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About tikichris

Chris Osburn is the founder, administrator and editor of tikichris. In addition to blogging, he works as a freelance journalist, photographer, consultant and curator.

Win a Bottle of Aluna Coconut Rum

Aluna Coconut Rum has a warm, complex and completely natural coconut flavour. It’s one of the tastiest drinks I’ve come across in a long while – and one I’m happy to recommend and share with a competition giving away a free bottle to one lucky tikichris reader. Continue reading

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Look After My Bills? Yes Please!

I’ve teamed up with Look After My Bills to help spread the word about how this new free service can save you time and money. Continue reading

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How to Spend a Romantic Weekend in Milan (Metro)

Whether you’re jetting down for an inaugural look-see with your newfound fling or embarking upon an umpteenth tour with your better half, Milan makes a magnificent destination for any romantic urban retreat. Continue reading

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Infographic: Popular Aphrodisiac Foods for British Couples

Oysters, strawberries and sweet treats may be what we traditionally associate as the foods of love, but the British couples are far more likely to go for a juicy steak, roast dinner or spicy curry to get in the mood. Continue reading

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7 of the World’s Best Cities for Pizza! (Miles Away)

Is there any food more universally craved than the humble pizza? We think not and definitely understand why everybody loves this hot oven treat, especially when they’re traveling and out having fun. Typically, you can be anywhere in the world … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea at The Langham London

Langham London Head Pastry Chef, Andrew Gravett, will open his kitchen to small groups as part of a one-time-only Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea. Continue reading

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Dan Witz Mosh Pit Paintings | #TCTalks Episode 11

Episode 11 of tikichris Talks features an in depth interview with New York artist Dan Witz about Mosh Pit Paintings 2010-2018, his exhibition currently on view at Stolenspace Gallery in East London. During our conversation we also chat about Dan’s activism and prolific street art as well as his punk rock past. Continue reading

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Win the Complete Range of Coconut Collective’s 100% Organic Coconut Waters and Milk

Coconut Collective’s range of coconut waters and milks are made from 100% organic King Coconuts from Sri Lanka. I’ve recently had a taste of all the drinks and enjoyed every last sip. Now it’s time to share a free taste with one lucky tikichris reader. Continue reading

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Why Slovenia’s Capital Ljubljana Should be Your Next European Weekend Break (Metro)

Looking for a luxury weekend that won’t break the bank? You need look no further than Ljubljana. Continue reading

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Building a Budget, Brick by Brick

Too many of us either do not have a proper budget, or do not stick to the one we have planned. The importance of a budget not only helps us to regulate and keep track of our spending, it also … Continue reading

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Chef Luigi Taglienti of Lume Milano | #TCTalks Episode 10

Ten episodes deep with tikichris Talks and I’m in Milan conducting an interview with Michelin star chef Luigi Taglienti at Lume, the chef’s highly lauded and multi award winning restaurant. The interview follows directly after an opportunity to try a pescatarian version of Taglienti’s eight course tasting menu – which quite possibly was the most elegantly restrained and exquisitely flavourful dining experiences of my life. Continue reading

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The Quirky and Mysterious Side of Minneapolis (Miles Away)

From out-of-this-world experiences to pleasantly weird art, here’s our rundown of the wacky things you can see and do when you’re in Minneapolis. Continue reading

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Long Weekend: Birmingham (Urban Travel Blog)

Britain’s second city too often plays second fiddle to its celebrated siblings around the UK. But for tasty food and drink, great shopping options, lively nightlife and plenty of cultural things to do, it’s an ideal weekend break. Continue reading

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Guatemala: The Next Top Travel Destination. Here’s Why You Need to Go! (Going Places)

The list of reasons for why you should visit gorgeous Guatemala ASAP, is endless. But here’s a few of our favorites. Continue reading

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Vaca y Marela | #TCTalks Episode 9

The ninth episode of TCTalks gets to the meat of the matter with Clifford Jones about his holistic agricultural project in rural Galicia: Vaca y Marela. In the interview, Clifford explains what makes this verdant corner of northern Spain such an amazing place for food and why beef from the region is so highly prized. Continue reading

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Haggis Hunt | Index

Thanks for joining me on my hunt for the wily haggis across Edinburgh. Continue reading

