Recipe: Beer Batter Bacalao Tacos | #OhMyCod

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Bacalao (aka salt cod) is smart way to preserve cod. It ups the flavour of the fish and gives it a nice, chunky texture too – perfect for frying and as a filler for tacos.

I tried my hand at making salt cod with a couple of kilos of skrei (wild Norwegian cod). It was super easy to do and I was really pleased with the results. Continue reading

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Chick’n Shack Chicken Burger Launches at Shake Shack

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Available from 25 April at selected UK Shake Shack outlets is the Chick’n Shack chicken burger.

The Chick’n Shack is a crispy fried British chicken breast topped with shredded lettuce, pickles and a herby buttermilk mayo and served on a potato roll. Priced at £6.25, it’s a tasty burger – nothing to bwack at! Continue reading

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Les Deux Amies, a Crepe Reason to Visit Boxpark Croydon

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Sweet or savoury, your crepe (or galette) will be made fresh and with a smile at Les Deux Amies.

It’s going on two years since I became acquainted with the founders of Les Deux Amies at Old Street Station and their “good food, good people” approach to running a crepe bar. Since then, they’ve crowdfunded their way into their own unit at Boxpark Croydon. As I was in Croydon recently and having lunch at next door neighbour, Carioca, I made sure to save room for dessert and dropped by afterwards for a crepe. Continue reading

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Awesome Things to do in Los Angeles

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There are so many things to do in Los Angeles that you can find yourself running out of time while visiting the city.

For those of you with limited time here, ifonly.com has a bunch of recommendations for you. You could even spend the days you have at the museums and never even look in the general direction of Hollywood, which is all people seem to think about when they are here. Here are some of the best sights and sounds in the City of Angels. Continue reading

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Elliot Dodd, The Manbody, at Zabludowicz Collection

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The Manbody by Elliot Dodd is a short film being screened at Zabludowicz Collection. It provides odd viewing that soothes as much as it disconcerts.

For Elliot Dodd’s premiere solo exhibition, The Manbody, the Jersey-born London-based artist has produced a 4K digital film. Continue reading

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Adam Rawson’s #Rawmen Pop-Up Ramen Bar

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No noodling around here, Adam Rawson is back at Borough Wines & Beers’ Brewery Below with a “Rawmen” pop-up ramen bar.

It wasn’t long ago at all I was raving about Chef Rawson’s Sakura pop-up Japanese restaurant. So I was keen for a slurp when I heard he was popping-up again with a ramen bar in the same place. And, to be sure, I was prepared to be amazed. Still, when I had a taste last night, the high bar I’d set was cleared with flavoursome ease. This dude’s impressing the hell out of me with his kitchen craft. More please! Continue reading

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East End Mob at BSMT Space, Dalston

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A graffiti-riddled Memory Lane cuts through Dalston with East End Mob, a newly opened exhibition at BSMT Space featuring works by some of London’s most influential and prolific street artists from the past decade.

Artists exhibited are A.CE, Atomiko, Coloquix, Cranio, Dscreet, Mau Mau, Mighty Mo, Pez, Rowdy, Sweet Toof, Tizer and Vinnie Nylon. Continue reading

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Carioca – A Bite of Brazil at Boxpark Croydon

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I finally made it down to Boxpark Croydon for a forage, including a big Brazilian style lunch at Cariaco.

Croydon’s Boxpark is steps from East Croydon Station and offers a broad choice of food vendors within super close proximity of each other (plus, lots of communal outdoor seating). But if you saw what I had to eat at Carioca you might think twice about ordering elsewhere. Continue reading

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#ThePerfectItalianPair – Parmigiano-Reggiano + Balsamico Tradizionale at Massimo Restaurant & Bar

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Two of Italy’s most delicious artisan foods – Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena PDO – were celebrated in London recently as “The Perfect Italian Pair” at a media dinner hosted by Massimo Restaurant & Bar.

Chefs working their wizardy with these two treats were Executive Chef Adriano Cavagnini of Corinthia Hotel London (where Massimo is located) and Michelin starred Chef Terry Giacomello of Ristorante Inkiostro in Parma.

