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Tara's Tea Room on 45 MacCurtain Street serves hearty breakfasts and an all day lunch menu bursting with old favourites such as seafood pie, lasagna and spiced beef. Their traditional afternoon tea, a tempting selection of home baked treats and desserts, is the ideal weekend indulgence with a gourmet loose leaf tea or organic coffee. For more information, call them on 021 4553742.

A Valentine's staple, chocolate is the perfect foodie expression of love. We asked local food blogger and chef Dermie O'Sullivan of Gasmarkseven.com to share his simple recipe for a proper chocolate cake.

"I'm an absolute lover of chocolate, a true chocoholic. Chocolate cake also happens to be one of my favourite cakes to bake because it's simple, quick and smells heavenly. This...

Fancy a little fiery flavour to spice up your Valentine's Day? 6ix, joint venture between well-travelled DJ Eddie Kay and multi-bar owner Benny McCabe, is rapidly becoming known as the place to go for South American tapas and creative cocktails.

“We’re been extraordinarily busy since we opened in October”, Eddie told Menu, “there’s a great vibe to the place...

Tara's Tea Room on MacCurtain St is becoming a firm favourite among Cork ladies who lunch. The Bangers & Mash is just the dish for a cold February day and the cakes are to die for, but you can also pop in for a healthy granola breakfast or afternoon tea and stock up on takeaway pies and soups for later.

Michael Ryan of Isaac's Restaurant on McCurtain Street has had an enviable reputation for keeping the company of fine wine ever since Egon Ronay himself (yes, of the eponymous guides) came to Cork in the 1970s - at a time when Cork was not especially noted as a culinary hotspot and even less so for its wines -  and visited Isaac's predecessor, Arbutus Lodge. There, Ronay declared a 1945...

Need a decent bottle of wine to complement that romantic dinner? You'll find just what you're looking for along with plenty of expert advice at No. 21 Off Licence on Coburg Street (at the foot of Patricks Hill). The independent, 100% Irish owned store offers a huge selection of speciality craft beers, wines and spirits and staff are fully trained and knowledgeable.

The Curran's Valentine's Day dinner menu features starters of Lobster & Crabmeat Brulée, Pear Salad or Lamb Springroll, followed by 10oz Rib Eye Steak, Sesame Seed Salmon and Supreme of Chicken and decadent desserts including Lemon Posset, Homemade Chocolate Brownie and Raspberry Cheesecake, all for a bargain €24.90 per person. The No. 5 Adelaide St. restaurant has even laid on...

Jackie Lennox Chip Shop delighted their Facebook fans this week by posting a selection of pictures of the famous Bandon Road takeaway from years gone by. See Facebook.com/JackieLennoxChipShop for more.

Eoin O'Mahony's English Market stall is a favourite among local foodies and chefs.

Stock up on 35 day dry aged rump of beef from the family farm in Ballea and his Wild County Cork Venison Sausages (six for €5). Check out the deal of the day by following him on Twitter @guilderdbutcher.

Rachel Allen pictured at the launch of her new range of Confectionery. Picture: Donagh Glavin

Rachel Allen has teamed up with Oatfield Sweets to create four delicious flavours; Strawberry Cheesecake, Lemon Meringue, Rhubarb Crumble and Banoffee Pie, which are perfect for sharing with friends or to enjoy as a sneaky treat. The 150g bags retail at €2.29 and are...

The Coal Quay Saturday Market opens at 8.30am, get there early to fill your basket with fresh breads, pies, cakes and tarts as well mouthwatering sauces, relishes and rubs by local artisan producers such as the Natural Larder Company

The team at the Quay Co-Op vegetarian restaurant is currently scheduling exhibitions for one small and one large space exhibition space in the restaurant. They're inviting artists to contact them with samples of their work with a view to showing at the venue.

Email restaurant@quaycoop.com to get in touch.

 Ballymaloe LitFest tickets go on sale

Last year’s first Ballymaloe LitFest was the biggest gathering of its kind ever held in Ireland. This year’s LitFest, from May 16th to 18th 2014, is expected to smash all records and tickets for its astonishingly diverse programme are on sale now.

The second annual Ballymaloe LitFest features some of the world’s most...

Need a quick, filling dinner after a long day? The Menu team have been known to rely on Úna's Pies when a zero-effort meal is in order. Each generously filled pie is handmade in Cork by a small team of pie experts.

We love the Goats Cheese & Veg and Chorizo Chicken flavours, available from O'Keeffes, St. Lukes, Brown, Centra, South Douglas Rd and Tower and The Pavilion Garden...

Awards season is upon us once again and as the finishing touches are being put to the over-the-top acceptance speeches, Skelligs Chocolate have compiled a list of winning performances by chocolate in the movies. Here's their top five...

1. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: A classic from 1971.

2. Forest Gump: "Life is like a box of chocolates", need we say more?...

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