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What’s on in Sheffield in April 2018

Sheffield City Hall

At City Hall, you’ll find a range of acts, from singers, dancers, ballet, and now even a circus of horrors. On 2nd April 2018, Circus of Horrors: Voodoo VaudEvil takes to the stage for what can only be described as a spectacularly bizarre performance. This show plays over 100 UK theatres and even travels the world, with Simon Cowell claimed that he loved it, so of course it must be good! (http://hospitality.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Circus-Of-Horrors-2018).

Award-winning comedian Jenny Éclair has recruited Dillie Keane and Lizzie Roper for a live show based on the BBC Two series and best-selling book, Grumpy Old Women. It’s a 90-minute celebration of the female condition, and great for women of all ages (https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/grumpy-old-women-live).

Gregory Porter’s voice has been described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘impossible to resist’, meaning this double Grammy award-winning jazz and soul singer’s return to Sheffield will be one not to be missed on 15th April 2018 (http://m.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/view/13011/). One of his generations leading bluesman, Eric Bibb will also take the stage on the 22nd April, performing songs from his many albums that span 5 decades (http://m.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/view/13160/).

Another something a little bit different now, but former Labour party leader Ed Miliband and radio presenter Geoff Lloyd will be presenting a special one-off live episode of their hit podcast, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’, at Sheffield City Hall (http://m.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/view/13226/).

Your grandparents listened to them, your parents listened to them and no doubt you’ve probably heard a few of their songs, but the 28th April is time for The Hollies to entertain what will most likely be a capacity audience. Having been around for well over half a century, that amount of experience will guarantee an incredible show (http://sheffield.carpediem.cd/events/5980558-the-hollies-at-sheffield-city-hall/).

Our close proximity to the City Hall

Our close proximity to the City Hall

Sheffield Theatres

Described as a ‘pitch-perfect, impeccably acted production’ by The Independent, you have until 7th April to see The York Realist, a show is about two young men who fall in love in 1960’s Yorkshire. It has received great reviews from a wide array of papers and critics, showing that this show is not one to be missed (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/the-york-realist). As mentioned in last month’s blog, Shrek: The Musical is also here in Sheffield as part of it’s UK tour. Here until 8th April, this all-singing and dancing, musical comedy will be taking place on the Lyceum Theatre stage, and is a sure hit with families, kids and young adults (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on).

The Northern Ballet bring the story of Jane Eyre to the stage through ballet, with The Telegraph saying it’s a ‘beautiful and expressive new ballet’. The live show only runs between 10th April until 14th April, meaning you’ll have to get your tickets early if you want to witness this performance for yourself (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/jane-eyre-2).

Back for its 8th year is the staging of the Senior’s Masters, with 6 of snookers legends and 2 amateurs will compete for the title across two sessions at the home of snooker, the Crucible Theatre. If you’re a fan of snooker then you’ll love this (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/snooker-legends-2).

Having been described as a masterpiece, this winner of all major theatre awards is now coming to the Lyceum Theatre. Nigel Havers, Dennis Lawson and Stephen Tomkinson all appear it one of the most successful comedies ever between 16th April until 21st April.

The Lyceum Theatre will play host to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winner, Sunset Boulevard. Ria Jones and Danny Mac perform in this incredible stage show between 23rd April to the 28th April, meaning you’ll have to get your tickets fast so you won’t miss out (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/sunset-boulevard).

Crucible Theatre (Left) and Lyceum Theatre (right)

Crucible Theatre (Left) and Lyceum Theatre (right)

Fly DSA Arena

Bound to bring a different crowd to Sheffield this April compared to the likes of the theatres, is the Unibet Premier League Darts 2018! This 12th April will see the world’s leading darts players take to the arena for the 12th time as part of the 16 week campaign (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/unibet-premier-league-darts-2018-5565#eventddLink).

