Wild Turkey Lodge at The Ten Bells

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The upstairs bar at classic Spitalfields pub, The Ten Bells, has been transformed into a Kentucky hunting lodge for the winter, compliments of Wild Turkey Bourbon.

I paid a visit and enjoyed the décor (rustic Americana with worn leather elements and some ginormous taxidermed turkeys), the grub (Scotch eggs, pork pies, and such) and the drinks (chiefly a menu featuring five different Old Fashioneds made, of course, with Wild Turkey 101). Continue reading

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Experiencing “City Zen” in London on an E-Bike

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For the past month or so, I’ve been enjoying the hell out of riding around London on a gorgeous Cityzen C8 HMB e-bike on loan from Royal Dutch Gazelle. As my time in possession of it comes to an end I’m trying to eek out as many chances as I can to ride it before having to return it.

I’ve been having so much fun zooming about town on this lightweight sporty and attractive electric bicycle and will miss it immensely. Continue reading

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Winnie-the-Pooh: Something’s Warm and Fuzzy at the V&A

Winnie-the-Pooh: Something’s Warm and Fuzzy at the V&ALine block print, hand coloured by E.H. Shepard, reproduced with permission from the Shepard Trust

Judith Schrut celebrates all things bear at the V&A’s new Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition.

Is it my imagination or have you noticed it too?  Could this be the era of The Bear?  First came last year’s astonishing baseball World Series victory by the Chicago Cubs.  A few months back China  proudly welcomed a record number of baby pandas into the world, an incredible 42 including 5 sets of twins, thus removing the giant panda from endangered animals lists.  Then, the release of two major bear movies,  Paddington 2 and Goodbye Christopher Robin,  and the 50th anniversary since grizzly Gentle Ben first starred on US television.   And,  just the other day, a tall dark handsome stranger with a prominent American accent passed me on a London street and loudly greeted,   ‘Go Bears!’ (although that may have had more to do with the luminous UC Berkeley alumni hoodie I was wearing at the time).

Now, the wonderful Victoria & Albert Museum bares all with its big, new, clever exhibition,  Winnie-the-Pooh: Discovering a Classic.    Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About TSA PreCheck (Miles Away)

Everything You Need to Know About TSA PreCheck

Hate to wait, love to travel? TSA PreCheck might be just the thing for you to gain more time relaxing and having fun by shrugging off the long lines going through airport security. If you dread dealing with security everytime your fly or just hate waiting in line, then you’ll probably be interested in this program.

So let’s take a moment to examine what PreCheck is, how you apply for it, and if it’s right choice for you.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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An Essential Guide to Visiting Pearl Harbor in Hawaii (Going Places)

An Essential Guide to Visiting Pearl Harbor in Hawaii

Planning a dream vacation to the Hawaii? Make sure to save time for a visit to historic Pearl Harbor to honor the more than 2,000 Americans who died during the surprise attack by the Japanese on the naval base that was located there.

Today, the site of the attack (located on the island of Oahu) is officially known as the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and is situated above the sunken remains of the USS Arizona, the most heavily damaged ship from the attack. The Monument serves to commemorate the date of this tragedy – December 7, 1941 – while offering informative insight about the attack and related events leading to America’s involvement in World War II.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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5 Festive Things to Do in Essex

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Alexandra Kalinowski explores Essex and comes back with a few excellent ideas for festive merrymaking and food and wine related Christmas fun.

London is so beautiful at Christmas time. But it doesn’t quite rival the white snow falling on the lake and forests of Michigan. As much as I love ice skating next to the Tower of London, standing under the lights on Oxford Circus and Carnaby Street, there’s nothing quite like getting away for the day, travelling down long winding roads and sipping on (mulled) wine. So if you’re looking to escape the city for something a bit more magical, here are five things worth exploring in Essex to get you in the spirit. Continue reading

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Win a Bottle of Amarula Cream Liqueur

Amarula Cream Liqueur

Have yourself a smooth and silky Christmas with the chance to win a bottle of Amarula Cream Liqueur.

You’ve had Amarula before, right? You know, the sleek brown bottle with the elephant on the label (and etched on the glass). Distilled in South Africa, Amarula is the only cream liqueur with a spirit base made from the fruit of the Marula tree (aka the Elephant Tree). Aged for two years in French oak barrels before being blended with cream, it’s a rich and delicately fruity drink with a caramel hue. Perfectly pleasing when served neat or over ice, Amarula is a versatile spirit that’s equally excellent in cocktails or as an indulgent dessert ingredient.

