Recipe: Pork Bone Broth with Miso and Seaweed

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Making your own bone broth from scratch is super easy to do. The results are nourishing and hearty and a great base for all sorts of dishes.

Wondering what to do with some leftover bones from a gammon joint and the chance to sample a new I Sea Bacon seaweed product turned out to be an excellent opportunity to create my own broth.

There’s not much to do with this recipe, except wait several hours and enjoy the rich aroma wafting from your kitchen. Continue reading

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Dinner at Benares with Les Vignobles Foncalieu

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An invitation to indulge in an intriguing assortment of Les Vignobles Foncalieu wines at one of London’s haut-est Indian restaurants turned out to be a memorably delicious dining (and drinking) experience.

Founded in 1901 near Carcassonne, Les Vignobles Foncalieu was the first wine cooperative in France. Building on a tradition of equitable winemaking, Foncalieu, under the guidance of agronomist Gabriel Ruetsch and oenologist Isabelle Pangault, continues to capture the essence of the varied terroirs of its vineyards to produce a diverse range of wines. Continue reading

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Summer Food and Wine Q&A | #AskBordeauxWines

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Save the date! From 1 to 3pm on Monday 12 June, I’ll be on Twitter engaging in an afternoon Q&A about summer food and wine pairings with the folks from Bordeaux Wines UK.

That’s me (@tikichris) with Bordeaux Wines (@BordeauxWinesUK) tweeting up a friendly and informative storm of wine-related (and potentially wine-fueled) fun minus any hint of snobbery but full of tips on making your summer as tasty as possible.

We’ll be chatting with the hashtag #AskBordeauxWines and would love for you to join us in our discussion and chime in with any questions you might have. Continue reading

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The 5 Minute Routines That Will Save Your Sanity

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You know the drill: it’s 5:30 p.m. and the kids are yelling that they are starving and you are frazzled from the hella day you had at work, and your husband is…where is he? Huff. You look around and realize your house is in disarray and you forgot to defrost dinner, again. You have got to get it together. But when will you ever have the time to do that!?

Here is a little trick that can help save your kids from the brink of starvation, bring your husband back from wherever the heck he is, and can have you relaxing and enjoying your evenings to yourself. Continue reading

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Hamburger USA: The Best Burger in Every State (Miles Away)

Get ready America. It’s burger time.

No matter where you are or where you’re headed in the U.S.A., great burgers are a standard. But the greatest of the great? Well, we reckon this list of every state’s best burger is a good starting point for your beef-bound quests.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Win a Bottle of Greenall’s London Dry Gin

Win a Bottle of Greenall's London Dry Gin

Earlier this week I joined a small group of media folk for a tour of the Greenall distillery in Warrington. Coinciding with the launch of the new bottle and label of Greenall’s London Dry Gin, the visit was the first time non-employee and non-trade guests had been allowed inside.

While there I made sure to stash a bottle in my bag to share with one lucky reader. Fancy a taste of what Britain’s oldest distillers have been during since the 1761? Keep reading. Continue reading

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Black Cat Cabaret at Udderbelly

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Feats of physical prowess cheekily delivered and presented in a sultry and slightly sinister fashion – London’s celebrated Black Cat Cabaret slinks to the summer stage of Udderbelly Festival on the South Bank.

Kemey and I enjoyed last weekend’s inaugural performance of the Black Cat at Udderbelly. Not our first glimpse of the Cat or our first go at the festival, we were nonetheless impressed and awed by much of what we took in. Continue reading

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Salt Beef Bagels, Iced Coffee and More at Mercer & Co, Chapel Market

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At £3.90, a recent late breakfast/early lunch of hand carved salt beef with mustard (I went with American) and a pickled gherkin on a bagel was minimal money went spent for a mightily meaty and thoroughly filling meal.

Short on time and low on funds? Keep Mercer & Co in mind. I certainly will. Continue reading

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What to Consider When Starting Up a Small Food Business

Starting up a small food business

The food industry is one that is continuously growing – and you don’t need to run a large food business to be successful. Whether it’s a kiosk, a café, restaurant or even a street food van vendor, when you’re running a small food business for the first time, it’s important that you understand how to handle, store and serve the food that you sell.

