On the Haggis Hunt in Edinburgh

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On the hunt for haggis? Have a look at the best I tried during a recent Edinburgh expedition.

Working on a new (and still kinda top secret) project, I had to head up to one of my favourite cities, Edinburgh, last week. Being there meant I got to forage around for one of my favourite foods: haggis! Continue reading

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Samoa | Culture and Customs

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Petra Shepherd selects Samoa in her search for Treasure Island and shares the cultural bounty of her trip with us.

I blame it all on Rex Harrison, well Rex Harrison in Doctor Doolittle and a parrot called Polynesia and the film South Pacific. I’ve always wanted to go to “Treasure Island” to see blindingly white beaches with towering palm trees dripping into mirror calm turquoise seas and yes, peaceful people dancing in grass skirts (your quintessential childhood image of the South Pacific). I chose Samoa, in the heart of Polynesia, five hours from Australia’s east coast aiming to get another new passport stamp and to see the cultural side of country. Samoa consists of 10 islands of which only four are inhabited, the main islands being Upolu, home to over two thirds of the population and the thriving capital Apia and wilder, remoter Savaii.  Continue reading

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Win a Valentine Sleekster Box of Chocolates from Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat Valentine Sleekster

Have a happy Valentine’s Day with that special someone enjoying a Valentine Sleekster box of chocolates from Hotel Chocolat. I’ve got one set aside as a prize for one lucky tikichris reader.

Hotel Chocolat’s Valentine Sleekster features a selection of 27 heart-shaped caramels, fruits, tipples and pralines and is a perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life. Continue reading

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The Cheapest Countries You Should Visit in Central and South America (Going Places)

The Cheapest Countries You Should Visit in Central and South America

Ever imagine what it’d be like to travel the globe without spending a large chunk of money? Well, you can! Some of the most opulent countries in the world that you wouldn’t dare to price out and travel to in both South and Central America are believe it or not cheap!

Here’s a list of countries in Central and South America for you to adventure to without completely emptying your bank account!

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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The Civil Rights Trail: A Journey Through America’s Painful Birth to Social Justice (Miles Away)

The Civil Rights Trail: A Journey Through America’s Painful Birth to Social Justice

The United States Civil Rights Trail was launched on New Year’s Day 2018 – a significant date because it is the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s decree that freed slaves during the Civil War.

The Trail features well over 100 famous and lesser-known landmarks from the Civil Rights Era in the 1950s and 60s, and gives history buffs and civic-minded sightseers insight into the struggles and achievements of the activists, religious leaders, and everyday folks of the movement. So go ahead — take the first step and experience this tumultuous moment in America’s recent past.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Anne-Sophie Pic for Sushi Shop | Episode 8 | #TCTalks

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Detox Destinations for a New You in a New Year (Miles Away)

Detox Destinations for a New You in a New Year

Have December’s festive excesses have you feeling like you need a chilled out, health conscious, and contemplative break before truly diving into 2018?

Take a look at these lovely and laidback locations in the US and across the globe where daily digital doings are a no-no, yoga is a big “yes” and delicious vegan dishes are in splendidly abundant supply.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Ljubljana Lux | Index

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Thanks for joining me for a few days of Ljubljana Luxury.

I hope enjoyed the slowing down to enjoy some of the finer things in Slovenia with me. Continue reading

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Clamato Kitchen | Sriracha Sloppy Joes

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Searching for a sloppy joe recipe with some bite and and an extra savoury depth of flavour? You’ll love my recipe for Clamato sriracha sloppy joes.

When I started tinkering around with this recipe as part of my Clamato Kitchen series, I thought I had come up with a pretty yummy idea. After snarfing down a mess from my first batch of joes, I realised I’d made something way more delicious than I had anticipated. Continue reading

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Ljubljana Lux | Movia Wine

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Though there’s hardly enough produced to ship much to the UK, Slovenia is renowned for its excellent wines. During my visit to Ljubljana, I managed a quick jaunt out of town to the award-winning, family owned and run Movia Estate to have a taste for myself.

About an hour a half drive from Ljubljana, the Movia vineyards straddle the border between Slovenia and Italy and can be admired from the winery’s expansive terrace while sipping something from its cellar during guided tours and tastings. Continue reading

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Catching up with Difference Coffee Company

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My August 2016 introduction to Difference Coffee Company and its founder Amir Gehl has now gone cold and requires a top up. But rather than a refill, Difference deserves a new cup as Amir has upped even his own game.