Time for taste of this indulgent liqueur? Check out this giveaway competition that will see one lucky tikichris reader receive a bottle of Amarula in time for festive season fun. Continue reading

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5 Benefits of Yoga in a Busy World

5 Benefits of Yoga in a Busy World

Most of us find ourselves short on time and motivation at the end of a busy work week. Especially when we want to factor in hobbies and social opportunities as well. However, even the busy traveller or self-proclaimed “foodie” can benefit from taking part in a little yoga here and there throughout the week.

These 5 benefits of yoga in a busy world may have you considering giving it a try, even just for a few minutes each day. Continue reading

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Understanding Rye with Karaway Bakery

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I thought I was hip to how good rye bread could be (and where it could be purchased in London). But soon into a rye workshop and tasting hosted by folks from Karaway Bakery, I realised I hadn’t know jack about how delicious these breads actually are.

Among the yummiest things I’ve had this year and definitely some of the tastiest breads I’ve come across in London are the ryes baked by Karaway. With more Great Taste Awards than any other bakery in the UK both this year and in the last five years, this family-run bakery is doing a phenomenal job raising the profile of Easter European baked goods – especially rye breads – and the standards of discerning shoppers seeking authentic, flavoursome and healthy alternatives to blander bread products crowding the shelves of bakeries and supermarkets. Continue reading

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#TCTalks | Episode 6 | Chocolate Ecstasy

#TCTalks | Episode 6 | Chocolate Ecstasy

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5 Tips on Choosing a Candidate for Power of Attorney

5 Tips on Choosing a Candidate for Power of Attorney

Did you know that dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have become the leading causes of death for the first time in the UK? According to data published by the Office of National Statistics, dementia took 41,283 female lives and 20,403 male lives in 2015 alone. This has led to a huge rise in the number of lasting power of attorney applications in the UK, according to an article in The Telegraph, published in November 2016.

The article went on to state that in 2015, 441,500 power of attorney arrangements were set up, a drastic increase since 2008, a year that witnessed only 36,000 such arrangements.
Dementia or Alzheimer’s leads to degeneration of brain function, with the patient gradually losing their memory and ability to make decisions. Having an LPA or lasting power of attorney, which is a legal document that empowers chosen carers or relatives to make decisions on their behalf, thus becomes necessary. Continue reading

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Stax Diner to Give Away 200 Free Cheeseburgers from Noon on Thursday 7 December

Stax Diner to Give Away 200 Free Cheeseburgers from Noon on Thursday 7 December

Bea Vo’s Deep South dive, Stax Diner, will celebrate its upcoming relaunch by giving away free cheeseburgers to the first 200 customers visiting the Kingly Court eatery just off Carnaby Street from noon on Thursday 7 December.

The Stax Cheeseburger (£8.95) features 28-day dry aged pedigreed Sussex beef on an organic buttery soft bun with grilled onion, tomato, lettuce, mayo and choose of cheese (American, mild or mature Cheddar, Stilton or Monterey Jack). The burgers will be offered on a first come/first serve basis. Continue reading

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Cold Comfort: The Coolest Destinations for Winter Lovers (Miles Away)

Cold Comfort: The Coolest Destinations for Winter Lovers

Does a chill in the air signal that its time of the year to have the most fun? Does the first sight of flurries make you want to grab your winter gear and venture out to the mountains? Then you’re going to love our list of six of the best destinations for winter lovers.

Bundle up with a warm cup of cocoa and enjoy reading about where to go for the most chilled out and coolest trips to take before the onset of spring!

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Hotel Chocolat: Christmas Gifts for Her

Hotel Chocolat: Christmas Gifts for Her

Are you still trying to figure out what to get your better half for Christmas? If she loves chocolate, your problem is solved. Just have a browse of this year’s collection of chocolaty gifts from Hotel Chocolat.

The luxury British chocolate brand has a delectable range of luscious treats “for her” including boxes of chocolates, hampers, gift cards, “bean to bar” experiences and more! Continue reading

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25% Discount to “Adopt an Olive Tree” and Enjoy Delicious Ethically Produced Pomora Olive Oil

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I’ve been a fan of Pomora olive tree adoption/olive oil subscription service for a few years now. I love the founders’ goal to create a community of food lovers and food producers who share an ethical vision – and I love how delicious their Italian olive oils actually taste.

