What to Do If You Miss Your Connecting Flight! (Going Places)

What to Do If You Miss Your Connecting Flight!

It’s among the worst feelings in the world. You’re running across the terminal when you hear that announcement that your “gate is now closing” and you know you won’t make it there in time. Or, just as bad, you’re stuck in the air circling the airport as the plane of your connecting flight takes off without you.

Missing a flight can add layers of trouble and delays to your schedule. But if you can keep a level head, in most cases you should be able to board a suitable alternative flight and start heading in the right direction ASAP.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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What to Do with Leftover Foreign Currency After Your Trip (Going Places)

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Back from your big trip with some leftover foreign currency?

Don’t worry. You’ve got options. Let’s explore a few of the smarter ways save, change or spend it.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Autumn’s New Arrival: The Allegory

Drake and Morgan opens The Allegory in Shoreditch. Demi Perera reports.

On the crisp autumn evening of 19th October, bar and restaurant heavyweights Drake and Morgan delivered their unmistakable dining style to East London. The Allegory opened it’s doors to a gathering of the capital’s press in Shoreditch in a much anticipated opening. Continue reading

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9 of America’s Most Haunted Hotels … That You Can Stay in! (Miles Away)

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If you’re looking for a place to stay on your next spooktacular adventure, why not turn your booking… into a BOO!-king?

With a bit of luck, you’ll receive a complimentary creep-out and more when you check in at one of these historic haunted hotels. Take a peek at this list of nine of America’s most haunted hotels and see which one is the best for your next ghost-hunting adventure!

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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The Ikea House Party


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Alexandra Kalinowski has an asterisk inducing good time geeking out with Ikea.

How’s this for irony. I was stuck* at the office last night building two Ikea desks. Because I wanted to. Because it’s bloody good fun. And about 30 minutes later I was transported through a time warp of 30 years at The Ikea House Party in Greek Street, Soho. Continue reading

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Win a Taster Box of Award-Winning Hand Cooked Corkers Crisps

Win a Taster Box of Corkers Crisps

Grown and hand cooked on a family farm in East Anglia, award-winning Corkers crisps are a cut above the standard British crisp. And I’ve got a big box full of them to give away so one lucky tikichris reader can taste the difference for free.

So who wants a free batch of these extra crispy pan fried crisps made from potatoes grown on a hundreds-of-years-old family farm in the rich Fenland soil of Cambridgeshire? Keep reading. Continue reading

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Waka: Nikkei Take Away Takes Off in the City

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Waka is a newly opened eatery located near Monument specialising in Nikkei cuisine that’s ready for take away and offered at super competitive price points.

Crash course in Nikkei cuisine (if you haven’t been paying attention to global food trends these past few years): it’s Peruvian/Japanese with plenty of sushi but also ceviche and lots of complex, spicy flavours.

Kinda like a Latin-inspired Itsu or (a considerable spruced up) Wasabi, Waka does grab-n-go hot and cold dishes mostly for al desko lunching. Continue reading

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The Eerie Side of New England: Is Massachusetts the Spookiest State in the Union? (Miles Away)

Is Massachusetts the Spookiest State in the Union?

Autumn in New England is one of the best times of year to visit one of the prettiest parts of the US. But let’s face it. With a hint of chill in the air and the crunch of dead leaves under your feet (oh wait…was that something you heard rustling in the near distance?), heading to New England during the fall season can lead to some pretty hair-raising encounters. Perhaps spookiest of the New England states is Massachusetts, where a fascinating and sometimes bizarre history amounts to just the sorts of chills and thrills to make for a most memorable Halloween.

If you’re looking to get spooked in the Bay State then check out our guide to Massachusetts’ historic haunted places you can actually visit.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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El Tigre Tacos and Pink Flamingos at Nine Lives

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For London Cocktail Week, recently launched yet already smooth sailing London Bridge bar, Nine Lives, shipped in bartender/luchador EL Tigre from his family restaurant, Los Barcos, in Mexico for limited run tacos paired with tequila cocktails.

I liked what I tried and was glad to have finally made it to Nine Lives. Continue reading

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Graeme of Thrones

Graeme of Thrones

Spoiler alert! Graeme of Thrones (a live theatre parody of … well, I’ll let you guess) is a guaranteed guffaw inducing hoot with loads of loving comedy pointed in the direction of its inspiration.

Winter is coming and it’s going to be stupidly silly! A new comedy sendup of everybody’s favourite fantasy TV series promises gaffs galore. I certainly enjoyed several LOL moments during a staging this past weekend. Continue reading

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A Perfect Gin and Tonic at Brasserie Blanc

Demi Perera attends a ginned up Festival of Flavour at Brasserie Blanc.

I attended the Festival of Flavour at the Fulham Reach branch of Brasserie Blanc last week to celebrate its new autumn menu. Raymond Blanc’s classically French restaurant hosted a very British evening of fine gin and tonic to mark the occasion. Bombay Sapphire, one of London’s favourite distilled gins and award-winning premium tonic water, Fever Tree, crafted a splendid evening for event. Continue reading

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Hot Pot Restaurant on Wardour Street

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A fun and spicy time was had during a recent dinner at Hot Pot on Wardour Street.

