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Gatebil

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You might be thinking “What is Gatebil?” and unless you are seriously into your cars, then you probably won’t know, in essence though. You see events like Formula 1, Le Mans and Goodwood Festival of Speed are what most people think of when you say motorsport events, these are televised or at least they are known as they have been going on for years. So why Gatebil, what makes this one something to know about?

What initially caught my eye was the various car builds that were making an appearance at Gatebil, Norway has some pretty strict rules when it comes to modifying cars and driving them on the roads. So in order to scratch that itch to build, faster, louder more exciting cars, Gatebil was formed. People come from all of Europe to attend, to how of their insane builds on a track, not only that but they come to camp, to party and hang out with like minded people. It is a festival after all.

The main stage parties were well documented all over youtube but it was the parties in the camp sites that were something of legend. Sure, it is just a race track with a paddock garnished with insanely powered drift cars and time attack cars from all over the world but it would be a shame not celebrate this momentous occasion without sharing a beer or two with your fellow petrol heads.

Instead of re-purposing my blog post on FUELTOPIA I won’t to show you the side you don’t see, the camp parties, the people, your comrades, the celebration that is Gatebil. Here are my photos from the absolutely stunning Rudskogen Motorsenter in Norway.

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Postcards from Salou

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A few weeks ago I went on a family holiday with my Mum & Dad, my sister and her boyfriend as well as my girlfriend Amy. We went to Salou, Spain, near Tarragona and Barcelona. It was for much need R&R style holiday and we were treated to an all inclusive hotel which was part of Port Aventura, a massive theme park. A great way to blow off some steam after a few solid weeks a work. Other than fill our faces with a seemingly unlimited amount of food we did manage to drag ourselves from the resort and do some exploring. We went to Barcelona and to Tarragona for a bit of culture. Whilst there I was also updating my instagram page with shots straight from my camera using the eyefi mobi pro card and editing with VSCOcam

Hear are some postcards I took to help paint the picture.

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It was a great time, I feel much rested and look slightly browner after absorbing a years supply of vitamin D.

If you liked this then checkout these blogs:
Postcards from Barcelona
Postcards from New York
Postcards from New York II

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Postcards from New York II

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I have fallen so far behind with blogging lately, on Sunday I finally got round to posting Burgers of New York and this post is meant as a follow on from Postcards from New York.  Let me tell you a little bit about what we got up to.

We stayed on Lexington Ave in mid-town Manhattan. We walked everywhere. We did all the usual tourist spots and went exploring in Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Staton Island, Queens and obviously Manhattan. Although I would say we saw all the sites that most people see when they think of New York, I would liked to have got to know the city better. Not so much Manhattan but Brooklyn and Williamsburg. I felt there was a lot more that I didn’t get to see there. Oh well, there is always next time.

I love cities, since I moved out 12 years ago I have always lived in cities, Birmingham and now London. New York felt no different to me, I loved every minute of it, the familiar buzz, the cry of sirens, the slow moving pedestrians, the frantic dash across the streets, all of it felt like home. Pair that with the fact that New York is probably one of the easiest cities to navigate I could really relax into the swing of things. If I went back, I’d like to hire a bike, I ride everywhere in London and I feel I would really get to grips with the city if I could cruise around the wide bustling streets. Rather than have me give you a blow-by-blow account of where I went, I will let the pictures do the talking. Enjoy.

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Yeah, sorry about the photo spam, as you can imagine, I have a load of pictures (literally thousands) so it is hard to give you just the highlights without boring the shit out of you. BUT, if you did like that and you missed the first lot then click here.

Not a fan of New York? Try Barcelona, click here.

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Burgers of New York

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I’ll admit, it has been a while since my Postcards from New York blog post where I showed you a few of my favourites from the holiday. So I thought I would come back strong with my favourite burgers from New York. It is no secret that I could eat burgers every day, which would sell New York short as it is a place that really does do food well. In order to sample as much of it as I can I limited myself to 3 different burger joints in my week long stay.

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Coming in at number 1 has to be the burger from The Spotted Pig in West Village. This is the only time I have encountered roquefort cheese in a cheese burger. A bold move and maybe a little too bold for some people but I couldn’t get enough. Pausing to take photos was a real chore, they almost didn’t happen. Served with shoe lace fried and a Bronx Summer Ale, I could eat this every day!

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Not an Ale drinker? The staff inside would deliver recommendations thinly veiled in sarcasm but with enough charm to keep you happily chowing down.  The pub itself continues it’s pig theme into the interior. Expect hour long waiting times if you haven’t booked or you can do what we did and just muscle your way to the bar and perch yourself there. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend heading there. I know I will next time I go.

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My number 2 burger joint is Bareburger which I have a sneaky suspicion could end up higher on the list had I visited more than once. Bareburger was literally round the corner from our hotel (on 514 3rd Ave), meaning we probably should have taken advantage of it a little more. These guys offer a load of organic, meaty and non-meaty goodness. Unlike The Spotted Pig where there is only one option.

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A warm and noisy atmosphere offering some awesome post work chills with plenty of beers/ales/sodas on tap. I loved the warm log cabin theme on the inside, it gave a real sense of warmth and happiness inside.

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The burgers were a decent size and tasted super clean, this isn’t your average dirty burger. You can really taste every component of this patty. I opted for the county fare burger with fries which boasts a Bison patty amongst aged cheddar, dill pickles, red onions, tomatoes, green leaf, mayo all housed in a brioche bun. There is so much more to check out on their menu.

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Good branding, good food, good atmosphere and helpful staff really made grabbing a burger a much more enjoyable experience. They offered a load of drinks as well as beer on tap (including 40’s) which set this place up well for post work chills. I really wish they had one in London. I’d be there every friday!

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A place that I can visit in London is our number 3, Shake Shack. Unlike the others, this is a place where you jump in for a quick burger. Think of a much more upmarket Burger King. Brooklyn Brewery sort these guys out with their own beer specifically made for them!

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We went cheesey fries to with our bacon double cheese burger and cheese burgers. In fast food fashion we even stood up at a bench which I have to say makes taking photos of your food a lot easier haha. For fast food I have to say this was pretty damn good! It is a lot more expensive in the UK, same numerical values, different currency makes it a lot more premium. I am not sure that the food in the UK is worth the premium price tag but in the US it certainly is!

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Look how dirty that it is! Gawd I want one! Again our Shake Shack was just down the road from our hotel making it a great option to nip out for a quick bite en route somewhere.

SO that is my Top 3 Burger joints in Manhattan, I am sure there are many more spots that I missed on my travels, if you know of some that I or others should consider then leave a comment below.

If you liked reading about these and made yourself hungry then why not check out these blogs posts too:
Dip & Flip
Honest Burger
National Burger Day

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Postcards from New York

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It has been four days since I got back from New York, my sleep pattern is just about getting back on track. I am left with a lot of fond memories and quite a few memory cards full of photos. I will be doing a few blog posts about my trip with Amy in the up coming weeks but for now, here is my favourite pictures. Now if you follow me on instagram you might have seen me post a few of the pictures up whilst out there. That’s because I bought myself an eyefi mobi pro card which allowed me to take pictures on my 5D and then send them via wifi to my phone. I edited the pictures in VSCOcam and the put them through Afterlight to put a boarder on them as I hate using square crops. I must say the eyefi card is ideal for holiday trips and instant sharing, the app allows you to selectively transfer the images to your phone (ipad/laptop/computer). Anyway enjoy some pictures.

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