Cane to Cocktail: A Tour of Jamaica with Appleton Estate

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What? Me? Where? With whom? Really? An invitation to join a Cane to Cocktail tour of Jamaica hosted by premium Jamaican rum producer, Appleton Estate, with its Master Blender Joy Spence as guide for much of the trip was met with a speedy Yes please! and plenty of anticipation about the delicious fun ahead finding out about (and drinking plenty of) one of my favourite rums at its source.

My first time in Jamaica, all expectations and Caribbean cravings were more than met during the tour. Continue reading

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Little India Walking Tour with SharedCity

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SharedCity is a new London venture specialising in cultural walking tours in areas with immigrant communities. I tagged along on a recent saunter through Little Indian (aka Ealing Road in Brent).

If there’s one thing about living in London it’s that even after a decade there’s still plenty to discover (and I feel I’ve done a considerably better job of routing around this town than most). Continue reading

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Pall Mall Fine Wine

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Pall Mall Fine Wine is the sister site (and older sister at that) of Shepherd Market Wine House (which I visited last month and loved). As its name succinctly suggests, it is indeed a fine place to enjoy wine at  a rather well heeled address.

Like Shepherd Market Wine House, Pall Mall Fine Wine is a little laidback little bar and shop in a upscale local. Continue reading

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Creole Kitchen at The Beachcomber

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A boozy island paradise awaits your discovery at The Beachcomber, a basement bar just a jaunt away from Bayswater Station. It’s a great destination for rummy cocktails, and with a new menu of “bites and small plates” by Creole Kitchen’s Vanessa Bolosier, The Beachcomber is a tasty place for bar snacks that equal the yum of its tiki drinks.

Tikichris went to a tiki bar. No news there (though I don’t make it out to tiki venues nearly as much as I would like – or nowhere near as much as one might presume given my nom de plume). And yes indeed I enjoyed every aspect of my Beachcomber visit. Continue reading

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How to Plan a Stress-Free Family Road Trip (Going Places)

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While many families will be flying to a summer vacation, there’s no doubt that a road trip with the family can be a great experience too. With a bit of foresight and the right attitude, your time in the car can result in just as many happy memories as when you reach wherever it is you’re heading.

Here’s a brief guide with four basic considerations to keep in mind for your family road trip.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Infographic: The Ultimate Low FODMAP Food Guide

Ultimate Low FODMAP Food Guide

Fearing FODMAPS – or just trying to figuring out what the heck they are anyway?

Have a look at this handy infographic  to help you get your head around Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Monosaccharides And Polyols and find out which foods are low in FODMAPs. Continue reading

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Co-Hosting a Luau with That Hungry Chef | 10X10 with tikichris

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Continuing with my string of 10 events to mark my decade of blogging, I’ve teamed up with Chef Pratap Chalal – of top London supper club fame – to cohost a luau in early July at his home in North London. Dream dinner for me? Pretty much! Tickets are on sale now and already selling fast.

The exclusive event will be limited to only 14 guests. Most of Pratap’s one-off dinners sell out soon after they are announced to the public. I don’t expect this one to be any different and recommend booking ASAP if you’re keen for some summery BBQ fun with an exotic theme and like the looks of the menu below. Continue reading

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Adventure Traveler? Pack These 7 Things to Survive in The Wilderness (Miles Away)

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Do you have what it takes to brave the elements with a bare minimum of gear?

Just in case you’re thinking of traveling to an untamed, secluded area this summer, we’ve come up with the ultimate list of things you need to have in your backpack to make it through a night in the wild.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Why IT Support is Crucial for Your Small Business

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Whether there are just two of you in your office or you have a staff of twenty or thirty, your computer system is still going to be very important to you.

The computers and network you use every day is going to host all of your most important business information, processes, perhaps your website and much more. Continue reading

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Infographic: Visiting Mallorca on a Budget

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Dreaming about having some fun in the sun with your toes in the sand? Why not take your vacay on the Spanish island of Mallorca? You can do it on a budget and still have a blast.

