Tickets for London Restaurant Festival Go on Sale

London Restaurant Festival

London Restaurant Festival will celebrate its 9th year of foodie fun this October. Tickets are now on sale for the month long citywide festival (with some of the biggest events already sold out or soon to be).

LRF’s two main elements are Restaurant Experiences and Festival Menus along with Eat Film screenings, an expanded Ultimate Gastronomic Weekend, wine tastings and more. Continue reading

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Recipe: Cloudy Cider Wings | #WingingIt

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Cloudy cider and an uncloudy sky? It’s time to get outside and BBQ!

Refreshing to drink, Thatchers Haze Cloudy Somerset Cider is a winner of a quencher at any BBQ or outdoor get together. It’s crisp and sweet – but not too sweet – and when served super ice cold will cool you down and jazz things up. Continue reading

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Percy Pig Turns 25

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Percy Pig, model for and namesake of Marks & Spencer’s popular fruit flavoured gummies, turns 25 years old this month (23 July to be exact).

Of course this isn’t just any birthday. So to celebrate the occasion M&S has created a range of special recipes. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #68

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Good stuff and lots of it!

Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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6 Great Ideas for Trips to Take with Your Parents (Going Places)

6 Great Trips to Take with Your Parents

Nothing can beat the memories made when spending quality time with your family. Planning a vacation with your parents can provide the perfect opportunity to catch up, reflect and have a lot of fun together.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to make the most of a getaway with your folks.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Cocktail Recipe: Juliette’s Garden G&T

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Fancy a refreshing gin and tonic with a light floral bouquet and a hint of island spice? Try my recipe for Juliette’s Garden G&T.

I’ve been invited to participate in friendly little Ginspiration Cocktail Competition by Juliettes Interiors to help celebrate the launch of the luxury brand’s Most Perfect Modern Gin Trolley. My contribution? Juliette’s Garden G&T, a guaranteed quencher that (IMHO) is ideal for garden entertaining or bringing the best elements of the outdoors inside for more formal affairs. Continue reading

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HotTug London

HotTug London

Okay London, are you ready for a HotTug chug down the Regent’s Canal? Alexandra Kalinowski investigates.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a HotTug comes to London. Yes, a floating hot tub. It’s basically bathception. Continue reading

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Looking for a Destination to Cool Off This Summer? Go South of the Equator! (Miles Away)

Looking for a Destination to Cool Off This Summer? Go South of the Equator!

Well, here we are in the middle of summer, that time of the season when the heat and humidity turns all the excitement you’d bottled up in the winter months to sweaty anticipation for fall.

If it’s too hot in your hemisphere, you just need to head south – way south – to the Southern Hemisphere. Because while summer sizzles up north it’s 2inter on the other side of the Equator.

Here’s a look at five of the coolest countries you can visit this time of year.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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The Wigmore Opens at The Langham

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Luxury HQ, The Langham London hotel, has opened a pub. Set at the original entrance to the hotel (and most recently the former lobbly of the hotel’s spa), The Wigmore is a spacious, high ceilinged place for drinks and casual dining.

Nice thing is that the pub’s got all the upscale charm and yummy offerings you’d expect from The Langham coupled with an expressly come-as-you air to it and a modern British menu that’s simply put and easy on the wallet (for The Langham and for its general environs). Continue reading

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Southern Comfort: Exploring the Atlanta Food Scene (Going Places)

Part of the reason Atlanta is such a stand-out city is its sizzling hot food scene. If you’re in town, you know you’re going to leave with a heaping portion of southern hospitality topped with a healthy slathering of southern flavor.

Here’s a look at some of the city’s most sensational places to eat.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Bombay Sapphire: Destination Delicious

Bombay Sapphire: A Gin of Ten Journeys

I hope you enjoyed reading about my experiences along The Grand Journey with Bombay Sapphire as much enjoyed sharing them to you.

If you ever get the chance to visit Bombay Sapphire’s distillery in Hampshire or to catch a ride onboard the Laverstoke Express, don’t pass it up!

To help you browse all the posts in my Gin of Ten Journey series, here’s a list with links to all of them:

A Gin of Ten Journeys

Thanks for joining me on this gin-ormous trip. Make sure to have a look at all tikichris miniseries and special features.

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Enjoy Your Solo Trip Like a Pro

Enjoy Your Solo Trip Like a Pro

Travelling is a hobby for few, but for others, it is their passion. They want to travel the whole world, meet different people, known about different cultures and take it all in. But seldom have such travel junkies had a partner to share their love of travel.

Here are some tips to help make your solo trip fun and safe. Continue reading

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Adam Rawson Launches Bite Me Burger Co

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Chef Adam Rawson has launched Bite Me Burger Co, a mini-burger only eatery on Kingsway just a short stroll from Holborn Station.

