Taking me back to Spain... and my youth!
It's 'Cards on the Table' time for me. I'm John - but I love Spain so much that you can call me Juan (if you like!)
Seriously, I love the Spanish way of life... the weather... the wine.... the signoritas... and of course their super-fab food. So guess what? I'm a MASSIVE fan of Cafe Andaluz in Cresswell Lane.
I studied Spanish at uni, and spent a blissful year in Madrid in 3rd year. Why did I ever come back?! So I have some blissful experience of life on the Iberian peninsula.
Walking into the cosy golden warmth of Cafe Andaluz, I feel at home. The tiles on the walls, the authentic lighting, smells of garlic, seared king prawns and more garlic mix with hints of red wine - sending me from home to heaven in 3 seconds flat!
A bunch of us meet up regularly, booking one of those cool booths and staying all afternoon, ordering more and more tapas when we feel the urge. Nothing is rushed, and the chattering and laughing is PERFECT for the spirit.
We try not to spend too long in our undergrad years, and celebrate knowing Spain so well - and knowing Cafe Andaluz even better.
What a restaurant. I just might be Andaluz's biggest fan (and I don't mean my belt size, either!)
In fun, John