#TCTalks | Episode 1 | Hey Y’all

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Recipe: Rooibos Ribeye

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I’m not sure where the idea for this came from, but it really works. And digging around online for inspiration suggests using rooibos to flavour meat isn’t that strange of a notion.

Playing around with the rub I tried it on three different cuts of beef: fillet, sirloin and rib eye. It was tasty with all three. But I reckon it went best with the ribeye. Continue reading

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Ted’s Grooming Room

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For a shave and a haircut (and a chance to relax) head to Ted’s Grooming Room.

I recently got invited round to Ted’s Soho location for a Cut a Dash with Ted treatment (£75). The hour-long service featured a haircut combined with a hot towel treatment and a shave, with ear flaming, brow threading and even an arm massage. Considering the raw material my barber had to work with, I’d say he did a fantastic job. Continue reading

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#RutteRoute | Win a Bottle of Rutte Old Simon Genever

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Definitely the coolest aspect of my recent visit to the Netherlands was getting to see firsthand how and where Rutte makes its gin and genever.

But before continuing too much further along my path to discover the history of gin and genever, perhaps I should talk about the differences between these two related spirits – and maybe even offer one lucky reader a taste of genever with a chance to win a bottle of one of the best, Rutte Old Simon. Continue reading

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Which Caribbean Island Should You Retire to? (Going Places)

Which Caribbean Island Should You Retire to?

If you’re starting to plan ahead for retirement and wonder just how far your money can go in the Caribbean, then this list is for you.

Join us as we dream a little about relocating to five of the best islands in the Caribbean for Americans to enjoy their retirement while considering some of the practicalities of doing so in each place.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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The Rutte Route to Discovering the History of Gin and Genever

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A little over a month ago I tagged along on a mini tour of The Netherlands en route to the Rutte & Sons Distillery on the tiny island of Dordrecht in South Holland.

Hosted by the friendly folks from Rutte, it was an amazing little trip full of flavoursome food, fantastic drinks and awesome nightlife as well as a chance to trace the history of gin and its predecessor genever while learning about Rutte’s significant role in that lineage. Continue reading

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Reducing Food Waste with Maille and OLIO

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A recent event at the Maille Boutique on the Piccadilly highlighted delicious ways to reduce food waste compliments of Harry Lalousis – the world’s first and only mustard sommelier – and the free food sharing app OLIO.

I had a tasty time attending and learned a lot. Continue reading

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Jose Gordon’s El Capricho Menu at The World’s End Market

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King’s Road restaurant, The World’s End Market, has launched a new “Jose Gordon (El Capricho)” menu offering select cuts of extra mature ox meat reared and aged by Spanish grill master, ox farmer and Chef Patron of acclaimed El Capricho restaurant (and Netflix star), Jose Gordon.

For a gorgeous steak that’s more of a one-off special treat than one more slab of meat, this menu is just the thing. With it, World’s End just leapt from a reliable go-to for when I’m down that way to one of the most exciting places I’ve eaten in London this year. And my recent dining experience there was a deeply flavoursome one to savour. Continue reading

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Why You Should Retire to Thailand (Miles Away)

Retire in Thailand

About to take the leap into retirement and thinking of doing so overseas? Your options are many but the argument for putting Thailand at the top of your list is strong.

The cost of living in Thailand is much cheaper than it is in the US. Still, standards in the Southeast Asian nation are still relatively high when it comes to housing and general quality of life.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Bottomless Brunch at The Vincent

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The Vincent near Hackney Downs has launched a weekend brunch menu featuring bottomless coffee, cocktails and prosecco alongside a yummy assortment of breakfast and otherwise brunch-able dishes.

I enjoyed my chance to give the new menu a run through last weekend (and could done with a good run afterward but opted only for a stroll through the Downs). Continue reading

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Good Stuff #69

Good Stuff

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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Use the Power of the World Wide Web to Book Your Next Vacation

Use the Power of the World Wide Web to Book Your Next Vacation

If you’re ready to do some traveling, now is the time. There has never been a better time to cure your traveling blues by making tracks across the globe. The power of the world wide web has made it easier than ever to book the vacation of your dreams.