And now I get love how I can help Pomora connect with more ethically minded foodies by offering a substantial discount when you sign up to adopt your own olive tree and start savouring the oils made from it. Continue reading

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10 Ultimate Ski Destinations Around the World (Going Places)

10 Ultimate Ski Destinations Around the World

Can’t wait to head to the mountains for ski season? Before you go, make sure to have a look at our list of some of the planet’s best winter sports resorts and most powdery slopes – from the ultra famous to the next to unknown.

Check it out!

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Fantastic Services/Fantastic Christmas Tree

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Fantastic Services – a “one-stop shop for all home services” in London and much of Southeast and Northwest England – has added a new seasonally fantastic service available in all London areas within the M25: Christmas tree delivery, installation, and disposal.

The folks at Fantastic Services got in touch about this festive season time saver to see if I’d like to try it out with a free tree sent to my home. Ho-ho-how could I turn them down? Continue reading

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Konditor & Cook: Best Mince Pies in London?

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Have you tried Konditor & Cook’s mince pies? Spiced right with an ever so flaky crust, they’re a perfect treat for seasonal snacking and Christmas celebrations.

But are they best in Britian? Continue reading

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Festive Fun at the South Pole Saloon

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Jasmine Kaur journeys to London’s South Pole (Brixton) for an evening of rooftop revelry and festive season feels.

I was invited to the launch of Brixton Rooftop’s South Pole Saloon to get a taste of the wintery festivities and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The combination of glitter – courtesy of Glitter Tits London – and the incredible live band created a true festival feel that you can never normally experience in December. An ice king and queen parading around the rooftop and glamorous Santas added to festive feel. Continue reading

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Millennials to Drink Coffee in a Victorian … Ahem … Setting

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Demi Perera freshens up with a visit to the new Attendant Fitzrovia.

Attendant, the uber cool coffee shop concept developed by Bosh McKeown and Ryan De Oliveira, is set to arrive in Fitzrovia just in time for Christmas. A Victorian gentleman’s toilet, perfectly located, at the corner of Foley Street and Great Titchfield Street will now be a flagship for the chain which already boasts properties in Shoreditch and Clerkenwell. Continue reading

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It is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Giving

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Demi Perera shares the details about South Place Hotel’s annual Christmas Toy Party in aid of Bart’s Charity.

It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Festive lights adorn every street and the scent of mince pies, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts drift through the air. It’s Christmas! Continue reading

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Last Days of Shoreditch Winter La La Land

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Zay Ahmed previews the Last Days of Shoreditch festive season pop-up, Winter La La Land.

The lights are twinkling, the trees are decorated and festive fun is firmly top of the agenda. How about trying something a little different this season? Last Days of Shoreditch Winter La La Land is a winter pop-up like no other. Continue reading

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Win the Complete Range of Chutneys and Pickles from The English Provender Company

Win the Complete Range of Chutneys and Pickles from The English Provender Company

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!

Here’s a competition to relish!

I’m offering the chance for one lucky tikichris reader to win the complete range of award-winning chutneys and pickles from The English Provender Company. Continue reading

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Top Five Used Vehicles for Keen Teen Drivers

Top Five Used Vehicles for Keen Teen Drivers

When picking an automobile for a young driver, it is essential to buy a reliable, good model which will ensure your child has a safe transport for many years to come. This is important because teens are at a higher risk for car collisions than other drivers. Coupled with inexperience, bad driving habits frequently involve teens in car accidents.

Your best bet is to buy a new model which comes with plenty of high-grade safety features and equipment. But not all parents can afford it. Choosing the used car for a teen driver means some compromises. While teens may want an athletic or luxurious car, parents need to prioritize reliability and safety after everything else.

