Best Of Bilbao! Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp

Travel and Adventure!   Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp

For one of the best adventure and travel experiences in Bilbao, head to Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp.

Located just 12 miles from the Bilbao Airport, this 2004-established surf camp provides a full week-long immersion in surfing – although guests can also arrange for shorter stays.

New surf students begin on nearby Barinatxe and Arrietara beaches, which have perfect beginner-sized waves.  Instruction comes from local surf-federation-qualified instructors, many of whom have competed on the world surf stage.

Beautiful surf in the Basque region: Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp

More experienced surfers can go five minutes away to beaches La Galea, Sopelana, Meñakoz, and Plentzia.  Or, for some of the best surf in Europe, Bakio and Mundaka beaches are 20 minutes away from camp.

19th century Basque building houses guests at Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp

Surf students stay at the 75-guest surf house, a 19th century Basque building which itself is a sight to see.  Seven nights of stay, breakfast, lunch, dinner, wetsuits, wi-fi, and airport transfers are included in surf camp “tuition”.

While off the waves, students can also experience rock climbing, skateboarding, archery, and ping pong, all also included.

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Before jumping in:  beach instruction at Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp
From beginners to experienced surfers: Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp

Photo credit: Nomad Surfers

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Best Of Bilbao! ad hoc Cascanueces Restaurant

Tomates de Lodosa
Tomates de Lodosa.  ad hoc Cascanueces.  Bilbao, Spain.


Heros 21, 48009 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain

Less than a 10 minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum, ad hoc Cascanueces consistently delivers one of most memorable dining experiences in Bilbao.

Chef Diego Valdivielso and sommelier Oscar Vila’s customer service and attentiveness is based in the belief that the best wine “is not necessarily the most expensive, but the one that is shared”.

Some of the better known dishes at ad hoc Cascanueces include Japanese pasta with lacquered bacon, octopus and spicy mayonnaise, scorpionfish with wild rice, and red tuna tatami.  The dessert known as Postre Bosque Dulce (sweet forest dessert) is smash hit with diners.

ad hoc Cascanueces (Cascanueces = “Nutcracker” in English) is consistently one of the highest rated restaurants in Bilbao.

Travelers will find presentation of all dishes in fluent English when desired.

Postre Bosque Dulce (sweet forest dessert). ad hoc Cascanueces
Ad Hoc Cascanueces
ad hoc Cascanueces. Bilbao, Spain.
Tataki de atun rojo
Tataki de atun rojo (tuna tataki).  ad hoc Cascanueces
Picanha brasileña
Picanha Brasilena.  ad hoc Cascanueces

Photo credit: ad hoc Cascanueces

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The Moose, Paris

The Moose Bar and Grill. Photo Courtesy: Claudia Cartes, The Moose.

The Moose Bar and Grill

16 rue des 4 Vents

75006 Paris

Metro Stop: Odéon, lines 4 and 10

Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM. Serving food 11:00 AM – 11:50 PM

The Moose Bar and Grill brings the American sports bar experience straight to the heart of Paris.

The Moose features live NFL, NBA and NHL programming, as well as American college sports.   European rugby matches also work well with the huge selection of beer here.

The Moose serves a generous selection of sports grill favorites: sandwiches, hamburgers, and even hot dogs.  Canadian poutines, the tailgate-like combo of french fries, cheese, and light gravy, are also a crowd favorite.

A look down the bar at The Moose. Photo Courtesy: Claudia Cartes, The Moose.

Parisian Craft Beers: Paname Brewing Company, Paris

Paname  Brewing Company , Paris
craft beer selection at Paname Brewing Company , Paris

Paname Brewing Company, Paris

41 bis Quai de la Loire

75017 Paris

Metro: Crimée, line 7

Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM daily

The waters of Basin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement provide an incredible setting for Paname Brewing Company’s Parisian craft beers.

Followers of the craft beer movement in Paris will love Paname’s selection, which includes:

  • Le Barge Du Canal, IPA
  • L’Oeil De Biche, Pale Ale
  • Un Singe En Hiver, Pre-Prohibition Lager
  • Casque D’Or Saison, Belgian Wheat
  • Bete Noire Black IPA, Black Ale

Paname also has a rock solid brewery menu serving up cheeseburgers, salads, pizza, and even cheesecake.

No reservations needed – tables are first come, first served.

Paname Brewing Company, Paris
the water views at Paname Brewing Company, Paris
Paname Brewing Company, Paris
Paname Brewing Company, Paris

Photos courtesy Paname Brewing Company

Craft Beer and Rock Music: Le Supercoin, Paris

Le Supercoin, Paris
sample of bottled beers at Le Supercoin, Paris

Le Supercoin, Paris

3 rue Baudelique

75018 Paris

Metro: Simplon, line 4

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM, Sunday 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Le Supercoin is billed as a “pop rock garage bistro”, and described by most as a friendly, lively and downright cool place to enjoy a good beer and a good night.

Craft beer is Le Supercoin’s thing.  It regularly features French craft beer on tap, along with a Czech beer selection and more.  American-style pale ales and IPA’s are available too.

The backdrop of music at Le Supercoin has a rock/grunge rock leaning, but does not overpower conversations.  The occasional live band adds to the overall effect.

After sampling the beer selection, Le Supercoin also has a whiskey collection to work through.

Le Supercoin, Paris
Le Supercoin, Paris

Photos courtesy Le Supercoin

Around the World in Chocolate: Chocolat Chapon, Paris

Chocolat Chapon, Paris
Chocolat Chapon – Boutique de Neuilly

Chocolat Chapon, Paris

69 Rue du Bac

75007 Paris

Metro: Rue du Bac, line 12

Three other locations around Paris

Hours: Monday 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Chocolat Chapon brings chocolate experiences from around the world straight to Paris – even to a small shop in Saint Germain.

Chocolate Chapon roasts cocoa beans from Ecuador, Madagascar, Cuba and more to produce prize-winning pieces.  And for a chocolate twist, Chocolate Chapon whips up six different chocolate mousses at an ice-cream-parlor-like bar.

There are four Chocolat Chapon locations in and around Paris.  The Chelles location includes the new Curiosity Shop; a childlike walk through the history of chocolate.

For the hard-to-shop-for person, check out Chocolat Chapon’s online shop.

Chocolat Chapon, Paris
Roaster at Chocolat Chapon, Paris
Curiosity Shop, Chocolat Chapon, Paris
Curiosity Shop, Chocolat Chapon, Chelles

Photos courtesy of Chocolat Chapon

Rustic and Fantastic: Septime La Cave Wine Bar, Paris

Septime La Cave, Paris
Septime La Cave Wine Bar, Paris

Septime La Cave, Paris

3 Rue Basfroi

75011 Paris

Metro: Charonne, line 9

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 4:00 PM -11:00 PM. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Septime La Cave wine bar is a satisfying taste of the highly successful Septime group of restaurants.  Septime La Cave’s rustic, reclaimed, cool and casual setting is a perfect place to pick your wine.

The wine list here includes French selections and more.  Wine can be ordered to go, or enjoyed along with tapas choices in the small and exclusive space.  Grab a place at the bar, or a corner of the counter and enjoy.

Septime La Cave is reasonably priced, and no reservations are taken.

Septime La Cave, Paris
Septime La Cave, Paris

Photo Credit: Benjamin Schmuck