#TCTalks | Episode 3 | #365LDNCafes

#TCTalks | Episode 3 | #365LDNCafes

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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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The Dayrooms Café WC1

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The Dayrooms Café has opened a second outlet, this one on Theobald’s Road.

I really enjoyed my visit to the original Notting Hill Dayrooms several weeks back and was glad to learn The Aussie inspired all day café has come at least a little farther east toward my side of town. Continue reading

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Christmas Menus at The Bull & The Hide

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The Bull & The Hide pub has launched its A Very London Christmas festive season menus for 2017.

I tagged along for a tasting of the Grazing menu, one of the pub’s four festive season packages offered. It featured heart handheld dishes big on flavour and fun. I liked the mini brisket burgers, breaded harissa halloumi fingers and macaroni cheese balls best but it was all pretty yummy. Continue reading

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Courtesan: Bigger, Better, Later.

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Demi Perera pays a visit to the rebooted Courtesan in Brixton.

When you live in a city as diverse as London you soon learn that there is a list of pulsating, uber cool, queues out of the door, “you’re not on the list” venues that simmer just below the surface. They give this city its edge. BUT you have to be in the know. Continue reading

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The Luggage of the Future … Today! 4 of the Best Smart Suitcases You Can Buy Right Now (Going Places)

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You’ve got a smartphone. And you’re certainly a very smart traveler. So why not pack your things in a smart suitcase?

It’s the latest travel and tech trend going on today: luggage with built-in high-tech features to make modern travel less of a hassle. Some come with battery and USB outlets to charge your phone or tablet, some work with your cell phone to prevent you from losing your bags, and some even double as motorized transport you can ride (seriously). But all of them are redefining how we pack our stuff and what the specs and function of luggage should be.

Here’s a look at four smart suitcases that you can buy right now.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Decorex 2017

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Kemey Lafond checks out Decorex 2017 and shares the highlights here.

Leading in the field of interior design, Decorex 2017 focuses on design collaborations, details and craftsmanship for the luxury market. Continue reading

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Marks & Spencer’s Great Lunch Giveaway | Free Lunch to Win Every 12 Seconds | #mandsfreelunch

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M&S has launched its biggest ever lunch giveaway.

Starting Monday 18 September and running for two weeks, M&S is offering the chance for people to win a free lunch every 12 seconds. Continue reading

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Ready, Player One? 6 of the Best Arcades to Visit in New York City (Going Places)

Ready, Player One? 6 of the Best Arcades to Visit in New York City

Start spreading the news, limbering up your wrists and saving your quarters! As if you needed yet another reason to visit New York, here’s a look at a few of the best of its many amazing video game arcades.

From old school throwbacks to next generation technology, gaming is big fun in the Big Apple. The city is home to some of the coolest arcades ranging from the family oriented and kid friendly to grownup playgrounds serving craft beer and cocktails.

We recommend having a blast at one of these six arcades next time you visit.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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How Emotional Support Animal Registration Helps You with Staying in Hotels with Your Dog

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If you have an emotional support animal and want to travel, you will need to get an emotional support animal letter or registration as soon as possible.

There is a tremendous amount of confusion out there when it comes to what a person can or cannot do with an emotional support animal, or ESA, so we wanted to clear the air in a manner of speaking. Continue reading

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Wine Explorers at Carluccio’s

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On now and running until 1 October, Italian restaurant group Carluccio’s is sharing its passion for top quality but perhaps less celebrated Italian wines with its Wine Explorers special.

The limited run offers customers the chance to try a bottle of an underappreciated but nonetheless extra delicious wine for only £10. Continue reading

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Preview: London Mezcal Week – A Celebration of Mezcal, Mexican Culture, Art and Food

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Zay Ahmed previews London’s first Mezcal Week.

In Oaxaca, Mexico they say that mezcal doesn’t make you drunk, it makes you magical. If you’ve tried it you know what they mean. If you haven’t, you’re about to because the first official London Mezcal Week is happening this week, 11 to 17 September 2017. Continue reading

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Win Two Bottles Each of the Five New Soda Folk Flavours

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Thirsty for something deliciously different, made with care and with only a few quality ingredients? Soda Folk’s got five new flavours for you to try.

And get this! One of you lucky tikichris readers can have two bottles each of all five sent to your door for free. Continue reading

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Up in the Air About Downtime?

