The Great Escape is the perfect place to see a host of new bands. 50% cheaper and 50% longer than the Camden Queue aka Camden Crawl, this place isn't without the queues but does have one advantage- you will actually get in somewhere!
If you don't want to wait two hours to see your favourite band for the 10th time then just stop in at the nearest venue not at capacity and take a gamble. you never know ...
And the top tip for the next day before it's time to do it all again? Doze off the hangover on the beach instead of in your b&b, then head up to Bills for all sorts of organic and tasty treats. Better than a north london kebab anyday.
Various venues in Brighton.
A fantastic curry house just off Long Street. Authentic, regional curries that make the most of Cape Town sea food. About R170 for two courses. Can't recommend it highly enough.
33 Church Street (upstairs on the first floor)
Bodega Santa Cruz, Las Columnas is just a stone's throw away from La Giralda and is a charming Sevillian tapas bar. This is the Andalucian tapas tradition in one stop and is well worth seeking out. The few old wooden tables set against the apricot coloured walls and the bar's trade mark columns are a perfect spot to sit and soak up the old city's life. Situated on the old cobbled Calle de Rodrigo Caro, it's the bar for anyone who loves Spanish food or wants to try something a little different. Along with fantastic coffee, the cafe cortado is particularly good. The bodega serves the local beer, Cruzcampo and a very impressive menu of tapas ranging from the familiar Spanish tortilla to rincones al jerez (kidneys cooked in a local sherry.) But one of their best is patatas alioli (a potato salad with a velvety garlic-infused mayonnaise). If you choose to eat or drink at the bar you can expect to see your bill chalked up before you on the wooden-worn bar. Also, it's cheaper to stand. Be sure to get there early for lunch for this tapas bar is so popular with the locals that the Sevillanos pour out onto the cobbled street to eat, drink and catch up in the hot Andalucian sun.
Calle de Rodrigo de Caro, Seville, Andalucia, Spain
Bar Giralda is a beautiful tapas bar that looks as though it hasn't changed in 60 years. The choice is staggering, and the food tastes as it should.
Bar Modesto had the best service in Seville. The waiter took a liking to us, and kept slipping us more olives, bread, Manchego cheese, wine and beer. We left to see some Flemenco with a smile and very full stomachs.
Bar Giralda (c/Mateus Gagos 1) Next to the cathedral.
Bar Modesto ((c/Canoy Cueto 5) North Santa Cruz area
The Bodegas Castaneda is the most perfect way to experience local life and beautiful tapas. My mum and I found this bar wandering around (in the rain!) on a Tuesday night in February and it was packed to the barrelled rafters! We tried the manzanilla and were given crusty rustic bread topped with a slice of Manchego cheese and some mouth-wateringly good local jamon. Mmm. Another great bar is just around the corner, Bodega la Antigualla, the bartender was really friendly and with two small beers we received a garlic topped toasted roll filled with jamon and cheese with fries. Not thinking we ordered another drink and got the same again! I'm looking forward to my next trip, just writing this is making me hungry.
Bodegas Castaneda is on Almireceros, head to Plaza Nueva and to the left of the square is Calle Elvira. To the right you'll find Bodega la Antigualla and opposite is Almireceros, walk down there and you'll find Bodegas Castaneda.
This bar and restaurant although named “The Pizzeria” is Spanish run and not to be compared with the typical pizza restaurant nor the typical takeaway!
Although a restaurant offering a good range of meals and great ambience, it is also a bar for local people and visitors alike.
Perched on a stool at the bar, drinking a wine or beer you will be handed a tapas for each drink you order. It is included in the price and you don’t get a choice. The lack of choice turns out to be an advantage; with each round something different, freshly cooked and delicious that you don’t know the name of, is placed before you. This of course is the trick used to impress and interest you into ordering another round, before you leave, just to see what might be the next offering. Eventually falling off the stool or turning to alcoholic-free beer is your choice.
Seated at the bar, you will also be entertained by a confident chef whipping up fresh dishes at an impressive rate. Given the chance he will also want to tell you all about them, their ingredients, from whose garden they came, and when, all while whipping, slicing, ducking and diving.