On 14th April, with 300 million global streams and a UK number one album, The Vamps will take the main stage as part of their UK tour, with the supporting acts teen sensation Jacob Sartorious and New Hope Club, both of whom grew to fame on YouTube (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/the-vamps-5566/#eventddLink).

Lastly on this list of incredible events this month in Sheffield, is Fast and Furious Live, from 27th April to the 29th April. From one of the most popular film franchises of all-time, this action packed live-arena tour brings Fast & Furious to the global stage. Incredible stunts, special effects, and even nicer cars, complete this adrenaline-fueled spectacular with precision performance driving to wrap it up. Not to be missed by the fans of the franchise as well as car fanatics across the UK (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/fast-furious-live-5564#eventddLink).

What’s on in Sheffield in March 2018

Another month, another list of great things to do throughout the month. Just like in previous months, I thought I’d break it down into different venues to try and help you spot something you might like! Whilst you’re here in Sheffield, make the most of your stay and book one of our brilliantly convenient serviced apartments.

Sheffield City Hall

Wednesday 14th March, Sheffield City Hall will play host to the prog-rock group, YES, as part of their 50th anniversary tour. They’ll be playing all their biggest hits, proving why they are true pioneers of their unique music genre (http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/YES-50th-Anniversary-2018). Next up in City Hall’s calendar is something a little different. Strictly for those aged 18 and over, (and it’s 18 years for a reason!), the worldwide sell-out touring Dreamboys are heading to Sheffield to provide the ultimate girl’s night out. They’ve even appeared on some of the UK’s most watched TV shows! (http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Dreamboys-2018).

Something on the opposite end of the spectrum now compared to what I’ve just spoke about, is the Opera and Ballet International, performing Verdi La Traviata. Back by popular demand, this performance is made up of international soloists, a well-renowned chorus and full orchestra, and it’s taking place on Thursday 22nd March (http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/La-Traviata-2018). Following along the music theme, on Saturday 24th March, the world’s best Fleetwood Mac tribute band, will be taking to the Oval Hall main stage to perform the world-famous Rumours album, in Rumours of Fleetwood Mac: 40 Years of Rumours. If you’re a Fleetwood Mac fan, this id not to be missed! (http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Rumours-of-Fleetwood-Mac-2018).

I think we can all agree that 70s music is brilliant! No matter what decade you were born, the music of the 70s is always great to listen to. Do you know which other decade had great music? The 80s. So Friday 30th March, Sheffield City Hall is playing host to That 70s Reunion plus I Love 80s, meaning that’ll be a night of fantastic music that’s the best to sing a long and dance the night away to (http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/That-70s-Reunion)

Our close proximity to the City Hall

Our close proximity to the City Hall

FLY DSA Arena

Another great venue, more great acts and events. First up, is the Sam Smith: The Thrill of it All Tour. The multi-Brit award winning artist will take to the stage on Tuesday 20th March. It’s not just Brit awards that he’s won, he’s won a large collection of them, and has been nominated for countless others after rising to sudden fame in 2012. He’s an artist who will be around in the charts for many years to come (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/sam-smith-5568). The Dancing on Ice 2018 tour arrives in Sheffield on Tuesday 27th March with the final night being a few days later, Thursday 29th March. The best stars from this series show, as well as some of the better celebrities the show’s ever seen, will take part in live performance each night, with the shows being judged by the great Torvill and Dean (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/dancing-on-ice-2018-5577). If you’re a big Dancing on Ice fan then it’s definitely worth coming and watching the live show here in the steel city.

Sheffield Theatres

There’s something to see for all types of audiences, whatever the age. If you read our February blog, you’ll see that Frost/Nixon and Mamma Mia is on throughout this month until Saturday 17th March. Mamma Mia has received some incredible reviews from it’s UK tour. It’s an upbeat, feel-good, smash-hit musical, with The Sunday Express giving it a full 5 stars. If you can go and see it before it leaves Sheffield, then I highly recommend that you do so!

