candids by Jo » a lifestyle blog that centers on food, travel and leading a creative life.

After spending time in a different country I always have the best intentions to return home and recreate food I tried during my travels. I’m not always successful in that regard (there’s still this chicken tagine from a Morocco trip in 2013 I’d love to recreate) but recently managed to make a few Spain inspired dishes from a recent […]

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  • Wow, that all looks amazing! I might have to try making the peppers at home sometime!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! Let me know how the peppers turnout. They are so addictive! ReplyCancel

  • I love that you’ve featured the simplicity of Spanish homemade cuisine! Just a few good ingredients are enough to have the best flavours!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.comReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I do love that it really doesn’t take a lot for such incredible flavours and all in under 10 minutes 🙂ReplyCancel

Afternoon tea is one of those English traditions that I’ve enjoyed immensely since I became a Londoner.  So unsurprisingly when I was invited to host my own afternoon tea with a different twist, I was intrigued. The makers of Tsuki Mochi provided a range of the Little Moons mochi ice creams, their own dark chocolate mochi, […]

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  • Gorgeous photos! Love the gray and autumnal tones. Also dark chocolate mochi + green tea sounds faaab right now.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It’s the saving grace from the lack of sunshine in London, good moody light 🙂 And I’m totally having mochi withdrawal right now!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks Jo for introducing me to these little balls of soft frozen happiness and having a tea party with me! It was so much fun and I’d certainly enjoy a few more of the sesame mochi right now. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was such a fun day! We will have to reconnect over mochi soon xxReplyCancel

I’m no longer the bookworm I once was. Gone are the days where I would skip classes to hide in a special nook in my high school library just to read. But the thrill and comfort of being surrounded by books hasn’t left me. You can imagine my elation in learning that Dublin is one of […]

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  • I’ve never been to Dublin but now really want to! Thanks for a great guide xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Hope you get to go soon Charlotte, I think you’d enjoy the food!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been to Dublín twice. The first time I didn’t like it but the second one I just loved it! Your pictures remind me of that second visit! 😉
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.comReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! Glad to hear you warmed to the city.ReplyCancel

  • I visited Dublin a few years ago and absolutely loved the city!! I’m dying to go back some day!

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    • candidsbyjo

      I heard it has changed a lot over the last few years so another visit might be in order!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous pictures! It sounds and looks like a stunning place to visit.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thans Meg, hope you get to visit soon!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been to Dublin and I didn’t even know such a classification existed! An amazing post (with gorgeous photos). I wasn’t the biggest fan of Dublin actually, but your photos make me want to consider another visit sometime in the future.

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    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Nat! I hope you enjoy it the second time around 🙂ReplyCancel

  • This post and the photos are just so inspiring and beautiful, I wanted to be there! I just love the way you’re exploring London and other cities! I nominated you for the Liebster Award, if you want to join then just click the link to find out more!ReplyCancel

  • I had no idea that Dublin was so renowned for literature, either! Lee and I have fancied going over to Dublin for a long time, and now that I’ve seen those beautiful libraries I’m even more sold ;)!

    Flora
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    • candidsbyjo

      I’d highly recommend it Flora. It’s such an easy trip over from England too!ReplyCancel

There’s a bit of a rock and roll to the Dean Hotel in Dublin.  You wouldn’t necessarily think you stepped into a hotel upon entering where there’s a DJ spin table that separates the glowing bar and the welcoming lounge area.  By the elevators there’s a shelf filled with vintage items: cameras, video recorders and cases. I […]

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  • Oh wow, I really need to start planning a trip to Dublin and I want to stay here! What a great hotel.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      You do! Dublin ticks all the boxes: good food, coffee and interiorsReplyCancel

  • YES I DO LOVE THIS HOTEL (caps necessary). Loved your take on it too, though I am very sorry to hear you had a dry stack of pancakes. I had those when I was there and loved them (though I am also pretty sure I drowned them in maple syrup). Have made note of Fumbally for my next trip over 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Yeah, the pancakes weren’t great BUT the cocktails were 😉ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely, sun-dappled way to spend your birthday weekend!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Indeed! Everyone kept saying how lucky we were with the weather. And the city was so beautiful in the autumn!ReplyCancel

  • joi

    great article dear jo! so glad to have read this before my stay! 🙂 love reading all your posts these days, well done you!! xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Joi, I hope you enjoy your stay as much as I did!ReplyCancel

  • […] Sadie | 46, 46 Harrington St, Dublin 8 During my stay at The Dean Hotel I was lucky to be within a 10 minute walking distance to two great cafes such as this one and […]ReplyCancel

We were hurtling down the Grand Canal to the Westin Europa & Regina hotel in a water taxi with its small flag of Italy whipping in the wind. I wondered if the driver can go any faster because it’s well past noon, lunch was awaiting, and travel has a way of stirring up my appetite. As we breezed […]

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  • Great photos. I am yet to visit Venice and this definitely makes me want to go!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      You must! It’s barely even a 2 hour flight from London to Venice and the city is just unlike any other.ReplyCancel

  • Oh Jo, it is all so pretty it makes me want to jump straight back on a plane. Even with the rain. That picture of the man “thumbs-upping” the photo is priceless. So happy that you had such a fantastic trip.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      He was so cute! I was trying to take a picture of him intensely reading his newspaper. Somebody must have beat me to it then showed him the photo.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Your photos are so beautiful! I want to go to Venice so badly!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Sarah. I hope you can make it into your travel plans soon!ReplyCancel

  • I want melon and parma ham now! What gorgeous shots!ReplyCancel

  • ChicagoRed

    Sigh… Wanderlust activated early on a Monday morning.ReplyCancel

  • Great photos! I’ve been to Venice several times, it’s a great place especially in the low season when it’s not crowded!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! It must be feel like you have the whole city yourself once the crowds are gone. I loved that about Castello, it was really light on foot traffic there.ReplyCancel

  • Love your photos! So happy to have connected via Jess 🙂 Venice is absolutely one of my favorite cities, it feels like a second home to me (after Paris, of course). I would recommend my favorite little local deli there, with the nicest Venetian family who has taken us in, but unfortunately they’re selling the place as their local clientele are dying out — the cons of the growing tourism population 🙁ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Shame to hear about the local deli in Venice but at least you were able to have enjoyed it on your travels! Really glad to have been introduced to you via Jess & am loving your expat adventures 🙂ReplyCancel

I was crouched next to a vine bush with orange shears in one hand and a bunch of green grapes in the other. My blue tray still looked fairly empty considering I’ve been working this row for 20 minutes while my friends, Giulia and Teresa, who have been much more diligent than I, have already […]

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As someone who only takes a carry on luggage when traveling I have to be extremely selective with the liquids I pack. It used to be a tough decision since I have drawers full of travel sized beauty products (a lot of my time used to be spent at Sephora’s) to choose from until I realized what […]

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    • candidsbyjo

      I just came acrosse Charlotte Tilbury at Selfridges but didn’t have time to check it out. Will need to try out its magic 🙂
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