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I'm Patrick (Paddy, Padz, whatever you want) Hanlon.

I'm 21 and from Ireland. Living in the 'ol homeland of Drogheda for the minute after retiring from Dublin, where i've lived for 3 years.

I've just finished a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University and plan to pursue something along the lines of fashion journalism, magazine design, PR or styling.


My interests are really very varied, an aspect of myself which is heavily reflected in my blog. It's, for want of a good phrase, all over the place. But I kinda like that. My blog is a collage of interests, a Smörgåsbord. It's not meant to be typecast and i'm blissfully happy to blog about anything which comes to mind, without having to place it in a niche or a box.

I like fashion, art, music, food, graphic design, some history, interesting/useless facts, technology, photography, nature, funny stuff, publications... myriad things and you will probably never guess what you will see next.

I probably have a wealth of knowledge about nothing and everything to say. Or something like that.

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Audio Blog #1 - Seasonal Produce

Audio Blog #1 – Seasonal Produce

We have decided to diversify how we do this blog. Seeing as Russell cannot stop talking and loves radio, and sometimes we don’t get around to writing all of our foodie thoughts down, it felt right that we add a new dimension to what we do on GastroGays.

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Hmm… It’s been an eventful month as ever, or should we say 8 weeks? Apologies for the lack of snapshotting in February, resulting in a double post this time around. If you follow us on Facebook, you will have remembered that we explained we were undergoing some changes and fighting technical demons with the blog! Semi-annoyed to say we are still experiencing them, but it’s business as usual on the blog front and we will be quietly working away on making this bigger and better all the while.

We’ve had our first London Paddy’s Day, promotions, trips by train, visits from home, and lots of food adventures all the while. We’ve had gorgeous little nibbles in places like Proper, Shake Shack, The Hackney Pearl and drinks in deadly little pubs like Ape & Bird and our local in Stratford, King Eddie’s, as well as coffee in the fantastic Notes. We also took a trip to Exeter, which we will do a big round-up of by next week.

We’ve also had a whirlwind couple of weeks live-tweeting along with the The Taste UK. Did you catch us mouthing off of a Tuesday night on Twitter? What did you think? Let us know in the comments or in a tweet :)

Of course, don’t forget to follow us both on Instagram. Russelljames91 and iPadzorz, plus take a peek at our pics on Pinterest :)

What does the beginning of your Spring look like?

A snapshot of our February/March. Have a look at a couple of weeks in #GastroGays land! #instagram #instagays Hmm… It’s been an eventful month as ever, or should we say 8 weeks? Apologies for the lack of snapshotting in February, resulting in a double post this time around.
A welcome home treat… Agave cinnamon hot chocolate and salt and pepper popcorn

A welcome home treat… Agave cinnamon hot chocolate and salt and pepper popcorn

For a change of scenery we are out of the big smoke this weekend and have come all the way to the good ‘ol West Country, the land of pasties, cider and the best accent in all of Britain. We came to visit The BIG Cake Show, which is being held in Exeter at the Westpoint Exhibition Centre, and we’re writing this as we are sitting in the hotel, lapping up all that the South West hospitality has to offer.

We met organiser extraordinaire, Kim Vernon, at a special project recently (that we can reveal here soon, don’t worry) and couldn’t turn down the opportunity for a little weekend away to explore the awe-inspiring three-day event that Kim has put together! We’ve been to similar food events and shows before, and this one in particular can really compete with the best of them.

The Show began on Friday, but we only arrived late that evening. We spent all day today at the show, taking in some great cooking demonstrations, sampling some of the best food from the South West of England and teasing ourselves with loads of beautiful sugar craft materials and bakeware.

The show continues until the end of the day tomorrow, March 30th, get your tickets at the door and find more details are available at The Big Cake Show website. For all the necessary updates throughout the day, you would be insane not to follow us on Twitter: @GastroGays.

Things we learned today:

If you’re down tomorrow, say hello to us! We saw Edd, John, Mich and Jo demonstrate today, but Stacie Stewart, Glen Crosby, Kimberley Wilson, Edd Kimber and Paul Hollywood will be on the stage tomorrow.

What We Learned Today in… #Exeter @thebigcakeshow #GastroGays For a change of scenery we are out of the big smoke this weekend and have come all the way to the good ‘ol West Country, the land of pasties, cider and the best accent in all of Britain.
These #scones were a knockout for our homemade #afternoontea. Read about it on #gastrogays http://wp.me/p39BOk-iR

These #scones were a knockout for our homemade #afternoontea. Read about it on #gastrogays http://wp.me/p39BOk-iR

#fourdayweekend #instahappy

#fourdayweekend #instahappy

Now I know why I bothered to bake this last night, which took til 11pm… Fresh Sat morning bread!

Now I know why I bothered to bake this last night, which took til 11pm… Fresh Sat morning bread!

Curly kale #boxty #irishcuisine #irishrecipe #irishfood #gastrogays

Curly kale #boxty #irishcuisine #irishrecipe #irishfood #gastrogays

It’s a sausage kinda evening! Making these with onion gravy and curly kale #boxty on the side! #irish #gastrogays #loveirish #irishfood

It’s a sausage kinda evening! Making these with onion gravy and curly kale #boxty on the side! #irish #gastrogays #loveirish #irishfood

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