Check out this handy infographic with all you need to know to get started making your Mallorca holiday plans. Before you know it you’ll be on the beach with the Mediterranean lapping at your feet. Continue reading

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BTW, It’s British Tomato Week

BTW, It’s British Tomato WeekOooh mommy! Look at these luscious tomato dishes! Recipes by (clockwise from top left) chefs Agnar Sverrisson, Marcello Tully, Anna Hansen, Marcus Wareing, and Frances Atkins.

Did you know this week – 16 to 22 May – is British Tomato Week? In my opinion, anytime is a good time to celebrate this much loved superfood, but since it is BTW, now seems like an especially fruitful opportunity to take a fresh look at some of the yummiest ways to enjoy such a versatile food. No matter how you slice it, tomatoes are great.

Whether it’s a comforting bowl of tomato soup to warm you up on a cold winter’s day or a zesty and refreshing gazpacho to help you cool you down during a summer scorcher, tomatoes provide an ideal mix of flavour, nutrition and comfort. Continue reading

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Win Grillstock Cookbook, Sauces & Festival Tickets

Win Grillstock Cookbook, Sauces & Festival Tickets

Grillstock. Established in 2010, it’s not just a group of British BBQ restaurants … or a newly released cookbook with more than 100 meaty recipes … or a massive annual festival celebrating “meat, music and mayhem.” It’s a way of life, inviting the willful to think locally, act hillbilly. Want in on the fun with a chance to win a stacked high and smokin’ hot Grillstock prize including sauces, cookbook, and even a pair of free tickets to this summer’s Grillstock Festival in Bristol? Keep reading.

Yep, this is an especially savoury competition for y’all to sink your teeth into. One lucky reader will receive two Grillstock BBQ sauces, one copy of Grillstock: The BBQ Book (I own it, I use it, I love it), and two tickets to Grillstock Festival at Bristol Harbourside, 2nd and 3rd July. Continue reading

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Gourmet Gorditas at Sunday Upmarket

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Gorditas are hand-made Mexican flatbreads made of wheat and stuffed with a yummy filling. Now you can get ‘em in London thanks to Pedro and Santiago, a couple of enterprising Mexicans who recently started traded under the name Gourmet Gorditas with a stall selling their gourmet versions of this Northern Mexican street food at Brick Lane’s Sunday Upmarket.

At five quid a pop, Pedro and Santiago’s gorditas are a cheap and cheerful option for eating on the go. They’re a delicious and filling option too. Continue reading

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Picking a Hotel in Kinshasa

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Whenever you are traveling, as you are making all of your travel arrangements the question is naturally going to come up about where you are going to stay during your trip.

If you are traveling to a city where you have stayed before, you may already know of several good spots that you can use for your stay. However, if you are going to this city for the first time, finding the best hotel for you to use can be something of a challenge. Continue reading

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Farmstand, All Day Healthy Eating on Drury Lane

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Here’s a healthy option for fast, no fuss dining near Covent Garden: Farmstand.

I’m just back from a very enjoyable lunchtime nibble through Farmstand’s new spring menu. Continue reading

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Chai Ki Monday Mash-Up with Beavertown Brewery

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Canary Wharf modern Indian restaurant, Chai Ki, has launched a series of Monday Mash-Up special events pairing London brewed craft beers with dishes from its Chai Ki Toddy Shop bar menu. Kicking things off is a “Guerrilla Craft Beer” experiment highlighting a range of beers from Beavertown Brewery.

Last night was the Monday Mash-Up premiere, which found me sidling up to the Toddy Shop bar for an eager taste of full flavoured sharing plates washed down with a smart selection of super tasty beers. Continue reading

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5 of The Best Resorts in Mexico (Going Places)

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No surprise to beachgoers in the know – the white sand beaches of Cancun are home to a number of the world’s top resorts, with many of them offering access to epic extravagance at great prices. But it’s not just Cancun lulling holidaymakers into a state of beachside bliss.

Our list of five of the most lavish Mexican resorts is sure to help you make the most of your downtime in style and luxury.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Things to Do Near Belgrave Road

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Finding just the right place to stay when you visit London can always seem a bit overwhelming. There are so many different choices you can make all over the city that you could spend days just looking at the different hotel listings. The best thing you can do is narrow things down and look in a particular area of the city that seems like the best location to you.