You best believe I RSVPed with gourmet glee to attend, keen for a taste of the menu showcasing such a delectable duo. Continue reading

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Win a Bottle of Cloven Hoof Spiced Rum

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Cloven Hoof spiced rum is a blend of dark rum from Guyana and lighter rum from Trinidad mixed with a range of spices such as clove, star anise, cassia and more.

Interestingly, when you add a generous pinch of tikichris and there’s a chance you can win a bottle of this tasty libation for free. Continue reading

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Europe’s 7 Best Cities You Should Visit This Summer (Going Places)

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It’s almost time for summer vacation! Do you know where you’re off to yet?

Keeping in mind beautiful beaches, bustling cities, great cultures, and unbelievable food and drink, we’ve come up with a list of seven European cities where summer fun is savored and celebrated like no where else on earth!

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Compost Bin HQ

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Do you want your yard to be Compost Bin HQ? This post tells you all about composting and the different types of compost bins.

If you are reading this, you either know nothing about composting or think you know everything. Do you know what it is? When you compost, you break organic matter down naturally to produce nutrient-rich soil. You add the compost to fertilizer or other soil types, forming an excellent environment for plants to grow. By composting you are both disposing of waste and producing a substance that will improve the appearance and yield of all plants and flowers. Continue reading

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Reader Survey | April 2017

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Hey gang,

I’m doing a super quick reader survey about my blog and would really appreciate the feedback.

I’m only asking 10 questions, mostly multiple choice, with an aim of working on the sort of content and features that you want most.

Click here for the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FLFN2GJ

Thanks for your time and consideration,
Chris

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Top Places Any *REAL* The Walking Dead Fan Should Visit (Miles Away)

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Are you a fan of the hit TV show The Walking Dead? Then show your undying loyalty with a trip to see some of its most famous filming locations. Every scene of this long-running blockbuster series has been shot in Georgia with much of it done in Atlanta or within an hour’s drive south of town. Many TWD locations are accessible to the public and easy to reach by car.

And don’t worry – you won’t have to lather yourself up in zombie blood to make it through a horde of walkers without being bitten or have to carry any sort of sword, crossbow, chainsaw, machete, or gun while sightseeing. In fact, we strongly recommend that you don’t! Remember, kids, it’s only a TV show – an often vividly gruesome, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat splatter fest of a TV show, but only that.

So where are the top TWD locations you actually can see for yourself? For the ultimate fan selfie and a ghoulishly good time, we’ve listed nine of the best for you here.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Moreishly Modern Indian Cuisine at Grand Trunk Road, South Woodford

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South Woodford is hardly a shimmy away from my Walthamstow home. And as pleasant as it is, this edge of east London community is hardly known as a hub of gourmet activity. So when I heard word of Michelin star restaurateur Rajesh Suri (ex Tamarind Collection) and acclaimed Head Chef Dayashankar Sharma having opened a modern Indian restaurant there at the end of last year, I was excited to give it a go.

And I finally made it to Suri and Sharma’s Grand Trunk Road as guest for a media munch last week. The experience was delightful, and I found myself wishing I’d been hip to the place month’s ago to have been able to show it off as my local when out-of-town guests had stayed with Kemey and me. Continue reading

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New BBQ Menu at St Bart’s Brewery

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St Bart’s Brewery has launched a meaty new “barbecue soul food” menu (not such a bad idea for a pub situated across the street from Smithfield Market). Part of the Hush Heath Estate group, the pub uses apple wood from its Kent estate to smoke and cook a range of fresh and sustainably sourced British meat, fish and vegetables.

I rolled up my sleeves for a tasting at a recent media preview and liked very much everything I tried. Continue reading

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Surprisingly Healthy Snacks for Any Party

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Trying to find light meals that will fit each diet and nutrition needs of those attending your gathering can be difficult, especially if you know that more than one person struggles with dietary issues.

From game day to an Oscars party, you can’t always just pop open some Doritos and place them in a bowl. In addition to the cheesy tortilla chips and soda, add a few extra bowls of a lighter, healthier snack with low calories and less filling. Giving a variety of choices for your guests is the best way to keep them fed, happy, and ready to come back for the next party! Not all healthy snacks are noticeable, either, so you don’t have to alienate any of your diet-conscious friends with weird tofu get-ups. Instead, choose some of the most popular snacks that come with a much better effect on the body. Continue reading

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Louis XIII Pop-Up Boutique at Harrods

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Luxury Cognac Louis XIII by Remy Martin has launched its first ever pop-up boutique and taken over five of Harrods’ Brompton Road window displays.