Despite their diminutive description, Bite Me’s mini-burgers are far from tiny, certainly more than a bite (or three), chunkier than a slider, and definitely big on flavour. Continue reading

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Vintage Ales at the Chef’s Table

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Vintage and Farmhouse Ales from Central Italy’s Birra del Borgo and Goose Island of Chicago were showcased and paired with dishes designed by TV chef and cookbook author Valentine Warner and Chef Martin Carabott of restaurant Luca at a recent one-off dinner hosted at Carousel in Marylebone.

I was happy to pull up a chair at the table for the occasion and very much enjoyed the beer and the pairings. Continue reading

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All Aboard for The Grand Journey with Bombay Sapphire

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My Gin of Ten Journeys adventure continues with a tasty train ride exploring the places of origin of all the botanicals that go into Bombay Sapphire premium dry gin.

The Laverstoke Express has arrived in London inviting passengers to climb onboard for an immersive and delicious trip round the world with a stop along the way at every destination where Bombay Sapphire sources its ten botanicals. Continue reading

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Joe Allen is Moving … But Only 25m Down the Street

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Popular Theatreland haunt, Joe Allen, is leaving its basement home of 40 years to make way for a boutique hotel. Don’t worry though. Owners have already commenced work at a new location, only 25m down the street.

The restaurant will close its Exeter Street location from 27 July with plans to reopen around the corner at Burleigh Street in mid August. Continue reading

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Get #BeachBookReady with the Kobo Pop-Up Beach off Oxford Street

Kobo #BeachBookReady Pop-Up Beach

A tropical beach in Central London along the world’s first sustainably designed “smart” street? Welcome to one of this summer’s most unusual and innovative free events, hosted by Kobo to celebrate the launch of its newest Aura H2O eReader.

The Kobo #BeachBookReady Pop-Up Beach is free to attend and runs from this weekend until 25th of July. Timings are Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sundays from 11am to 7pm. Continue reading

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Recipe: Bombay Sapphire Cheesecake Cocktail

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Should I have another cocktail or should I have dessert? Yes. And here’s how to have both. At the same time. In the same container.

My Bombay Sapphire Cheesecake Cocktail takes this gin’s unique botanical profile and amps it up for a rich dessert with a kick and a pleasantly palate cleansing flavour. Continue reading

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Win £500 and a Crate of Ale from 24hourlondon

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Download an app (for free), tell the developers how to improve it and win £500 plus a crate of craft beer? Where do I sign up?!?

Keep reading for details about a fun competition from 24hourlondon offering the chance to win £500 and a crate of Tremethick craft ale. Continue reading

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Infographic: 22 Interesting Facts about Mallorca

22 Interesting Facts about Mallorca

Do you know how Mallorca got its name? Or when the first human inhabitants arrived on its shores? Got any idea how many restaurants are on the island or just how many glorious hours of sunshine it gets each year?

Here’s a fun infographic with these and many more fascinating facts about this popular Spanish island destination. Continue reading

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7 of the Best Secluded & Hidden Beach Destinations Around the World (Miles Away)

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Love the beach, hate the crowds? This list is for you!

We’ve scanned the coasts of the globe to share with you seven of the best beach break destinations where you can truly get away from it all and not have to compete for a patch of sand to pitch your umbrella or struggle for elbow room when you take your dip in the ocean.

And don’t worry — not every place listed here is too terribly far-flung or remote to reach during a normal vacation timeframe or on a typical travel budget.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Comida Fest 2017

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Did you miss Comida Fest at Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich this past weekend? Well then you missed a couple of days of foodie fun. But don’t feel too bad about it. There’ll be a couple of other opportunities to check out this Latin American street food festival in London later this summer at Tower Bridge and Putney.

Me? I’m hoping to go back for seconds I had such a yummy time tasting my way through the fest in Greenwich. Continue reading

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Spaghetti House, Argyll Street

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It’s one of those places I’ve walked by a gazillion times and never actually entered. But I have been curious these many years there whether or not Spaghetti House was any good.

A recent invitation to review the Spaghetti House near Oxford Circus provided the chance to find out. Continue reading

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Mimod’s Kitchen Residency Coming to Kensal Rise

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Alexandra Kalinowski enjoys brinner at a preview of Mimod’s Kitchen.

I take every excuse I can get to eat breakfast for dinner. Brinner. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t love eggs, waffles, pancakes, sausage, bagels, and granola? Omg and I almost forgot the doughnuts. So get ready London, because there’s going to be a (semi) permanent brinner joint opening in September: Mimod’s Kitchen. Continue reading

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Bombay Sapphire: A Gin of Ten Journeys

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A gin of ten journeys, Bombay Sapphire is distilled from a recipe of ten botanicals: juniper berries, orris root, almond, lemon peel, liquorice, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise.

The botanicals are sourced from across the globe – almonds and lemons from Spain, liquorice from China, juniper berries and orris root from Italy, Angelica from Germany, coriander from Morocco, cassia and cubeb from Indonesia, and grains of paradise from Ghana. They come together along the banks of the crystal clear River Test at the historic Laverstoke Mill amid the green and lilting countryside of Hampshire. Continue reading

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Pop-up India at Proud East

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Alexandra Kalinowski heads to Haggerston for Pop-up India at Proud East.

