Christmas 2017 A Time for Family

Halo Café owns this stuff

Christmas Time For Family

Christmas is all about family. As you are our Halo Café family we thought we would let you know about our plans for this year.

Closing Date

We are closing for Christmas on Saturday 23rd December at 5pm.

That means we are not opening on Christmas Eve – Sunday 24th December. Because we don’t open on Sundays. So we won’t be open. And we won’t be open on the 25th or the 26th because we don’t open on bank holidays. Can you see a pattern developing here?

Helpline

We are aware that this may have a deep psychological and emotional effect on some of you. A helpline will be set up to help you talk through any issues you may be experiencing.

Please share with your friends, family and neighbours that may not be online.

Brown Bread for Christmas

We will be baking all day on Saturday 23rd December. If you need our homemade brown bread for your celebration dinner, please let us know. You can collect your bread right up until 6pm.

Once your bread has cooled down, wrap in cling film and enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Serving Suggestions

Lightly toasting under the grill accentuates the malty flavour. With real butter and scrambled eggs – perfect.

If smoked salmon is your starter of choice be sure to add a tub of cream cheese to your shopping list. Add a thick layer of cream cheese and slices of smoked salmon. Depending on your preference you can garnish with dill herb or capers.

If soup is your thing you just need bread with lashings of real butter. Job done.

Stephen’s Day or Stephenses Day or Boxing Day or the day after the night before . . . Cold cuts, ballymaloe relish, cheeses, brown bread. If you’re into pâté slap a thick layer on brown bread.

 

Opening times closing times Christmas 2017
Christmas 2017

Thank you.

Internet and reaching your people

Internet, Facebook and finding stuff!

The internet charges to reach your followers
Who owns your information?

Who owns your information on the internet?

Have you had difficulty getting your stuff on the internet. I have recently been telling people about the importance of OWNING your OWN information. Thanks to www.theoatmeal.com for explaining how Facebook are now charging to contact your followers.

The cartoon sums up the visibility of Halo Café on Facebook. Gradually declining until you cough up some cash. This is one of the reasons why you can keep up to date with Halo Café on a whole host of platforms.

Facebook/Instagram

We are on Instagram but, as that is owned by Facebook, we may have to think about this one. If you want to keep seeing our posts you will have to start sharing a whole more. SHARE PEOPLE!

Twitter

We have been on Twitter for the longest time. If you follow us on Twitter you could also follow realDonaldTrump. If you really want to. At the moment you can choose what you want to see on Twitter.

Google it!

We occasionally post stuff directly to Google. So you could just Google search – Halo Café Celbridge and click on images. Google are quite a friendly bunch. They call occasionally and check if our listing is up to date. They also let me know the other day that one of our web links was not working. Which was nice.

YouTuber!

A recent addition is YouTube with a few collections of chalkboards and signs. You can find details of our channel here. It is early days for the channel so subscribe and you can be first to see what’s happening.

Blog/Blogging/Bloggers

If you read blogs you could add www.halocafe.ie/news to your follow list and catch up with us there. I use Feedly to keep track of a few bloggers that I like to read. When I have time to read.

Snapchat

I have been informed that I am waaaaay too old to be on Snapchat! We will keep this one under review . . .

And in conclusion

If you are on Facebook please remember – Facebook OWNS you.

YouTube is launched on HaloCafe.ie

YouTube video Celbridge

Halo Café has just been launched on YouTube

After a weekend spent at web community conference the results are now available on YouTube.

Word Camp Dublin 2017 brought together over 200 web designers, developers, seo practitioners, a harp teacher, and a random . . . ummm . . . café owner.

Webmaster

As well as being a café owner, baker, barista, washer upper, party planner, logistics manager, purchasing manager, customer relations manager, sales manager, I am also “The Webmaster”!

Trying to schedule a full weekend conference into the commitments of busy café and catering company was not an easy task. It required planning, rostering, and a really early start. Scones don’t bake themselves, don’t you know.

Techno Dope

The conference was designed for tech heads and techno dopes. It was a chance to learn some techie stuff and some business stuff. One of the first presentations was by an Irish harp teacher from Galway, Una ní Fhlannagáin –  TheHarpTeacher.com

One unique feature of her talk was that she was able to use her website and YouTube to teach her students at a faster rate than weekly lessons and practice at home. It worked so well that her ensemble performed at The Royal Albert Hall.

