2/4/17

Searching for The Best Steak in Dublin

When it comes to a cook steak, in Ireland you can find a great cut of meat from the local grass fed cattle, however it is hard to find someone who knows how to cook it. In the US you can find the lowest quality mass produced meat available, but you can also find a quality steak that is so tender you can cut it with a fork and drool just thinking about it.

Since moving to Ireland I have been in search of the best steak in Dublin, which unfortunately is hard to do. They have great quality meat but most chefs and cooks don't know how to prepare it. Most of the time it is overcooked, dry, chewy, and probably more well suited for a stew.

So, I have decided to search for the best steak in Dublin and see what I can find. I am going to rate each steak on a 0 to 5 scale, with 0 being inedible to 5 being the best. My criteria for the best steak is pretty high. To date the best steak I've ever had was in a Texas steak house. The restaurant only made steaks. The only other offerings were side dishes for the steak and beer. When a place specializes like that, you know it's going to be an excellent steak and that is my criteria for success.

I'm also going to try not to let the service and restaurant itself impact my review and focus only on the quality of the meat. These reviews will also be limited to Dublin and I will update this page as I eat more meat. 


Steak restaruant
 The Chophouse
Cut: Striploin
Ordered: Medium
Rating: 4 out of 5


The steak cost 36.00 and came with a side of fries. The fries were delicious by the way. The steak itself seasoned perfectly and had a nice grill on the outside while still not overcooking the interior. The size of the cut was excellent and overall a very nice steak. The reason they are only getting 4 instead of 5 stars, especially for Irish standards, is it was a little overcooked probably leaning towards medium-well instead of medium and it was a bit chewy. Overall though an excellent steak and I will definitely be back to try a different cut and probably medium-rare on the cooking.

dublin steaks
Cut: I don't recall
Ordered: Medium
Rating: 4 out of 5


I was very impressed and the steak was surprisingly good. I went here for a work function and wasn't expecting much better than a mass produced cut of meat. They could have offered a bit more for the sides as it only came with some lettuce. 


Cut: Sirloin
Ordered: Medium
Rating: 2 out of 5

I want to give them a better review because I really like the venue but the steak was so chewy that my jaw got tired eating it. It was cooked very well, and by well I don't mean well as in good but well as in it was cooked for a very long time. I went as part of an event so my theory is that they were doing a lot at once and that impacted the preparation. I intend to visit again and give them another try and see if it just happened to be a bad night. 

1/29/17

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1/25/17

The First Look Photograph


the first look at a wedding
The First Look Photograph

The first look has to be one of my favorite moments when photographing a wedding.  For those that don’t know, the “first look” or “reveal” happens before the actual ceremony, usually with just the photographer and the bride and groom. The photographer will usually stand the groom or bride in a way that allows the other to come up from another direction, resulting in this being the first time they see each other before the wedding. It is one of the rare moments at the wedding where we can enjoy a natural, intimate moment without a crowd of people around. The bride and groom get a bit of time together and some lovely photographs to start the day off. This is something a little less traditional and a little more unique that a wedding photographer can offer.

Advantage

For me as a photographer the biggest advantage to the first look photography session is the beautiful natural pictures you get. Photographers are not fans of the forced posing and fake smiles that most brides and grooms are not fans of either. While doing a first look we are not posing; we are not trying to get something specific, we are literally capturing the moment as it unfolds.  Yes, once we get past that initial moment we might move into the portraits of just the bride and groom, but they are still much more relaxed and less hurried than ones that happen after the ceremony. We don’t have to worry about other family members also vying for the couple’s attention with phones in hands.

Tradition

Often when I bring this up to clients they are hesitant as it is so engrained into our psyche for the groom not to see the bride before the ceremony. But tradition also involved the Wedding March song and churches at one point. Tradition also involved not living together and vows to obey.

This particular tradition, of not seeing the bride, started as a way to prevent the groom from seeing the bride for arranged marriages. So if you want to talk about tradition, this tradition started so that fathers could hide the bride from the groom out of worry that if he saw her before the wedding he might call it off.

Schedule

A wedding is almost always running late and rushed. The ceremony often goes long and the guests are looking forward to the reception. But all of that has to wait until the pictures are done. Most of the designed pictures that have to be done usually happen after the ceremony but before the reception. By having a first look before the ceremony it reduces some of the pictures that need to be done after the ceremony saving on time.

You Look your Best

Another advantage of the first look is that everyone is fresh and made-up properly. Makeup has just been applied, clothing is clean, and the sweat from the days stress hasn’t started. As the day goes on and the stress levels rise, as things start to happen and people move around, the new hair starts to fall and clothing gets messy. Yet before the ceremony none of this has happened yet so when the photographer is taking your picture it is done as you are looking your best.

In Summary

When I am meeting with a client they will often ask for something unique for photography and this is one of those moments a photographer can offer that will provide some unique images. Especially when friends and families had a more traditional set of wedding pictures, first look weddings will have something they don't.

Of course it is your wedding not the photographers so If that is what the bride and groom want I will go along with it and come up with some great images as well, but when I do find a couple that is up for first look photography, my smile at witnessing such a pure beautiful moment is almost as big as yours is when you see your lovely bride or handsome groom.

1/17/17