the life and (drinking) times of phil chambers

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Qype: Phallus in Varel

Varel - Arts & Entertainment - Landmarks

What better monument to scare the children on the beach at Dangast than this lovely giant penis? Had enough fun falling into the mud through the icy north sea? Then come and get a photo in front of this!

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Qype: Madam My in Copenhagen

Copenhagen - Shopping - Fashion - Ladies Fashion

Spacious, stylish, light and airy, and full of women's clothes from independent designers. The staff are really friendly and will pick stuff out for you, so you don't have to. There's nothing for blokes, so you'll just have to mooch around and check your iPhone while you wait.

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Qype: Fiat in Copenhagen

Copenhagen - Eating & Drinking - Restaurants - Italian & Pizza

I'm not just reviewing everywhere in Copenhagen with 5 stars, it's just that everywhere I seemed to go actually was that good. Fiat is a fantastic Italian which gets really, everything right for me. We'd actually rocked up for wine-tasting, which was cancelled due to lack of interest. Fortunately, not my interest, for I was still very much engaged, and we ordered a lot of fantastic stuff by the glass. The Amerone was one that was particularly worth writing home about, and hence, I am. My travelling companions insisted on ordering a second dinner, so I did get to try some of the delicious pizza and a crab-based pasta dish. Check the photo and see if you can guess the truth behind the guilt on that face! The design community has dark secrets...

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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Qype: Cafe Wilder in Copenhagen

Copenhagen - Eating & Drinking - Restaurants

This small cafe in the afternoon cum restaurant in the evening reminded my a whole lot of l'Utime Atom in Bruxelles, that being, somewhere cool to hang out as well as eat. Both places have the massive unexpected bonus of the food being absolutely superb (well, the first time you go anyway!)

This steak (pictured), was, quite literally, incredible. No ultra-lean cut, but marbled with quite a lot of delicious fat, and they didn't ask how I wanted it, but it was perfect.

There's a decent lineup of beer too, including Tuborg on draft which tastes a lot better then when I remember it being on sale in the UK.

Very laid back, and highly recommended.

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Qype: The Food in Copenhagen

Copenhagen - Eating & Drinking - Restaurants

Excellent, stylish "concept" brunch. The concept being, eat as much as you can whilst being as fashionable as possible. I managed to enjoy this despite my obvious disadvantage of hailing from the UK and only wearing the same jeans for a year.

So, the food. Sunday brunch is an all you can eat affair, but not, slop it all on a plate, rather, take delightful bite-sized portions of joy and, savour them. And then, of course, in the case of the DELICIOUS cheese, do it all over again. Their take on beans and sausages was very similar to my own quick cassoulet, which is perhaps something you wouldn't eat for breakfast, but apart from that, and the slightly "oh god am I in work" wall-quotations, I find it hard to fault.

I don't even want to keep it a secret that I want to live somewhere this cool!

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Qype: Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen V

Wow. The lobby bar at the Nimb is absolutely breathtaking. A genuine hidden gem that I actually don't really want to write about, since the tranquility was a major part of the charm. The space was redesigned around 4 years ago by one of the children of the original founder, and they have executed the vision beautifully. I took a few photographs so I won't have to describe the elegant open fire, lack of clutter, or indeed, excellent drinks. Well worth a look.

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Monday, 10 May 2010

Qype: Nido Gaststättenbetriebs GmbH in Hamburg

Hamburg - Eating & Drinking - Restaurants - Japanese & Sushi - Eating & Drinking - Restaurants - Austrian

An interesting concept, pan-asian Austrian fine dining. But, it seems to work quite well. The menu has everything from schnitzel to sushi, but I had a delicious salmon in hollandaise with fresh asparagus, which I wish I could have eaten more of. Another bonus is their 6 month old silver labrador, which you can spend some quality time with.

I'd go back!

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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Qype: The Landor Theatre in London

London - Eating & Drinking - Pubs & Bars - Pubs - Arts & Entertainment - Theatres

I think this pub probably can be a lot better than I thought it was, because when we were there, there were about 3 other people. Which would be OK in a small pub, but this one is huge!

It has a canoe on the ceiling, and a quiz machine, and the ale was a bit dodgy.

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Qype: bull frogs in London

London - Shopping - Fashion

Stuck in the UK sleeping on a sofa for 6 days with no clothes and need emergency shorts in Clapham on a Saturday? THIS IS THE PLACE!

I got:

- great pair of camo shorts (own brand)
- sunnies
- those decent brazilian flip flops
- a tshirt that's so loud it looks like someone's been sick on it

Amazing. The staff are really helpful in saying everything looks good on you, so you can buy it very quickly and only find out later about the vomit.


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Monday, 3 May 2010

Qype: Markthalle/MarX in Hamburg

Hamburg - Concerts & Festivals - Metal & Hard Rock

Great gig last night, I was yet again amazed just how much noise 3 people can generate. It was like the anti-XX up there, really up for it despite being on the road for years, and they played for about 2.5 hours giving a 21 song set! Awesome.

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Qype: Markthalle/MarX in Hamburg

Hamburg - Nightlife - Music Venues

Great gig venue just near the Hauptbahnhof in the centre of Hamburg. It's usually metal-focused, so reading the posters with the names of all the upcoming acts is amusing to say the least. If Skelton Warfare or diediedie are your cup of team (I just made those names up), then here's your place.

We were here to see the Black Rebel Motorcycle club, and even if you are really short, you can still see them, because it's all tiered standing down to the stage.

Great sound quality, good service at the bar, and it's a free sauna too!

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