Tag: food

The Rise of Burritos (Motley Volume 7 Issue 5)

Over recent years students have discovered a wide range of foods to enjoy and to survive on including pizza, Chinese takeaways, chips from either KC’s or Lennox’s (depending on preferences), and the much-loved chicken rolls. However, there is another student delicacy that has become more and more popular lately: the burrito.

To those who have no idea what it is, a burrito is a foil wrapped, hand crafted tortilla wrap filled with rice, beans, seasoned meat or vegetables, cheese, lettuce, salsa and guacamole. The burrito originated from Mexico in early 20th century but became hugely popular in the west coast of America in the 1960s. The folk history is that of a man named Juan Méndez who sold tacos in a street stand, using a donkey as a transport for himself and the food. To keep the food warm, Méndez wrapped it in large homemade flour tortillas underneath a small tablecloth. As the “food of the burrito” (i.e., “food of the little donkey”) grew in popularity, “burrito” became the name for these large wraps. In recent years, Mexican food has become steadily more mainstream in Europe, including Ireland.

Since there are more Mexican cuisine restaurants opening up here, there is a good choice of burrito bars/tapas restaurants to eat in Cork city. On Washington Street, there is El Banditos which is reasonably priced and offers a student discount of €6 for a burrito and a can of your choice (though you will need your student card as proof). They also have the option of the burrito bowl (everything you expect in a burrito minus the tortilla wrap) and other smaller dishes if you wish for something less filling.

Café Mexicana on Careys Lane is the best known and longest running Mexican cuisine restaurant in Cork city.  They have an extensive variety of Mexican food with a selection of European dishes (so it is not just burritos that are served). Children’s menus are also available. It is a suitable place for dates and for eating with friends and family, but the price range is slightly higher.

The newest burrito bar in the city is Burritos & Blues on Paul Street. This restaurant has become an expanding franchise as it is the fourth Burritos & Blues restaurant to open in Ireland and the first one outside Dublin.  They too have a decent selection of burritos, tacos, side dishes and quesadillas (toasted tortilla with cheese and fillings). The unique selling point of Burritos & Blues is that you can choose what is put into your burrito as well as the size and how spicy you want your burrito to be. Burritos & Blues also have a lower price range so it is student friendly.

If you want a healthier, delicious and extremely filling meal that’s good value for money, head on down to a burrito bar in the city and experience the newest taste sensation for yourself!



To My Precious Wife…

Aoife & Louise

I love you like Tom Hiddleston loves Shakespeare, or like fangirls with Tumblr.

I love you like we love Benedict Cumberbatch, or like you with your cat.

I love you like my warm bed, or a John Green book thoroughly read.

I love you like four slices of pizza, or like a full jar of Nutella.

I love you like a pint of cider. My love for you grows wider.

I love you like a cup of tea. I totally ship you with me.

I love you like Bob Dylan, or like a dark-haired sic-fi villain.

I love you like free wifi, or the memory of when I first saw you before my very eyes.

I love you like the Irish love GAA. My love for you will never fade away.

I love you like the British love Doctor Who. I know for certain that you love me too.


15 Things I Learned In My First Term Of College.

College as a Fresher has been a huge experience. My life has changed in so many ways that it will probably bore you trying to explain them all. But here’s the most important lessons I’ve learned in roughly 10 weeks of college. 

  1. Wifi in college housing is awful. Get your own broadband, because it actually works.
  2. Freeze your leftovers, especially meat. And never bring home raw chicken after an hour long bus journey from college. 
  3. Anime is not just for kids. Especially “Attack on Titan” and “Kill La Kill”.
  4. JRR Tolkien stole material from the plots of Beowulf and Sir Orfeo and got away with it.
  5. The Greek God Zeus is basically Barney Stinson with superpowers.
  6. Despite the fact it’s not the Leaving Cert anymore, you still have to actually study as you go along and not just try to pass.
  7. Philosophy lecturers like to constantly remind people that they are all going to die one day. 
  8. Harvard referencing is a complete pain in the neck, just buy a book about referencing instead of listening to the tutor because they are way more confusing than the book.
  9. Guys and girls can just be friends without being more than that.
  10. You actually have to make an effort to make and stay in contact with friends.
  11. You don’t realise how independent from your parents you are until you have to get rid of your own spiders.
  12. Having laryngitis is awful. 
  13. You will forget that the readings the lecturers talk about are actually meant to be read. 
  14. Relationships, alcohol related stories, atheism and an extensive knowledge of the Game of Thrones plot is common among a lot of college students. 
  15. College is awesome!!