Many people choose to stay in the Central London area because there is a lot to do here and it is near to Victoria Station, so you can always take the train anywhere you want to go. If you are considering this, you might want to look at Budget hotels in London Victoria that are near to Belgrave Road. Continue reading

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Allihopa Residency at The King & Co

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The King & Co does it again, reeling Clapham pub goers in with another kitchen takeover by one of London’s better street food purveyors. This time round it’s smoked fish artisans, Allihopa, claiming a residency and offering diners a variety of homey, Scandinavian inspired dishes.

I made it down to the King earlier this week for a breeze through Allihopa’s menu and enjoyed pretty much every bite had. Continue reading

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Roux Farmhouse Brunch at Roux at The Landau

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Luxury hotel weekend brunching in London just got a lot more luxuriously brunch-y with a new farm-to-table Sunday offering at The Langham London hotel’s Roux at The Landau fine dining restaurant.

Launched at the beginning of this month, the Roux Farmhouse Brunch sees Roux at The Landau transformed into a “luxury barn” with farmhouse tables adorned with herbs, floral arrangements, and wicker baskets filled of seasonal produce. I stopped by this past Sunday for an especially satisfying foodie foray. I loved what I saw and was pleased even more by the spread of gorgeous things to eat. Continue reading

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Win a Family Healthy Smile Kit from TePe

Win a Family Healthy Smile Kit from TePe

COMPETITION IS OVER AND THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED. THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING TIKICHRIS. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR LOTS MORE FUN AND FREEBIES TO COME!

I’ve teamed up with healthy smile experts TePe to offer 10 readers the chance to win a family oral health kit. Each kit includes a selection of interdental brushes, toothbrushes, flosses and more to ensure you and your family keep smiling with pride.

This blog is largely based on me recommending and sometimes even giving away a lot of tasty treats. Of course, I do so under the assumption that my readers enjoy such goodies in moderation and as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. I hope my blogging and the things I blog about bring a smile to your face and that your smile is as bright and clean as possible. Continue reading

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A Taste of Jamaica: How to Experience the Best of the Food and Culture (Going Places)

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I’m back from a delicious trip to Jamaica. The weather was perfect and so were the beaches, with the water at the beach –and in the pool – at an ideal temperature for quick dips and long soaks. While drying off between my dips and soaks, there was plenty of time to sample an amazing array of local food and drink.

Indulge me while I reminisce about the tastiest highlights of my stay.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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How to Find Budget Hotels in Acton

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Are you planning a trip to London sometime soon?

You are probably very excited about the prospects of coming to London, particularly if this is your first trip to the city. In the process of making your arrangements you may find that you have certain restrictions in terms of your budget. You might think that this can make traveling to London a challenge for you, especially when it comes to finding a hotel for you to stay at. The truth is that while there are expensive places to stay in London, you can also find very affordable options in the city. Continue reading

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Raw Wine Fair 2016

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Wine snobbery paired with others’ perceived notions of how/when/why/where you’re supposed to drink which wines have you feeling a bit raw? Yeah, me too. That’s why I’m so pleased it’s time for the Raw Wine Fair to roll into town again for two days of celebrating (and tasting!) some of the world’s best independent and artisan wines.

To be held at the Old Truman Brewery 15 and 16 May and featuring wines from more than 200 growers, Raw Wine Fair will present for a fifth year in a row a delicious and intriguing collection of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine from across the globe. Continue reading

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Bestaurant: Share and Discover Everybody’s Favourite Restaurants

Bestaurant: Share and Discover Everybody’s Favourite Restaurants

Bestaurant is a new free-to-download social foodie app that enables you to share your favourite restaurants with followers and friends – and to check out what their favourite places to eat and drink are too. I joined Bestaurant a couple of weeks ago and have found it to be a convenient way to keep track of and share my personal history of good eats, while highlighting my absolute faves and seeing what other folks recommend.

