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Nipped in the bud & culinary and cultural indulgence

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Nipped in the bud

Mad dashes over to London aside, I have been keeping the head down these days and working hard building a body of work for a summer show in the Tallantyre Gallery in the UK and the solo show in September here in dublin.

Nipped in the bud 60x60cm oil on canvas

Culinary and cultural indulgence

So, I’m just back from a lightening trip across the water to London. Primarily to visit the Lucien Freud and Damien Hirst exhibitions although the trip was, in truth, as much culinary as cultural.

Lucien Freud and Damien Hirst are two of the most talked about artists of our generation, if for very different reasons. Both exhibitions are major retrospectives and it was a great treat to go see them in the flesh. I have to say that as much as the Freud exhibition was both fascinating and rewarding, I surprised myself in greatly enjoying Hirst at the Tate.

Click on the links to see more on the two exhibitions.

Lucien Freud –  National Portrait Gallery

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Damien Hirst 

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As to the culinary side of things.

My top tips would be (in reverse order…. )

Thomas Cubit – a short walk from Victoria station

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I’d say it was worth it just for the people watching except that the food was so good it upstaged them all.

Amoul’s cafe & restaurant – a short walk from Warick Street station

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Unpretentious café feel in a pretty upmarket area. Varied daily menus of lebanese fare. An absolute find and Amoul is lovely. The labneh with fig jam almost sent me into orbit and it was only about 9.30am!

Nopi – a short walk from Picadilly Circus

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Big tables for 14 downstairs, refectory style. Understated elegant decor and flavors to knock your socks off.

My favourite… Deep fried courgette flowers stuffed with goats cheese, or maybe the broad bean and pea croquette, no the mackerel with wasabi roe, no I can’t choose. 10 out of 10!!

1 Comment

  • I love the shadow out the window of the branches nipped in the bud. Beautiful painting, and I love your description of being surprised by the Damien HIrst. A friend just got back from London, and saw the Freud, a hero of mine. She said they were awesome with thick paint.
    Thanks for the food suggestions, it made me feel as if a trip to Ireland and England was in the offing. Not true this year, but hey — delicious idea.

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