Hot Pot is a China Town hot spot for communal eating. Here the set up is electrically heated cauldrons built into the centre of tables for guest to dip raw ingredients into housemade broths for quick cooking hands-on experience. Continue reading

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National Curry Week at Darbaar

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National Curry Week is on from 9 to 15 October and among the restaurants celebrating it in London is Darbaar, with Chef Abdul Yaseen creating a range of limited run curry dishes especially for the occasion.

I wangled my way to the table for a recent media tasting of Chef Abdul’s limited run Curry Week dishes and savoured every taste of the experience. Continue reading

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Can You Say That in Faroese Please?

Can you say please in Faroese?

With fewer than 80,000 people speaking Faroese worldwide, and a growing tourism market, folks from the Faroe Islands realise that not having their language included on Google Translate can be frustrating for visitors keen to learn a few phrases before their trip. So following on from last year’s Google Sheep View success, Faroe Islanders have launched their own version of the online translation tool.

With the help of friendly locals to translate live by video, Faroe Islands Translate is a free online translation service for anyone around the world curious to learn a little Faroese. You can try it for yourself at faroeislandstranslate.com. Continue reading

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Win a Free Copy of 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die

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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!

You know those awesome 1001 … Before You Die books (including the Restaurants edition I contributed to a few years back)? Well, I’ve teamed up with publisher of the 1001 books, Octopus Books, for a special giveaway of the latest title in the popular series: 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die.

Octopus has set aside two copies of 1001 Photographs to share with a couple of tikichris readers for free. It’s a brilliant book for the coffee table and (dare I say it) an excellent idea for a Christmas present. Continue reading

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More Ways to Stave off Writer’s Block

More Ways to Stave off Writer's Block

I’m back with a few more tips on how to combat – and maybe even avoid all together – the dreaded writer’s block.

Not quite two weeks ago I published a post with some ideas about how to keep the mind ready and running when writer’s block hits. And, well, I guess in some small way those tips really worked (for yours truly anyway) because soon after I had a whole new batch of anti-blockage tactics come to mind. So I thought I’d share some of the better ones with you here. Continue reading

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair + Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane

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Returning to London for a fifth year and opening 5 October is 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House. Opening alongside the fair is La Caravane exhibition by British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj. Both are definitely worth a looksee.

This year’s fair features 42 leading exhibitors from 17 countries showcasing the works of more than 130 artists from across Africa. Continue reading

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Maison Pierre Marcolini 2017 Christmas Collection

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Zay Ahmed acquires a taste for Pierre Marconi’s luxury chocolates.

I was recently invited to a special Maison Pierre Marcolini event to check out the 2017 Christmas Collection. Pierre Marcolini is a chocolatier known for sourcing premium cocoa directly from independent producers in Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Ghana, Madagascar and Vietnam. Continue reading

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Mister Lasagna Opens Across from Victoria Station

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Mister Lasagna has launched its fourth outlet, conveniently across the street from Victoria Station.

I dropped by for a meal last Friday evening. It was a tasty one served quickly and with a warm smile. Continue reading

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The Greek Larder + London Greek Wine Festival

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Returning to London for its third consecutive year is the London Greek Wine Festival. Organised by Theodore Kyriakou and the team behind The Greek Larder Restaurant, the celebration will run 13 and 14 October at West Handyside Canopy near King’s Cross Station and maybe a minute’s walk from The Greek Larder.

In anticipation of the festival I dropped by The Greek Larder last week for a taste of things to come as well as of what’s on offer anytime at the restaurant. Continue reading

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#TCTalks | Episode 4 | Rarotonga

#TCTalks | Episode 4 | Rarotonga

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BLADE: A Unique Experience in Hairdressing

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Demi Perera has a hair clubbing experience at Blade Soho.

As you walk through the streets of Soho you will find yourself in one the most vibrant, eclectic and historic areas of London. The sheer energy of this part of town cannot be denied. Soho is filled to the brim with theatres, bars, coffee shops and restaurants. We can now add Blade Hairclub to that list. Continue reading

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How to Do Hong Kong for $100 a Day (Miles Away)

How to do Hong Kong for $100 a Day

Hong Kong is famous for a lot of things. Being an inexpensive city isn’t one of them. Nevertheless, experiencing east-meets-west with big city glitz doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

As a destination known for making the most of the limited space and for having one of the world’s most fiercely competitive food scenes, bargains mostly certainly do abound. In fact, some of the coolest things about any visit to Hong Kong happen in the street and, if not actually free, they are negligible in price.

Allow us to lay out a few ideas to help you save money on during your trip with some tips on where to stay and how to play on a limited budget. We’re assuming you already have your airfare taken care of and that you won’t be renting a car. The local currency is the Hong Kong Dollar (HK$) with an exchange rate of (at the time this post was written) HK$7.8125 to 1 United States Dollar (US$).

