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