolds. The night will begin at 7.30pm with a Botanic Gin reception on the Rooftop Bar & Terrace. At 8pm a five course sit down dinner designed by Gareth Mullins will commence in the Marker Brasserie – with each course created to enhance the taste of the Penfolds wines. €75 per person. To book mail [email protected]

Staying in?

The first new season Irish spring lamb of 2015 arrives at Aldi from May 13. The range includes Butchers Selection Irish Full Lamb Leg (€7.99 per kg, average weight 2.5kg), Butchers Selection Lamb Loin Chops (€5.99) and Butchers Selection Irish Half Leg of Lamb (€9.49 per kg). Serve it with this salad and use the leftovers to make these clever dishes.