With Kevin's birthday next week, I got him/us tickets to the theatre as part of his present which has become a little tradition. Brendan Behan's Borstal Boy seemed to be the show of the season and, with a bit of luck, I nabbed us two parterre tickets for a Wednesday night showing. Five rows from the front and smack bang in the centre of the stage, we couldn't have had a better view (we were also just outside of the sweat/spittle splash zone which was nice!). I'm no theatre critic so, I'll just summarise by saying that Borstal Boy is well-worth seeing for a dose of Irish history that is told both hilariously and movingly. You'll feel conflicted and uncomfortable at times but, it's all part of Behan's story so, embrace it. The show has been extended due to demand and I highly recommend trying to get tickets.
But before that, food.
Food can be a struggle for us. You might recall this post, where I explained all about how we set about changing our lifestyles earlier this year. Where once eating out was our favourite thing to do together, it's become more difficult on this journey as not everywhere offers options that fit our new way of life. But, then I had a brainwave.
Tapas are perfect for anyone going low carb and even better for anyone going high fat and low carb like we are. And I knew just the place.
Las Tapas de Lola has been on my list (what - you mean you don't have a note in your phone of all the restaurants you want to try?!) for ages but, because we cook so much at home now, I haven't had the opportunity to try it.
In a prime location on the street-du-jour, Wexford Street, Las Tapas de Lola is an Irish-Spanish joint venture that promises nothing more than wine, sangria and, of course, top notch tapas. The menu is extensive and I could have eaten almost everything on offer - funny diet requirements and all! Prices range from €3.50 to €11.95 for single tapas and there is a huge selection of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes to choose from.
We plumped for six between us; garlic-fried free range chicken on the bone, chorizo cooked in white wine, meatballs in house tomato sauce, marinated pig cheeks, prawns with garlic and chilli and spinach & chickpeas.
I'm kicking myself that I don't have more pictures but, let me just say that the chorizo and pig cheeks stole my heart. The sausage was spicy and perfectly cooked and the tartness of the white wine gave a great contrast. The pig cheeks were rich, cooked to perfection and literally melted in the mouth. I practically licked the plate. The meatballs were nice but, disappointing - if something is to be your "House" dish, it should really be on-point.
Having spent a lot of time in Spain this summer, I really feel like tapas aren't done right here and that they don't suit our way of dining. They aren't supposed to be a destination meal but, rather an add-on to your beer or wine, fuel for your conversation. We were just about full by the end of our six dishes but, for €40, I would have liked something more. I will be back because I appreciate a menu that suits my needs and both the food and the service was great but, it's an expensive way to eat.
You can check out the full Las Tapas de Lola menu here. They open at 5pm and take reservations.