Winery Weekend at Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire


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


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


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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Tower of London Ice Rink

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Alexandra Kalinowski reminisces as she swishes across the ice at the Tower of London Ice Rink.

You know it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when ice skating rinks pop up across London. Forget the lights on Oxford Street, the sound your skates make as they skid to a halt across the ice bring me back to winters in Michigan. Unlike Dad who grew up skating on the lake, we’d always visit the parking lot decorated in large snowflakes and paved with ice. We’d leave Mom in the aching cold as we went round and round and round again. Bless her. I’d spend hours there. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #71


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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Battle of the Sexes – It was Crunch Time


Demi Perera gets set to love the soon to be released film, Battle of the Sexes.

It was literally crunch time at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush this week courtesy Nature Valley and their new snack – Nut Butter Biscuits. The Atrium in Westfield was transformed in to a tennis court complete with reserved seating to celebrate the release of the movie Battle of the Sexes. Continue reading

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Preview: Immerse Erotic Storytelling at House of Kittens’ Menagerie


Immerse erotic theatre company House of Kittens is to host Menagerie, an evening of conceptual vignettes with an aim to “delve into the endless expression of pleasure to engage people in a new liberated theatrical movement.”

The show runs for one night only at an undisclosed but said to be “opulent” location in East London. Continue reading

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Chris Levine Laser and Sound Installation at sketch Gallery


In celebration of the festive season, sketch has partnered with artist Chris Levine to create Silent Light – a laser and sound installation in its gallery.

I paid a morning visit to sketch for the launch and was subdued, mesmerized and delighted by the work. Continue reading

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Must See Places in Auckland

Must See Places in Auckland

In 2015, Auckland welcomed a record breaking two million international travellers, an increase of 5% from the previous year. This reflects Auckland’s charm as a popular tourist destination, with unique attractions and experiences. For any country, more visitors means more jobs and more money for the economy, and New Zealand is no exception.

The surge of international visitors always helps in supporting the development of better infrastructure, which has only speeded up Auckland’s transformation into one of the world’s most liveable cities, says an expert at Cruxton Travel, leading provider of cheap business class flights to Auckland. Continue reading

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#WokFor1000 with Chef Jeremy Pang at Borough Market


Yes, I known this blog is too often only about me stuffing my face and bragging about the yummy time I had doing so. But sometimes even a greedy gourmand like me can take time out to do something nice for others.

Such was the case when I pitched in to help Chef Jeremy Pang (of TV and School of Wok fame) and hundreds of other volunteers with his Wok for 1000 charity cooking event held recently at Borough Market. Continue reading

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Make the Most of Winter With These 6 Budget-Friendly Breaks (Going Places)

Make the Most of Winter With These 6 Budget-Friendly Breaks

What does a winter break mean to you? Is it a chance to embrace the season, bundle up, and go outside to play in the snow? Or does it mean make for warmer climes and avoid the chill at all costs? However you prefer to spend the colder months of the year, winter is a great time to travel.

Here’s a look at six of the most affordable places in America and abroad to make the most of the winter.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Pizza Express Presents Leggera


Pizza Express has brought its range of Leggera pizzas from the pages of its restaurant menu to the aisles of your local supermarket.

Leggera means “light” in Italian and is a term that aptly applies to these low calorie single-serving pizzas created for people who want to eat healthily without compromising on flavour. Continue reading

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Celebrating the Annual Cognac Cocktail Connexion at Solera, Paris

Cognac Cocktail Connexion

Cat Byers tells you where to try Cognac cocktails over the next few weeks in Paris.

As a spirit, Cognac tends to get a bad rep. Lacking the neutrality of vodka, the respect of whisky or the recent hipster makeover of gin, this French brandy still tends to conjure up images of old men in smoking jackets rather than hip young things on the cocktail scene. However, it looks set to be the next spirit to break the traditional mould and hit the mainstream in Paris – and the annual Cognac Cocktail Connexion (CCC) is largely responsible for this. Continue reading

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Top 10 Choices for Pre and Post Theatre Food and Drink in London (Trainline)

Top 10 Choices for Pre and Post Theatre Food and Drink in London

Tis the season for theatre in London – and for delicious food and drink.

Whether it’s a brassy pantomime, a blockbuster musical, or a heady play – attending a show during the run up to Christmas or as part of your Boxing Day or New Years celebrations is a cherished tradition for many.

Grabbing drinks or having a meal at the right place and for the right amount of time can help set the tone to commence or end any theatre outing on a delicious note.

But finding a suitable spot for food and drink before or after a performance often can turn out to be more of a major production than many might prefer. It doesn’t have to be that way though.

Read my complete post at Trainline.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Countries with the Easiest and (and Toughest) Visa Processes for Americans (Miles Away)

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In addition to the inalienable rights that come with being a citizen of the United States is the opportunity to put your passport to good use.

One of the things that makes having a US passport such an invaluable resource is how much of the planet it enables you to visit without having to deal with any paperwork or visa applications beforehand. Indeed, most nations greet US citizens with open arms.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Hoxton Serves up Some Flavour

Demi Perera has a flavourful time in Hoxton at a Smith and Sinclair collaboration with Lanique.

