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Welcome to the second instalment of Team LC! eating their way across Mainland Europe.
In Part one we tried Schnitzel, Moroccan Stew and Strudel. What can the Low Countries and Paris offer us?
First port of call in Amsterdam was a cafe (not a coffee shop!) called Pasta Tricolore. After touring America with our coffee guru/ tour manager Joe, I have become more fussy about coffee. This place on the recommendation of Tom did pretty good coffee and the food was great. I have quite a sweet tooth when it comes to desserts and so I went for a piece of Tiramisu. It was rich and creamy, you could taste the Marsala and coffee in the sponge fingers. This was a great way to have a break between setting up and soundcheck.
The last time we played the Melkweg I’m sure we didn’t get catering there. This time we ate in the cafe. I went for the Tilapia, a white meaty fish that is quite popular in North America. It came breaded with a lemon and cream sauce. There wasn’t that much of it but it was quite filling. The breadcrumbs were a bit soggy and the sauce was quite thick, the consistency being as thick as mustard for example. It came with some fried potatoes and some crunch vegetables.
The first time I did the Nijmegen Marches I had chips with Mayonnaise. If you’ve ever had Dutch Mayo its very different from Hellmans. It seems to have a little bit of spice in it that makes it moorish. Every time I come to Holland now I have to get some. After the show I snuck off to Febo’s round the corner and got some. It was everything I could ever want in Chips and Mayo! The salty chips covered in a thick layer of creamy Mayo. If you don’t like Mayo, try the peanut sauce, it has a similar taste to curry.
Paris, the food capital of the world, or so they say. I know French cooking is great but it is a different style to British or say Mexican. Nothing beats a Sunday Roast cooked by your mum.
The meal tonight was in the cafe bar attached to the venue. They had served me a mediocre coffee earlier that day. The food was a vegan curry and then a plate of curried chicken. The chicken was very flavoursome as it was still on the bone. Thighs and legs are under-rated, all those flavours encased in the bone come out during that slow cooking, the meat falling off it faster than melted butter. The curry was good, but the flavouring was very much one of those bulk standard “curry powder” flavours you buy from a supermarket. Some fresh coriander would have been great. They gave us a dessert of what seemed to be a lemon flavoured custard tart; rich but the lemon giving it a refreshing edge.
A kebab shop is not where you go for a meal in Britain. However, this is not the same in Europe. After a 9 hour drive, I found myself in a kebab shop sitting down with a lamb kebab and a stein of beer. This kebab is not what you’ll find in your British take away. The meat was fresh, spicy and had a lot of flavour. It had a nice smokey flavour from being cooked over coals rather than on a griddle. It came with a flat bread and a salad. More importantly, I got to enjoy it on a plate and not out of a polystyrene box.
The following night, the venue got us take away from an Italian. It was the worst pizza I’ve had in a long time. The base was burnt with holes in it. The sausage on the top was so salty that you couldn’t taste anything else. A grease fest!
The Botanique has always done good food, so we were looking forward to ending the tour here. Time meant that we ended up eating afterwards. We had ordered before we had gone on thinking that it would be waiting for us when we came off. Due to this I had opted for the chicken and chips rather than the fish. When we got to the cafe they hadn’t even cooked it, too late to change my order though. When it arrived it was basically just a chicken breast grilled with some chips and salad. The breast was a bit dry and it could have done with some sort of flavourings. But I was hungry. We’ve had better, perhaps it us wanting to eat afterwards that annoyed them?
A few prizes
Best Meal – The kebab in Hamburg
Worst Meal – The pizza in Hamburg
Best Services – Marche – found widely in Germany
Worst Services – Shell Garages in Holland and Belgium
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I thought perhaps it was a good idea to publicise our UK shows coming up in May. After our next jaunt to North America we’ll return to play our biggest UK shows yet, including huge headline performances in London and Cardiff.
May 20 Shepherds Bush Empire, London BUY TICKETS
May 21 Solus, Cardiff BUY TICKETS
May 22 Sound City, Liverpool (w/The Maccabees)
May 29 Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol BUY TICKETS
May 30 Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham BUY TICKETS
May 31 Dot To Dot Festival, Manchester BUY TICKETS
Support for Cardiff and London shows to be announced soon.
Also, we have started to confirm some festival appearances for this Summer. So far we can tell you we’re playing Wakestock and Underage Festival, but there are plllllllenty more to come. Keep a look out on our myspace page for all upcoming gigs.
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It’s that time again. When I come back from a tour broke and attempt to detox my LIFE. I’m drinking nothing but Soda Water and Lime Cordial for the next three weeks and sitting in the middle of my bedroom in tears and a fog of self-loathing thinking “HOW DID IT GET TO THIS!?!?!”.
Anyway, one of the upshots of this is I want to get rid of some more band t-shirts. I still like all these bands dearly, but the tees are either too small for me, or just, I guess, surplus to requirements. These are mostly ones that I’ve been holding back from the past two times I’ve shamelessly flogged my belongings on here, so there are some pretty good’ns.