Back just before Christmas I had a chance to catch up with Amir and find out what he had been up all these months and how his plans were coming along to build the “ultimate terroir-led coffee collection” and offer a taste of it in limited edition Nespresso system compatible capsules. Continue reading

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Ljubljana Lux | Strelec Restaurant

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Okay! Okay! I did eventually manage to leave the hotel and have a look around Ljubljana. And what a luscious (and scrumptious) look it was!

Exquisite food and magnificent views were experienced in full force at Strelec Restaurant, where my lunch turned out to be one of the best meals I had in 2017. Continue reading

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Clamato Kitchen

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Made from juicy California tomatoes, premium New England clam broth and a secret blend of spices, Clamato is a delicious and savoury tomato juice packed with protein, vitamin C and a bit of spicy kick.

Super popular throughout the States, it’s an ideal mixer for a bloody Mary. But it’s not only a big deal in America. Continue reading

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Ljubljana Lux | InterContinental

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In sharp contrast to Ljubljana’s largely low rise look, the sleek modernist 20-storey InterContinental Ljubljana certainly stood out as a gleaming landmark during my lux weekend break in the Slovenian capital.

Not only is the InterContinental the city’s first five star luxury hotel, it is also now the city’s most prominent skyscraper. At 81 metres, it is the tallest tower in central Ljubljana and the second tallest in the city and country (there’s another 20-storey building on the outskirts of town, called the Crystal Palace, that is taller by 8m).

Close to all the action and much of what I wanted to see or do, the hotel served as a smart HQ for my itinerary and a welcome retreat for a few days of leisure. Indeed as much as I enjoyed my meanders around town, I must admit that two of my favourite moments took place at the InterContinental. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #72

Good Stuff

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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Ljubljana Lux

Ljubljana Lux

Twee Slovenia’s tiny capital Ljubljana saw a city break upgrade near the end of 2017 with the launch of the InterContinental Ljubljana – the city’s first ever five star luxury hotel. With the hotel’s opening came the chance to discover in newly established style one of Europe’s most accessible yet least explored cities.

I paid a weekend visit to Ljubljana soon after the launch and found the swish hotel to be a haven hard to leave. However, when I did venture beyond its graciously manned entrance I was rewarded with heaps of delicious fun.

Over my Ljubljana Lux series of posts about my trip, I’ll share the tastiest highlights of the visit along with a bit of background to help you make the most of your own luxury weekend in Ljubljana. Continue reading

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2018 Resolutions

2018 Resolutions

Hello 2018. I’m resolved to make the most out of you.

This year my aim is to keep building – and bettering – the online presence of tikichris in three key ways. Continue reading

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Best Destinations to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Whole Family (Miles Away)

Best Destinations to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Whole Family

NYE doesn’t have to be just about drinking and partying hard. It can be about having good, clean cross-generational fun as well! The possibilities for having a blast with the most important people in your life while ringing in the New Year are limited only by the willingness of your family to make the most of the occasion and enjoy the holiday together.

Resolved to make this New Year’s Eve an all-ages celebration suitable for all involved? Here’s a look at how to celebrate at destinations where the emphasis won’t be on boozing it up.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Smooth Operator: How the Future Airport Will Make Your Travels a Breeze (Miles Away)

Smooth Operator: How the Future Airport Will Make Your Travels a Breeze

The future is now – especially when you’re running late to catch a flight. But with recent technological advances aimed at beefing up airport security while improving efficiencies across the entire air travel industry now taking effect, getting to your gate on time promises to be a much more hassle-free experience.

Let’s check in on the progress being made with a few of the most relevant technologies changing the way people travel and spend time at airports.

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Christmas Leftovers Guide

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This Christmas Leftovers Guide will help you keep the hunger pangs at bay and the festive feelings flowing while kicking the dinnertime doldrums down the line well into 2018.

Do you still have leftovers from your festive season feasts that are too good to throw out but starting to taste samey and bland. No worries! Inventive post-Christmas kitchen help is here! Continue reading

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Win a Big Bag o’ Booze for Free

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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!

Out with the old and in with the new! But what’s old for me might be new to you. I’m clearing space in my liquor cabinet. And that’s especially good news for one lucky tikichris reader.