Oscar winning family favourite, Shrek, takes to the Lyceum Theatre stage starting Wednesday 28th March, for an all-singing and dancing, ‘must-see’ musical comedy. The Daily Mirror said it’s “the most fun you’ll ever have”, so why not treat your kids (and big kids) for a night full of laughs at the end of this month? (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on).

There you have it, a list of fantastic live shows, musicals, dances and performances for you all to enjoy. If you do fancy spending some time in Sheffield, then give me a call on 0114 241 2566, or send an email to bookings@cityrashpad.com to enquire about any availability we may have. You’ll be glad you do!

What’s on in Sheffield in January 2018

SHEFFIELD CITY HALL

I’m sure you’re already aware that Sheffield is home to some great venues, whether it be for sport, music, comedy or shows. One of which is Sheffield City Hall. It has a very wide selection of entertainment on over the course of the month, varying from stand-up comedy to ballroom dancing throughout the month. It will soon be the last chance to take the little ones to the pantomime with the Christmas period coming to an end, meaning Sleeping Beauty is set to close on the 7th January. It’s the Manor Operatic Society’s annual show, and it would be a shame to miss out on seeing this family favourite, especially if singing, dancing and audience participation is what you’re in to (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Manor-Operatic-Sleeping-Beauty).

If you love Waltzing or Foxtrotting across the dancefloor, then Sheffield City Hall Ballroom is a perfect place to do so. On many dates between 4th January to the 30th, it plays host to the Dancing in the Ballroom Tea Dances, offering a wonderful place to dance as well as eat and drink (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/dancing-in-the-ballroom). If you aren’t much of a dancer or just prefer to watch, on the 18th January Brendan Cole’s All Night Long tour is coming the City Hall. The Strictly Come Dancing star brings a performance full of dazzling choreography and a sensational cast of dancers to the city for one night only (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Brendan-Cole-2018).

Also taking to the stage this month is the scouse comedic genius John Bishop as part of his Winging It tour on the 11th January (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/John-Bishop-2018), Joel Dommett on the 25th January (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Joel-Dommett) and the controversial Roy Chubby Brown on the 13th January (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Roy-Chubby-Brown-2018. John Bishop’s latest tour has received incredible reviews promising it is his best one yet, whilst Joel Dommett is regarded as one of the UKs most exciting comedians. If you want even more humour, Yorkshire’s longest running comedy club Last Laugh Comedy Cabaret, is coming to Sheffield. The comedy takes place on Friday and Saturday each week, 5th and 6th, 12th and 13th, 19th and 20th, 26th and 27th and showcases different comedians each show. There’s food, drinks and a dancefloor for after the show (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/lastlaugh).

International clubbing brand Gatecrasher is coming back to Sheffield, but this time it’s with a twist, Gatecrasher Classical Version 2.1. It’s a night full of some of the biggest trance tracks as you’ve never heard them before, being played by a 50-piece orchestra. With an incredible laser light show included, what’s not to like? (https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Sheffield/Sheffield-City-Hall/Gatecrasher-Classical-V21-/13092515/). The end of the month sees Whitney: Queen of the Night take the stage, on 28th January. A line-up of incredible musicians and singers take to the stage to channel their inner Whitney, performing some of her biggest and most memorable hits (https://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Whitney-Queen-of-the-Night-2018).

Located in the heart of the city centre, Sheffield City Hall is surrounded by great restaurants and bars, meaning there’s always somewhere to go after the event is over. It is also situated across the road from our West Street location, so if you do decide to come and see something then our apartments will be perfect for you.

Our close proximity to the City Hall

Our close proximity to the City Hall

FLYDSA ARENA

If you’re wanting to travel a bit further afield, such as to the FlyDSA Arena, a low-cost taxi can pick you up and bring you straight there, or you could make the most of the close proximity to a tram stop that would also bring you straight to the venue.

