November IT List: What's Trending This Month

Stay. At. Home.

From what to binge on Netflix to what to eat and where...here's how to spend November.

For many of us, we're in month eight of quarantine, and many of those days have been spent watching classic films, binge-watching TV shows on Netflix, making jigsaw puzzles and/or baking banana bread. 

Sadly, in light of recent government restrictions, November won't be any different. On a brighter note, with the arrival of some hugely anticipated Netflix drops, an album just waiting to be blared at your next kitchen disco and a whole host of restaurants and bars bringing the most delicious food and cocktails to your door - this November is going to be a month to remember.

So whatever this month has in store, we've rounded up everything new coming to a couch or city street near you. Save this post to your browser because there's going to come a day this month where you're wondering how you should spend your day, and we've got the answers.

eat:

At F&Burgers

Over the past few years, we have witnessed countless food trends taking Dublin by storm. Think avocado toast, cronuts, elaborate G&Ts, burritos, or who could forget the doughnut craze of 2018. While many have tried, no food trend has quite taken a city by storm like burgers. From Bunsen to Bujo - it's safe to say Dublin is equipped with some of the finest burger joints in the world. And now, there's a new eatery to add to that list. Like many independent businesses right now, F&B Catering has had to change and adapt their business to stay open in such uncertain times. Now delivering top quality gourmet burgers, wings and fries to your door, F&Burgers have certainly cemented themselves into Dublin's burger scene producing what quite possibly are the best burgers the city has to offer. What's more, for the entire month of November, F&Burgers are donating 50c from each 'Diablo' burger sold to Movember Charity.  Order online from 5pm, here. 

drink:

At Decent Drinks Club

Making your own cocktails sounds like fun in theory: you learn a new skill, you can control how much alcohol actually goes in and you get to shake all the ingredients together. But, in reality, making your own cocktails can be rather bothersome. We mean, do you have pickled rhubarb liquor, vanilla butter, raspberry tea and dried strawberry to hand? Instead, why not let someone else, do all the heavy-lifting and deliver a cocktail to your door? Well, that's exactly where the Decent Drinks Club comes in. From the creative minds behind Dublin's Lucky's and The Circular, Decent Drinks Club offers take-out and collection and a whole host of alcoholic beverages from craft beers to fine wines and, of course, delicious freshly made cocktails. They also deliver within 5km of their HQ at The Circular in Dublin 8. Simply place your order at decentdrinksclub.com before 2 pm for same-day delivery. 

attend:

A Virtual Beer Tasting

If you've been catching up with friends and family on Zoom, chances are you've had a bottle of beer in your hand. So why not take things one step further and do a virtual beer tasting? Rascals Brewing in Dublin 8 have launched a craft beer selection box aptly named 'The Boombox'. Inside, there are four of their award-winning beers, with a branded glass, a QR code linking to 30 playlists. Plus! They are also offering an hour-long virtual beer tasting session. Learn about brewing, learn about the Rascals story, and have plenty of fun along the way. For more information, check out their website. 

WATCH:

Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square on Netflix

Is it ever too early to start talking about Christmas? Although celebrations are going to be very different this year, we’re still thankful to have something to look forward to at the end of this crappy year. So, to answer our own question, it’s definitely not too soon to start getting into the festive spirit. This includes snuggling on the sofa with a cup of mulled wine in hand and watching a classic Christmas film. And to help us do that this year, Netflix is not just bringing us yet another stellar line-up of original Christmas films - no, they're gifting us a Christmas musical featuring the one and only, Dolly Parton. Featuring a whopping 14 new songs from Dolly Parton, this Christmas musical sees an embittered 'Scrooge' of a woman who plans to sell her small town, regardless of the consequences to the people who live there. If only there was an angel out there who could show her the error of her ways, eh? Available to stream from November 22.

LISTEN:

To Disco by Kylie Minogue

The original pop princess is taking us back to the dancefloor for her fifteenth studio album, which is set for release on November 6. As the name would suggest, her brand new album will be jam-packed with disco-inspired tracks. Much of the album was recorded at Minogue’s home studio during the lockdown, but the early singles fizz with dancefloor energy — it’s all gloriously retro, with synthy wobbles and flashes of brass. The perfect tonic for an awful year. 

READ:

The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

A novel which has been called "as effervescent as an Aperol spritz" sounds like just what we need to get us through the rest of 2020. In a year when travel is tough, how can one turn down a lighthearted adventure through Venice, Tuscany, and the Amalfi Coast? This novel follows three women from a family in which the second-born daughters have been cursed for generations as they travel to Italy to break the curse. Bonus: The main character is a baker, so be prepared to salivate over the frequent descriptions of Italian goodies! Out November 17. 

BINGE:

The Crown, Season 4

Anticipation has been steadily building ever since Netflix dropped an ominous trailer for the fourth season of The Crown that puts the spotlight on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s so-called “fairy tale” marriage, and it looks like this will be at the centre of the drama’s next instalment. We were also previously treated to a whole bunch stills from the show itself, including a few pictures of The Crown season 4’s Gillian Anderson as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.But while fans are understandably excited to Anderson’s performance as well as Emma Corrin’s debut as Diana Spencer (AKA Princess Diana), the show’s core cast remains the same for season four. Olivia Colman returns (for one last time) as Queen Elizabeth II, alongside Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip), Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles), Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret), and Erin Doherty (Princess Anne). Available to stream November 15.