How do you like your art? Shaken, not stirred? How about edible? Well, now anything has been made possible. Smith and Sinclair, who made all our grown up dreams come true by creating alcohol pastilles, have teamed up with the equally indulgent Lanique liqueur to bring us The Flavour Gallery. Continue reading

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Win a Classic Christmas Chocolate Sleekster from Hotel Chocolat

Win a Classic Christmas Chocolate Sleekster from Hotel Chocolat

The “tis the season” season will be upon us soon. That’s yummy news. And I’m helping you stay one step ahead of the Christmas crush with a chance for one lucky tikichris reader to win a Classic Christmas Chocolate Sleekster from Hotel Chocolat.

Hotel Chocolat’s Classic Christmas Chocolate Sleekster features a festive selection of 32 Christmas chocolates including truffles, caramels, and pralines with seasonal flavours along the lines of mulled wine, clementine, orange and walnut, treacle tart and more. Continue reading

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A Log Cabin Escape Awaits at Broken Bow Lake

Christmas in Broken Bow Oklahoma

If you are tired of cookie cutter hotel rooms and obnoxious crowds everywhere, come to an Oklahoma hidden getaway. Several roomy log cabins in Broken Bow make exceptional accommodations for reduced rates.

These charming cabins often have special deals during typically slower times. The spacious cabin floor plans are far better than stuffy hotel rooms that are cramped. Linen is provided free of charge, and no extensive cleaning is ever necessary. A fully equipped kitchen makes meal times a breeze. There are BBQ grills and fire pits ready for guest use in certain outdoor locations. These cabins should be added to everyone’s must-see list. Continue reading

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Shuffle Like Santa in Brick Lane

Demi Perera enjoys excellent pizza, good cocktails and an euphoric feeling at Brick Lane’s London Shuffle Club.

So, do you remember Shuffleboarding? Yes, as in the classic American on-deck game played by pensioners on cruise ships? The game where you slide your ”biscuits” onto a triangle at the end of your lane? Well, it appears that it’s what we Londoners want for Christmas. Except that we would like to do it with a cocktail in hand. Continue reading

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Four Hundred Rabbits Sourdough Pizza in South London


Four Hundred Rabbits is a South London group of pizzerias with locations in Crystal Palace and Nunhead. The group specialises in sourdough pizzas baked in wood-fired ovens and served alongside (a rather South London centric list) of craft beers.

I dropped by the Nunhead branch for lunch last week and was pleased with what I got to sample: Continue reading

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Movie Review: Better Watch Out

Better Watch Out

Christmas horror flick sound like your thing? Keep Better Watch Out in mind for Yuletide chills and thrills.

The Australian-American horror comedy directed by Chris Peckover starts out preparing viewers seemingly for one kind of plot and then twists into another – and then another in a romp that’s a bit like Home Alone with considerably more adult themes and a babysitter thrown into the story for good measure. Continue reading

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San Daniele/Grana Padano Workshop with Chef Dan Doherty


One of Italy’s most delicious duos was the focus of a recent interactive workshop led by celebrated Chef Dan Doherty with a one-night only takeover of Ladbroke Grove’s Dock Kitchen.

Dan Doherty might be known best for one famous coupling: the duck and waffle dish at the Duck & Waffle restaurant where he’s Chef Director. But the man knows his way around a San Daniele prosciutto and Grana Padano cheese wheel as well. And I was glad to be among the guests attending his workshop. And he seemed very much at home indeed doing his thing in Dock Kitchen’s attractive canal side digs. Continue reading

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Spitalfields Food: A Cut Above the Rest


One of London’s most historic and popular places to shop is also one of its choicest places to eat.

Years ago when I first moved to London, it was Spitalfields that amazed me most and seemed to have the most London-y look and feel from my limited American perspective. Well over a decade later, it’s still one of my preferred spots to roam around – and to grab a bite. Continue reading

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The Cocktail Guy: A New Book from Sushisamba Mixologist

The Cocktail Guy Book

Zay Ahmed leafs through the pages of mixologist Rich Woods’ debut book.

Imagine a cocktail featuring peanut and whiskey. Intrigued? How about a yogurt and tequila concoction with cacao liqueur? Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn | Edinburgh


First stop on our Falling for Scotland tour was the magically misty city of Edinburgh – a destination both Kemey and I know fairly well but can never seem to get enough of.

A massive reason we love Edinburgh so much is that is such a lovely place for urban strolls paired with panoramic vistas. The city’s iconic castle, Arthur’s Seat, the Firth of Forth and more drift in and out of one’s periphery while navigating its winding streets and lanes. When not ambling about, there’s a glorious plentitude of cafes, bars, pubs, eateries, cultural attractions and more to drop in or wander through.

Here are the (mostly – but not exclusively – foodie) highlights of our recent drop ins and wanders. Continue reading

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Spooky Dining at Balls and Company


Greek Street’s “little meatball restaurant” served a one night only “Ghouls and Company” feast last night for Halloween. Creepy? Yeah. And tasty too!