Unlike Sheffield City Hall, this venue has two very special one-off events taking place this January. The first of which is the World’s Number 1 Indoor Motorcycle Trial. The world’s best riders are all coming to Sheffield to showcase their talents by riding over extremely dangerous obstacles in the fastest time they can. It’s fast-paced and dangerous, what’s not to enjoy? (http://flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/worlds-no1-indoor-motorcycle-trial-5562/#eventddLink). If this isn’t for you, then instead you might fancy going to watch the legendary Britain’s Strongest Man 2018 contest. The country’s strongest men will all be coming to the Steel City to take part in the ultimate showdown of strength. You’ve seen it on television, so why not head over and watch it in person (http://flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/britains-strongest-man-2018-5549/).

SHEFFIELD THEATRES

It’s no surprise that Sheffield has iconic theatres, one of which is the Crucible Theatre. Due to popular demand, the production of the timeless classic The Wizard of Oz, has been extended until the 13th January, meaning you have more time to go and watch the show that’s received 5-star ratings from both The Observer and The Reviews Hub, as well as being described as having ‘laugh out loud moments for young and old alike’ from The Sheffield Star (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/the-wizard-of-oz).

Another iconic theatre in Sheffield is the Lyceum theatre. Throughout January it has shows for all types of audiences, including The Nutcracker from 9th until the 13th January (https://sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/the-nutcracker), Strangers on a Train from 15th until the 20th January (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/strangers-on-a-train), and Hairspray: The Musical from the 29th January (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/hairspray-2). The shows have already received remarkable reviews, and vary from powerful ballet, to a dramatic mystery, to an upbeat feel-good classic. These two theatres are also within walking distance from our West Street location as well as the Cathedral Quarter, and are surrounded with restaurants meaning you won’t be going hungry.

Crucible Theatre (Left) and Lyceum Theatre (right)

Crucible Theatre (Left) and Lyceum Theatre (right)

As you’ve just read, Sheffield has so much to offer this month, so make the most of what the city has to offer and book accommodation with us so that you don’t miss out. Why not make your new years resolution to be to come and spend some time in Sheffield in 2018.

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Everyone has a tendency of looking at what you could buy if you won the lottery, so I’ve decided to write about it. I’ve used the latest lottery amount, £22.6 Million and worked from there.

First off, you buy that dream home you’ve always wanted and I’ve found just the place. Located right on the Dorset seafront is a three-bedroom apartment for a casual £2,495,000 and that would be my holiday home for sure. Link: Three Bedroom Apartment, Dorse

Now, for my house in Sheffield I would go for more of a mansion than a luxury apartment so a five-bedroom manor house seems ideal to me. It’s also only £1,995,000, meaning you have more money to splash! Link: Five Bedroom Manor House, Sheffield 

Next is the motor, whether you drive or not you’re going to have a car to envy all other drivers, even if it’s just parked on your drive. For me personally, I’d be instantly at a dealership and throwing over £300,000 at a Lamborghini Aventador and yes, I would be literally throwing it, because £300,000 would not even put a dent in the £17.8 million I have left.

Now you start getting silly with it. You have over £17 million even though you have the house of your dreams, a holiday home and the car you’ve always wanted. So what else could you need? Well, you don’t need anything so you get what you want, starting off with an island. Setting you back a tasty £5,058,400  Link: Private Island, Florida, United States     

How would you get to your private island though? By yacht of course! A nice little yacht setting you back a mere £2,753,000 is hardly anything to worry about, right? Link: Motor Yacht, 4 Cabin 

Last but not least you need a villa somewhere hot to be taking selfies at to make your friends jealous. I have decided that Marbella is the place for me! A luxury villa I’ve seen is on the market for a tasty £6,738,939.70!

After all that spending you are left with £3,249,661! I’d personally then get a hell of a lot of new clothes and shoes, give some money to my family, then be boring and leave the rest in the bank, living off of the interest.

Is there anything you disagree with? Anything you’d change? If so, feel free to tweet us @citycrashpad and we will retweet the best suggestions!

