Time for Beastie Dessert! CrawCrafts Beasties

Time For a Little Refreshment…

Oh, hello there!
Beastie Picnic - CrawCrafts BeastiesSome of you might have already noticed a few subtle changes (and -erk- a couple of glitches here and there) across the BeastieBlog over the last couple of days… That’s a mere foreshadowing of what’s on the way! I was actually hoping to unveil the new-look site today, but there has been a bit more behind-the-scenes work involved than I anticipated. So, in keeping with the theme of “refreshing”, I thought I might distract you with some photos of a few new Beastie arrivals, out enjoying their favourite snacks and tipples in the summer sun!

Burger Beastie and Pint Beastie arrived first…
Burger Beastie and Pint Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties…And then Cookie Beastie and Doughnut Beastie showed up, just in time for dessert!
Time for Beastie Dessert! CrawCrafts BeastiesDelicious! Burger Beastie seems to be especially enjoying the whole picnicking experience.
Burger Beastie and Friends - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd look, a pair of felt bees have come to join in the fun as well! They’re snacking on my Mum’s mallow plant, whose exuberant blooms were providing a handy pit stop for all kinds of local wildlife.
Busy Buzzy Bees - CrawCrafts BeastiesYou can make your own little buzzy bees by following my FREE pattern and instructions, here!

You’ll also get a chance to become a lot better acquainted with these new Beasties once the new-look site is launched. In the meantime, please bear with me while I get to grips with the under-the-bonnet workings of the BeastieBlog!

Hey, is anyone else taking on something terrifying this week? Let me know in the comments!

Milkshake Thief! CrawCrafts

Beastie Burgers!

Beastie-Size Menu - CrawCrafts Beasties
Happy Friday, everybody! And Explorer Beastie is back to share another of our favourite Dublin haunts with you all! Today, we’re going in search of Dublin’s best burger… A quest that has been an ongoing preoccupation of mine for the last couple of years.

Now, after countless hours of research, we can reveal that the burger that has most tickled our tastebuds (for at least the last twelve months) is made by… Bunsen!

But why? First of all, I appreciate the simplicity of their menu. Here it is.
Bunsen Menu - CrawCrafts Beasties
So unfussy that it fits on a single side of a standard business card, this menu means that the chef can’t hide burger deficiencies behind fancy toppings or a crazy selection of different styles of bun. It HAS to be good. You will get a say in how your burger is cooked, though (I always go for well-done, but they entertain my friend Mike’s preference for ultra-pink insides as well) and you can take as many or as few of the toppings as you like.

Oh, and I have to get a chocolate milkshake. Sometimes I’ll even consider sharing it…
Milkshake Thief! CrawCrafts
Hooray! The burgers are here! Unfortunately, excitement got the better of me and I ate half of mine before I remembered that I was supposed to be taking a picture of it.
Explorer Beastie With Burger - CrawCrafts BeastiesJust the Burger - CrawCrafts Beasties

For much better food photography than a hungry Beastiemaker can manage, I recommend visiting Bunsen’s own website or Facebook page. I’m afraid I couldn’t wait to put my camera away and polish off the second half of the burger! Oh, and I am absolutely one of those people who has to loudly slurp up the very last dregs of my milkshake…
Goodbye Milkshake! CrawCrafts Beasties
I’m already looking forward to my next visit! And if you want to go yourself, Bunsen have two restaurants in Dublin city centre to choose from – the original one on Wexford Street is my local, and they added a second branch in Essex St East in Temple Bar last year. Both open at high noon (1pm on Sundays) and serve up burger deliciousness until 9.30 pm (Monday-Wednesday and Sunday) or 10.30pm Thursday-Saturday.

By the way, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own – no sneaky sponsorship deals afoot! Although if Bunsen were to offer me free burgers for life, I wouldn’t exactly turn them down! I also want to give Jo’Burger and Bobo’s a special honorary mention – especially since I realise that Bunsen is a little light on vegetarian options!

Explorer Beastie will be back with another Dublin gem in two weeks. In the meantime, don’t forget to enter our Great January Begone Giveaway! Oh, and to anyone who was good enough to click the “Share on Facebook” button at the end of my last post, could you please let me know so I can log your entry? Unfortunately WordPress has no way of telling me who you are! Thanks 🙂