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[singlepic id=1665 w=500 h=400 float=] [singlepic id=1655 w=500 h=300 float=]
As to the culinary side of things.
My top tips would be (in reverse order…. )
Thomas Cubit – a short walk from Victoria station[singlepic id=1658 w=500 h=650 float=]
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[singlepic id=1662 w=500 h=650 float=]
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[singlepic id=1666 w=500 h=400 float=] [singlepic id=1663 w=500 h=450 float=]
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!!