Written By:  Josh – Reservations Team

Sheffield City Centre and Pokémon Go

Everybody is jumping on the Pokémon Go bandwagon since the launch of the game over  a month ago. Trainers are travelling across the lands, searching far and wide to catch ‘em all and for the folk of Sheffield, the city centre is definitely the place to hunt. Below is a list of all the places a trainer must visit.

Cathedral Quarter:

The Cathedral Quarter is a must visit for any trainer wanting to be the very best due to its endless amount of PokeStops. The Cathedral is surely the first place to visit due to it having a gym along with two PokeStops and being a 30 second walk away from some of our apartments. The gym is said to be the most sought after in the whole of Sheffield. If you wanting to be a Pokémon master, defeating this gym has to be one of your goals.

The next landmark is the Peace Gardens. This is known as lure module heaven! Literally every hunter sits there, catching an endless amount of Pidgey’s and hoping that they sight something a little more special (I’m still waiting for a Gyarados to appear!) After you’ve done there, 30 seconds away is the Winter gardens. The Winter gardens is the home to three PokeStops, once again meaning it is lure central!

West Street:

The place to be in Sheffield City Centre for all things Pokémon is certainly West Street! Littered with bars that are PokeStop hotspots it is the ideal place for Pokémon Go players to enjoy a night out whilst catching the odd Caterpie here and there. One of the bars to Pokémon Go to is Reflex 80’s bar for sure. Bang opposite of one of our apartment buildings and one of the places to be to start a weekend night out.

After you’ve caught more Rattata’s than you can count on ten hands you might feel like a change of scenery, and the Hallamshire Hotel is the next on the PokeStop hit list. With a beer garden the size of Viridian Forest it is the ideal place to sit, have a drink and catch a Drowzee or two.

Devonshire Quarter:

The illustrious areas of West One and nearby places are another Pokémon Go goldmine. Some of the actual apartment blocks of West One are actually PokeStops themselves!

Devonshire Green however is certainly an interesting place to do your Pokémon hunting as there is a Pinsir nest there. There is also a PokeStop, meaning when people are relaxing or skating on the park, there are lots and lots of Lures, resulting in rarer Pokémon for you to get your hands on.

If you like the sound of these locations and wanting a short term accommodation to help you on your quest, why not check our availability for apartments in each of these area on www.citycrashpad.com

Christmas Meals in Sheffield

Sheffield has some amazing dining options and they are taking part in the Christmas cheer with Christmas menus for their customers to feast on. We’ve got some awesome options to visit for a Christmas meal. Best of all – these are all within walking distance to our Serviced Apartments.

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Anchorage is the east-coast kitchen sister of Wick at Both Ends, a place we’ve recommended before. We love this place for dinners and equally excited for their Christmas Menu.Available throughout December, 3 course meal for 24.95 per person. Another great place for big parties as Anchorage caters for parties up to 80 people and loads of craft beers on tap – if that’s your fancy! View the Christmas menu: here

Address: Unit 3, West One, Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield, S1 4JB / Telephone: 01143277143

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Antibo serves up modern Italian cuisine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant can cater up to 200 people, making it a wonderful option if you have a big family or looking for a place to host a party. They have a wide-range of dishes to choose from, including gluten and dairy free options. This spectacular menu will be available from December 1st 2014 to December 30th (except December 25th and 26th) and must be pre-ordered. View their Christmas Menu: here

Address: Unit 10 The Plaza, West One, Fitzwilliam Street,Sheffield, S1 4JB / Telephone: 0114 272 7222

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For something more alternative to the traditional Christmas meal, Cubana serves up unique Spanish/South American cuisine. The latino atmosphere is welcoming and infectious and makes for a memorable Christmas party. The menu is available from 1 December to 30 December, at £14.50 daytime and £23.50 for evening. The tapas menu is extensive, view the Christmas menu: here

Address: Unit 4 Leopold Square | Sheffield S1 2JG, Sheffield, England / Telephone: 114 276 0475