To make way for more stuff in 2018, I’m giving away a collection of 25 bottles of quality alcoholic drinks that have come my way over the past 12 months. They’re all sample bottles, mostly 50ml but some are considerably larger. Continue reading

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Traveling More in 2018? Here’s Everything You’ll Need to Know About Your Passport (Going Places)

Traveling More in 2018? Here’s Everything You’ll Need to Know About Your Passport

Are you ready to renew or apply for a first US passport for yourself or another family member? The steps required to get a passport are straightforward and reasonable. But you should be well aware of them and prepared long before you walk into your local passport agency.

Here’s what you need to know to guarantee a frictionless application process and alleviate any potential frustrations.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

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#TCTalks | Episode 7 | Metaxa

#TCTalks | Episode 7 | Metaxa

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The 7 Biggest Travel Trends for 2018 And Where to Best Experience Them (Going Places)

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Wondering what next year’s biggest travel trends will be?

Here’s our go at predicting what’s going to create the most buzz in 2018 – and where best to experience the trends.

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Best of the Best of 2017

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Thanks for joining me on my tour of the best of 2017.

I hope the year was as fun and delicious for you as it was for me, and I look forward to sharing more amazing experiences with you in 2018.

Here’s an index with links to all the posts in my Best of 2017 miniseries: Continue reading

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Best Beer of 2017

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Last but not least, let’s have a beer.

I conclude my Best of 2017 lists with a round up of the tastiest and most intriguing beers I got to drink this year. The world may be falling apart at the seems but at least there are some amazing beers being brewed these days. Correlation? Hmmm …. Continue reading

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Best Hotels of 2017

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I stayed in a lot of hotels over the past 12 months. Most of them were perfectly adequate, and I wouldn’t be against checking in at them again. A select few far exceeded even my highest expectations and deserve some extra recognition.

Location, location, location plus a stunning view (and being able to at least crack a window open), these were a few of my favourite things when it came to booking a room in 2017. Here’s another list (this one very short) in my Best of 2017 series. Continue reading

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Best London Ice Cream of 2017

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Here’s the scoop on London’s best ice cream, soft serve and gelato!

My Best of 2017 series continues with a taste of the best ice cream on offer in London. Continue reading

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Best London Burgers of 2017

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Whoa! There’s a beefy bunch of burgers in London. Most of them underwhelm. But the following six eateries do their burgers right.

Have a look at my Best of 2017 list of London’s tastiest burger and see what you think. Continue reading

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Best London Pizza of 2017

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Anytime’s pizza time in London with these fantastic pizzerias.

Here’s the latest slice in my Best of 2017 series. Buon appetite!
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Best London Cocktails of 2017

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London’s got game when it comes with mixing up something unique and tasty to drink.

My quest for the Best of 2017 slurps on with sips of the city’s most interesting and delicious cocktails. Continue reading

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Best London Cheap Eats of 2017

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Is it possible to grab a bite in London for five quid or less that’s still tasty and filling? Yep – especially in my neck of the woods.

Let’s tuck in to another list in my Best of 2017 series and take a look at my rather Walthamstow-centric assemblage of London’s best cheap eats. Continue reading

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Best London Cafes of 2017

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My look at the Best of 2017 continues with a shot of the tastiest coffee and preferred coffee purveyors in London.

With so many Londoners so very much dazzled by latte art and seemingly more in love with milk and sugar in their drinks than with the actual quality of the coffee and with Central London rents going through the roof and with eager EU workers potentially deciding not to make for our city to up the café ante, I worry London’s café culture might begin to see a decline.

At the moment though, there are still plenty of good cafes. Here are six of my faves (along with a few honourable mentions). Continue reading

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Best London Bars and Pubs of 2017

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Having a drink in London is still a fine way to spend time. Here’s my take on the finest places to do so.

My choice of best bars in London is a markedly less pub-y list than in years last. I guess I just wasn’t wowed all that much by the pubs I encountered. However, the one that did make the cut is indeed a fine addition to the London drinking scene. The rest of the venues – a mix of old and new – all got a wow out of me and deserve a toast to many more years to come.

For a look at my favourite bars beyond London, read the last post in this Best of 2017 series. And be sure to keep an eye out for more lists to come. Continue reading

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