Author Archives: tikichris

About tikichris

London-Based Writer/Photographer

#TCTalks | Episode 3 | #365LDNCafes

Did you ever wonder if it would be possible to visit a different independent café in London for every day of the year? It’s doable – and indeed has been done by Alexandra Kalinowski. I sat down recently with Alexandra for a conversation over coffee about her #365LDNCafes project and more. Continue reading

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8 Free Smartphone Apps You Need When You Travel (Going Places)

Check out this octet of free to download apps for iPhone and Android devices that everyone should have on their phone when they travel. Continue reading

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The Dayrooms Café WC1

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

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Christmas Menus at The Bull & The Hide

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 … 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)

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. Continue reading

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Decorex 2017

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.

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

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)

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. Continue reading

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

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

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Wine Explorers at Carluccio’s

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. Continue reading

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Win Two Bottles Each of the Five New Soda Folk Flavours

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 … Continue reading

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Up in the Air About 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

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. Continue reading

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Rhythm Kitchen at Westfield Stratford City

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

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#TCTalks | Episode 2 | 2017 Folkestone Triennial

I’m back with my second episode – and really the first actual episode with any substance – of my tikichris talks podcast. This one’s about the 2017 Folkestone Triennial and specifically Halfway to Heaven, one of its commissioned works by composer and sound artist Emily Peasgood.  Continue reading

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Infographic | Photographing the Milky Way

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

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4 Eccentric Family Fun Excursions in Mykonos

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. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #70

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

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. Continue reading

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My Old Dutch Pancake House, High Holborn

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

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Folkestone Triennial 2017

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. Continue reading

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Win a #TomatoParty (30 Bottles of Tomato Juice) 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 … Continue reading

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Infographic | UK vs USA: Different Names for the Same 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

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)

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 most important tiki bars. Continue reading

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Trieste: Cafes and Buffets | #FVGFlavour

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 … Continue reading

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The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen

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. Continue reading

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Friuli Veneza Giulia Food and Drink Producers | #FVGFlavour

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. Continue reading

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HipStar: 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

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. Continue reading

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Great Jamaican Cuisine at Rudie’s in Dalston

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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Flavours of Friuli Venezia Giulia | #FVGFlavour

Located in the far northeast corner of Italy, Friuli Venezia Giulia borders Austria to its north, Slovenia to its east and the Italian autonomous region of Veneto to the west. It has a long stretch of Adriatic shoreline, is home to the mighty Dolomite Mountains, and boasts a fascinating and culturally complex history. Continue reading

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Cooking with a Wood-Fired Oven with Manna from Devon

Holly and David Jones of Manna from Devon Cooking School in Kingswear, Devon came north to London earlier this summer for some wood-fired oven demos at The Swan pub in Chiswick. I was wiser (and fuller) for having dropped by for a session. Continue reading

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#RutteRoute Round Up

My route to discovering the Dutch origins of genever and gin was a fun and flavoursome chance to enjoy some of the best food, drinks, sights and nightlife in Rotterdam and Dordrecht. Indeed, quaint Dordrecht was completely off my radar … Continue reading

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#TCTalks | Episode 1 | Hey Y’all

Hey y’all. This is Chris Osburn, aka tikichris, and I”m here with a quick message. Continue reading

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