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Eten is an independent café/bistro that’s committed to providing delicious food at great value (they have the eatSheffield restaurant of the year 2011 to prove it). Ingredients are from the best of what local suppliers have on offer, and the best bit? They have gluten free and vegetarian options available – catering to the different dietary needs we may have. Christmas Menu is priced at a value price of 2 courses for £12.95 and 3 courses for £15.95 – Bargain! View their Christmas Menu: here

Address: 2-4 York Street, Sheffield S1 2ER / Telephone: 01142730658

City Crash Pad Food Guide – Sheffield

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After covering the other cities we’ve expanded to, we’ve saved the best for last – Sheffield! Here are a few of our favourite budget eats that are not only value for money, they are real tasty eats that we think you should try. Best of all, all these places are close to the city centre and located near all our serviced apartment locations so if you’re staying with us, do pay a visit to these great places in Sheffield!

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For a quick and affordable meal on-the-go, we love getting a falafel wrap from Fanoush.  This Falafel Salad Bar serves up middle-eastern wraps and salad boxes that are vegetarian-friendly and absolutely delicious. Expect a wide range of hummus, vegetables, fresh falafels and hot grilled halloumi. They also serve up aubergines and cauliflower if you want more to choose from. All around, one of our favourite places to get a meal to go.

100 Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HQ, England / +44 114 327 3134

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Another great takeaway place that is fiercely loved by locals is Edo Sushi Takeaway, a small Japanese-run takeout place in the heart of the Sheffield City Centre. They pride themselves on quality ingredients, meaning customers get to taste fresh sashimi and sushi at affordable prices. Lunch Specials run from 12-2.30pm every weekday, including one hot special and a variety of sushi boxes to choose from. Deliveries start in the evening which make it the perfect dinner choice when you’re too lazy to leave the house (free deliveries to S1 & S3, conveniently where our serviced apartments are located). Our personal favourites are the Godzilla Rolls and Salmon Deluxe Sashimi.

 24 – 26 High Court Chambers, Sheffield S1 2EP, England / +44 114 275 5123

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Tucked away at Westfield Terrace is Tamper Coffee, an independently opened Kiwi-style coffee shop. This specialist place offers boasts a wide range of coffees on offer, including a brew bar for coffee fanatics. To accompany your beverage, Tamper offers up some real good sandwiches and pies that we highly recommend. With much popularity this place has gained through the years, Tamper has opened another branch at Arundel Gate with more seating space and a bigger food menu – the perfect place for a heart weekend brunch.

 9 Westfield Terrace, Sheffield S1 4GH, England / 0114 327 1080

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Fancy some Chinese food? Dim Sum Restaurant is a contemporary Cantonese, Seafood and Dim Sum Chinese Cuisine that serves up an authentic meal. If you love to ‘Yum-Cha’, this is the place for you as Dim Sum is served all day and is rated one of the top 10 dim sum restaurants in the UK. Staff here are really friendly and always welcoming, another plus that makes us love this place.

 201 London Road, Sheffield, England / 0114 255 0467

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Head down to The Great Gatsby for a Mexican-oriented pub grub. They’ve teamed up with Shy Boy Cantina to bring you quesadillas, burritos, tacos and other delicious Mexican food.  While the food menu may seem limited, every dish packs a punch! Tip: leave room for desserts, the churros are freshly made and are piping hot when they are served, perfect for dipping into the accompanying melted chocolate. If you visit later in the night, choose one out of the many cocktails on the menu. Can we declare this the best cocktails in Sheffield? Try their Pina Coladas and judge for yourself!

 73-75 Division Street, Sheffield S14GE, England / +(44)1142763939

 

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Situated right in the heart of West Street is a gem of a pub called the Wick at Both Ends. This place serves up an extensive selection of cocktails and wine but the real star is their modern British food on offer. They don’t just serve your usual pub grub, they turn it up a notch and put their twists on traditional favourites like fish and chips. The menu also changes seasonally, keeping diners excited for what new dishes will be on offer. We once had an earl grey crème brulee which was so memorable that we cross our fingers they bring it back soon. PS: book a table in advance if you’re heading there on a Friday or Saturday night as it can get quite busy.

