Saturday, January 17, 2015

WINTOUR&GUINNESS PRESENTS THE NEW ISSUE OF GQ AUSTRALIA FEATURING COVER STAR CHRIS HEMSWORTH

GQ Australia is without doubt one of the best editions of the internally renowned title. They do a cracking job of it down under and this months issue looks superb. Chris Hemsworth, who is most likely the biggest Australian actor of the last five years is covering the issue and just in time for the April launch of the Marvel Comics movie, The Avengers; Age of Ultron. Unfortunately the title isn't on sale in Ireland but I see a subscription happening in the near future. For more information on GQ Australia, check out their Facebook page here and their website here


WINTOUR&GUINNESS ON THE NEW ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN FROM TIFFANY & CO. FOCUSING ON THE IDEA OF 'MODERN LOVE'



I've never really put too much thought into the whole idea of gay marriage. Yes I want to one day be spiritually and legally connected to someone but the idea of the "gay wedding" is one that doesn't really sit well with me. Anyone that's seen the second instalment of the Sex & The City movies knows the wedding between Standford and Anthony and unfortunately that's the image most people have in their head when the words gay wedding are uttered and not the sophisticated affair that the likes of Jeremiah Brent & Nate Berkus had. So imagine my surprise when Tiffany & Co. recently unveiled their latest advertising campaign featuring their first gay couple and it being well, really good. 



While this is a great step for the Tiffany's brand, I can't help but focus on the even more remarkable part of it: the fact that the two men involved are apparently not male models, but just a normal, real-life couple from New York. Yes, that's right readers. In a city of over 8 million people, the brand managed to find what is undoubtedly the city's most attractive gay couple – and that’s worth applauding all on its own. The campaign also features two parents getting married, in continuance with the "modern love" theme, as well as a variety of pretty-young-things who all look very much in love. Good work Tiffany & Co. 

WINTOUR&GUINNESS ON RETURNING HOME TO IRELAND & HITTING THE BROWN HOUND BAKERY IN DROGHEDA.


When I arrived home from Australia first it was a big shock, culturally speaking. Most of my mornings in Melbourne were spent getting up at the crack of dawn (let's say six o clock), getting myself ready for another day in the office and running out the door around seven. I hopped on the 109 tram from Port Melbourne to the Paris end of Collins Street and I rushed into my favourite cafe, Postal Hall; for a large extra hot latte and a side of their amazing sourdough toast. It was a ritual that I loved more than anything and with a stack of new magazines in my satchel everyday, I was in complete heaven.

Moving from Australia to Ireland, I knew things were going to be different. The Irish tend to neglect early mornings for an extra hour or two of sleep and I knew there wasn't going to be the huge selection of breakfast/coffee spots that Melbourne is so well known for. What I really hadn't thought about or anticipated really was just how late everything opens, even in Dublin.

Throughout the Christmas period, I was living with my parents in Drogheda. A small town of approx. thirty thousand people, spread along the River Boyne. My mornings were spent pacing the house waiting for the sun to come up and more importantly the opening time of my local cafe, the Brown Hound Bakery. The bakery was established by Jeni Glasgow and Reuvan Diaz, both of whom opened the exceptionally good Eastern Seaboard Bar & Grill just down the road, a place where I spent some time working just before I moved to Australia.

The bakery first opened during my time in Melbourne and since the summer of twenty eleven, the residents of Drogheda have been able to boast about having one of Ireland's best cafes on their doorstep. Busy mornings see people waiting in their cars eager to grab a large coffee, a special blend created with Greenbean Coffee Roasters especially for the cafe and its hard not to walk by the large selection of baked goods and not pick something up for your mid morning snack (that's if you can resist not biting into it straight away).

During the Christmas period, I gave myself free reign to eat whatever I wanted (something that doesn't seem to have stopped despite the new years resolution) and I would find myself walking into the Brown Hound, magazines tucked under my arm asking for a hot latte and one (or two, or three) of their amazing slices, cakes, cookies or pies. The inspiration for the baked goods came from Jeni & Reuvan's time in New York and with the help of NYC based baker Craig Thompson they have created an extensive selection of products. I usually order the monkey bread, a cross between a biscuit (or scone to us Irish) and an apple pie, its perfection on a plate. They produce some exceptional slices such as the maple pecan, the raspberry shortcake and the Scout bar. Made up of caramel, pistachio nuts, coconut and on a shortbread base, I've been known to devour quite a few in the one sitting.


Another element of the Brown Hound, which makes it an absolute pleasure to visit; is the decor. Jeni and Reuvan, have travelled the world, its foodie capitals and have infused the Brown Hound with little bits of their travels here and there. You're not just popping into the Brown Hound for just a coffee, your popping in for everything; the decor, the ambiance, the friendly service, the delicious cakes and that feeling of pure indulgence that each and every one of us should experience a little bit more often. 

Brown Hound Bakery
Bryantown Centre
Drogheda
Co. Louth
Website: www.glasgow-diaz.com

Saturday, January 10, 2015

WINTOUR&GUINNESS ON ARRIVING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS & WHAT TO EXPECT OF W&G IN 2015


I'm currently in Ballymakenny in County Louth, looking out the window at the rolling hills basking in the winter sun. Dark green, with a thin layer of glistening ice on top, its a strange feeling being back in Ireland after two years away. Its been a few days since we landed at Dublin Airport and with the madness of Christmas and St. Stephens Days over its now time to start to think about the new year and what I want to achieve. Wintour&Guinness has been going now for several years and I always love hearing feedback from people about the imagery and the content posted. It made me think that maybe there is a way of keeping what was a very Melbourne based blog alive in Ireland and with that I am happy to say that Wintour&Guinness will be continuing this year, focusing on my new life in Ireland and all the amazing stuff that I will be coming across day to day.