YouTube Hero!

A ten minute chat with Una during the lunch break led to downloading an app, editing a video, adding a soundtrack and uploading a video to YouTube. Ten minutes we’ll spent.

The YouTube channel had been set up over four years ago. I didn’t think I would ever get to use it. It has been a slow start but there are now a couple of videos for you to enjoy.

Halo Café Celbridge YouTube video
Halo Café YouTube Channel

You can find the Halo Café YouTube Channel here.

All you need to do now is subscribe to the channel. It’s free!

At the end of the conference we were asked to set three goals. First was my ambition to start a travel blog. (Sorry I don’t get out much). Secondly create and publish some videos for your amusement and delight . . .

Thirdly . . . Well, you will just have to wait and see . . .

Celbridge to Dublin City University- A Travel Blog

Celbridge to Dublin City University- A Travel Blog

My new travel blog . . .

As travel blogs are the new thing we thought that we would add another string to our bow with our very first travel blog.

I recently travelled around one third of the M50 recently. It was early in the morning so traffic was fairly light.

Liffey Valley

It is worth mentioning that Gatso vans usually make an appearance on the N4. If you travel at or below the speed limit it gives you the chance to view the scenic approaches to Liffey Valley.

Phoenix Park

In the distance you can see the trees of the Phoenix Park. Do not linger on the view too long as you may miss the transition lane onto the M50.

The journey is a fairly hassle free experience with the highlights being the Blanchardstown interchange crossed by the railway line, canal, N3 and of course the “poo pipe”. Apparently it is the “busiest” interchange in Europe.

The horizon at Finglas is dominated by the electric substation and water tower. Make sure you are in the right lane for your exit at this stage.

One thought that crosses the mind . . . Does anyone miss the Ballymun Towers?

Arriving near my destination the next question is where is DCU? There is one small brown sign pointing to the Helix and is easily missed.

And where exactly is DCU? Is it Ballymun? Finglas? Or is it Glasnevin?

Dublin City University

The Campus extends along the Collins Avenue Extention. A mainly urban tree lined environment with a selection of traffic light and feeder lane intersections.

Parking at DCU is right at the front of the campus and is very handy for the business school.

DCU business school itself falls victim to most post-modernist architecture in that it has no discernible front entrance.

The upper floors are, however, graced with two protruding glass faced fire exits that work really well when observed from the inside.

For travelers on a budget DCU offers well priced accommodation which is plentiful during college vacations.

https://www.dcurooms.com

The return journey can also include a slight detour to Ikea on the way back to Celbridge.

Disclaimer

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No payment, goods or services have been provided in return for favourable reviews and/or mentions.

Opinions are that of the author. No responsibility for errors or omissions can be taken or inferred.

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Celbridge The Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East – Tourist Information

Information for a tourist visiting Celbridge

There are only two vital pieces of Celbridge tourist information that you need when visiting The Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East.

Celbridge tourist information - the gateway to Ireland's Ancient East
Tourist Information in Celbridge

The first item that you really need to know about when visiting Celbridge is where to find refreshment. Halo Café is located just off the Maynooth Road right beside the front door of Tesco. Established in 2009 it has a history of mildly amusing blackboard signs and providing great homemade food and fantastic scones.

Parking in Celbridge

Please be aware that parking in Celbridge can be expensive if you ignore the obscure signs, odd timings and efficient traffic wardens.

The simple alternative is to park beside Halo Café. You are then free to pick up a picnic and explore the Celbridge tourist trail at your leisure.

Celbridge tourist trail and Arthur’s Way

You may like to follow this link to a Walking Tour of Celbridge. It features some of the places of historical interest in Celbridge.

Arthur’s Way is a longer trail that may require some extra planning. It is 16km in length and is probably best carried out by bicycle.

Picnic time

If you are planning a visit to Celbridge we are more than happy to arrange picnics for your party. Please call us on 0035316276686. 

If you wish to use Halo Café as a meeting place after your tour you are most welcome. We have real Italian coffee and homemade scones.

Meeting Point

We have found, over the years, that Celbridge is an ideal meeting point for tourists. Fly into Dublin Airport, pick up your hire car, and head to Celbridge.

We recently hosted a breakfast where friends from New York, Florida, Birmingham (the English one) all met up in Halo. The were heading off to Mayo to a rented holiday home.