I’ve already added just over 50 places to my London Gold List (haven’t delved into options for inputting restaurants in other cities yet). Continue reading

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Mia in Mauritius: Round Up

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Let’s wrap up Mia’s in Mauritius series with a quick look at all her posts.

To help you browse all the Mia in Mauritius posts, here’s a list with links to all of them: Continue reading

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Bonavita 8-Cup Brewer | Blue Mountain Beans

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I’ve recently returned from a “Cane to Cocktail” tour of Jamaica, compliments of Appleton Estate. Yes, it was flipping awesome. But before I delve into all that rummy wonder (and don’t worry I very much intend to delve deep with a full series of posts about my experience), I reckon I should enliven my writerly ways with a cup of coffee. So why not do so with a cup made with beans from Jamaica’s famed Blue Mountains and brewed in one of the world’s top home-use coffee brewers?

Yep, these next few paragraphs are going to highlight two especially splendid coffee wins of my past few weeks. Continue reading

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Win a Crate of Vita Coco Chocolate Coconut Water

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COMPETITION IS OVER AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN CONTACTED. THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING TIKICHRIS. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR LOTS MORE FUN AND FREEBIES TO COME!

Introducing Vita Coco Chocolate – made with fresh coconut water, a dash of creamy coconut milk and a generous pinch of cocoa powder. It’s very refreshing and very yummy. And I’ve got a whole crate of the stuff to share with one lucky reader.

Has Vita Coco, the brand that kick started the coconut water trend here in Britain, gone loco by putting coco in cocoa? Absolutely not! This is one hydrating beverage that’s moreish and replenishing. Look for it at Tesco outlets across the UK in one litre and 330ml bottles. Continue reading

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Mia in Mauritius: Perfect Ending to Our Visit to Paradise

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Winding down the last two nights of their stay in Mauritius, Mia and the girls (and Kai) live it up with a touch of resort style luxury.

Our joint highlight of our Mauritius stay turned out to be the two last days at the Shanti Maurice Resort. Continue reading

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5 Cities to Visit in May (Going Places)

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April in Paris? Oh, what a feeling! New York in June? To be sure, I like it too. But let’s not forget about the flower-filled and sunny month in between: May.

It’s an ideal time to visit a vast variety of destinations and offers a chance to have some fun without having to endure sweltering heat. Plus you’ll get to experience a place before throngs of vacationers descend upon it.

Ever a blossom with the best ideas about where to go – and when to go there – we’ve created this handy round-up of five cities showing their visitors the warmest of welcomes this month.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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8 U.S. Cities Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in a Big Way (Miles Away)

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Believe it or not, some of the biggest Cinco de Mayo events take place north of the border every year, with annual festivities held in cities throughout the US to celebrate Mexico’s vibrant and diverse culture.

For a look at some of the best fiestas around the US, check out this list of eight cities that add their own flavor to the 5th of May. Vamos de fiesta!

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Mia in Mauritius: Kai’s Top Three

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What are the best things to do in Mauritius with a three-year old? Mia’s son, Kai, chimes in with some recommendations.

Here’s a look at my son Kai’s favourite activities from our trip. Continue reading

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Cross the Arid Namibian Desert on a Self-Driven Safari (City AM)

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It’s hard to imagine a landscape more dramatic than that of the largely uninhabited southern African desert nation Namibia. Dot its picturesque lands with a hefty assortment of big game and wildlife and you’ve got the right conditions for an epic holiday setting.

A network of well-maintained (though often unpaved) roads means a visit to the Namibia’s twee and tidy settlements, broad beaches and welcoming range of bush camps and luxury lodges are all an exceptionally beautiful breeze to access. Internal bush flights bring its even more remote corners within easy reach. If you’re attracted to the idea of hitting the road, experiencing true wilderness, seeing lots of game and still being able to take a hot shower (often in your own private outdoor bathing area) every night, Namibia is the place for you – and a road trip is the best way to see it.

Read my complete article at City AM.

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Good Stuff #57

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Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy.

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Mia in Mauritius: Her Top Three

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Mia’s back with another post about her recent trip to Mauritius.

My top 3 seem more of practical nature than those of Elena and Julia as that seems to have become my favourite word since having a child. Continue reading

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