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Louise McCormack of Boba's Bubble Tea and chef Francesco Rocco Crea have joined forced to launch a tasty alternative to the average fast food joint.

At Bobas & Franco's on MacCurtain St, the duo are serving up healthy pizza washed down with fruity, refreshing teas.

Francesco told Menu: "My dough relies on quality Italian flour, a good nine hour rise and baking on a stone...

Aged for two years in Bourgogne and Wild Turkey barrels, Ypres 2009 Double Barrel Aged Flemish Oud Bruin is now on the shelves at the Franciscan Well on the North Mall. Enjoy it with their Quattro Formaggi pizza: a Toon's Bridge Buffalo Mozzarella, ricotta, gorgonzola and fontina masterpiece.

Ballyvolane House are hosting an Antiques and Christmas Fair on December 7th and 8th, 10am to 5pm. Don't miss an opportunity to stock up on jams, chutneys and cordials from their larder. Phone 025 363 49 for more details.

The Tea Shop on MacCurtain St. is now selling home-brewed organic Kombucha and Spiced Apple Juice. Not only are both flavours delicious, they also make an interesting treat for the designated driver at a dinner party.

Diva Christmas Puddings, a sinful celebration of fruit and booze, are now available in the Ballinspittle bakery. This year you can order them online too from €15 at Divaboutiquebakery.com.

Wine has long been the most popular guest at the dining table, but if you've never considered beer as an accompaniment to a meal, you're missing out.

The complex flavours in the right beer choice can vastly improve the flavours in your food (and vice versa) and there's never been a better time to give it a bash; November is Irish Craft Beer and Food Month at The Cornstore, where a...

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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