The quality of your products should be your priority; you need to keep your customers safe from any allergens that could be in your food. You should follow EU law and legislation surrounding food standards. Erudus, a company which stores and shares food labelling information within a data pool for customers’ benefit, has helped to put together this start-up guide for those aiming to run their own small food business: Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Red Turtle

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Oscar nominated and winner of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard Special Prize, The Red Turtle by Director Michael Dudok de Wit is coming to UK cinemas 26 May.

The animated fantasy film is a co-production between Wild Bunch (The Artist, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Wrestler) and Studio Ghibli (My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) and is the first non-Japanese film Studio Ghibli has ever produced. Continue reading

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Mac & Wild Devonshire Square

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A taste of wild Scotland supplemented with an ample dash of Scottish hospitality made my meal at Mac & Wild’s City outpost a deliciously memorable one.

Indulging in a hint of the Highlands hardly a minute’s stroll from Liverpool Street Station, an early midweek dinner at Mac & Wild was one of the tastier ideas Kemey and I have enjoyed recently. Continue reading

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Five Years in London for Gelateria 3Bis

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I scream. You scream. Everybody gets the point. And the point is not so long ago decent ice cream was in short supply on the London street. These days? No need to raise your voice – there’s plenty of top quality frozen treats to go round. Among the best is Gelataria 3Bis – a Borough Market shop celebrating its five-year anniversary.

Half a decade strong here in London, 3Bis has a 30 year history in Rimini. I dropped by the artisanal gelato maker’s London outpost recently for its birthday party (both London and Rimini openings share the same 10th of May date). Continue reading

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Honky Tonking in Downtown Nashville (Miles Away)

Honky Tonking

A honky tonk (noun) is a bar where live music, usually of the country and western variety, is regularly featured. To honky tonk (verb) is the act of going out in the evening to one or more of these establishments for the enjoyment of live music and maybe a bit of dancing as well.

Having a few beers or other alcoholic beverages while honky tonking is the perfect way to make the most of such bars and activity.
Honky tonks and honky tonking ain’t what they used to be, but the last bastion of hope for this 20th-century pastime still exists in downtown Nashville at the lower end of Broadway (just look for the neon glow). Known as Honky Tonk Row, the area is renowned for offering live music every night of the week. There’s plenty of great shopping and eating to be had on and near Broadway too.

Here’s a tried and true list of some of the best joints with the best bars to sidle up to where there’s never a cover charge (but you’re certainly welcome to tip the musicians!) and the beer’s always cold.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Tootoomoo Crouch End

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Pan Asian eatery Tootoomoo in Crouch End does a bang up job offering a range of crowd pleaser dishes focused on Chinese, Southeast Asian and Japanese flavours.

Kemey and I enjoyed sampling a few small plates from the menu before heading out for a show at the nearby Hornsey Town Hall Art Centre. Continue reading

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Fifth Dimension Chocolates’ Journey Box

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Fine flavour in full 5D! If you haven’t tried Fifth Dimension Chocolates you’re missing out on some inventive creations crafted with finesse.

I finally got a taste of Fifth Dimension’s delicious doings while taking a palate pleasing tour of the world with this multi award-winning London-based independent chocolate maker’s Journey Box. Inspired by travels and culinary experiences, Head Chocolatier Russell Pullan sees the beautiful 18-piece box (including 11 award-winning handmade truffles) as an opportunity to enjoy a “personal journey into flavour.” What a trip! And a very flavoursome one indeed! Continue reading

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New Summer Cocktails at St James Bar, The Balcon, Sofitel London St James

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St James Bar at The Balcon (inside the Sofitel London St James) has recently launched a new Spring/Summer Collection of cocktails.

I enjoyed sampling some of the playful and sophisticated drinks on offer in the plush surround of this elegant bar inspired by Coco Chanel’s 1920s Paris apartment. Continue reading

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Yuu Kitchen

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Head Chef Jon de Villa (ex-Nobu, ex-Flesh & Buns) blends fine dining flair with casual dining fun at Yuu Kitchen on Commercial Street – a (new-ish) Pacific Rim restaurant emphasising Southeast Asian flavours cooked mostly on two Big Green Egg BBQ grills.

