On a wet and windy Saturday morning, Sara and I headed over to Greystones (a lovely County Wicklow seaside village) for breakfast at The Happy Pear, a café/greengrocer run by twin brothers Dave and Steve Flynn. We took the scenic route over the mountains …yes we missed the turning, as we were chatting too much and had to take a detour. Of course, we could have taken the DART and it is only a few minutes from the station. On reflection that would have been the better option!

I have been a fan of the cheeky chappies for quite a while and follow them on FB and Instagram, where they post photos of sunrises, yoga positions and their gorgeous vegetarian food. I admire their philosophy: eat healthily and be happy…..and happy they are!

The shop was busy with locals when we arrived, gossiping and shopping. There was an air of conviviality and Dave (or maybe it was Steve, I can’t tell them apart!) was chatting and walking around. Connecting with their community was part of what they set out to do and the success of this was obvious all around us. 1interior happy pear

Into the café next where an array of breakfasts tempted us, but eventually we chose avocado, tomato and sundried tomato paste on sourdough bread …..delicious. Then we had to try some of the avocado chocolate mousse cake and the salted almond caramel tart. Well we had come all the way from Malahide! If you fancy trying some of their recipes you can buy their first cookbook appropriately titled The Happy Pear and their second book is due out in a few months. salted caramel

We were impressed by the food, but also with the extremely friendly and happy staff. The café is both quirky and wholesome and obviously a popular place. When we were leaving at lunchtime, there was a queue out the door. I will definitely be back soon to try out some more of their wonderfully tasty and healthy food. 

A walk down the town brought us to ‘Escape’ boutique on Mill Road and tempted by an attractive window display, we went inside. It was a busy place, with two ladies already shopping for forthcoming weddings and both bought outfits from the Irish label Fee G.escape dress

The shop also stocks the American label Adrianna Papell, which I love and I was tempted to try on the nautically inspired dress (below), retailing at €219. I loved the fit, the style, the weight of the fabric and the pockets, but felt it over-emphasised my boobs! However, I decided to show you the dress anyway because it is so gorgeous, and just because it wasn’t quite right on me doesn’t mean that it won’t be fantastic on someone else.

 So we stocked up on goodies at The Butler’s Pantry (half-price freezer sale) and at The Happy Pear and headed home satisfied with our morning’s work!