Weekend


Budmo!* Why you can enjoy a glass of Russia’s national drink with a clear conscience

When the UK announced trade restrictions on Russian imports following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, vodka was at the top of the hit list. A fiercely punitive levy of 35% was added to the cost of every bottle, effectively pricing Russian vodka out of the market. But were Northern Ireland fans of the drink (two thirds of them women and more than half under the age of 34) alarmed by the sanctions? Not a bit of it. In fact, vodka sales are booming here, with the national drink of Russia accounting for one in three of all spirit sales. And practically none of it has ever been anywhere near the place. Belfast Telegraph …


The Cuan comes close to perfection in Strangford

Could Strangford be any more adorable? There aren’t many coastal villages in Ireland which come close to its idyllic little streets and charming harbour. If you had to design your perfect seaside location it would have to be Strangford. Mind you, Portaferry across the Narrows, isn’t far behind. Belfast Telegraph …


A year of Weekends

If a magazine had a birthday, this weekend would be it. On April 24, 2021, the Belfast Telegraph launched its revamped and redesigned Weekend magazine. Belfast Telegraph …



What’s in your weekend

Saving our built heritage is an important topic in Northern Ireland, and reporter Amy Cochrane talks to photographer, Rebecca, who is capturing some beautiful and captivating buildings for posterity as part of her Abandoned NI project. And it’s not just about the sites themselves, it’s about those who used to inhabit the properties – and their fascinating stories. Belfast Telegraph …


We can’t avoid the past but we can look to the future with hope

The past week is easily my favourite time of the whole year. I’m writing this before I’ve had the chance to live it yet, but if it turns out as planned, I will have spent it as I do every year; knee deep in Quality Street and rarely out of my pyjamas. It’s the one time when I feel no guilt in switching off and just ‘being’. Belfast Telegraph …


Five key cupboard staples to really boost your flavours in the kitchen

There are a few cupboard staples which most of us have in the kitchen, from tomato ketchup, to mayonnaise, dried pasta, rice and baked beans. But there are a few additional cupboard items which you may, or may not already have, that can help boost dishes of all shapes and sizes and help pull together a meal when it looks like there’s little in the fridge Belfast Telegraph …