tips, tipples & table talk – Week 9

What a week we’ve been having eh? This week’s tips, tipples & table talk is all about the topic that, right now, is #1… The sun. We’ve got an awesome frozen cocktail recipe for you to get drinking trying and a surprisingly easy to make beef carpaccio recipe – perfect for that alfresco dinner party. We also discuss how to handle working in an office, with business as normal, despite the hot and humid temperatures out there!

Oh AND to celebrate the sunny weather, we’re offering 10% back to our lovely ely customers all summer when you use your ely loyalty card. Don’t have one yet? Sign up here

Enjoy the weather everyone!

Table Talk of the Week: 7 Ways To Survive the Office in the Summer

Does your desk face the window? Colleagues’ holiday pics getting you down? Lack of air conditioning in the office getting you all hot and bothered? Let’s face it, the office is the last place that any of you want to be on a hot summer’s day. The weather is rarely this good in Ireland, and us Dubliners are finding that procrastination is taking over and work agendas are being pushed aside for daydreams of sun, surf and sand. However, it is business as normal unfortunately, so we’ve put together a few tips on how you can make the most out of being in the office and away from the summer sun.


  1. Stay Hydrated – Might sound obvious but we often drink the same amount of water that we would on a normal work day but in the heat, we need much more. Dehydration can cause you to lose concentration (and lust after that post-work cold one), so drinking lots of water throughout the day is important to make sure you stay focused.
  2. Casual Wednesdays – You might already have casual Fridays in place in your office but what about offering (or asking for) casual Wednesdays? The mid-week break, away from office attire and into light, bright and breezy summer clothing, might just be the humpday help that you need!
  3. Flowers In the Window – Why not go green and bring in a couple of plants/flowers for your desk or office? The colours, scents (not too strong now!) and seeing nature in a work environment might help to lighten the atmosphere and brighten spirits.
  4. Swap the Coffee Break for an Ice Cream Run – Instead of going out to get your usual caffeine fix, why not get a selection of ice creams for the office. Random acts of kindness go down a treat in a hot and stuffy office environment, especially when you are quite literally, bringing treats.
  5. Eat a Summery Lunch – Light and summery foods like grilled chicken, fresh seafood, ripe tomatoes, garden salads all have an effect on your body and eating poorly isn’t going to help your mood when you’re craving freedom from the office. Places, like ely, that offer fresh, summery and seasonal lunch will make you feel ten times better when you eventually have to return to the desk.
  6. Leave the Car at Home – If you normally drive into work but live somewhere within an easy commute, why not take the bus or train into work, get off one stop earlier and stroll to the office. Or, if you’ve been meaning to get some more exercise, take this oppourtunity to walk or cycle to and from work, taking in some of the open air while this good weather lasts.
  7. Post-work Socialising – When you do get through the day at work, what better way to get over the office air-con squabbles, deadlines that kept you in work much longer than expected and unproductive hours, than to round up your colleagues (and the company credit card,  if they’ll let you!) and head for some after work socialising. Work won’t be as bad the next day when you’ve all got something to laugh about from the evening before!

This summer, groups of 6 or more can enjoy complimentary mixed bar platters at ely bar & brasserie, IFSC. Advance booking required.

dublin heatwave office collage

Taste Tip of the Week: Beef Carpaccio 

A fantastic starter for your summer dinner party, a lunch alfresco snack or simply a delicious accompaniment to a good glass of wine. At ely, we use organic Burren beef from the ely family farm but your local butcher should be able to provide you with a very good piece of fillet. Loaded with flavour, beef carpaccio always offers thin little slices of  heaven.

What you need:

  • 400g beef fillet
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 25ml port wine
  • 25ml brandy
  • rock salt and black pepper
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon

ely beef carpaccioHow to do it:

  • Place the meat in a sealed container in the fridge for 2-4 hours.
  • Meanwhile, place the black peppercorns in a food processor and blitz, or grind up in a pestle and mortar.
  • Remove the meat from the fridge and rub the pepper mix into the flesh, coating thoroughly.
  • Place the honey, sugar, port and brandy in a bowl and mix well. Pour this mix over the spiced
  • meat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the fridge the next day, wrap tightly in clingfilm and freeze for 1 hour (this will
  • make it easy to slice the meat very thinly). Cut the meat into slices about 1-2mm thick.
  • Season with salt and pepper, then brush with olive oil and lemon juice
  • Serve with Parmesan shavings and crusty bread (optional).

Enjoy a complimentary plate of organic smoked meats when you order a bottle of wine* at ely wine bar, 22 Ely Place. *Available with any bottle of wine over €30.

organic smoked meats and wine

Tipple of the Week: Frozen Watermelon Margarita 

Ice cold, slushy and seriously refreshing. Cool down this summer with this delicious cocktail recipe using fresh pieces of watermelon. Sweet? Totally.

What you need:

  • 5 cups of watermelon, cubed, seeds with rind removed.
  • 1 cup Tequila
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Watermelon slices (optional), for garnish

How to do it:

  • Place chopped watermelon in an airtight container and freeze overnight.
  • Put the frozen watermelon and remaining ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into margarita glasses and garnish with a wedge of watermelon.
  • Drink and enjoy.

Got a cocktail in mind? We can make anything you crave (within reason!) at ely bar & brasserie, IFSC.

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