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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Jenny Bristow Charis Cookbook Signing

Jenny Bristow  is one of Ireland’s most celebrated local good food ambassador’s, TV cooks and cookery writers whose cookery programmes have travelled the world.

Her latest collaboration with Charis Cancer Care sees the chef creating inspirational recipes for a healthier way of life.

The Cooking with Charis cookbook, priced at £7.99, is available from the airport information desk from Weds 26th Feb. 

We caught up with Jenny  to discover her relationship with food and wellbeing:

What is the inspiration behind the cookbook and how did you get involved with Charis?

This is an inspirational cookery book for a healthier way of life, containing delicious recipes, intended as a general guide and not as a substitute for professional medical advice. There is a great need to provide modern day recipes which are quick and easy to cook, affordable for all, using the best of our local season produce. I am delighted to be involved with Charis and support their excellent work.

What is your favourite recipe in the book and why?

My favourite recipe is the Roasted yellow pepper soup, with Basil cream, for me there is no better food to warm body and soul, than sipped with good crusty bread.

Do you think cooking is a form of therapy?

Cooking for me was never a chore or meant to be. I think you will all find the simplicity of these recipes are accessible to everyone, despite their individual cooking skills.

What does healthy eating mean to you?

A healthier way of life is an achievable goal for everyone, I am a firm believer you are what you eat, and I am sure you will discover that healthier recipes are much easier to prepare and cook.

Tell us about a time a recipe hasn’t quite gone to plan?

Souffles and sauces are not for the faint hearted when it comes to cooking, especially if you are under pressure. The Rissoto, paella and sodabread are comforting recipes to make - so just enjoy.

Can a complete novice learn to cook with this book?

This is a book for everyone, the recipes and methods have been simplified, list of ingredients shortened and very often one pot dishes, which makes clearing up much easier. The instructions are simple and clear for everyone's enjoyment.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Discover Doncaster Sheffield

Passengers in Northern Ireland will once again be able to avail of direct flights to Doncaster-Sheffield Airport thanks to a new arrival at George Best Belfast City Airport.

The service between Belfast City Airport and Robin Hood Doncaster-Sheffield Airport will be operated by UK regional airline, LinksAir, and will commence on Friday 11th April 2014. 

Not only is this route great for business with 2 flights per day allowing a day of meetings before returning to Belfast, it also offers a new exciting holiday option. 

Location location location 

You can access the whole of Yorkshire by flying into Doncaster Sheffield.

The airport is about 26 miles from the centre of Sheffield, it takes about 40 minutes by car at the moment (by the end of 2015 a new road link will reduce the journey time by 15 minutes).

Sheffield is a bustling city (the 4th largest in England) with the biggest theatre complex outside London. There is a vibrant music, shopping and cultural scene. It is also very close to the beautiful Peak District.

Leeds is less than an hour from the airport by car and York just over an hour.

Doncaster is famous for its racecourse and attracts over 60,000 people to its 4 day St Leger meet.

The St Leger is the oldest of the classic races in the UK having first been run all the way back in 1776.

Yorkshire is hosting the Grand Depart – Tour de France this year and stage 2 begins in York and finishes in Sheffield on 6th July.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

See the best of Blackpool

Fly to Blackpool – Britain’s favourite seaside resort – from Belfast City Airport with Citywing.

This destination is perfect for the young and the young at heart – with attractions and events galore to delight the senses and add a little extra fun to any holiday.
White-knuckle-seekers can experience the adrenalin of the Pepsi Max Big One, Infusion and other thrilling rides or slide the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide at Sandcastle Waterpark.

The 4D Cinema and SKYWALK at The Blackpool Tower Eye   is an absolute must when in resort. Create lifelong memories with the family 380 feet above the Promenade before exploring the rest of The Blackpool Tower – don’t forget The Blackpool Tower Circus where you will be entertained by everyone’s favourite clown Mooky.

Down in the depths of The Blackpool Tower you’ll find Blackpool’s dreadfully thrilling family attraction – The Blackpool Tower Dungeon! Prepare to be hurled into Blackpool’s most horrible history where the Dungeon creatures are ready to tell you their tormented tales.
Combine fun and wild animals in a fabulous family day out at Blackpool Zoo. More than 1,000 mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates reside in spacious, natural enclosures set in 32 acres of stunning, mature parkland with lakes, tress and plenty of room for children to run wild!

After a busy day on the go why not relax at The Carousel Hotel? Situated on the South Promenade, is one of Blackpool's best places to stay. It boasts a perfect location - close to Blackpool Pleasure Beach but just a short tram ride away from the main strip so you can get a good night’s sleep.

