Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Fish Market For The Soul – The West Coast Chronicles pt VI

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As far as coastal towns go, Bergen is notorious amongst Norwegians. Renowned for excessive amounts of rain, wind and other unforgiving weather conditions, it’s coastal location has for centuries made it a strong trade point for the fishing industry. During … Continue reading

Linda and her Famous Cinnamon Buns

From the very start of his journey with Baltzersen’s, there was one thing Paul was insistent on serving in his café: cinnamon buns from Grandma B’s original recipe book. However Paul is no baker himself. He searched Harrogate far and … Continue reading

The Locals’ Guide to Harrogate Pubs

Harrogate Pubs – our pick of the best In our guide to Harrogate coffee shops, we gave you our pick of the best independent cafes in Harrogate. Now you’ve tried the best cups of coffee, it’s time for something a … Continue reading

A Declaration of Independent Coffee – The West Coast Chronicles pt V

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I’d dropped enough pins on Google Maps to cover most of Bergen’s commercial district with spots, now I had to find a viable route. I thought I had made some pretty meticulous choices, but on my way to my first … Continue reading

Ostehøvel & a Nordic Sense of Practicality


Thor had a hammer, and was given thunder by Odin. Or something like that. Loki’s quite clever and Frøya is exceptionally pretty, we’ve heard. We mortals are blessed with the ostehøvel. Despite their idiosyncrasies, the Nordic peoples are a deceptively … Continue reading

Bergen Be Mine – West Coast Chronicles pt. IV

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Fine, I hesitate to call this a ‘road trip,’ as Kennet and I were barely on the road long enough to experience Tool’s album ‘Lateralus’ in its entirety. I’m a sucker for the new electronic stuff myself, but when road … Continue reading

Barista Diaries: The View From The Hoppers – pt 2


In pt. 1 of his barista diaries, Paul explored first impressions, aeropress and damn fine espresso from Noble. Caravan King’s Cross As previously mentioned we had been told to expect great things from Caravan, both in terms of coffee and … Continue reading

The Locals’ Guide to Harrogate: Independent Coffee Shops

Independent coffee shops

Ahh Harrogate: ‘The Best Place to Live in the UK’, ‘The Happiest Town in Britain’, ‘The Third Most Romantic Destination in the World’, Whatever you like to call it, we’re so proud to be able to call this charming little … Continue reading

She played me like a record – The West Coast Chronicles pt. III


Sjokoladepiken (literally The Chocolate Girl) is without a doubt the girl of my dreams. She provides warmth, comfort and safety from rain and wind alike, melting my heart with excellent coffees, exquisite chocolate delicacies, and of course wine. Very important, … Continue reading