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Yodel for Valais | Index

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Yodel odel lay hee who had fun travelling in Valais and experiencing Jodlerfest 2017? I did!

I hope you had fun too reading about my trip and that my tales may help you plan your own Alpine adventures.

Interested in browsing my complete Yodel for Valais miniseries? Here’s a list with links to all the posts:

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Make sure to have a look at all tikichris miniseries and special features.

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Miss P’s, BBQ in East Croydon

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Deep South BBQ and more in far South London? Miss P’s in Croydon brings it.

The folks at Hellmann’s (yes, the “bring out the best” mayonnaise brand – a staple in my kitchen for decades) were in touch recently to see if I’d like to head down to East Croydon to try some chicken wings. Continue reading

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Yodel for Valais | Alpine Eats!

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Before wrapping up my series about all the fun I had in the Valais, I thought I should take a moment to talk about how well I ate and drank while there.

Here’s a taste of the best bites and sips from trip. Continue reading

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Getting Past Writer’s Block

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Keeping my mind ready and running when writer’s block hits can be tough. Despite being a writer now for many years, I’m not sure I’ve really figured out how best to get around it.

But it seems to happen with less frequency and for shorter durations than it used to. So maybe I am making progress with minimising its efforts.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? Maybe my tactics for combating it can help. Here are a few ideas for things to do that tend to help me unclog my thoughts and get back to productive writing when I come up against a wall. Continue reading

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Yodel for Valais | Jodlerfest 2017

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So my reason for being in Valais was to experience Jodlerfest 2017 in the town of Brig. And what an experience it was!

My time at this triennial yodeling extravaganza and celebration of Alpine culture was so much fun and enlightening too. I had no idea how beautiful yodeling could be, how complex and beguiling its harmonic arrangements could be, or how completely full on its most ardent adherents were toward its preservation. Continue reading

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Airlines That Still Offer Free Amenities (Miles Away)

Airlines That Still Offer Free Amenities

Many airlines’ a la carte approach to pricing can leave even the most experienced flyers wondering what the final cost for a ticket will be and turn what initially looked like a bargain into a fee that seems more expensive than it should be.

How to cope? Well, it’s not all nickels and dimes in the sky. Here’s a look at amenities still offered for free by certain airlines. (Keep in mind while reading this post that rules and policies can change and so can the fine print. In these cases involving air travel, it’s a good idea to double check what’s free and what’s for-a-fee with the specific airline you plan to fly with next.)

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Yodel for Valais | Around Aletsch Arena

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From Champéry, my journey to Jodlerfest led to the Aletsch Arena and the tiny resort village of Riederalp.

The Aletsch Arena is a mountain resort area on the German speaking side of Valias (or, Wallis as they say in German). It encompasses three villages: Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiescheralp. Due to its outstanding natural beauty, it was the first site in the Alps to receive UNESCO World Heritage status. The big draw here is the Great Aletsch Glacier, the largest in the Alps. Continue reading

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#TCTalks | Episode 3 | #365LDNCafes

#TCTalks | Episode 3 | #365LDNCafes

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Yodel for Valais | Cultural Tour of Champéry

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First stop on my way to Jodlerfest was the Val d’Illiez village of Champéry on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil.

The Portes du Soleil is a major skiing and mountain sports destination in the Alps and one of the biggest outdoor destinations of its kind in the world. Spanning across 13 resort areas, it’s more than 1,000 sq km in size and stretches from Mont Blanc in France to the far side of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Among the baker’s dozen of Portes du Soleil resort areas is the Val d’Illiez. As enchanting and rugged as any place as I’ve ever encountered, the Val sits loftily above 900m (3000ft) in elevation. Amid all its Alpine splendour is the charming little village of Champéry. Continue reading

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Win a Pair of Tickets to The Chocolate Show

Win a Pair of Tickets to The Chocolate Show

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!

Chocolate lovers check it out! I’ve got a pair of tickets up for grabs to this year’s Chocolate Show in London.

A celebration of chocolate in all its most delicious forms, The Chocolate Show runs from Friday the 13th through Sunday the 15th of October at Olympia London. Continue reading

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Yodel for Valais

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Jodlerfest is a triennial celebration of Swiss Alps culture and that most melodious of Alpine traditions, yodelling.

In June, I tagged along to the 2017 Jodlerfest held in the town of Brig in the canton of Valais (known as Wallis in German) to take in the sights and sounds of this fun event. Continue reading

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8 Free Smartphone Apps You Need When You Travel (Going Places)

8 Free Smartphone Apps You Need When You Travel

Check out this octet of free to download apps for iPhone and Android devices that everyone should have on their phone when they travel.

Sure there are loads of other handy apps out there for when you’re on the go (we thought about including Uber and Netflix) but only went with these eight because they genuinely are free to use and should apply to helping get you where you need to go with minimal stress.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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