On view until 25 April, each display features scenes “celebrating memorable life moments” brought to life by 3D mapping. Inside, the complete Louis XIII range – from the Miniature (5cl, £575) to the Le Mathusalem (600cl, £60,000) – is available for purchase alongside a special limited edition collector’s item: Time Collection – The Origin: 1874 (£4,900) with a bottle finished with a mouth-blown stopper and 13 teeth on each side instead of the usual ten and the royal fleur-de-lys stamped on its front. Continue reading

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Win a Personalised Box of Cereal from Nestlé’s Aisle of Wonder

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Like your breakfast with a twist – and for free? Check out Nestlé Breakfast Cereals’ Aisle of Wonder pop-up and the giveaway collaboration we’ve blended for tikichris readers.

The Aisle of Wonder is a unique pop-up cereal experience open until 23 April (NOTE: it’s closed on Easter Sunday) at Westfield Stratford City on the top floor near John Lewis. Continue reading

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Highbury Music Venue The Garage Relaunches

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The Garage gets a reboot.

New owners DHP Family (Oslo in Hackney and Rock City in Nottingham) are relaunching the famed (and infamous) music venue this month. Updates include a new sound system, decor and bar; a revamped intimate gig space upstairs; and an all-day café and bar on the ground floor. Continue reading

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Fine Drinking on a Budget: The Best Whiskey for a Great Price

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As all fans of whiskey know, sometimes getting quality taste comes at a high price which we can’t always afford. Name brands, specialty bottles, or imported drinks end up in the high end of price, and though we want to enjoy the robust tastes and thick flavors that whiskey and scotch are famous for when the budget is tight, it’s always cut.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are hidden gems that can be found on lower shelves of your whiskey aisle that have great tastes that could put even the pricey bottles to shame. Don’t overpay, just look smarter. Some of the cheapest whiskeys that still retain all of their quality can be found below. Break out your finest decanter set and breathe in the aroma of these rich, woody whiskeys. Continue reading

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Division 194 at The King & Co

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Po-boy purveyors, Division 194, have set up shop in the kitchen of Clapham pub The King & Co for the next several weeks with a menu oozing with New Orleans inspiration and a dash of American gourmand excess.

Truth be told I’m a rather harsh stickler when it comes to New Orleans’ famous sandwich, the po-boy, and often find issue with what folks say is a po-boy here in London. Much of what gets passed off to Londoners just ain’t po-boy material. Usually the bread is wrong or the fillings veer too far from the origins and spirit of this humble working class repast. Continue reading

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Should I Mail My Luggage Instead of Checking It in? (Miles Away)

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If you’re planning a trip with bulky baggage or simply more luggage than usual, you might want to consider shipping your things to your destination rather than checking in with them when you fly.

Let us help weigh (heh) your options with this look at the pros and cons of shipping luggage.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Cognac Tasting at The Whisky Exchange

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Cognac is perhaps the world’s most highly esteemed and least understood spirit. So the chance for a tasting with The Whisky Exchange buyer Dawn Davies MW at The Whisky Exchange’s Covent Garden flagship was one I relished.

The basics of Cognac are as follows. Continue reading

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Getting to #SaintPabu with #BrittanyFerries

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I’m back with the second post in my series about Saint-Pabu, my handy Bretagne base for a couple of weeks at the onset of spring.

Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Saint-Pabu is a 20 minute drive north of Brest. As for other Bretagne towns of relative size, Morlaix is about an hour away, Quimper is roughly an hour and a half, and St-Malo is just over two. Wherever you’re headed in Brittany, your trip is bound to be scenic as I spied during my jaunts round its wild coastal region of Finistère. One such panoramic route was the hour-long drive from Roscoff to Saint-Pabu. Continue reading

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Recipe: Miso Butter Wings | #WingingIt

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My recipe for miso butter chicken wings turned out even more delicious than I had hoped.