Anticipation has been steadily building ever since Netflix dropped an ominous trailer for the fourth season of The Crown that puts the spotlight on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s so-called “fairy tale” marriage, and it looks like this will be at the centre of the drama’s next instalment. We were also previously treated to a whole bunch stills from the show itself, including a few pictures of The Crown season 4’s Gillian Anderson as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.But while fans are understandably excited to Anderson’s performance as well as Emma Corrin’s debut as Diana Spencer (AKA Princess Diana), the show’s core cast remains the same for season four. Olivia Colman returns (for one last time) as Queen Elizabeth II, alongside Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip), Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles), Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret), and Erin Doherty (Princess Anne). Available to stream November 15.

VISIT:

The Marvel Room - virtually

Whether it's taking a trip into town to see the Christmas lights or going ice-skating with friends, there's a lot of Christmas traditions we won't be able to partake in this year. Thankfully, our recent tradition of browsing The Marvel Room at Brown Thomas won't be affected. That's right, the carefully curated edit of incredible gifts has gone virtual on brownthomas.com. Renowned for showcasing one of a kind gifts you won’t find anywhere else, this year’s Marvel Room focuses on technology, home décor and fragrance, art and wellbeing from some of the world’s most exclusive brands. Visit The Marvel Room at brownthomas.com, now. 

Workout:

With Huawei's Watch Fit 

When it comes to smartwatches and fitness trackers, there are plenty of options on the market. Most offer much of the same features – a step tracker, heartbeat monitor, shortcuts to answering messages and answering calls etc. But Huawei's new Watch Fit is one of the most lightweight and ultra-narrow wearables available (weighing just 34g ) and it offers dozens of different built-in animated workouts right there on your wrist, meaning all of the thinking is taken out of getting a sweat on. For those confined to a WFH desk for the majority of the week, when the wearer has been sitting for too long, a light buzz will remind you to get up and move around. What’s more is if you’re feeling stressed out, which you can know by looking at the stress monitor on the watch, you can also do some quick breathing exercises, which are also built-in. Also, if sleep is your thing, the Watch Fit's TruSleep algorithm provides great insight into how much deep sleep you're getting on average. Shop Huawei's Watch Fit, €129, here

STAY:

At Home

If you think you don’t have a huge role to play in how the coronavirus outbreak plays out, think again. You have the potential to make this pandemic so much worse. That’s because the coronavirus is both more contagious and more deadly than the common flu. One person can easily transmit it to other people without knowing it, and those people would then transmit it to even more people, creating a terrifying snowball effect. The good news is, just as you can easily transmit the virus to other people, you can easily avoid transmitting it — if you’re willing to stay home. That’s right: Simply by sitting on your couch, you can potentially save lives.

WEAR:

A Mask

Yes, still.

Though nonmedical masks are most effective when worn by an infected person, new studies from China and South Korea show that somewhere between 25 to 50 per cent of infectious people are either pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic meaning there's a high rate of people who catch Covid-19 who do not develop symptoms until four or five days after being infected. Therefore, if you go outside without a face mask in those four to five days - you're spreading the virus and putting others at risk. What's more, many shopping centres, hairdressers and even restaurants are going to refuse entry to those not wearing face masks in order to operate under the new safety guidelines. Be a good person and wear a mask - it's not that hard. For where to get your hands on safe yet stylist face masks, click here.

Lounge: 

In COS' 'Good Cashmere Standard' Collection 

As the winter sets in and temperatures drop dramatically, you may be looking to restock your knitwear drawer. Nothing conserves heat like cashmere, so cheaping out on materials now might make you regret it in the long-run and if ever there was a time to spring for max cosiness, believe us when we say that it's now! COS is agreement too, as it has partnered with the Aid by Trade Foundation to pioneer a collection certified by The Good Cashmere Standard which focuses on the production of cashmere which is 100% traceable to inner Mongolia, China. And to celebrate the launch – when the flagship store in Wicklow St., Dublin re-opens – COS will gift a Cashmere Comb with all cashmere purchases over €150, while prices within the collection range from €79 to €195. Browse the 'Good Cashmere Standard' collection online here. 

BUY:

Anything Irish 

The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on us all – but it's been particularly hard on small independent business owners and their employees. While major corporations and even some mid-size companies may have resources to fall back on, small businesses often have tight profit margins and generally rely on foot traffic, as well as the disposable income of shoppers, both of which have been significantly minimised by COVID-19. Given that it could be one of the hardest-hit industries as the impact of Covid-19 develops, it's worth us all doing what we can to support our local businesses. Whether it's buying a cup of coffee from your local café, ordering a takeaway from a restaurant in need of business or doing your Christmas shopping from Irish-owned stores - a little support goes a long way. And speaking of Christmas gifts, we've compiled the ultimate list  independent Irish stores who would be so thrilled to help you find your perfect gift.

Main image by Nathan Dumlao 

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