149-151 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EW, England / +44 114 272 3039

This is just one of many more posts to come about Sheffield! We love this city and can’t wait to share more about it with you. Let us know what are your favourites and who you think we should feature in our next blog post.

City Crash Pad Food Guide – Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom. It’s the city where centuries of rich history and culture meet a vibrant and bustling cosmopolitan city.  Here are some of our City Crash Pad recommendations that go for those looking for a Michelin-star experience and even those on a budget.

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21212 offers lush atmosphere and unique cooking that will make every foodie’s mouth water. Prepare your taste buds for a gastronomical experience at this Michelin star restaurant serving up French British food. Expect bold flavours and surprising flavour combinations. We also love their concept of the open kitchen; you get to see how things are done in the final preparation and see how they plate food to look like a work of art. Staff are friendly and serve you to the best of their abilities, nothing is ever too much for them! As this is a very small restaurant, booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB, Scotland (Calton Hill) / +44 (0)131 523 1030

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For an absolutely sublime meal in Edinburgh, book a table in advance at Kitchin, a Michelin star restaurant at the apex of the city’s restaurant scene.  Labelled a MUST for foodies, expect mind-blowing food combinations that will excite your taste buds. And of course, meet the man himself, Tim Kitchin, as he usually comes out to greet diners. The ambiance is both welcoming and staff are very approachable as they ensure you have the best experience at Kitchin possible.

78 Commercial Quay | Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX, Scotland / 0131 555 1755

 

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Looking for delicious Indian food? Fans of Indian curries and spices must visit Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant for a meal, recommended by visitors and locals alike. Expect tasty food with flavour profiles that pack a real punch coupled with a cosy atmosphere – what more could you ask in a restaurant? They also offer a 20% discount during the day, a great deal not to be missed.

25-27 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP, Scotland / 01312252832

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Those on a budget will love Bijou, a chic Scottish meets British local bistro situated in the heart of Leith Links. This lovely place offers all three meals and has two menus to choose from: a classic one and its seasonal menu. The staffs are attentive and serve everyone with a smile with makes for a great casual meal stop.

2 Restalrig Road | Leith Links, Edinburgh, Scotland / 0131-538-0664

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Head to Hula for a delicious breakfast, with many gluten-free options available. Voted best Edinburgh cafe in the skinny food and drink survey 2013, this place sure makes healthy food taste good. Our favourites are the smoothies with an added organic booster – your body will thank you and you’ll feel completely energised for the day. The atmosphere is just as vibrant, with enthusiastic staff and many artworks no display.

103-105 West Bow | Edinburgh, eh1 2JP, Edinburgh, Scotland / +44 131 220 1121

Book your stay in Edinburgh with City Crash Pad now and experience what this exciting city has to offer.

Packing the perfect toiletries bag

Are you an over packer? Do you always get stopped at airport security because you didn’t probably pack your liquids? It is not difficult to have a perfectly organised toiletries bag; here are some easy tips to follow to ensure a leaner, trimmer toiletries bag.

Make a list

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The first thing to do is make a list of the things you need, it helps keep you organised and keeps you from over packing. If your list looks too long, you need to cut it down and only bring the essentials. It’s always comforting to bring everything but most of the time you won’t even touch half the items. Being strict on packing will not only mean you’re not over packing, it makes getting through airport security easier.

Choose a toiletries bag that’s clear

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Choose a plastic zipper bag or buy a reusable clear cosmetic zipper bag that’s TSA approved. Get them at your local Boots and Superdrug, or if you’re looking to splash more cash, Flight 001 sells great quality carry-on toiletry bags. The most important things are ensuring the bag is clear, fits uk airport restriction dimensions and the zip is secure to ensure no spillage in your bag.