De Villa’s menu of sharing dishes and bao is one of the most irresistible I’ve yet to come across in London. Highlights from it include everything I tried – no duds. But if I had to single out one dish to rave about, Continue reading

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Oh Là Là! How You Can Do Paris for $100 a Day (Going Places)

Paris on a $100 a day

Paris for $100 a day? No, we haven’t lost our marbles — it is very much possible! And you’ll even have a great time experiencing the best the City of Lights has to offer. But doing Paris on the cheap will take a bit of thinking ahead and careful spending.

Here are some tips to help you have a haute time…with low funds.

My my complete post at Going Places.

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Win a Bottle of Outer Space Vodka

Outer Space Vodka

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!

Outer Space Vodka is a premium American corn vodka, distilled five times for clarity and smoothness, and then filtered through a four-billion-year-old meteorite for a taste that’s out of this world. One of the fastest growing spirits brands in the world today, the vodka comes in a keepsake green alien head bottle.

Outer Space Vodka launched in the US just 18 months ago, the brand is now available in 42 states and has gone on to sell more than 40,000 cases. It just made contact with the UK last month and is available exclusively through 31Dover.com.

I’ve teamed up with 31Dover to set one bottle to the side for one lucky tikichris reader to win for free. Continue reading

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The Best Places to Purchase Alcohol Online

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There are many people who are fans of different types of alcohol. You might count yourself among this group. If this is the case, it is very important that you educate yourself regarding where the most exclusive types of alcohol can be purchased.

It is true that there are literally thousands of alcohol retailers online. However, not all of these places are identical. You need to discover for yourself how all of these websites are different. It is only then that you will be able to locate the exact type of alcohol that you are searching for. Here are some of the best ways to discover outstanding online alcohol retailers. Continue reading

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8 Great Trips to Take with Mom (Going Places)

Great Trips to Take with Mom

Next time you’re trying to decide whether to go on vacation or visit your mother, consider doing both by taking Mom on a trip that she won’t forget.

Need some inspiration on where to go? Have a look at this list of destinations worth sharing with the special lady.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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London Clown Festival 2017

London Clown Festival 2017

Hilarity, absurdity and high buffoonery return to the capital. No, I’m not talking about the impending general election. I’m talking about the 2017 London Clown Festival on now until 21 May at the Hornsey Town Hall Art Centre in Crouch End.

I attended the opening night cabaret last night. I laughed until my belly and my throat were sore, got dragged up on stage for some goofy audience participation and even had a nun sit on my lap moments after she’d peed in a wine glass. Fun! Continue reading

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Summer Burger Series Launched at Ceviche Old St

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Ceviche Old St has launched a new series of monthly limited edition burgers for its lunch menu this summer. I dropped by the restaurant earlier this week for a taste. They may see me drop back by again for another.

First in the “four month, four burgers” series is the Nikkei: a salmon patty with avocado-wasabi burger on a squid ink bun. It’s available through the end of May and as will be the case with subsequent burgers it costs £8. Continue reading

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Glovax: New Multi-Use, Super Durable Gloves

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Glovax is a new multi-use glove coming to market that’s ideal for just about any handy situation.

Glovax gloves are made from special yarns (produced in only two factories in the world – one in Zhejiang, China and the other in Japan) that are resistant to abrasion, blade cutting, tearing, and puncture. They’re also water and oil proof with anti-skidding material on the palm and fingers for a firm grid no matter how slippery the situation. They feel impressively lightweight and flexible on the hand – and pretty comfortable too. Continue reading

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CLC World Hotels & Resorts Offering Free Holidays

CLC World Hotels & Resorts Offering Free Holidays

As summer begins to arrive, families and couples are looking for places to stay while they plan their holiday trips. Many different companies offer various promotions to showcase their resorts in locations all over the world, which can include special benefits or discounts. But how many companies offer seven nights for free outside of a booking fee?

