I was really impressed when I first had this last year. The second time it did not quite live up to my memory. It was sweet, warm and good texture albeit could have been more chocolately.
Was bit sceptical when saw it was Cadbury powder hot chocolate. However, it was made with milk whisked in a proper machine which improved the smoothness and fluffiness. Opted just for marshmallows.
- Delicious mains include gorgeous goulash and a dish with beef in a.creamy sauce served with cranberries.
- The city has an abundance of cafes serving tasty cakes and hot chocolate.
- A good way to change the pace from sightseeing Pragues many attractions is with a brewery / beer museum tour.
There is the Prague beer museum which has a few exbhits to look at then you go down to the cellar where you rest 4 beers.
The Starpraman brewery takes you through the beer making process, with interactive displays including hologram of former brewery owner.
- The hotel Adria has a beautiful restaurant in an underground cafe.
The good service, food quality and touches like amuse bouche makes it pricier than other options, but worth it. I had a fantastic steak with pate named after the composer Rossini as it is based on his favourite dish.
In addition to delicious food there are many tourist attractions to visit.
In no particular order, the top three attractions for me are as follows, in unravels order.
- Spanish synagogue: beautiful interior.
- John Lennon’s wall: fantastic evoking art. Even better when a busker arrives.
- Climb the astronomy clock and walk around to see views from every degree of 360, from the top and as climb spiral staircase.
We had been recommended Cafe Kafico as the best hot choclate in Prague. We stumbled upon the cafe, when was looking for John Lennon’s wall rather than the cafe. The hot choclate was a good thick chocolate. However the next day we found better, on the road up from Maostranke tram stop up to the castle. It was called Prague Choclate bistro / Prazska Cokolada. A very thick flavoursome chocolate.
After being shortlisted for city of culture for 2013 which made the council aware of the finicial burdens of hosting such an event then Sheffield will not be bidding for city of culture in 2021. The benefits of being a city of culture for a year; have not yet been realised. Sheffield may not be a city tourists think to visit but it does have lots of culture to offer. I have a couple of German colleagues who even after working in Sheffield for 9 months and a year respectively, Still loved it enough to return for trips. Perhaps as Sheffield is so close to Hull, it is unlikely even if bided for 2021 city of culture to win.
I can keep adding to this list but these are the cultural assets I can think of. What have I missed?
- The elephants prove we can host big, city wide art events. With varied places to display large scale arts from city centre locations like Winter Gardens, Peace Square to spaces further out of the city; Endcliffe park, Graves Park, Hillsborugh walled garden.
- Lyceum theatre shows everything from panto to ballet.
- The crucible has seating around the stage as well as being home to championship snooker host plays, musicals and talks. The Nap in 2016 about the snooker was one of the highlights of 2016.
- The studio within crucible is an intimate space for performances which I have seen configured many different ways.
- The Deli theatre which was formally Woolworths is a massive space. I have seen Pic and Mix down in the Woolworths basement and The Great Gatesby immersive theatre.
- Montgomery theatre
- Universty drama studio theatre.
- Lantern theatre; a small quirky Victorian theatre in Netheredge who offer similar quirky offerings
- Tramlines which features multiple music venues throughout the city; many free.
- In 2016 cliffhanger included a music stage on Devonshire green.
- Outline festival
- Jazz at the Lyceum monthly
- Music stage at Heeley festival where you get the authentic festival experience of sitting on the grass.
- Carol singing at various pubs November and December. Featuring Sheffield’s traditional carols that are not known outside Sheffield.
- Chorus and semi chorus concerts. Next Chorus concert at the city hall featuring the community choir of over 200 is on 2nd April 2017 and features songs from films.
- Once a month a folk train leaves Sheffield station to travel to Edale. On one of these nights we spotted Sheffield born Jarvis Cocker in the beer garden. Music is also played on the train.
- Showroom shows some main steam films and some quirkier films.
- Curzon never been as seems expensive but shows some less mainstream films like showroom.
- Many are not keen with Odeon, it is not grand but I have found it adequate to watch films in.
- Centertainment, large multplex which shows all the blockbusters and some Bollywood films.
- The winter gardens is a great venue where local art groups sometimes show their pictures, mobiles can be hung from the ceiling and sculptures placed within the foliage; for example the Arctic Monkey elephant now lives here and some of the mini elephant herd lived here during summer 2016.
- Annual art in the garden in botanical gardens.
- Graves art gallery.
- This painting is in the O2 shop in Fargate.
Films filmed in Sheffield
- Full monty which has later been converted to a stage play. Go to Cocoa for a full monty hot chocolate.
- 4 lions.
- Off the shelf literature festival.
- Night food markets with music: Peddlers Market and Street City.
To be continued ….
The best hot chocolate is served in Cocoa Choclate shop on Ecclesall road. Well the type I like best anyway! Which is being very near to melted chocolate. The best ever example being in a hotel that I can not specifically recall in Spain. That hot chocolate was so thick a skin started forming on it. For some this type of hot choclate would be too rich, but it is what I like!
My favourite hot chocolate at Cocoa is the black Forrest which includes two strongly brandied cherries 🍒 which sink to the bottom of the pretty tea cup. I also like the full monty without the nuts. Or best of both worlds; full monty with no nuts and addition of the bandied cherries. I was also impressed by the Snowball hot choclate (a coconut concoction) that I sampled before Christmas; very festive.