Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hot Yoga & Brunch-a very suburban weekend

Last Saturday I went to hot yoga with Ly and Kaylen. It was a perfectly girly afternoon in Dun Laoghaire, complete with brunch and strolling around the harbor. As we were sitting at brunch, Kaylen and I both started laughing at how suburban and real housewives-like we were. Maybe we were, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything. I needed a Saturday like that to de-stress and stretch it out and just relax. Guess I'm a real Dubliner now, what with going to hot yoga and brunching and everything....  :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Keogh's: A Dublin Treasure

Today I spent some time in my favorite cafe in Dublin-Keogh's! I had some reading to do for my classes so I decided that I would head there and grab a coffee and a treat while I did my work.
I love the troll guy with the cupcake!

Keogh's is located just between Dame St. and Suffolk St. (about a 30 second stroll from the Tourism Office that was once a church) in the city centre. Walking in, prepare for your senses to be delighted. The unmistakably delicious smell of fresh coffee and espresso greets you first. Just after, the delights of the baked goods and sandwiches offer a warm welcome, beckoning you to come in and stay awhile. After perusing the mouth-watering selection, you might find yourself drawn to something sweet. Perhaps a slice of chocolate cake, or a chocolate brownie bar. Select the later, and a latte will be the perfect accompaniment to your choice. Settle into a warm and cozy corner table with a book for the most wonderful of afternoons. Be prepared, however, to be distracted from your reading by the mesmerizing flavor of the chocolate brownie bar. The first layer of silky chocolate is followed by a thick, more cake-like layer brimming with whole hazelnuts. It won't take long for you to devour this treat and settle in with your book and latte, enjoying the sounds of such classics as "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by John Denver. 

Great Expectations, a latte, and a chocolate treat

I could not recommend this cafe anymore highly. The atmosphere, the coffees, the food, the customers, the music--everything about it is welcoming and delightful. This cafe is quite small, and if you're in a rush you could easily pass it by without seeing it. Maybe that's why I love it so much. The small, off the beaten path places are always my favorites. 

I hope everyone has been having a fabulous Monday!