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Niamh Durcan and Emma Kirwan at the launch of Zaconey, the retro spirit of 1950’s Americana in The Secret Garden. Picture: Darragh Kane

A retro spirit with a bourbon twist, Zaconey was officially launched in Cork this week, with a party at The Secret Garden, Hanover Street. Throughout November and December, the Zaconey carnival will turn into a travelling funfair...

The Lemon Leaf Café in Kinsale is running Children's Cookie Cooking Classes on Thursdays in the run-up to Christmas. The classes take place on Thursday, November 28th (6-7 year-olds), Thursday December 5th (8-10 year-olds) and Thursday December 12th (11-13-year-olds) from 4pm to 5.30pm and cost €15 per child (two or more from the same family €12 per child). Places are limited...

The fascinating story of Jiro Ono, widely considered to be the world’s greatest sushi chef, will be told on the big screen at St. John's Central College, Sawmill Street, Cork City on Thursday, November 21st. The 85-year-old is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, €250 a plate, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station and the first of its kind...

Serve your cheese selection in style this year with a Slate Lazy Susan from Meadows & Byrne. €22.50, in-store now.

The handmade gnocchi at Gallo & Galetti has been described as "to die for" by more than one member of the Menu team this week. Try the deliciously delicate dish (pronounced nyo-kee) for yourself at Brendan Cashman's family-friendly Italian, Unit 7/8 High Street, Wilton. Call 021 434 1095 to reserve a table.

Georges Quay coffee shop FILTER is operating new opening hours for the winter; get your caffeine fix from Monday to Wednesday 8am to 6pm, Thursday and Friday 8am to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 9pm  and Sundays 11am to 5pm.

Are your kitchen tea towels looking a little shabby? Update them before the visitors arrive with this cute set of two, €4 from Penneys.

Set up in November 2012 by Cork woman Veronica Kenneally, gluten-free snacks company Veronica's Snacks celebrates one year in business this week. The popular range of baked potato and vegetable crisps is now sold in SuperValu, Centra, Dunnes and Tesco stores nationwide, in addition to Harvey Nichols in the UK, with plans for as number of new additions to the range in the pipeline for 2014. We...

Bia Sásta is bringing back the Gentleman's Club but with a modern twist. Membership is free and regular outings will include special dinners, fishing trips, foraging and tastings. After an initial 'recruiting' period, only members will be permitted to bring guests. The inaugural outing is to Flemings for a Wild Game Dinner on December 17th, 2013, tickets €55. Email...

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Looking for a light bite at dinner time? Tuck into a coconut chicken salad at Wagamama; chunks of chicken gently poached in coconut milk and served with a mix of native Irish seaweeds, carrot, spring onions, rocket, broccoli and alfalfa sprouts, completed with pumpkin and sesame seeds and a punchy miso mayonnaise.

 

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Lidl's Christmas Deluxe range is back with a few little extras for 2013. From sumptuous starters to traditional turkey, desserts, cheeses and an array of tasted and rated wines, the range is designed to help families add a little luxury to their festive feast for less. Recipe cards containing Brand Ambassador Paul Flynn’s Christmas recipes will be available in stores from mid November...

Rubbish at baking but keen to impress the neighbours at the Christmas bake sale? Betty Crocker has you covered; simply add eggs, oil and water to a Red Velvet cupcake mix and top with vanilla buttercream frosting (from €2.99) and a sprig of holly. Betty Crocker is available in the baking aisles in all good retailers including Dunnes, Tesco and SuperValu.

The Menu team are partial to an oversized freshly baked scone from The Half Door Cafe, French Church St. Get yours, plus a tea of coffee, for €3.

All Bakers Select baking tins are half price throughout November at Homestore & More, Mahon Point Retail Park. Thick, heavy bottomed pans will bake evenly and resist burning for perfect cakes every time. Round cake pans start at €2.50.

Six popular Cork pubs – Mary Ann’s (Castletownshend), the Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), An Súgan and Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale) - are amongst 34 Irish establishments to secure a listing in the latest 2014 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide. They are listed alongside 21 other pubs from the Republic...

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