Much of the success behind this recipe has to do with the quality and type of butter. I used beurre demi-sel (slightly salted French butter) that I picked up when I was in Brittany. I highly recommend using a slightly salted butter for this recipe. If you don’t you may need to add a pinch or two of salt to yours. Mixing the butter with the miso brings out rich flavours – sweet and salty like a sea salt caramel with a hint of fruitiness and a touch of tang. Continue reading

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Comment Allez-Vous? Salutations de #SaintPabu

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How’s it going? Me, I’m doing really well and still riding high on a Bretagne breeze of relaxation from my recent exploration of the shores and forests of Finistère in far west Brittany.

I spent the last two weeks of March in France, enjoying the arrival of spring in the small seaside village of Saint-Pabu. I was there with Kemey, staying at her mom’s cottage, just taking it easy for most part and venturing out from time to time for walks along Finistère’s brawny, creviced coast and through its verdant ancient forests. Continue reading

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Spring Strawberries at StreetXO

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Talk about a fruitful team up! The folks behind Seasonal Berries – a year-round campaign funded by British Summer Fruits and representing 98% of British berry growers – organised a spring fling lunch at edgy upscale Mayfair restaurant StreetXO to demonstrate the vibrant versatility of the much adored but seldom tampered with strawberry.

And I enjoyed every juicy second of this juicy and unique experience.
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Decrease the Crease: 6 Tips for Wrinkle-Free Packing (Going Places)

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It’s happened to all of us. You set aside time to carefully pack your favorite outfits for a special occasion. Then when you get where you’re going, you unpack your bags only to find your clothes look like you had slept in each every piece!

Want to arrive at your next destination looking your best instead of like a crumpled mess? Have a look at our list of tips to help you go wrinkle-free when you pack.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Sponsored Video: Norwegian Reward from Norwegian Air

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Norwegian Air’s frequent flyer rewards program is called Norwegian Reward. It’s free and easy to join and makes flying with this low-cost airline even more affordable.

With Norwegian Reward, the more you fly, sleep and drive, the more you earn. Continue reading

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Tabun Kitchen, Soho

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Tabun Kitchen serves “Jerusalem home cooking” from a comfortable Soho nook on Berwick Street. I had a satisfying lunch there recently and thought I’d pass the word on about it.

For lunch I had the akkawi cheese and za’atar manaeesh – a sort of “Palestinian pizza” topped with olives, sundried tomatoes and nigella seeds and baked in the tabun clay oven. Very yummy and very Med, it was an ideal midday meal served hot and fast. Continue reading

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Pulp – Fun New Way to Learn about Wine

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Pulp is a new startup for budding wine enthusiasts that wants to make you a wine expert at-home and at-ease … and at 50% off for tikichris readers.

Not so much a drinking game as a gamified opportunity to learn about wine while exploring your own particular preferences, Pulp is a fun subscription offer with an aim to demystify your experience drinking wine in the comfort of your home with monthly box deliveries of wines accompanied with tasting notes and an online lesson. Continue reading

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Win a Month’s Supply of Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs

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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!

Packed with good vibes, Hippeas are low calorie, high fibre snacks made of puffed chickpeas. They’re organic and a good source of protein, naturally vegan and gluten free with no additives or preservatives. Available in a range of flavours, they’re a tasty and far healthier alternative to so many other munchies out there.

Want to give peas a chance? That’s easy enough.

You’ll find Hippeas at stockists such as Waitrose, As Nature Intended, Boots, Holland & Barrett, Ocado, Planet Organic, Superdrug, Whole Foods Market, W H Smith and more – including right at your front door for free if you’re the lucky reader who wins the month’s supply that Hippeas and I have teamed up to give away. Continue reading

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Get Five Free Lunches in London with MealPal

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Hey folks, I’m still on the side of lunching Londoners and MealPal is still keen to collaborate with me. So …

We’ve rekindled the offer to tikichris readers for a week’s worth of free lunches when they sign up for the MealPal app. Continue reading

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Southern Pride (Foodism)

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The Louisiana city of New Orleans is a melting pot of great restaurants. In a city where food options abound, Chris Osburn gives us his hot takes.

Make sure to grab a copy of this month’s (March 2017) copy of Foodism magazinem or have a look at the download online, to read my article on New Orleans as a ‘bastion of culinary heritage and epicentre for cutting edge cuisine.’

Read my complete article at Foodism.

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