Daily Archives: May 16, 2008

An Interesting Week

Every week is interesting. The fact that I wake up each day is worth celebrating. Elly may not want to celebrate, but I do. So what was different about this week?

9th May

Ruth from Ruth’s Kitchen Experiments and from Ruth E blog emailed me

I got an email from a man who works for a marketing company who was involved in the Enjoy the Taste of Scotland event I was recently at in Glasgow. He is wanting to meet with some food bloggers in the general area of Ulster or beyond this Thursday evening (somewhere in Belfast I assume). I know you aren’t stricly a food blogger but I thought you may be interested. Are you free to come and meet up? Or just interested in hearing more? Get in touch and let me know. Free drinks included!

Hi Ruth,
Thanks for thinking of me. That meet up sounds interesting and I would love to tag along. All my trips to Belfast are planned nowadays and depend on my energy levels so all invitation acceptances have an ‘if’ factor!
Can you tell me where the gathering will be, ease of parking is a must as some days pain levels prevent me walking any distance. You really can’t judge a book by its cover! Inside my head I am 30, only wish the body would agree!

I look forward to more details.


Hi thanks for getting back to me so quickly!

I’ve still to confirm the details with the guy (Craig) but as soon as I do I’ll be in touch. However he’ll probably ask for suggestions of places to meet – is there somewhere in particular you would prefer for parking etc?


I replied suggesting 4 possible venues all with plenty of space and free parking, then sat back to await developments!

13th May

Hi Ruth,
Any update on the meet-up this Thursday?

Hi Grannymar, Proposed location and time:

Kitchen Bar, Belfast at 7pm on Thursday

That suit ok? There’s parking nearby in Victoria Square.


Ruth you are rather light on details for the Foodie gathering…

  • Are there many going
  • Are there bloggers that I know
  • What format will the evening take
  • How will we find each other
  • Will we be having a meal

At this stage I only know to look for a lady called Ruth and a Man called Craig. They are both common names in these parts. That might be fine for 20 somethings but I like to know what I’m doing and where I’m going.
Most of the Bloggie meet-ups that I have attended down south, have had a spacific area pre-selected or marker e.g. Helium Balloons to make the link up easier.
I am not familiar with the new Victoria Square or how to reach the car parking, but will try to find out before Thursday. Any further details would be appreciated.

Sorry Grannymar.

People who are going are yourself, myself, Craig McGill (the marketing guy) and Niall Harbison from iFoods. It’s just a meet up for drinks, no meal unfortunately. Not sure what “format” will be other than a few drinks and a chat about whatever Craig is wanting to talk about, sorry.

As for a sign of where we are (good idea by the way) I’m not sure what to do… if I was to say I’ll be wearing a green/blue t shirt with a white cardigan would that help? Or if there was a paper bouquet of flowers on the table would that be better?

My mobile number is 07XXXXXXXXX if you’re lost or can’t find us.

Also I meant to say if you’re wanting to bring Elly (or anyone else for that matter) along by all means do!

14th May

Hi Ruth,
Thanks for getting back to me last night. I have taken note of your number. The idea of a paper bouquet on the table is a good idea or a Helium Balloon or two – visible from across the room. Is the bar on ground floor only or is there more than one floor, if so which will we be on?
Are there no other Foodie Bloggers in NI, or are they just not available? It will be disappointing for Craig if so few turn up.
Elly would certainly love to come But she is living and working in Dublin. You know the routine long hours at work, newly married and preparing for a move to her new home in the next few weeks. Her spare time right now is spent packing boxes, boxes and even more boxes! I only hope she doesn’t fall into one.
At this point I look forward to meeting you tomorrow night.


To Craig, Grannymar, Niall Harbison

Hi excuse this brief email (I’m sending this from my phone) but I’ll
email with more details later tonight.
I’ve had to change the location of tomorrows meeting to Brownes on
Boucher Road. Same time -7.30pm.
I’ll email again tonight with more details but please reply to let me
know you got this email.


Hi Grannymar…. just wanted to reply to some of the things you said here too.

The bar is on the ground floor, with lots of parking just outside the door. And as I said in the other email I sent a few minutes ago that I’ll have a red helium balloon to mark the table.

