YOU should really never start any piece of writing with the words ‘it’s that time of year again’, but when you see bottles tops dipped in wax and abv percentages rocket up, you know that strong and comforting beers are on the way.
SIT down for a chat with chef Jason Atherton and he will remind you, several times if needs be, that we are "only on this Earth for a short period of time, right?" His urgency – this is a man who has opened 17 restaurants in seven years – is simultaneously breathless, terrifying and infectious.
GOJI berries, raw cacao and acai berries have been lauded as superfoods but I prefer to look a little closer to home, to foods that don’t have to travel hundreds or thousands of food miles to reach our breakfast bowl, lunch box or dinner plate for super foods packed full of nutrition.
HappyDOG 11 Stranmillis Road Belfast BT9 5AF 028 9009 8999 AMID the inexorable rise of facial hair and fancy gin and fancier tonic, and pubs where you can get a haircut (don’t touch the beard!) and choose from a thousand beers cooked up in a thousand places by a thousand hirsute geezers, something was needed to line the stomach.