Happy New Year! Here’s to next term!

xoxo, Louise.


“Impress Your Date: Best Places for Dinner In Cork” (Motley, Volume 7, Issue 3)

You meet a fantastic guy or girl, you like them and you successfully ask them out on a dinner date. However you end up facing a predicament. You want to impress your date (chicken rolls are out of the question), but you don’t have a lot of cash to flash. Where do you go? Cork city has a wealth of restaurants on offer that are certainly kind to a student’s budget. 

Amicus, located in the city centre at Paul Street, serves a great variety of meals including salads, soups, paninis, pizza and several carvery dishes at a price range from €11 – €15. There is also a lounge/bar area which is ideal for a pre-dinner drink such as cocktails, beers and spirits. Amicus has a modern, light and spacious atmosphere which is the perfect setting for a dinner date.

If you wish for a more intimate café setting for your date, Nosh + Coffee at Carey’s Lane could be the place for you. Nosh + Coffee is a little gem of a place with delicious and value for money food, well-made coffee, friendly staff and beautifully decorated interiors. This is an ideal spot for lower budget lunch dates.

For Italian cuisine enthusiasts, Scoozi’s at Winthrop Lane is a great choice. They serve the classic pizza and pasta dishes as well as more contemporary dishes such as grilled burgers and main courses. To top it off, Scoozi’s also offer a wonderfully mouth-watering desert menu for less than €6, which is just too good to resist!

For those who are more adventurous in tastes further afield, such as Asian food, Wagamama at South Main Street is highly recommended. Though it is somewhat more on the pricey side, couples can easily avail of the “buy one main course get one free” voucher or get student discount on their meals, therefore it works out well for all.

If you and your date simply wish to satisfy your sweet tooth, there are some fantastic places for deserts only. Paradise Crêpe Restaurant on French Church Street, is a French restaurant that serves both sweet and savory crêpes (though the sweet ones are amazing). These crêpes are well complimented by a choice of teas, coffees, hot chocolates, cool refreshments and the finest French wines.  

Whether you try to seduce your date with Asian food or some more traditional Irish cusine, rest assured they will appreciate wherever you take them, as long as you don’t give them shop-bought wedges. Bon appetite!




10 Things I’m Thankful For

Today is Thanksgiving in America and from my knowledge of it from TV and movies, there’s a big dinner and you’re grateful for stuff. So here’s 10 things I’m thankful for: 

  1. Getting into college: This is a big thing that happened in my life this year. I’m very fortunate to get into UCC and I love my life here.
  2. My family: Since I don’t see them as much anymore due to college and people living in other places. So when I do see them, I try to make the most of it and enjoy their company.
  3. My friends: To my old and new friends, I love them equally. Like my family, I also try to make the most of them when I see them.
  4. My boyfriend: He is a fantastic, smart, funny and caring person. He is so awesome it is glorious!
  5. College Dinners: If it wasn’t for them, I would starve. Thank you!
  6. My love of writing: If it weren’t for that, I’d have no poetry, no blog or no articles. And thank you to all my faithful readers! 
  7. Blackboard: This device for notes in UCC is my saviour for missed notes!
  8. The Internet: Because internet.
  9. My bed:It’s so soft and warm!
  10. Male British Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston are so pretty, lovely and awesome people who are amazing actors. I love them so much!

That’s it. What are you grateful for? You can comment under my blog. I want to wish all my American friends and readers a Happy Thanksgiving!

“Ketchup Bottle”


As I commence to feast upon my long-awaited meal at the banquet, I am served with an unassuming bottle of ketchup. Transparent, glass exterior, filled with blood red sauce. It interests me (though I do not need it to make the meal taste good).

I turn the lid to open it and turn the bottle over. The sauce seeps out in droplets, one by one. “It is not enough”, I think to myself and I smack the bottle hard at its base. Just as I have enough sauce for my meal, the bottle shatters into pieces.

The ketchup explodes on my meal, and on me (exactly where my heart should be). I learn that I cannot leave the banquet hall table to clean my mess. I must learn to eat, despite my distress.