Archive for March, 2010

Diago launch Guinness Black Lager

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
Guinness Black Lager

Interesting to read that Guinness (Diago) are launching a “black lager” which they describe as having “a unique taste which is an evolution in lager making”. Whether this is a good or a bad thing remains to be seen as it will initially only go on sale in Northern Ireland for the next six to nine months. According to the Irish Times article below it will be aimed at the younger market, who I guess have turned their back on the traditional ‘pint of plain’.

Unofficially I hear it will sell for about £3 a bottle in pubs and £4.99 for a pack of four from the off-license. I guess the rest of Ireland should see it in time for Christmas. I’ve asked the folks at Diago for any more info, if I get any I will post it up.

In the meantime, anybody for a pint of Breo?

Irish Times

Lunch in Panda Mama’s Chinese, Cork

Monday, March 22nd, 2010
Panda Mama

We stopped by Panda Mamas in Parnell Place Cork for lunch before the rugby game on Saturday. The layout is bright and airy and done in the traditional Chinese style, very pleasant and clean and the staff were all very good. The laminated lunch menu is a scaled down version of the dinner menu, plenty of mains to choose from but only three starters. I chose the crispy wantons for €3.45 and received three of them on a plate which was truly miserable and not worth the money. Maybe I lucked out as the spring rolls looked decent enough.

The rest of the food was pretty good, tasty, varied and plenty of it. Five starters, five mains and a round of eight Tsingtao beers came to €85 which isn’t bad value. All in all a decent meal only let down by the crispy wanton starter.