I had emailed about 8 or 9 people, a few food journalists based in Dublin too, most of whom either had something on, have kids that they couldn’t get a babysitter for, or just live too far from Belfast to travel on a weeknight. All of them were very interested to hear what it is about so I will be following up and emailing them on Friday. Craig isn’t too worried though, he’s just pleased to meet with some people about it and get the ball rolling.

I didn’t realise Elly was Dublin based. I take it she’s moving within Dublin?

I also am looking forward to the meet up tomorrow night and meeting some fellow bloggers

Craig McGill to Ruth, Grannymar, Niall Harbison

Cool. See you then on Thursday night. I’m on mobile 07XXX-XXX-XXX as well.

Grannymar to Ruth

So we have a change of time as well as venue.

To Craig, Grannymar, Niall Harbison

its just been pointed out that the time is different from the original
time. Sorry had a ‘blonde’ moment and thought original time was 7.30.
So the time has changed too then
Meeting at 7.30 at Brownes on Boucher Road.
I’ll still email tonight with more details. Ruth

14th May 11:46 PM,

OK to fill you in on the details now…. sorry it’s so late, got home from work an hour ago and just finished dinner.

Well to explain the change in location – I had discovered our original location was having a bit of a gig and thought that may not be the best location for having a conversation etc. So I ended up being in Brownes today and thought it may be good as a new location, close to the motorway, quite central to Belfast and has parking outside.

I’ve also been able to book a table there (under my own name – Ruth Elkin) for 7.30pm. Seeing as most of us have never met I will have a red helium balloon with me to mark our table and help you all work out where we will be.

I’m hoping to be there from about 7/7.15pm in case anyone wants to be early etc.

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone! It’s great to be able to meet some fellow bloggers.

Sorry for all the changes and last minute information.

If you need anymore information or have any other questions please send me an email and I’ll do my best to answer them.


Thanks Ruth,
That is all very clear now. I look forward to seeing you this evening. I have a note of your and Craig’s mobiles in my phone in case I have any problems, hopefully I won’t need to use them.

Craig McGill to Ruth, Grannymar, Niall Harbison

Ruth I think you’ve done a fantastic job in pulling this off – and good thinking on the venue change! See you then!


HI Guys

Very sorry but have just been asked to record interview with RTE this evening so will have to cancel! Feel bad about that!

Make sure to let me know when the next one of these is and perhaps we could even make it a monthly thing where all bloggers meet up for food/drinks?

Apologies again for the short notice.



Craig McGill to Niall, Ruth, Grannymar

Niall, not a worry. If I had *cough* something to send you regarding an event in Northern Ireland coming soon, I take it would go to the address below yes?

Ruth to Craig, Grannymar, Niall

Sounds very exciting niall! Oh the celebrity life! Lol
We’ll make sure you’re clued into whats going on.
Also may have another blogger joining us tonight: coursework depending.

Well I made it to Brownes and met Craig and Ruth, Just the three of us.

Craig & Ruth

We chatted easily with plenty of references to ‘A Taste of Scotland’ in Glasgow, that Craig’s company organised and Ruth attended a few weeks ago. The reason for the meeting was to talk about holding a similar event promoting ‘A Taste of Ulster’ here in Belfast. Balmoral Showgrounds, Tescos, Bloggers, Journalists and Ulster Tatler were all mentioned. Craig treated us to drinks (non-alcoholic since we were driving) and finger food.


Craig gave Ruth and I a DVD of ‘The Taste of Scotland’ so we would have an idea of what it was all about….

My DVD was blank.

I did manage with the help of a magnifying glass to work out the website address:


Have a look and tell me what you think, I’m not sure if Tesco is a client of Denvir, or Denvir is a client of Tescos.

I am not sure why I was invited; I am not really a Food Blogger or a native of Ulster. I did ask Ruth who she had contacted and apart from Alan in Belfast the names were not known to me. I did ask Ruth if she contacted Deborah, she said yes but had no reply. Deborah please take a look at your junk mail and let me know.

I was also surprised that Ruth had not Twittered or blogged on either of her blogs about the meeting tonight! I never found out what the *cough* was all about in Craig’s email to Niall “If I had *cough* something to send you regarding an event in Northern Ireland coming soon, I take it would go to the address below yes?” Hardly a blank DVD!