We are in a really handy location. You can get your breakfast at Halo Café. Pick up sunscreen and insect repellent at Walsh’s Pharmacy and a rain jacket in Tesco.

If you are heading to The Wild Atlantic Way you will need these items for sure. Experiencing four seasons in one day is a definite possibility.

Enjoy your stay in Ireland and keep following Halo Café for travel advice, pearls of wisdom and general lunacy .  .  .

For a full look at what to do, where to stay and where to eat in Celbridge click on this link for Discover Celbridge

Unre-“lent”-ing month of giving up

Re-“lent”-less Pressure

You do remember the season of Lent don’t you? It started a few weeks ago! Ash Wednesday, remember?

You have probably forgotten all about it now. It’s probably gone the way of your New Year’s Resolutions.

If you look at our café display in the morning it is loaded with scones and pies and chocolate treats and homemade brown bread.

By the afternoon our customers have stripped it bare. Either by sitting down in the café with a coffee and a plate of goodies or filling red takeaway bags.

Temptation

We would like to apologise for putting temptation in front of you on a daily basis . . . But it’s our job!

So, if you are still staying off stuff for Lent, congratulations, well done, good job. Keep at it.

We won’t increase the pressure by posting pictures of warm apple and rhubarb pies gently steaming with a side of freshly whipped cream.

We will just write a few more sentences detailing the sinful delicacies available in Halo Café. Like the ROCKY ROADS, RICE KRISPIE MARS SQUARES AND CARAMEL SQUARES. Sorry for shouting and all . . .

I should also mention that we have now added pancakes to our menu. They are available with maple syrup. With crispy smokey bacon. With fruit compote and for the child in all of us . . . Nutella!

Pancakes were such a hit on Pancake Tuesday is seems a shame to keep them for just one day of the year.

You have been telling us for the last seven years to get them on the menu and we have now made space to accommodate your desires.

Delighted that you have managed to read our monthly post and hope that your giving up for Lent is holding firm.

Mind you! Paddy’s Day is on the way which means that most of you who have laid off the booze will be taking a one day break from your giving up!

 

Resolution month is over. Get on with breakfast and February.

New year’s resolution? Did it work?

If you made a resolution this year you should be well over that by now. That is, if you even succeeded in keeping it more than a few days.

Remember the birthday party you had to go to on the second day of January? The leaving party drinks you had after work one day. That Christening where everyone had to raise a glass to the sleeping babe and the glowing parents.

Resolution at Halo Cafe beside Tesco Celbridge
January

So if it really was “Dry January”, congratulations. If you took our advice and walked that extra mile, then even better, well done. You’re looking shocking well.

It is now back to reality. Well sort of. There is the little subject of Valentine’s Day coming up. Spring is in the air and there’s nothing half so sweet in life as love’s young dream.

First Dates Café

Halo Café has quite often been the location of first dates. There are no airs and graces here. You can be sure of a friendly welcome and there are no long words on the menu.

There are plenty of choices on the menu but you won’t find oysters or asparagus. We have plenty of chocolate treats available if you are looking for an aphrodisiac.

How do you like your eggs?

If you can’t decide what to have then the answer is simple. Breakfast is the food of love. Just make sure you tell us how you like your eggs, your toast and your coffee.

Halo Cafe beside Tesco Celbridge
February

If you are planning a romantic get together at Halo Café there is no need to worry about embarrassing silences. We have a scrolling collection of our blackboard signs that will keep you amused and give you some talking points.

And if you are keeping up with the walking there is no better place than a stroll along the Liffey and Castletown House. Get out there and enjoy the walks, the fresh air and the scenery.

Heritage Week in Celbridge

Celbridge Food

Heritage Week in Celbridge for history, activities and good Irish food

Looking forward to Heritage Week in Celbridge.

We have a couple of lectures on our post-graduate program relating to Blackboard Studies.

  1. Calcium Carbonate (chalk) – 90 million years BC to the present day. 3 years of study and a dissertation.
  2. Halo Café Blackboards 2009 to the present day. About 25 minutes over a mug of coffee and a scone.

Choose the course that suits your own time frame. . .

Heritage week and Celbridge Food
Heritage Week including Irish Food week

Here are some other activities to enjoy during Heritage Week 2017.