Archive for August, 2009

Visit Cork: One of Ireland’s liveliest cities.

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Cork

Here is a nice article from The Guardian on eating in Cafe Paridiso and having a pint the Hi-B if anybody is planning a visit to Cork and looking for something to do. There are links to the Cork Jazz Festival and the Cork Film Festival.

Tourism Ireland

SuperValu Promise More Price Cuts

Thursday, August 20th, 2009
SuperValu

Ever since Tesco have turned their back on Irish producers I like to let people know what our home-grown supermarkets are up to. SuperValu sent me this last week promising even more price cuts. It’s not mentioned below but when I was shopping last week I noticed €0.65 for 2L Sparkling Water is a pretty keen price.

SuperValu announces even more price cuts without compromising support for Irish suppliers

Average trolley of goods now dropped by almost €70 since January

16th August – SuperValu has announced it is making a further €30 million investment to deliver even more long term price cuts to consumers.  Starting today, an additional 1,000 everyday products and brands across all ranges are reduced significantly in all 194 independently owned SuperValu stores.  This is being delivered without sacrificing SuperValu’s commitment to Irish suppliers and Irish jobs and will see the value of SuperValu’s price reductions and offers top €230 million in 2009, with over 3,000 permanent price cuts in-store so far this year.  For consumers this means a real saving of almost €70 on their average shop at SuperValu since the beginning of the year.

Commenting, Donal Horgan, Managing Director, SuperValu, said; “Just over six weeks ago we announced a significant number of price cuts and offers and we are now extending this even further across another 1,000 everyday products and brands.  SuperValu is a business that listens to what the Irish consumer wants and given our market share performance, which is growing ahead of our competitors, we know we are getting it right.  Consumers are voting with their feet and that tells us that our mix of everyday low prices and market leading promotions is exactly what they want.”

“As always, these deep price cuts are being delivered without compromising our support for Irish suppliers, brands and jobs, as has been our commitment all along.  No one can match SuperValu’s credentials when it comes to supporting Irish and we will be continuing with this policy going forward.”

Currently 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland. These purchases are worth in excess of €2.85 billion every year to the Irish economy and indirectly support 14,000 Irish jobs.  For example all SuperValu branded beef, lamb, chicken, pork and bacon is 100% Irish, while 65% of all our fruit and veg is also Irish adding up to €1.2 billion worth of fresh produce every year.

SuperValu’s price reductions apply across a variety of ranges in all 194 stores.  The following are just a few examples:

Description Was Now Savings
Persil Non Bio 50 Scoop

19.96

15.59

4.37

MILUPA APTAMIL FORWARD 900g

12.49

9.65

2.84

ANDREX T/TISS PUPPIES ON A ROLL 9 ROLL

8.29

5.79

2.50

NESCAFE GOLD BLEND 200

€8.34

€6.41

1.94

SQEEZ ORANGE JUICE 3PK

€4.89

€3.00

1.89

BOLD TABLETS SPA MINERALS 30S

6.29

4.59

€1.70

JOHNSONS BABY LOTION| 300ml

3.57

2.19

1.38

PAMPERS WIPES REFILL 72 piece

3.60

2.39

1.21

SV BROCOLLI LOOSE 1kg

3.99

2.99

1.00

SURE FOR MEN AEROSOL DEOD  ORIGINAL 150mls

3.09

2.20

0.89

Best In Season

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Best In Season

The folks over at Bord Bia (the Irish food board) have been in touch to let me know their horticultural department have just launched www.bestinseason.ie a site to explain what fruit and vegetables are available in Ireland and what’s ‘Best In Season’. The site aims to explain the benefits of eating fresh produce grown within the natural Irish season, a great idea and one to educate your children with. Now, not only is this a great way to be aware of what’s freshest at what time there are also the added environmental and economical benifits of sourcing local produce. Multiple reasons why this a great resource!

Also, check out the recipe competition for new Irish potatoes…I think I may have just the thing….let me see…

Toastie Pockets

Monday, August 10th, 2009
Toastie Pocket

So I bought one, actually a pair, of these toastie pockets yokes in Aldi a few weeks back. You know the thing, they’ve been around for ages, little baggies that you pop your cheese sandwich into which you then place into the toaster and hey-presto a toasted sandwich! As a family who have had possibly the slowest electric grill on earth bestowed on them by Zanussi the toastie pocket proved a pretty quick way to make a toasted sandwich. The drawback to the toastie pocket is that you have to use regulation size bread and have to set the toaster pretty high if you want to achieve meltability on the inside. This of course achieves burnation on the outside. It is also worth nothing that meltability is inversly proportional to sandwich thickness i.e. more filling = less meltability which will ultimately result in high burnation. However it does have its uses, I heated a slice of left-over pizza in it last night and it did the job very well. On the downside do not use it to make crushed ice for your Mojitos, NASA technology or not it will refuse to take a hammering with a rolling pin when full with ice, and that is where the story ends….at least until Aldi get them back.

Aldi Toastie Pockets

Lidl wine reviews

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
RobertFrancisWine

In the run-up to turning forty last week and the unlikely event that I may have to entertain a few dozen people in Messy Towers I have been studying Frank’s excellent series on Lidl wine. Frank has kindly reviewed the NZ Pinot Noir (€9.99), Rose Champagne (€19.99), Fleurie (€6.99), and Chateauneuf de Pape (€14.99).  Take a look if you are interested what Lidl have to offer in the wine department. Excellent series Frank, thanks.

www.robertfranciswine.ie