It’s a great value visit.
The Granada province has long had fame for its free tapas, although it is a matter of judgement for the traveller to choose the right establishment. Some rules of thumb are:
The posher the place, poorer the tapas.
Go for a bar where you have seen lots of locals.
Choose the right time of day (an hour or so before Spanish lunch or dinnertime).
Tapas are not generally offered with spirits.
Also, remember that the tapas, if offered free, is a courtesy given and not a right to demand.
It is opposite the church, in The village of Capileira, 90 minutes drive from the city of Granada, in the area known as La Alpujarra.
Tapas bar in Andalucia. Locals loiter in the street outside waiting for it to open (12-4 and 8-12 every day except Sunday), with good reason. It's an old bar, dating from 1870, in a narrow street in the old part of town. Marble bar, big jars, range of bottles, obligatory dripping hams, azulejos tiles, some comic, one proclaiming(in Spanish) "Neither the best French pate, nor the Belugar caviar from Iran, can be compared to the unrivalled tapas offered in Casa Puga.". Slight exaggeration, but the huge variety of good quality, generous tapas makes a great effort. With your glass of Rioja or Ribera or cold beer comes a free tapas which only tempts you to try something else - perhaps fried fresh fish, kidneys, mushrooms, tuna, prawns, squid, beans or ham, or visit the adjoining dining room. Attentive friendly service.
Casa Puga, calle Jovellanos 7, Almeria. In the centre of the historic quarter, near the cathedral.
I really liked this place. Fresh sea delicacies at a great price and generous portions. Too bad they didn’t accept my traveller’s checks. It was a little too much to ask though. They serve good beer and there’s a tasty dish called tidbits or bits or something that is a mix of crab meat, shrimp, octopus and all. So, so good. Check it out. Don’t go by car, you’ll miss the fun of the trolley.
Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 432 - Santa Tereza (mainstreet)
If you've eaten at any point in the previous fortnight before visiting Carnegie then you'll be too full up for this place. I ordered a pastrami sandwich, I got a mountain of beef on rye. In other words this deli is everything you think a typical NYC deli should be - loud, colourful and full of characters.
854 Seventh Avenue, at 55th Street, 10019 NYC
Phone:(800) 334-5606 email@example.com
This is a fantastic pub in the secluded Duddon Valley which has proven a great refuge on wet Lakeland days and nights. You can celebrate a long day's walk in fine style with fantastic Real Ales from Jennings and the food is excellent as well. This is the sort of pub that has inspired a special level of devotion in my family - on one occasion driving from Penrith to have a family meal there ...
The Newfield Inn, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA20 6ED
Simon's place is a throwback of a cafe, reminiscent of a time where not every inch of Dublin was dedicated to profit maximisation. You can get coffee, tea, juice, a sandwich, salad, some homemade soup and a bun, and that’s it. Oh and toast if you get there before 12.
The coffee is good, the hot chocolate strong, the sandwiches fair, the soup middling. The cinnamon buns are meant to be delicious, but as I hate cinnamon I didn't try them.
The ambiance, however, is brilliant. The wall are utterly covered in posters advertising gigs (often serving to show you what you've missed), the music is eclectic but relaxed, the customers the eclectic but relaxed and the staff lovely.
Part of the George Street Arcade
Of all the delis in New York, Katz's is the quintessential deli to which all others are measured and is a must on a visit to the Big Apple.
Busy, bustling, basic and brilliant. Katz's has been serving New Yorkers since 1888 and the quality of the pastrami on rye has to be eaten to be believed. You also have the choice of sweet, sour, or sweet and sour pickled gherkins to accompany your sandwich.
Be warned, for $14.95 you get an enormous sandwich so my tip is that it'll be more economical to share a one rather than your party all buying one each which you may have trouble finishing.
The premises is also licensed and you can wash down your food with a Samuel Adams beer.
Katz's is open until 3am on a Friday and Saturday night so you can even go there after you've been out and need some late night sustenance.
Worth avoiding on a Sunday morning when the queue can go out the door. It's also only a five minute walk from the nearest subway station.