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I’ve got a long haul trip coming up. I’m really looking forward to reaching my destination, but I can’t say I’m terribly excited about the flights to get there (and back) not to mention hanging around in airports or my transfers between home, airports and accommodations. To be honest, I’m not exactly dreading the travel. In fact, in some small regard, I see the time I’ll be waiting around for my flight and then sitting on planes for several hours as a chance to sort of catch up with myself and make the most of some imposed downtime.

What do you do during episodes of travel downtime? Here’s a look at a few ways I plan to spend the less exciting moments of my next big trip. Continue reading

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At Flight Experience London You’re the Pilot

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The world’s leading flight simulator has landed in London (Putney to be exact) and offers a fun – and very realistic – opportunity to get in front of the controls in an actual Boeing 737 cockpit and see what it’s like to fly a commercial jet airliner.

I booked a session at Flight Experience recently and had such a good time. And even though I was well aware that I was only there for a bit of fun once I was in the pilot’s seat the pressure was on and the simulation felt and looked real. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Bubbledogs!

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Demi Perera celebrates Bubbledogs’ fifth anniversary.

It was champagne and hot dogs at dusk on Monday 4th September to celebrate the fifth birthday of Bubbledogs – the brainchild of Sandia Chang and James Knappett. They, of Michelin star restaurant Kitchen Table fame, threw a mother of a party at Borough Market with the return of The Hot Dog Challenge 2017. Continue reading

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Rhythm Kitchen at Westfield Stratford City

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At Westfield Stratford City and craving something good to eat? Might I recommend Rhythm Kitchen for quality Caribbean food?

I really enjoyed my recent lunch there. Continue reading

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#TCTalks | Episode 2 | 2017 Folkestone Triennial

#TCTalks | Episode 2 | 2017 Folkestone Triennial

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Infographic | Photographing the Milky Way

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Ever wondered how best to take a photo of the twinkling stars at night?

Then check out this insightful infographic with tips on how to capture the beauty of the nighttime sky through photography. Continue reading

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4 Eccentric Family Fun Excursions in Mykonos

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Happen to be travelling to Mykonos with your family and children? Well, in this article, I will be listing a few family fun excursions you could plan to go on to ensure you have the perfect family vacation.

These activities in Mykonos will make your trip a memorable one for sure! A lot of the excursions are extremely cheap to suit the budget and needs of your family and they will help in entertaining and educating your children whilst they are on holiday. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #70

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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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“Meet the Makers” at The Stoke House, Nova Victoria

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Nova Victoria’s modern British carvery, The Stoke House, is to launch a new series of “Meet the Makers” dining events to showcase its menu of locally sourced products and highlight the inspiration behind Chef Pete Denhart’s creations.

I tagged along to a preview and was impressed with the provenance of the food I tried. Continue reading

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Very Lazy Cooking Course at Food @ 52

Very Lazy Cooking Course at Food @ 52

Alexandra Kalinowski gets lazy with Instagram sensation @hugdecook.

Me cooking? LOL. Good one.

I’ve just never loved being in the kitchen. Somehow I become impatient. Chopping up a million things is not my idea of a great time. Somehow the heat gets put on too high. Paprika or cayenne? Sorry what, those are different spices? Continue reading

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My Old Dutch Pancake House, High Holborn

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Craving pancakes? My Old Dutch does them right with efficient service.

It’d been a while since I had indulged in a meal at My Old Dutch. But when an invitation to review the High Holborn pancake house came I way I remembered how much I had enjoyed my last time there and was glad to take the restaurant up on its offer to try it again. Continue reading

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Folkestone Triennial 2017

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The Folkestone Triennial returns to the Kentish coast on the 2nd of September for a two month run of free art and related festivities. Just returned from my tour of 2017 exhibition spread across the seaside town of Folkestone, I’m happy to share some of its highlights with you.

Entering its fourth iteration, this year’s citywide and mostly outdoor exhibition carries with it a theme of double edge. Continue reading

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Win a #TomatoParty (30 Bottles of Tomato Juice) from Turner Hardy & Co

Win a #TomatoParty from Turner Hardy & Co

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!

Tomato juice gets an upgrade with Turner Hardy & Co, a new premium not-from-concentrate tomato juice crafted in small batches using sustainably grown handpicked tomatoes from the Isle of Wight.

Turner Hardy & Co juices come in three flavours: Pure, Lively and Fiesty. I love them all – on their own or in a cocktail. I’m certain you will too and have teamed up with Turner Hardy & Co to offer one lucky tikichris reader a chance to win 10 small bottles of each. Yep, that’s 30 bottles of tomato juice for you to have your very own tomato party.

