Busy Doing Nothing

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Busy Doing Nothing

If you want something done ask a busy man.

This is the first of what may turn into a daily post on this website. This due to the downgrading of business posts on Facebook. You may be missing out on our daily blackboard signs in future.

I have also had a request to start a blog on another website. And update two other social media accounts. And start posting more stuff on Instagram . . .

Lots of Blogging

You might think that a café owner is not your standard issue blogger. Know nothing about make up. Know nothing about fashion. Know a bit about travel.

So we will have to suck it and see. If you like what you read, tell your friends. If you don’t . . . Well you can stick to Bookface.

Mark Zuckerberg

Hopefully you will take a look at our website for your daily dose of blackboard instead of looking at that one owned by Mark Zuckerberg.

Busy

So, you might remember the song. But do you remember the movie?

A few clues – Bing (or Google) and a King . . .

Busy Celbridge Cafe
Busy doing nothing working the whole day through trying to find lots of things not to do . . . We’d like to be unhappy but, we never do have the time. 

Christmas 2017 A Time for Family

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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.

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

This news and blog section contains occasional articles that may be of interest to our customers and readers

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.

This blog is for entertainment only. Any information herewith contained should be treated witha seriously large pinch of salt. Persons with a salt allergy or high blood pressure should cease reading this immediately and seek professional advice.

The author reserves the rights to all material published on this blog and website. Copyright Halo Café 2009-2017.

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.

Homemade brown bread with smoked salmon is Irish luxury

Homemade brown bread recipe from Castletown House Celbridge

Halo Cafe Homemade Brown Bread

We bake our homemade brown bread fresh everyday and is available to buy or you can order in advance.

The recipe is based on one that was used in Castletown House in Celbridge. Over the first few years of Halo Café we would make a couple of loaves everyday to accompany our homemade soup. We tested and tasted the recipe and made a few changes including adding pumpkin seeds for a bit of extra crunch.

Once people had tasted the bread they started asking if they could buy a loaf to take away. This grew and grew and so we now have a regular group of customers who call in for their daily loaf.

Every Christmas Eve we prepare 10 times the number of loaves. Our customers can enjoy a slice of with their soup of smoked salmon on Christmas Day.

When we provide soup and sandwiches for our catering events the brown bread is always a popular addition. It also appears on our canapé selection.