The dinner was my first time to try the restaurant. Kemey and I had a lot of fun and were amused by the ghastly put-ons for the occasion. Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn


Falling for Scotland is easy to do this time of year, especially when seeing the country by car.

Kemey and I hit the road a few weeks back for a mid October drive across Scotland. With stops along the way in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness, our trip was an autumnal mix of city break and rural retreat. Along the way we sought out the heights of urban culture and the wonders of Highland wilderness – encountering both in equal measure and at a splendidly relaxed pace. Continue reading

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Bingeing on the Best Bites in Baltimore – All the Best Places to Eat in the US City (Metro)

Bingeing on the Best Bites in Baltimore

Big on flavour but not convention, Baltimore is just the sort of foodie destination WORTH writing about.

Edgar Allen Poe, John Waters, David Simon, Ira Glass: Baltimore, Maryland has spawned and inspired some of America’s greatest storytellers. Even the country’s National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, was penned by Baltimorean Francis Scott Key – and was written as a poem about an especially wild night out on Baltimore’s harbor as much as it was to be a theme song for overt American pride. Some might say there’s something in Baltimore’s water making people there so creative and keen to tell a tale. But I reckon it’s in the food.

Read my complete article at Metro.

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Shake Shack Cambridge Circus


The Shack continues to shake the London burger scene with a new outlet opened at Cambridge Circus.

If you’re familiar with the nomnomnommery that goes down at a Shake Shack then you won’t be surprised by what’s doing at this newest restaurant. And you’ll know that there’s always in a little something special and locale specific on offer at each one. Continue reading

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Recipe: Smokey Sweet BBQ Baked Beans


Growing up in Georgia, BBQ flavoured baked beans were an obligatory side at nearly any cookout or family gathering. I replicate the rich Southern dish of my childhood with this easy recipe using Jack Daniel’s Sweet Smokey BBQ Glaze.

Jack Daniel’s might be world renown for its Tennessee sipping whiskey but that’s not the only thing the famous distillery is producing these days. Jack Daniel’s also has its own range of BBQ sauces. There are six flavours in the Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauce range including Smooth Original, Sweet Smokey, Hot Pepper, Tennessee Honey, Full Flavour Smokey and Extra Hot Habanero. Each is yummy in its own way adding distinctive and whiskey-tinged umph to all sorts of kitchen creations and back garden grills.

In particular I’ve found that Jack Daniel’s Sweet Smokey BBQ Glaze has a robust depth that pairs perfectly with baked beans. Check out my recipe and see what you think. Continue reading

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Taste of the Seaport 2017

Burger Sliders

KC Trommer attends Taste of the Seaport, the annual fall festival celebrating the burgeoning food and drink scene of Lower Manhattan.

Last Saturday afternoon, on what has become a long, late summer in New York, South Street Seaport’s cobblestoned Front Street was jammed with food and music, all in honor of the 8th Annual Taste of the Seaport, a celebration of everything edible and quaffable in the area that stretches out below Manhattan’s Financial District to the docks. Continue reading

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Homemade Versus Heinz-Made in the #SouperFreshTaste Test

Homemade Versus Heinz-Made in the #SouperFreshTaste Test - P1090565

Which tastes better, soup made from scratch in your own home kitchen or soup from a carton pulled off the supermarket shelf? My participation in a recent Souper Fresh Taste Test sponsored by Heinz had me questioning presumptions about such a query.

Of course, we all might like to think that homemade food is always the top choice. But actually, if something can be done more efficiently and cost effectively, then I’m all for having that work done by somebody else. But (as anyone who’s ever browsed across this blog should know well) flavour is key to my decisions when it comes to eating, and usually readymade meals and big brand offerings fall short of any flavoursome promise.

So when folks from Heinz got in touch about doing a taste test pitting one of the new Heinz Soup of the Day recipes against my own creation, I was keen and curious about how it would turn out – and decidedly determined to take them up on the challenge. Continue reading

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Win the Complete Range of Granola + Almond Milk from The Paleo Foods Co

Win Paleo Foods


Go paleo for free with this chance to win the complete range of granolas from The Paleo Food Co along with a carton of its newly launched almond milk.

A few simple and healthy ingredients produced with similarly straightforward ethos: that’s The Paleo Foods Co story in a nutshell. Crack that nut open and you find Paleo Food aren’t just good for you though, they’re tasty too.

I’ve teamed up with the brand to help spread the word about its new and extra nutty almond milk and its delicious range of low carb/low sugar granolas. Continue reading

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4 Airline Services You Never Knew About (Going Places)

4 Airline Services You Never Knew About

It may seem that airlines are cutting back on amenities and services but maybe you’re just not aware of all that’s available or which ones you should be asking for. We did some digging around to discover a few of the better (if lesser known) services that many airlines provide their passengers.

Have a look at what we found. We hope it helps you to better enjoy your next flight.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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The Magic Hour Halloween Special

The Magic Hour Halloween Special

Magician Tony Middleton is bringing his show, The Magic Hour, to the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel on the 31st for a spooky Halloween special.

Trick or treat? Both for sure! Continue reading

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