Keep reading for details. Continue reading

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Infographic | UK vs USA: Different Names for the Same Foods

Infographic: UK vs USA Different Names for the Same Foods

It’s been said that the UK and the USA are two nations divided by a common language. Perhaps there’s no better example of the language divide than how each country uses the same terms to describe completely different foods.

This fun infographic does a great job summing up some of the most interesting differences. Continue reading

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Savour the Flavours of Friuli Venezia Giulia | #FVGFlavour

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Before this summer’s tour of Friuli Venezia Giulia, it had been five years since I had visited last this intriguing corner of northeastern Italy. I will not allow so much time to pass until I head back again.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the highlights of my time in FVG. I feel extremely fortunate to have seen such a substantial swathe of this beautiful region. But I realise fully that I’ve only just started to scratch the surface. Continue reading

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The World’s 15 Most Important Tiki Bars (Punch)

The World’s 15 Most Important Tiki Bars

I was honoured and happy to offer my own humble opinion when Punch got in touch to ask my help compiling a list of of the world’s 15 most important tiki bars.

When the list was published, I was chuffed to see a good number of my favourite watering holes in London and around the world had made the final cut and that Punch’s overall list wasn’t too far off from what might be my own personal top 15 tiki bars.

Tiki icons of yore and new-school trailblazers are both represented on the list below, which was compiled by polling some of today’s top tiki experts, including Kirsten; Martin Cate, James Beard award-winning owner of Smuggler’s Cove; Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, author of six books on tiki and owner of Latitude 29; Brian Miller, the so-called “pirate captain of all things tiki in New York City”; and “Tiki” Chris Osburn, a London-based travel writer.

Read more and see the complete list at Punch.

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Trieste: Cafes and Buffets | #FVGFlavour

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My Flavours of Friuli Venezia Giulia tour wrapped up in the stunning and dignified little port city of Trieste – where fantastic regional flavours flourish with flair.

For a city of only around 200,000 residents, Trieste has an impressive number of highly regarded restaurants, cafes, and bars. My visit was way too short to delve into more than a few. But what a tasty few they were! Here’s a look at three of the best. Continue reading

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The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen

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The recently opened Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen brings the best oysters, seafood and fish from across the British Isles to a pleasant (and pleasantly pared down) Covent Garden dining space.

I loved every bite of my lunch at The Oystermen and only hours after my visit found myself persuading friends with pescatarian-leaning palates to make plans with me to dine there in the very near future. I was glad to have dined at this little Henrietta Street eatery and to have had a chance to sample a broad range of items from the menu. Continue reading

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Friuli Veneza Giulia Food and Drink Producers | #FVGFlavour

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With its unique mix of cultures, varied topography, rich soil and access to both the fresh water of the Alps and the bounty of the Adriatic Sea, Fruili Venezia Giulia is home to exceptional food and drink.

Key to bringing these factors together are hard working local producers. Here’s a taste of some of the best I came across during my FVG foodie tour. To be sure, they’re all family-run operations and open to visitors with onsite shops and guided public tours. Continue reading

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HipStar: Collapsible Hands-Free Travel Cart

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HipStar is the world’s first collapsible hands-free travel cart.

Designed to ease the load of moving heavy items over any terrain, HipStar can be used as a cart, backpack, or bike trailer. Indeed, inventor Igor Koshutin reckons his creation has the potential to revolutionise how people travel for work and pleasure. Continue reading

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Trattoria da Ivana & Secondo | #FVGFlavour

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One of the more delectable moments of my visit to Friuli Veneza Giulia (not to mention one of the best meals I’ve had this year) was my lunch at Trattoria da Ivana & Secondo.

During my midday, midweek, mid June visit, this rustic tavern with an upscale but easygoing air was packed (or at least all the outdoor seating) – and with good reason. Continue reading

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Great Jamaican Cuisine at Rudie’s in Dalston

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Head to Dalston for high calibre Caribbean cuisine and cocktails at Rudie’s.

I don’t go out for Jamaican or Caribbean food all that often in London. It’s not because I don’t love the cuisine but because (save for a short list of awesome places) I tend to find most of what’s on offer doesn’t live up to my expectations of how good the food can be. So I’m pleased to report my recent dinner at Rudie’s in Dalston turned out to be such a tasty treat. Continue reading

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