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Swinging in Portlick Forest December 14, 2008

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Pitch ‘N’ Putt and Wet Feet.. November 16, 2008

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dsc002341This afternoon I went with Alison to Ballymore to play Pitch N Putt… We had the whole place to ourselves for most of the time – not surprising as the place was covered in leaves, and VERY swampy!

It was a lovely afternoon – warm (for November anyway), no wind at all, and gorgeous autumn colours all around. It was just that the ground was so wet that we were squelching our way from one hole to the next!! We even had to dig out some of the balls from the mud where they landed, and some of the actual holes were completely filled with water!web analytics


Restaurant Review – Kin Khao October 19, 2008

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Having heard lots of good thing about Kin Khao Thai Restaurant, we decided to eat there yesterday night for our anniversary.  We were torn between Thai and Lebanese food, but the Thai won in the end because of it’s great reputation.  We will have to save the Lebanese for another occasion!
web analyticsAnyway, Kin Khao will definately be added to our favourite list of restaurants in Athlone.  The decor is cute and cozy, the staff very friendly, and the food exquisite!  We opted for the Early Bird menu for €19.90 per person, which is very reasonable, but if you went for the ordinary menu, you wouldn’t find the price of a meal a whole lot higher than that.

Donal had Won tons for starters, and I had some chicken satay skewers. Both we delicious, and I was really impressed by how fresh the ingredients seemed – the salad on the side was as fresh as if it were just picked! Kin Khao pride themselves in using authentic Thai ingredients, and Thai chefs – and it really pays off.

Our main course was just the right amount of food – I had a Paeng Curry, and Donal had a Mixed Sea-Food Stir Fry.  Both dishes were serves with rice and salad – I had fried rice, and Donal steamed rice.  Both of our meals were on the spicy side, but equally delicious. Most definitely recommended.

We shared a dessert of Sticky Rice Pudding, and were a little disappointed with the size of it – for €6.50, it was a very small serving.  But delicious none-the-less! The coconut/rice/mango combination was really different.

My only other criticism, and it’s a small one, would be that the tables were very close together.  The restaurant space upstairs is fairly limited, so I understand the need to fit in as many tables a possible, but even as I stood up to leave, it was hard to pull the chair far enough back without bumping into the person seated by the table behind me.

So my advice would be to visit Kin Khao if you like spicy food, and would like to try something other than steak and chips! Definite thumbs up from us!

Here is another good review of this restaurant, and here is the Bridgestone entry.


Cunninghams Visit October 17, 2008

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 The Cunningham family were here for a visit from October 2nd – October 14th.

We had the BEST time ever! We went to Kerry for the day, we went to Tickety Boo, Krazy Kids, Athlone Castle, Max & Tim got to ride on a speed boat on the river, we went to Kildare to see the National Stud & Japanese Gardens, we ate lots of good food, & drank lots of good Guinness!

 I miss you all already..

Photos from the visit can be seen from the ‘Links‘ page on the MaxBlog.