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Haggis Hunt | Whiski Bar & Restaurant

To wind down my haggis hunt, I’d like to toast this most hearty of dishes and the lovely city with a few words about the lovely meal had at Whiski Bar & Restaurant on the Royal Mile. Continue reading

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Haggis Hunt | Dough Pizza

Haggis on a pizza!?!? Don’t knock till you’ve tried it. And if you’re trying it in Edinburgh, head to Dough Pizza for the especially tasty and haggis-enhanced Scozia pizza. Continue reading

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Haggis Hunt | Holyrood 9A

Next stop on the Edinburgh haggis hunt is, Holyrood 9A, an Old Town pub where the grub is burger and the beer is craft. Continue reading

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Haggis Hunt | The Royal McGregor

First up among my haggis hunt highlights is the majestic breakfast I had at The Royal McGregor. Continue reading

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On the Haggis Hunt in Edinburgh

On the hunt for haggis? Have a look at the best I tried during a recent Edinburgh expedition. Continue reading

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What Expats in London Need to Know

Fortunately, making London your new home is not as daunting as it might seem. Continue reading

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Win a Valentine Sleekster Box of Chocolates from Hotel Chocolat

Have a happy Valentine’s Day with that special someone enjoying a Valentine Sleekster box of chocolates from Hotel Chocolat. I’ve got one set aside as a prize for one lucky tikichris reader. Continue reading

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The Cheapest Countries You Should Visit in Central and South America (Going Places)

Here’s a list of countries in Central and South America for you to adventure to without completely emptying your bank account! Continue reading

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The Civil Rights Trail: A Journey Through America’s Painful Birth to Social Justice (Miles Away)

The United States Civil Rights Trail was launched on New Year’s Day 2018 – a significant date because it is the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s decree that freed slaves during the Civil War. Continue reading

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Clamato Kitchen | Quick and Easy Clamato and Prawns Spaghetti

Here’s my second Clamato Kitchen recipe. I kept it super simple to 1) show off how much flavour Clamato can add to a dish and 2) I’m lazy. Continue reading

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Anne-Sophie Pic for Sushi Shop | Episode 8 | #TCTalks

Episode 8 of tikichris Talks features two interviews from back in October when I had the pleasure of attending a sneak preview of the three Michelin Star Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s collaboration with the Paris-based upscale takeaway restaurant group, Sushi Shop. Continue reading

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Detox Destinations for a New You in a New Year (Miles Away)

If December’s festive excesses have you feeling like you need a chilled out, health conscious, and contemplative break before truly diving into 2018, have a look at these lovely and laidback locations in the US and across the globe where daily digital doings are a no-no, yoga is a big “yes” and delicious vegan dishes are in splendidly abundant supply. Continue reading

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Ljubljana Lux | Index

I hope enjoyed the slowing down to enjoy some of the finer things in Slovenia with me. Continue reading

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Clamato Kitchen | Sriracha Sloppy Joes

Searching for a sloppy joe recipe with some bite and and an extra savoury depth of flavour? You’ll love my recipe for Clamato sriracha sloppy joes. Continue reading

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Ljubljana Lux | Movia Wine

Though there’s hardly enough produced to ship much to the UK, Slovenia is renowned for its excellent wines. During my visit to Ljubljana, I managed a quick jaunt out of town to the award-winning, family owned and run Movia Estate to have a taste for myself. Continue reading

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Catching up with Difference Coffee Company

My August 2016 introduction to Difference Coffee Company and its founder Amir Gehl has now gone cold and requires a top up. But rather than a refill, Difference deserves a new cup as Amir has upped even his own game. Continue reading

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Ljubljana Lux | Strelec Restaurant

Exquisite food and magnificent views were experienced in full force at Strelec Restaurant in Ljbubljana, where my lunch turned out to be one of the best meals I had in 2017. Continue reading

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Clamato Kitchen

I’ve teamed up with the makers of famously clam-flavoured Clamato tomato juice for Clamato Kitchen, a series of recipes (and maybe more) about cooking with Clamato. Continue reading

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Ljubljana Lux | InterContinental

In sharp contrast to Ljubljana’s largely low rise look, the sleek modernist 20-storey InterContinental Ljubljana certainly stood out as a gleaming landmark during my lux weekend break in the Slovenian capital. Continue reading

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