Get ready to take a tour of the world, by staying put in East London. Proud East, the gorgeous venue along the canal in Haggerston, has just launched Pop-up India, freshly painted and redecorated after a fun run of Pop-up Japan. With a colourful makeover of floating flowers, a tuk-tuk photo booth, garlands and art, Proud East has made itself a hot destination for those looking to soak up a bit of Indian culture this summer. Continue reading

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World Steak Challenge 2017

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Best steak in the world? Here’s the answer from this year’s World Steak Challenge in London – where I got to help judge and have a taste of it and 16 of the other runners up.

Last week I sat in as one of 10 consumer judges at the World Steak Challenge. Continue reading

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Joseph Beuys’ Boxkampf at Waddington Custot

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Waddington Custot gallery in Mayfair brings context to Joseph Beuy’s famed 1972 work of art, Boxkampf für die direkte Demokratie with an exhibition running now until mid August.

Artifacts such as the two pairs of boxing gloves, a protective helmet and the boxing ring ropes from Beuys’ boxing match ‘finale’ against sculptor Abraham David Christian during the original exhibition alongside photos from the event are presented in conjunction with the debut UK presentation of the re-mastered archive footage of the boxing match. Continue reading

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Preview: Ales Tales Belgian Beer Festival at Oval Space, 21-22 July

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Ales Tales, the UK’s first ever Belgian beer festival, is coming to Oval Space in Hackney.

The event, running from Friday 21 to Saturday 22 July, will give beer lovers the chance to sample a range of Belgian craft beers from small batch micro-breweries including En Stoemelings, ‘t Hofbrouwerijke, Fort Lapin and De Leite to bigger producers such as Brasserie de la Senne, Hof Ten Dormaal and Bertinchamps. Continue reading

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Packing Hacks for Removals in Watford

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Getting all your belongings packed efficiently and in an organized manner in preparation for a move can be tricky business.

The experts at Super Man With A Van Removal Services have gathered some of the best packing hacks that you can use for all your upcoming moves. Continue reading

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The Best Careers for World Travelers (Miles Away)

The Best Careers for World Travelers

Do you dream of making a living as a globetrotter, visiting different destinations as a key part of your job? If you can muster the right amount of work ethic and combine it with ample wanderlust and enthusiasm, landing a decent job that allows you to live in amazing places and travel the world is definitely doable and a goal worth pursuing.

Still, that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy or that just because you want a job that allows you to travel you’ll be handed one on a silver platter. You’ll literally have to earn it, and you’ll need to think strategically about your options.

Here’s a look at 10 of the best careers for people who love to travel.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Stress-Free Summer Cooking with Chef Adam Gray

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Chef Adam Gray’s recipe for grilled tuna steak with red cabbage coleslaw and stem broccoli is sizzling summer dish that’s super scrumptious and easy to prepare.

I learned how to make it at a recent Stress-Free Summer Cooking MasterClass hosted by Great British Chefs at Cookery School on Little Portland Street with Adam giving hands on instruction and advice on how to cook and serve the dish. Continue reading

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Come and Get Samoa (City AM)

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Samoa has one of the South Pacific’s most beautiful and varied coastlines, complemented by a lush mountainous interior.

An ideal island getaway, visitors here can pick and choose between paddling round kiddie pool lagoons of vast breadth but knee-high depth, to catching the spray off gargantuan waves crashing into craggy sea cliffs. Or both, because more often than not such lazy lagoons and hard-pounded precipices are just a few minutes drive apart, and surrounded on all sides by waterfalls, swimming holes, cave pools, white sand beaches and rainforest trails.

By all means, I heartily recommend visiting Samoa for the good times and lovely sights, but also for the back to basics joy of being there. Everything slowed to a soothing lull when I whiled away the better part of two weeks. Except for my pulse, that is, which quickened more than usual during my sometimes adventurous and always picturesque tour.

Read my complete article at City AM.

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Interactive Map: The Best Sunset Spots in Ibiza

The Best Sunset Spots in Ibiza

SkyParkSecure provides safe and nicely priced parking at all UK airports along with a range of other travel offerings.

To help get you ready for your summer holiday, the team at SkyParkSecure have shared this fun and interactive map featuring the best sunset spots in Ibiza. Continue reading

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Win a Lava BrightSounds 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Lava BrightSounds 2 Bluetooth Speaker

COMPETITION IS NOW OVER AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN CONTACTED. THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING TIKICHRIS. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR LOTS MORE FUN AND FREEBIES TO COME!

Lava Sound & Vision has launched its new BrightSounds 2 Bluetooth Speaker, an ideal accessory for music fans on the go.

I’ve been enjoying my BrightSounds speaker for a month or so. Quality and clarity of sound is high. It’s really come in handy around the house, in my back garden and on the road.

Keep reading for your chance to win one for free. Continue reading

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