Author: Grainne McGarvey

G Spots! How much would you pay for a G&T?

I recently celebrated a special anniversary so enjoyed a few drinks in Belfast’s new Grand Central Hotel. A lot has been said about its 360 degree panoramic view from the Observatory (which you can see is amazing), but after spending an eye-watering £16 on a G&T it got me thinking how much is too much to spend on a glass of mother’s ruin? A study by Bolsover Cruise Club looked into the price of a single-measure of gin and tonic in bars and restaurants across 30 of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and found that the average cost of a G&T...

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G Spots! Could you be a Bollywood Dancer?

This year’s Belfast Mela, sponsored by SPAR takes place on Sunday 26 August in Botanic Gardens with a spectacular Bollywood finale which will feature more than 100 dancers, drummers and community participants taking to the stage in a contemporary spectacle. Organised by ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela is now searching for voluntary performers who would like to get involved and learn Bollywood dancing or Dhol drumming this summer to take part in the Bollywood Finale on stage. Krishan Tandon, Project Manager, Arts Ekta says: “We are on the hunt for people to take part in our grand finale show ‘Reunite’, which tells...

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G Spots! Kids Books With a Modern Message

Our latest hidden gem is the Mika & Lolo bilingual children’s book series, that is aimed at parents looking for new ways to educate and inspire their kids. Written by Spanish native, Virginia Méndez, who lives in Belfast with her children, Nora, Eric and husband Chris, each book tries to challenge the norms of today’s society, hoping to give a more open-minded message to children.  The concept of the series is about cousins Mika and Lolo, who are trying to work out why people treat them slightly differently for being a girl and a boy. It questions aspects of everyday life that...

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G Spots! Inagural Health & Fitness Awards

Entries are now open for Northern Ireland’s first Health and Fitness Awards, sponsored by Centra. The ceremony will take place on Saturday September 22 in the Crowne Plaza Belfast and is being hosted by former Emmerdale actress, Strictly Come Dancing star and health and fitness enthusiast, Gemma Atkinson and Q Radio’s Ninja Warrior Ibe Sesay. Sarah Weir, Director of Weir Events and Creator of the Health & Fitness Awards said: “There has been a massive growth in Northern Ireland’s health and fitness industry over the last number of years and I am excited to have created a new event that will...

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G Spots! The Daddy of Steaks

With Father’s Day fast approaching many of us are still looking for the perfect gift. If you’re anything like me, you know that socks or aftershave just won’t cut it – again! Well you’ll not only get extra brownie points, but also one of the best steaks in Belfast by treating him to a meal at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill. Situated in the four-star Park Avenue Hotel, this east Belfast restaurant is the perfect location for him to sit back and enjoy its beautiful surroundings. Good news, it’s just launched a new summer food and drink...

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