An Old School Dive Bar

When I was in high school, I used to hang out at a joint called Einstein-a-Go-Go…or Einstein’s for short.  Now lest you think this was any old bar, let me just give you a little taste of the groups who played there while still touring in vans and staying in fleabag motels — Jane’s Addiction, Nirvana, They Might Be Giants, 10,000 Maniacs…you get the idea.  And by the look of me now, you wouldn’t think that I would go near a mosh pit…oh, but I have…and on more than one occasion.

Fast forward 25 years to Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh.

 

With a CBGBs vibe, this is a bar is loved by locals.  Like Einstein’s, it has a great pedigree of musicians that includes Tom Waits & Annie Lenox. With a bitchin’ indie music vibe and bartenders who pour mean cocktails, Henry’s is the place to be for live music nearly every night of the week!

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Fragrance & Feast in Paris

Owned by the only woman in France to hold three Michelin stars, La Dame de Pic offers a unique new concept.  Chef Anne-Sophie Pic has teamed with Takasago perfumer, Philippe Bousseton, to create three fragrances that reflect the flavor pairings in her menus.  Before being presented with menus, guests first experience the notes of a signature perfume and then carry those notes into their food choices.  This is Parisian haute cuisine at its finest.

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Old School Living Room at Allegro Hi-Fi

If you’re walking down the street in Vienna and suddenly fancy an evening of sitting on a rust-colored naugahyde sofa with a cocktail in hand listening to vinyl spinning on old school hi-fi turntables, Allegro Music and Wine Lounge is the place to go. Vintage stereo equipment is certainly the theme of this throwback to the seventies, which offers a wide variety of hi-fi components and a cooly curated selection of vintage vinyl. Choose a record, drop the needle, and enjoy.

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The Art of Strolling

If you love Paris as I do, then The Flâneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris should be at the top of your reading list. “A flâneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles through a city without apparent purpose, but is secretly attuned to the history of the place and in covert search of adventure, aesthetic, or erotic.” I suspect that you will come to love this little book as I have and that you will read it over and over again.

A Unique Spin on Gelato

For lovers of Gelato, the artisianal Fatamorgana is must while in Rome.  Located in the Trastevere, this gelateria is described as “a fine atelier of the frozen dessert, where hand-made gelato becomes an extraordinary experience.” In addition to the classic flavors of chocolate, stracciatella, pistachio, and tiramisu, the adventurous can sample some of their more innovative creations:  pear & gorgonzola cheese; pumpkin with its carmelized seeds; Sardinian pecorino cheese; chestnut, honey, & orange peel; or wasabi chocolate. However, being a born and bred southerner, I was most intrigued by the Kentucky, a chocolate gelato infused with the flavors of tobacco and cinnamon cream. Try it if you dare.

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