I don't understand Irish people who don't like trad music. Sure, I don't think there are many of them, but honestly... for me, one of the great things here is the music, and the way you can love tradtional music, rock, goth, whatever, all at the same time.

Another great thing about Irish music and dancing is that the dancing is great exercise and, as a result, male Irish dancers are generally really, really fit and, because they often are from the West of Ireland where everyone is good-looking, very, very handsome. Trust me, ladies; it's the voice of experience. The girls are pretty too, OK?

Anyway, all of this is a prelude to mentioning that this weekend there's going to be a mini-festival this weekend in Temple Bar with, among others, the fantastic band Kila. I love those guys, I mean, I'm a really crap dancer, and even I get up and dance when I hear them. Electrifying!

Of course, I'm going to be working most of the weekend, but as the restaurant isn't far away, hopefully I'll be able to pop over at some point. It does look like a whole lot of fun, so check it out.

In other news, what's going on with all the cupcakes in Dublin? All of a sudden, there seem to be cupcake vendors all over the place. How many cupcakes can people eat?


There are now cupcake shops all over Washington DC as well now. One of them even got it's own reality show on cable TV and the line to get in the shop and get a cupcake can be up to an hour long on weekends. It's madness!


It's a global phenomenon, then; the revenge of the cupcake! They're certainly pretty, but I'm trying to avoid them -- all that frosting can't do a body good.


Well I think what most irish people dislike is the plastic packaged version of "traditional irish music" that's more aimed at getting Euro's out of tourists pockets then been an art form.

I'm from Galway and I'd say if you looking for real traditional music avoid the main tourist areas. The crane bar is great that's for sure, you got people playing music not because it's their job but because they love the music.


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