Now is the time for you to take advantage of a series of incredible new offers that are about to open up before your astonished eyes. For example, if you are interested in traveling to the Southern Hemisphere, all you need to do is punch in a search for “Fiji vacations” and an amazing variety of choices will quickly appear. Continue reading

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8 Amazing Cities Not Yet Overrun by Tourists (Going Places)

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As travel gets easier and more affordable, so does the likelihood that all those amazing places you hope to visit will be swamped with tourists by the time you’re able to get to them.

To help you hit some of the world’s most awesome cities before they’re mobbed by everybody else, we’ve compiled this list of eight of the best that are definitely worth checking out.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Win a Pair of Tickets to Foodies Festival with Feeney’s Irish Cream

Win tickets to Foodies Festival with Feeney's Irish Cream

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!

I’ve teamed up with luxury drink brand Feeney’s Irish Cream for an especially smooth competition.

We’re offering the chance for one lucky tikichris reader to win a pair of tickets to the Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace in London or South Parks in Oxford. Continue reading

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Last-Minute Trips You Should Take Before Your Kids Go Back to School (Miles Away)

Last-minute family vacation ideas

Taking advantage of the last days of summer to get away with the whole family before school gets back in session can help ease the pain of adjusting to the daily rigors of an early start, tight schedule and demands of homework. A family trip before the school daze is a fun way to bond and make memories to last throughout your children’s academic year.

Here’s a look at four short stay vacation ideas that you and your family can take last minute before your kids head back to class.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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The London Pop-Up Guide

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There has certainly been no shortage of pop-up food and drink experiences in London over the years.

From the innovative, like when Dalston’s Jones & Sons teamed up with PokerStars to create the “All-In Kitchen” to the downright distasteful (death row dinners anyone?). Londoners have seen, eaten, and drunk it all! And though there’s been a vast array of pop-ups running throughout the city all summer, things are set to continue into autumn.

Here’s the lowdown on some of the best pop-up dining experiences starting this month. Continue reading

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New Cocktails at Great Northern Hotel

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A ‘yeah sure’ turned into an ‘oh wow’ just a few sips into an accepted invitation to sample a range of new signature cocktails at Great Northern Hotel’s GNH Bar and Snug Bar.

Head Bartender Harry Nikolaou’s brilliant creations beguiled as much as they refreshed, enticing as they intoxicated. Continue reading

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Llamb’s Day Dinner at Tom Simmons – Tower Bridge

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Chef Tom Simmons of MasterChef – The Professionals 2011 fame has opened an eponymous restaurant (his first) at the south end of Tower Bridge, showcasing his admiration of British and French cuisine with an emphasis on his Pembrokeshire heritage and on sourcing high quality Welsh ingredients.

I’d been trying to get a table at Tom Simmons – Tower Bridge since the restaurant opened a few weeks back but to no avail. The nights when I could go were all booked up. So when an invitation to attend a LLamb’s Day press dinner came my way I was glad to RSVP my seat at the table.

A few bites into my meal I was even more pleased to have been able to join the event. Continue reading

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Official J&T of Juliette’s Interiors

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So remember that Ginspiration Challenge I wrote about a few weeks ago? Well check it out: I won it!

My “Juliette’s Garden G&T” is now the official “J&T” for Chelsea-based high end luxury brand, Juliette’s Interiors. Continue reading

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Jazzgir, Canary Wharf

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Jazzgir near South Quay brings Mediterranean cuisine with jazzy flair to the Docklands.

I was really pleased with my recent visit Jazzgir. Continue reading

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The Dayrooms Cafe

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The Dayrooms Café – an “Aussie inspired café” in Notting Hill – is a pleasant spot for a casual meal and top quality coffee.

I really enjoyed my Dayrooms lunch and the relaxed comfortable setting. Continue reading

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The Art of Traveling With Your Girlfriend (Going Places)

The Art of Traveling with Your Girlfriend

Going on a trip with your girlfriend can definitely prove to be a challenge. I mean, you do want to her to have a good time, but it’s also got to be balanced with some amazing experiences that the BOTH of you can share and enjoy.

To get you heading in the right direction when you start planning your trip, here are a few simple tips to keep in mind.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Jinkx Monsoon of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Leicester Square Theatre

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Season 5 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon returns to the London stage this October with a short string of nightly shows at Leicester Square Theatre as part of the drag performers UK tour.