Read on for five safe, smart, well-equipped vehicles you should definitely consider purchasing for your teenager. Continue reading

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Daisy Green Collective Launches Darcie & May Green

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Daisy Green Collection has launched its latest venue: a pair of city barges moored outside Paddington Station and featuring vivid exterior designs by famed artist Sir Peter Blake (best known for co-creating the cover art for the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Come summertime, these boats (one’s more restaurant-y that other more for drinks) promise to be the Paddington go-to for al fresco fun. In the meanwhile, they’re still an ace setting I recommend checking out. I had a blast at the opening party late last week. Continue reading

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Momos and More Himalayan Inspired Dishes at Madame D

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If you told me the “D” in Madame D stood for “Dammmmn!” I’d believe you because the Himalayan inspired dishes I tried at this Commercial Street restaurant (from the same team behind nearby Gunpowder and Gul & Sepoy) were so damn fine.

I was at Madame D’s in mid November taking up the restaurant on an invitation to have a taste of its recently launched menu, featuring a new range of gorgeous momos (Tibetan style dumplings). I loved every ferociously flavoursome bite.
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#TCTalks | Episode 5 | Hot & Chilli

#TCTalks | Episode 5 | Hot & Chilli

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The Silver

London Silver Vaults

Silver bells and so much more. Jasmine Kaur takes a shine to the London Silver Vaults on Chancery Lane.

Silver lines the walls, objects are stacked precariously among each other; it takes a few seconds for my eyes to fully adjust to the array and begin to distinguish between each object: a gilded horn, antique candelabras, ruby rings, and goblets. Nothing is precocious here or simply on show, each object is waiting patiently for a new home. Continue reading

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Thanks!

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How has your year been and how does it seem to be winding down? Mine’s been good and at times phenomenal. I’m looking forward to coasting into Christmas and already am dreaming big with some juicy plans for 2018.

So, as I’ve done on this blog every Thanksgiving Day since 2011, I’d like to take a quick moment to reflect upon the year and say a few words of thanks. Continue reading

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Where Should You Buy Gifts Online?

Where Should You Buy Gifts Online?

Christmas will be here before you know it. Finding the ideal Christmas gifts takes time and patience. Don’t expect to start your shopping late and find an item that your friend or relative will adore. You might get lucky. However, you should never put yourself in that position. You should take a look at all of your options in order to give yourself the best chance of finding gifts that your loved ones will treasure for many years to come.

Here are some of the things for you to keep in mind when you are looking for a place to do all of your online festive season gift shopping. Continue reading

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Shop Till You Drop at America’s Best Cities for Holiday Shopping (Going Places)

America's Best Cities for Holiday Shopping

Silver bells! It’s Christmastime in the city! That means shopping for big bargains and perfect presents and having festive fun along the way.

So if you’re wondering which US cities are the absolute best for taking a holiday retail wander then check out this all nice/not naughty list of the choicest shopping destinations in America.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Leica Launches CL Compact Camera

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Legendary premium camera and lens manufacturer Leica added a camera to its portfolio today: the CL, a digital APS-C system camera that’s elegant and discrete.

I had the opportunity to play around with the new compact earlier today at the official UK press launch. The camera is a thing of beauty that feels ‘right’ in the hand and – most importantly – takes great shots. Continue reading

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Winery Weekend at Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire

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English wine: yay, nay, or what the hey? Whenever you land on the spectrum of English wine awareness and appreciation it’s worth noting that there’s more and more of it being made these days and that some of it is very good indeed (especially English sparkling wine).

Among the standouts and best established is Three Choirs vineyard and winery in Gloucestershire (yes, Gloucestershire!). But Three Choirs isn’t just a working winery with 30-hectare vineyard. It’s a B&B with guest lodges placed among the rows vines and an fantastic little restaurant as well. Continue reading

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Preview: Meow Meow and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall

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Cabaret sensation Meow Meow returns to Royal Festival Hall for More Pandemonium with the London Philharmonic Orchestra following the success of last year’s one-off performance.

This year’s “hugely entertaining and mildly terrifying evening of orchestrated chaos”
is scheduled for Monday 4 December and will see risqué singer Meow Meow joined on stage by pianist Ben Dawson for a Christmas themed evening of song with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey providing harmonious support from the pit. Continue reading

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Pre Christmas Feasting with Parma Ham

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Think Parma ham’s only good for sandwiches? Demi Perera says think again!

Christmas always comes earlier than we can all agree on. One thing I am happy to concede is that preparations must start early. Whilst it is NOT OK to decorate your home before 1st December food preparation must start early. My grandmother would soak dried fruit in brandy as early as October to be used in the Christmas pudding. Continue reading

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