Initially the blog was a way of keeping in contact with friends and family in Ireland whilst I lived abroad, but now that I am back in Ireland the blog has done a complete one eighty and now its going to be a great way to keep in contact with the little family that I built in Australia. Living in Melbourne opened my eyes to how great food, coffee and fashion could be and I want to breathe a little bit of that into the Irish blogging scene. 

So what to expect in 2015? Well Wintour&Guinness will be the perfect place to come for news on all the best cafes, bars, restaurants and all the usual stuff you would have seen on Wintour&Guinness over the last four years. There is a huge food revolution happening in Ireland at the moment, especially in Dublin and I intend on checking out what this beautiful country has to offer in terms of food, coffee, fashion and culture. 

So what am I waiting for, lets get started. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

WINTOUR&GUINNESS ON SAYING GOODBYE TO MELBOURNE AND THE MAD MEN INSPIRED AGENCY CHRISTMAS PARTY


You may have picked up from my last post that very soon the setting for Wintour&Guinness will be changing. Its something that I had been keeping to myself for some weeks now and rather than make a big song and dance of it, I thought best to continue my exploration and showcasing of Melbourne and all the wonderful things that make this city so incredible. 

To be completely honest with you all, the last four years in Melbourne have been some of the most challenging, exhilarating and rewarding years of my life. I feel that I have learned more about myself in the last four years living in this wonderful city than I ever did for the previous twenty-four and I leave this beautiful place with alot of great memories, some amazing friends and this city taking up a huge piece of my heart.

That said, last week saw the end of my time at the media communications agency I worked at. I had been there for three years and my last day just happened to fall on the agencies Christmas party which was perfect timing since it took alot of the focus off my leaving and put alot of focus on all the people in fancy dress. The theme for this year was Mad Men, which originally didn't sit well for me as  the weather for this time of the year can reach the late thirties and sitting outside in a suit can be a little uncomfortable to say the least. But in the end it was a great theme and I enjoyed the whole dressing up part of the day.


We started the afternoon off with a few nice words from a few of the agency wishing me well on my impending travels, offering the most beautiful gift (a Louis Vuitton card holder) and a beautifully catered lunch in the office comprising of various roast meats, poached salmon, a selection of salads and freshly baked breads. This was followed by a selection of desserts such as chocolate mouse with toasted marshmallow, strawberry shortcake and lemon mouse. Oh, and about two dozen bottles of Moet & Chandon. It is Christmas after all. 

Jumping onto a coach, we all made our way to Brunswick Bowls Club for the afternoon before jumping back on said coach and making our way to The Everleigh on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy. I had been meaning to visit this place for a long long time and luckily I was able to scratch this one off the list before I left. Gin gimlets and Negroni were offered by servers upon arrival and as we sat down for a rest after the bowls large cheese platters were dropped off.

Later in the evening, the awards for best dressed were announced and I was thrilled to be part of the top three guys. I was wearing a lovely pair of black skinny chinos, a classic white shirt, a dickie bow tie, a killer blazer from Marcs Clothing and a pair of glasses to complete the look. Unfortunately I didn't win the contest but nonetheless it was still a beautiful evening.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WINTOUR&GUINNESS PRESENTS THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE OF HARPER'S BAZAAR AUSTRALIA 2015


So with my time in Australia coming to an end shortly (trust me its hard to write those words) I have been really excited to see what would arrive on my desk before my time at the agency ended this week. Looking through my usual list of blogs I visit, I was delighted to see Rosie Huntington Whiteley pop up on my screen, covering the January/February 2015 issue of Harper's BAZAAR Australia. Its the perfect cover image for a summer issue and I for one, cant wait to get stuck into it. Sadly it looks like it will be my last Harper's BAZAAR Australia for a while since I cant seem to find any magazine subscription sites that facilitate international delivery. If any of you know of any sites where I can organise international delivery - shoot me an email at taureanireland@gmail.com. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

WINTOUR&GUINNESS WANDERS NORTH TO ABBOTSFORD FOR BRUNCH AT THREE BAGS FULL



So I had been saying for months to a few friends that we needed to organise a trip to Three Bags Full. You see, there was a brief moment in time when it was top of the list when it came to brunch spots in the city and sometimes I, myself would venture there on the 109 tram from Port Melbourne. Quite a journey for a few poached eggs and a coffee I must admit, but the coffee and brunch menu is good, very very good.



The cafe is without a doubt the top brunch spot in Abbotsford and is housed in the renovated Denton Hat Mills factory just off Victoria Street in the heart of what many call the 'Little Vietnam" of Melbourne. Abbotsford is a suburb of Melbourne, two kilometres east of the central business district, bounded by Collingwood, Richmond and Clifton Hill and separated from Kew by the meandering muddy Yarra. 


The area takes its name from the estate of John Orr, which in turn is named after a ford in Scotland's Tweed River, used by the Abbott of Melrose Abbey. It has become extremely popular over the last few years for those wanting to live close to the city without the suffocating feeling of living in a major cosmopolitan city like Melbourne. 

Its very rare that you rock up to Three Bags Full and find a free table, its not that kind of place. When we arrived there was a short wait but nothing major. Directed towards a spot next to one of the gigantic industrial windows, I immediately ordered an extra hot latte and Kevin, a juice made up of celery, beetroot, carrot, ginger and lemon. I ordered poached eggs with a side of avocado and Kevin, the vegie breakfast. As I mentioned about Industry Beans a few weeks back, when the simplest of dishes are done perfectly, presented well and taste pretty damn good - you're onto a winner. I love this spot and although I probably wont get back there again before I leave Melbourne this Christmas I would encourage everyone to take a trip there. 

Three Bags Full
Corner of Mollison Street & Nicholson Street, 
Abbotsford,

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