INITIALLY, UK ONLY, I’m afraid, but we’ll see how that goes. Postage £1.50 for the first tee, then an extra 50p for each on top of that. Payment through paypal.
Tees with strikes through ’em have been snapped up.
Xiu Xiu (Goggles) – M
Xiu Xiu (Iraq) – S
Xiu Xiu (Money Shot) – M
Xiu Xiu (F.T.W.) – S
Xiu Xiu (Xiu Mutha Fuckin’ Xiu) – S
Xiu Xiu (Horse Shark) – S
Past Lives – S
Those Dancing Days – M
The Blow – S
Kill Rock Stars (Crocodile) – S
K Records – XL Girls
Kill Rock Stars (Cassette) – S
Times New Viking (Fuck Yr Blog) – M
Vivian Girls – M
Times New Viking (Other) – M
PWRFL PWR – M
Rolo Tomassi (Hysterics) – S
Sleater-Kinney – M
Rolo Tomassi (Blood) – YL
Girls – M
Comet Gain – S
Deerhoof – S
Hefner – M
5RC – S
Super Furry Animals – S
If you’re interested in taking any of these off my hands then please fire an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject title “T-SHIRT SALE NUMBER 3”.
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So, I’ve become lazy. Its pretty difficult to write a review every day and get it uploaded, on average most food reviewers don’t review a meal each day so I’m covered.
Instead I’ve decided to do a couple of posts covering what I had with a few notes.
So if anyone worked it out, the picture from the vaults of me and Tom was in the Rischart cafe. It was here that we discovered good Apple Strudel. Now, I know this will cause all of Germany and other European countries to argue that they have the best strudel, but compared to what you can get in the UK, its pretty damn good.
This was the first port of call in Munich. Unfortunately due to time constraints I could only get take away, this meant I couldn’t have any vanilla sauce or my strudel hot. Despite this it was still pretty tasty. The pastry flaky and the apples soft with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. I was even kind enough to buy some for the others.
Gareth had discovered a vegan restaurant when we had been in Munich before, but alas when we turned up, it had turned into a different restaurant mainly specialising in steak. Oh the irony! So we went to the Hofbrau beer hall and I had some schnitzel. It was fantastic, the pork being really tender and succulent. If you had something similar in the UK, it would be dry and have no flavour whatsoever, Bernard Matthew take note. The potato salad was strange, it was almost as if they had combined pureed potatoes with boiled potatoes. It almost looked like Apple Sauce!
The venue in Zurich was attached to a restaurant. We were given a room next to the kitchen. I had originally chosen the duck but as there wasn’t enough I went for a Moroccan stew instead. The beef was tender and full of flavour. The spiciness of the sauce was perfectly complemented with a yoghurt dressing. There were nice chunks of aubergine and peppers with it as well.
Had some Strudel, the filling was slightly strange in the fact that it bore more of a resemblance to Bread Pudding than apple. It was still pretty good, the pastry being more like shortcrust than filo.
The catering that night was from a restaurant down the road, it was a giant pasta bake. It was quite hard to distinguish what was in it, we found chicken, bacon, tomato and peppers in it. It was a nice meal but nothing amazing.
The venue that allowed you to create your own meal! They produced a tray of rice, a tray of a vegan curry, a tray of spinach and tofu, and a tray of cooked chicken. Enabling you to create whatever you wanted. Tofu curry? Chicken curry, or even just vegan curry? The curry was a coconut based one with a large variety of vegetables including peppers, courgette and sweet potato. The chicken had been fried, but it still retained some of its juices. I’m not a big fan of tofu and how they had cooked didn’t really do anything for me.
Part Two coming soon.
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Like a crazy Miss Haversham I sit on Oscar day/night dressed up and rocking backwards and forwards waiting for the last minute invitation to slip through the post so I finally have a reason for inventing teleportation.
As you can see I am prepared for said event to take place.
However it is looking more likely that me and R Pattz are gonna just have to hang out here and watch it on the television.
I am gonna go the distance folks, I am gonna watch the entire ceremony, AND I am gonna twitter my predictions/inane thoughts through the event or until I pass out with laughter at how funny Alec and Steve are…. (bit worried about that to be honest, I mean did they really sizzle on screen together in that Meryl Streep film about old people love?)
I might fall asleep half way through but I will try not to.
Anyway if you wanna join in the prediction party follow me and Rob (my lifesize cut out not Sparky) @ellenstarbuck on twitter, so lets all close our eyes and pretend we are Kristin Stewert, I mean there.
Right I must go prepare the twiglets and put some rose on ice.
p.s I bet you wouldn’t get Jonny Greenwood posing with a cardboard cut out of Daniel Day Lewis and twittering about it. Yeah.
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We go to Europe tuesday, so we need your suggestions of where to eat. Vegan, meat, strudel, coffee, beer, whatever really. Anything you think us here at Team Campesinos! should try, let us know.
A reminder of the dates.