Katherine does Dessert (Badly!)

Hello All!

We are nearly at the freakin weekend! Perhaps you’ll even get the chance to use one of my previous posts: Dublin Weekend Activities on a Student Budget.

As for what I got up to over the last week? Where do I start?! It was my first week back at college after Christmas so it was a case of getting my head down. The River Island Press Day for #SS19 was on Tuesday and would you believe flared jeans are back? You can check out all the latest stock coming in over Feb, March and April over on my insta @PetrolRose. Aside from that, I’ve already broken my new year’s ‘more vegetables’ diet with a nutella and chocolate drops combo. Can anyone else sense my mam’s horror from here?

River Island Press Day with my fairy godmother

This week I’ve been checking my inbox and spotted a bunch of questions asking me about my weird dessert concoctions after I shared a post about my loving pasta and nutella together. Apparently this is quite the controversial topic. So, this week I’ve been gathering quirky dessert recipies from my pals as well as other delicacies I’ve happened upon along the way. This blog post is about the height of student fine dining.

Top of my list is my pasta and nutella combo. I’m talking basic penne and literally a spoonful of hazelnutty chocolatey goodness. It actually tastes a bit like crepes. Especially when it melts in just the right way. Wild.

My next one I witnessed my housemate do and I’ll be honest, I was horrified and skeptical when I saw it first. This dude takes powdered curry spices and chucks them on butter microwave popcorn. It’s actually decent. I would recommend sticking an extra knob of butter on it though.

Check out that spice organisation!

Cereal and ice cream was another suggestion made to me. I trialled this and my best combo to date has been the lidl vanilla ice cream with Coco Pops and Cookie Crisp.

One of my own ones that I’m not entirely sure fits in this list is spaghetti Bolognese with chocolate drops. I can sense your disgust but I promise it works.

Finally this is rookie level but dipping McCains crinkle oven chips with Avonmore strawberry mooju is pretty great.

That’s my contribution to society for this week! I’d love to hear about your dessert discoveries so shoot me messages. Until next week.

All my love,


A Coffee a Day Keeps Katherine Awake!

Hello All!

I hope you’ve been well! I’ve spent the last few days getting assignments in and linking up with the fam. We had our annual big family get together. Joy of joys! Santa is bringing college exams for Christmas, so I’m getting the head down (See mammy?). That means this post is coming right on time!

You’ve probably spotted ‘I ❤ caffeine’ and ‘coffee hit’ sprawled across my Instagram (@PetrolRose) stories by now on the daily. It’s no secret that I spend my days heavily caffeinated in some of Dubin’s quirkiest cafés. Wannabe Hipster much? I’m definitely a night owl in need of a pure boost, but I have a major sweet tooth. You’re more likely to find me ordering a mocha rather than an Americano- no milk, no sugar. Apologies to my fabulous, but coffee connoisseur housemates who love nothing more than a fresh black french press coffee, I’m willing to bet my sugary order hurts! This Blog post is a quick guide to my favourite spots to grab some caffeine between classes.

1. Clement and Pekoe, South William St.

Clement and Pekoe is home to Dublin’s best Mocha- a regular order of mine. Picture giant chocolate stirrers. This fab spot is a two minute walk from Stephens Green Shopping Centre. It has everything from a nook to books to have a browse through. They even have their own tea line which is carried by several cafés around Dublin!

Mochas Clement and Pekoe

2. Busyfeet & Coco, South William St.

If you want a decent latte that is positvely Insta-worthy check out this place. I prefer the seats outside. I like to people watch over a cuppa. I also recommend a slice of their carrot cake whilst you’re at it. Tasty stuff!

Loading up on caffeine between classes!

3. Network café, Aungier St.

Network café is one of Dublin’s quirkier spots. It opened up two years ago with networking and communication in mind. It’s a great spot to have a cosy one and a chinwag with your pals! Coffees are served on funky boards. What better place to feel hip and trendy?

Cosy cuppa @Network

4. Kaph, Drury St.

Kaph is know for being a favourite haunt amongst bloggers and instagrammers alike, myself included! I find this café ideal for banging out assignments or working with classmates on group projects. It has to be done! Staff here are super friendly and their cappuccinos are off the chain!

5. Accents, Stephen St.

Coffee art at Accents

You’ll often find Accents café at the top of articles about Dublin coffee spot recommends. It’s no wonder given how lovely it is! Accents was one of my first coffee house discoveries. Although this particular blog post is about coffee spots and they do do great coffee, I can’t but help give a special mention to their Hot Chocolates which are a Dublin must do!

6. Dolce Sicily, Dawson St.

Finally on my list is Dolce Sicily! This place is a fantastic setting for a great coffee. Located on Dawson St. it is fabulously decorated with it’s Georgian interiors. Fantastic coffee to boot too. My recommend here is a vanilla latte with literally anything from their baked goods section. It’s all tasty af. Carbs remain the way to my heart.

Chilling in Dolce Sicily

Well, that’s me for this one! I have a few posts to look forward to coming up to Christmas (I know, we’re nearly there). I’ll catch you guys soon!