Address: 205 E. HOUSTON STREET NYC 10002.
Subway: Second Avenue (lines F and V).
Katz deli is a New York institution, much visited and loved by locals, celebrities and presidents alike. Try and get your mouth around the incredible pastrami on rye, matzoh ball soup is fabulous, Knisch, egg cream .... all lovely stuff. Place itself looks like it hasn't changed in a hundred years. It is vibrant, lively and every member of staff is a character.
205 East Houston Street. www.katzdeli.com/
Katz deli on New York's lower east side has been serving a slice of real New York since 1888. On our first trip to this city we went on a search for somewhere that captured the essence of New York people. Taking a bus ride to 205 East Houston street we found it. Greeted by our waitress (stern, mature, lady complete with pinny, red lipstick and New York drawl) took us to our table and on asking for a burger, swifty told us that we were here for a pastrami sandwich and nothing else! We did not argue. I could have stayed for hours listening to the banter and looking at the celebrity galleries hanging on the wall, I did refrain from acting out that famous scene from 'When Harry Meet Sally' (filmed here) so not to embarres my husband. Go, sit, an soak up the atmosphere and feel part of this amazing city.
205 E Houston St, New York, NY, United States - (212) 254-2246
Head to Russ & Daughters (179 E. Houston St) for a true taste of New York. This historical deli, which specialises in bagels, cream cheese, caviar, smoked salmon and pickled herring, was opened on the Lower East Side by Jewish immigrants 95 years ago and it’s been in the Russ family ever since. It’s a downtown institution with the feel of a friendly, family-run, neighbourhood deli.
Be sure to try the Schmear (a made on site bagel with a choice of cream cheeses – I recommend the chive), for around $2.50, or the Classic (smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel – voted the best bagel in NYC by New York Magazine, and deservedly so), which is around $8-$9 and wash them down with deli favourites – a cup of cwawffee, a New York egg cream or a Dr Brown’s soda.
179 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002
T (212) 475.4880
For me, nothing comes close to Cadaques on the Costa Brava in Spain. Cadaques was a favourite haunt of Salvador Dali - once you have seen the light there you'll understand why. Crystal clear waters, fresh air, long walks, even longer lunches!
North-East Spain just south of the French border
Just a two minute hop down the hill from Lausanne gare/station, this lovely little Swiss/French-style brasserie/bistro is packed every night (so get there in good time!)
Sumptuous steaks, fantastic veal chunks with mushroom, and good wine list, with a bustling ambience and lovely staff.
Rue du Simplon 7, 1006 Lausanne
A hidden treasure! Absolutely amazing food, makes you feel like a real New Yorker simply because you just know that your regular tourist would never visit the place. I went there in '98 and had my first knish - a taste sensation you'll never forget, and one which may well cause you to waste many an hour for the rest of your life visiting kosher delis trying to re-live that moment! Told one of my friends who recently went to NYC that he must visit Liebman's, and he's been raving about it since - says that was the absolute highlight of the trip!
552 West 235th St.
Riverdale, NY 10463
With the credit crunch really starting to bite and the Euro being so bad against the pound, I'd like to recommend North Cyprus as the place to go on holiday. I've been going on a regular basis for many years and have completely fallen in love with the place.
Apart from being exceptionally good value for money, North Cyprus has so much to offer - great beaches, beautiful historic sites, amazing wildlife, fantastic but cheap restaurants, friendly locals and much more. I go there to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and always come home feeling completely relaxed (even when I've taken the kids).
I always stay at the Mountain View Hotel, a 3-star English/Cypriot family run hotel in Kyrenia, as I'm made to feel so at home and am always shown to the best local restaurants. If you haven't been - North Cyprus really is a must visit place!
Alfresco dining area under a grape vine overlooking the Aegean. Great host Yannis has been serving the hill-top community with a range of dishes for thirty years. You can even buy the charming terra cotta plates you eat off!
Old Village, Alonissos, Northern Sporades. Flying Dolphins and ships from Volos and Aghios Constantinos. From port, take taxi or bus to the Old Village. Tel. 00 33 24240 65182. www.alonissosastrofegia.com
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