 

Packing liquids – Body washes, Shampoos and Conditioners

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. While you can buy travel sized shampoos and soaps from your usual drugstore, we recommend decanting them and buying empty travel-sized containers. They are more economical and environmental friendly – a win-win situation! Primark and your local Boots and Superdrug usually have a set of travel containers but if you travel often and looking for an upgrade, we recommend GoToob from Humangear. While these seem expensive, it is easy to fill, leak proof and it’s easy to get nearly all the product out to use. As an extra step, take some masking tape to seal your containers to prevent spillage. Remember that liquids in containers larger than 100ml (even if the container is filled halfway) are not allowed through! So all containers should be no longer than 100ml

Packing liquids – Creams, and other beauty products

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For items that are considered liquids but thicker in consistency, pack them in smaller round containers since it is more likely you won’t need a big amount. Examples would be your face cream or for woman, your liquid foundation. The best in the market is Gotubb from Humangear, the higher price tag is justified as they very sturdy and leak proof so you won’t have to keep buying new containers. You can also use them to store medicine, earplugs, small jewellery, snacks etc to ensure they don’t go missing in the depths of your carry on.

Look for liquid alternatives

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Good news for travellers – thanks to modern times and more frequent travelling, companies have come up with more toiletries in non-liquid form so you don’t have to pack with in your toiletries bag and no spillage in your bag. For long-haul trips, get pocket laundry wash which are palm-sized dry soap sheets. Instead of liquid makeup remover, buy makeup wipes instead. Replace your body spray and perfume with a solid perfume stick. Making these small changes will save space in your toiletries and keep your bag light.

Keep it in an easily accessible part of your bag

While airport security rules vary from country to country, it is best to assume you will need to scan your toiletries bag separately during airport security. Place your bag in a side pouch or at the top of your bag, making it easy to reach for it and not holding up the queue as you rummage through your bag.

 

And you are all set! Putting some effort into packing your toiletries bag can save you a-lot of time and stress. Share with us your tips in the comments.

City Crash Pad Food Guide – Aberdeen

Nicknamed the Granite City, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most populous city and is full of magnificent castles, highland adventure and dramatic coastlines. Other than its beautiful scenery, Aberdeen has great restaurants with buzzing atmosphere and tasty food that you need to try when you’re in Scotland. Here are three of our favourites and personal recommendations.

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Considered a ‘hidden gem’ by many, Moon Fish Cafe is a restaurant favourite with locals and visitors alike. The restaurant has the perfect mix of buzzy yet laid back atmosphere that creates a great ambiance.  The food is as beautiful as it is tasty and fresh, plus unique flavour combinations that definitely won’t disappoint. This place has limited seating so we highly recommend booking a table to avoid disappointment!

8 Correction Wynd, City Centre, Aberdeen AB10 1HP / 01224 644166

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The Stage Door is a popular seafood and chop house, with flavours from both Scottish cuisine and continental influence. If you are looking for vegetarian and fish options, this restaurant is perfect as its menu has a good balance of meat and non-meat options. The staff here go beyond basic customer service and truly make you feel welcomed, accommodating to all needs. This place is especially popular for the pre-theatre menu as His Majesty’s theatre is close by, making it the perfect meal stop.

26 N Silver St, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City AB10 1RL / 01224 642111

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If you’re craving Italian, Mi Amore on Huntly Street combines warm personal service with hearty food and friendly atmosphere. This bustling restaurant has a friendly atmosphere and is a great hangout to meet friends or book a table on the upper floor where it’s slightly quieter if you’re having a date night. If you’re a meat lover, order the Mi Amore special which is veal steak cooked to perfection! Also, pop over during lunch for their set meal which is under £8, an absolute bargain with choices between pasta, pizza and other Italian favourites.

80-82 Huntly Street Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB10 1TD / 01224639198

 

 Any other great places we need to try in Aberdeen? Pop the address down in the comments section and we’ll check them out!