Jinkx Sings Everything promises a mix of Broadway and West End show stoppers and cheeky improve, with the song list each night created on-the-spot based on audience requests. Continue reading

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Win a Free Copy of Gesmay Paynter’s The Secret Life of Bananas Cookery Book

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Gesmay Paynter’s recipe book, The Secret Life of Bananas, features a bunch of delicious recipes with bananas as the main ingredient. I’ve certain found it to be an a-peel-ing read, and I’m sure you will too.

Keep reading for your chance to win a free copy of this tasty book for yourself. Continue reading

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Free Wine Pop-Up in Soho: The Grand Cork Experiment

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Multi-sensory experience designers, Bompas & Parr, have teamed up with the Portuguese Cork Association to launch a corker of a pop-up running today and tomorrow (Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July) in Soho.

The event offers the chance to touch, see, hear and – mostly importantly – taste the effects of cork while discovering the journey it takes from the forests of Portugal to the neck of a wine bottle or however else the 100% sustainable product may be used. Continue reading

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Mr Black’s Espresso Martini Festival

Mr Black's Espresso Martini Festival

Love an espresso martini? There’s a festival for that.

Coffee liqueur company, Mr Black, is launching London’s first festival dedicated to the espresso martini. Mr Black’s Espresso Martini Festival will run from 10 to 12 August at a range of bars, cafes and restaurants in London. Continue reading

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California: Designing Freedom at the Design Museum

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The California: Designing Freedom exhibition at London’s Design Museum takes a look at America’s most populous state and its most popular contributions to design.

A recent shindig hosted by Visit California presented a golden opportunity to head over to the Design Museum (for my first time since it moved from Shad Thames to its gorgeously mid century modern digs at the Commonwealth Institute at Holland Park) and to have a gander at the museum’s Designing Freedom exhibition. Continue reading

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Get a Free Cocktail at Barsmith in Farringdon #BarsmithGoesTiki

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Popular Farringdon watering hole, Barsmith, has “gone tiki” for the summer. The bar has gone generous too with an exclusive offer of a free cocktail to 50 tikichris readers.

House-infused spirits and cocktails are the modus operandi at Barsmith, and this summer the bar is adding a refreshing tropical theme to the mix with a Tiki Menu of island style bar snacks, pizzas and (of course) drinks. Continue reading

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Tickets for London Restaurant Festival Go on Sale

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London Restaurant Festival will celebrate its 9th year of foodie fun this October. Tickets are now on sale for the month long citywide festival (with some of the biggest events already sold out or soon to be).

LRF’s two main elements are Restaurant Experiences and Festival Menus along with Eat Film screenings, an expanded Ultimate Gastronomic Weekend, wine tastings and more. Continue reading

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Recipe: Cloudy Cider Wings | #WingingIt

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Cloudy cider and an uncloudy sky? It’s time to get outside and BBQ!

Refreshing to drink, Thatchers Haze Cloudy Somerset Cider is a winner of a quencher at any BBQ or outdoor get together. It’s crisp and sweet – but not too sweet – and when served super ice cold will cool you down and jazz things up. Continue reading

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Percy Pig Turns 25

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Percy Pig, model for and namesake of Marks & Spencer’s popular fruit flavoured gummies, turns 25 years old this month (23 July to be exact).

Of course this isn’t just any birthday. So to celebrate the occasion M&S has created a range of special recipes. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #68

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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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6 Great Ideas for Trips to Take with Your Parents (Going Places)

6 Great Trips to Take with Your Parents

Nothing can beat the memories made when spending quality time with your family. Planning a vacation with your parents can provide the perfect opportunity to catch up, reflect and have a lot of fun together.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to make the most of a getaway with your folks.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Cocktail Recipe: Juliette’s Garden G&T

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Fancy a refreshing gin and tonic with a light floral bouquet and a hint of island spice? Try my recipe for Juliette’s Garden G&T.

I’ve been invited to participate in friendly little Ginspiration Cocktail Competition by Juliette’s Interiors to help celebrate the launch of the luxury brand’s Most Perfect Modern Gin Trolley. My contribution? Juliette’s Garden G&T, a guaranteed quencher that (IMHO) is ideal for garden entertaining or bringing the best elements of the outdoors inside for more formal affairs. Continue reading

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HotTug London

HotTug London

Okay London, are you ready for a HotTug chug down the Regent’s Canal? Alexandra Kalinowski investigates.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a HotTug comes to London. Yes, a floating hot tub. It’s basically bathception. Continue reading

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