Citwing fly to Blackpool - connecting from the Isle of man - up to 4 times a day from £69.95 one way.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Get Loved Up Location Guide From Belfast City Airport

Inspiration for a last minute Valentine's Day weekend getaway

Valentine's Day in London

London is for lovers on Valentine's Day. The city has the ideal mix of cool, quirky, sweet and spectacular.
Impress your date with panoramic views, catch a West End show, take a romantic stroll, snuggle up in a cosy pub or soak up some history and culture.
There are flights to London 7 days a week. AerLingus fly to both London Heathrow and London Gatwick 3 times daily, BritishAirways fly to London Heathrow up to 6 times daily.Flybe continue to fly to Gatwick until the end of March 2014.

Fall in love with Glasgow

Have a bonny break this Valentine’s Day in Glasgow.
The Scottish city has been hailed by both Rough Guides and The Telegraph as one of the top places to visit in 2014.
Why not seek out historic sites, or stroll hand in hand through the city's parks and gardens.
Whatever you choose to do you are guaranteed to be wooed by this cool, vibrant and stylish city. Flybe fly to Glasgow up to 4 times daily - 7 days a week - from Belfast City Airport.

Adventure on the Isle of Man

The Isle of man is a true adventure playground for lovers of the great outdoors, the Island’s varied terrain and extensive coastline lends itself perfectly to those who want to get out and about.
Whether you’re a thrill seeking couple who wants to try your hand at watersports, mountain bikers keen to explore some of the best trails in the British Isles or walkers keen to scale the challenging coastal footpaths – you’ll find an activity to suit. Citywing fly to the Isle of Man up to 7 times daily – 7 days a week – from Belfast City Airport.

Cuddle in Cardiff

Escape to Wales with the one you love. You could explore the sights and sounds of Cardiff. Experiencing the culinary delights the capital has to offer and pick up that perfect present in one of the many boutiques.Flybe fly to Cardiff once a day – 7 days a week - from Belfast City Airport.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Arrivals – Northern Ireland’s newest residents have just touched down

A cast of characters criss-cross the globe to land in Northern Ireland; searching for love, for marriage, for refuge, for work, for passion, for friendship, for inspiration, for a new beginning.

Terra Nova Productions, with support by Accidental Theatre, presents ARRIVALS
Conceived and directed by Andrea Montgomery.

Imagine Robert Altman’s film Shortcuts, mixed with a bit of Brief Encounter, a dash of Argo and a hint of Bollywood, and you might start to get a sense of the buffet of theatre on offer in Arrivals, Terra Nova’s new play about the incredible lives of Northern Ireland’s newest citizens.

Six of Northern Ireland’s most exciting local writers were given free rein to work with local and international actors and six members of Northern Ireland’s new multicultural communities to create a tapestry of interlocking stories; all offered to you in a single night of theatre, with a beautiful new score by Coleraine’s own Anthony Toner.

Find out more and book tickets now at Terra Nova Productions 

Terra Nova Productions is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas From Belfast City Airport

Love is in the air with Valentine's Day almost upon us. Impress your sweetheart with a thoughtful gift from George Best Belfast City airport.


Fill a gift bag with pampering products from Boots like body scrubs, bubble bath, scented candles etc. you'll get extra points if you offer your services for a massage, manicure or pedicure.

Love Story

Books make great gifts, show you care by getting the latest novel from your partners' favourite author. Alternatively you could pick-up a travel guide for a place you long to explore together. Leave a love letter inside the pages. Buy the latest romantic reads at WHSmith. Don't forget to get a card. 

Romantic Eats

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach they say so why not pick-up a hamper with regional foods, teas & juices? The Good Food &Wine Company do a great product range catering to all tastes 

Love Is In The Air

Treat your lover to their favourite perfume or aftershave from World Duty Free. Nothing says romance like a floral scent. Choose something with a note of rose in hues of blood red, blush pink and crisp white.

Be Cute

Teddy bears are a cuddly way to express your love for that special someone. WHSmith, Houseof Ireland and World Duty Free all sell furry friends that will melt your heart.

Tasty Treats 

Sweeten up your loved one with a delicious chocolate gift. Pick up a heart shaped box of godiva chocs from World Duty Free then enjoy tasting them together.

 Pink Fizz 

Veuve Clicquot Rose NV / Pink Champagne is a delicious, red fruit-flavoured fizz from a legendary house. It is likely to arouse romantic notions in even the hardest of hearts. Pick it up at World Duty Free.