CLC World Hotels & Resorts is doing just that for the holiday season this upcoming summer! In return for an afternoon with them to discuss the future together, you can pick one of their three amazing locations to have a stay at for a week, for your whole family or just a romantic outing. Continue reading

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Win A Field Guide to Whisky by Hans Offringa

Win A Field Guide to Whisky

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!

A Field Guide to Whisky: An Expert Compendium to Take Your Passion and Knowledge to the Next Level is a soon to be released 320-page hardcover book chocked full of colour photos, maps and all sorts of spirited knowledge for your enhanced drinking pleasure.

Written by world-renowned whisky expert Hans Offringa, Field Guide won’t be released until 13 June 2017. But guess who got his hands on a couple of sneaky peek copies (one for me and one for you)?

Yep, keep reading for your chance to win this delicious read for yourself. Continue reading

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Trawler Trash

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Trawler Trash is a new Highbury restaurant that wants to bring the “trash” from the trawler to its patrons’ plates with a menu focused on lesser known fish and seafood.

Fishy business? For sure! And that’s what I liked most about it. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #66

Good Stuff! Fowey Valley Cider

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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America’s Most Amazing Comic Book Shops (Miles Away)

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The halcyon days of comic book shops may be long gone now that fans can purchase their favorite titles and collectibles online. But the feeling of browsing a comic book shop will never be replaced. Luckily a few gems still exist and are worth seeking out.

Next time you’re visiting a new town, why not look to see if there’s a comic shop? They’re great places to pass the time while checking out the local’s take on pop culture and discovering the area’s own indie press. And who knows? You might come across a comic, toy or a rare piece of memorabilia connecting you to a happy moment from your childhood, find something new and exciting to read or pick up some unique and inexpensive souvenirs.

Whether you’re an ardent collector desperate to complete your back catalog or someone who simply enjoys being in a space densely packed with fun and colorful art, we’re certain you’ll love the places in this list of America’s most amazing comic book shops.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Visiting Borough Market with Le Cordon Bleu’s Chef Emil Minev

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Experiencing Borough Market with Le Cordon Bleu’s Culinary Arts Director, Chef Emil Minev, was a real eye opener – and a definite palate pleaser!

Yep. More Le Cordon Bleu. What can I say? This past week turned out to be even more delicious (and educationally culinary) than usual for me, lucky as I was to not only crash the Great British Chefs masterclass at Cordon Bleu London’s school in Bloomsbury but also tag along to Borough Market for an afternoon shopping spree and cooking demo with Culinary Arts Director Emil Minev and then watch (and help) this master cook up what we’d purchased at the market’s Cookhouse. Continue reading

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Recipe: Norwegian Cod, Wild Garlic Miso and Barbecued Asparagus | #OhMyCod

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Here’s another skrei-umptious recipe: cod with wild garlic miso and barbecued asparagus, compliments of Chef Robin Gill of The Dairy in Clapham via the Great British Chefs website. With the wild garlic and the asparagus, it makes a great dish for the mid spring feasting.

I learned how to make this dish at an asparagus masterclass hosted by Great British Chefs at Le Cordon Bleu London with Chef Gill at the helm demonstrating how to prepare it and Cordon Bleu’s Master Chef Anthony Boyd offering hands on instruction as well. Continue reading

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“Back to the Classics” with Afternoon Tea at The Langham

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Newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef for The Langham London, Andrew Gravett, showcases classic recipes with seasonal ingredient, lighter textures and distinct flavours with his new Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood.

The tea launches today (3 May), but I got a sneaky taste of what’s on offer yesterday at an early evening preview and chat with Gravett. The new tea signals a departure from the former exec chef Cherish Finden’s delightfully quirky and elaborate stylings to Gravett’a back to the classics approach to patisserie. Continue reading

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Win a Selection of Sweet Smelling Candy Lookalike Soaps from Prezzybox.com

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Soaps that smell and look like candy? They’re a fun idea and make a brilliant novelty gift.

I’ve teamed up with Prezzybox.com – the UK’s complete online gift solution – for a sweet little competition offering the chance to win a selection of candy lookalike (and smell-alike) soaps. Ready to clean up? Keep reading! Continue reading

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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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