Author Archives: tikichris

About tikichris

London-Based Writer/Photographer

Looking for a Destination to Cool Off This Summer? Go South of the Equator! (Miles Away)

Well, here we are in the middle of summer, that time of the season when the heat and humidity turns all the excitement you’d bottled up in the winter months to sweaty anticipation for fall. If it’s too hot in your hemisphere, you just need to head south – way south – to the Southern Hemisphere. Because while summer sizzles up north it’s Winter on the other side of the Equator. Continue reading

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The Wigmore Opens at The Langham

Luxury HQ, The Langham London hotel, has opened a pub. Set at the original entrance to the hotel (and most recently the former lobbly of the hotel’s spa), The Wigmore is a spacious, high ceilinged place for drinks and casual dining. Continue reading

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Southern Comfort: Exploring the Atlanta Food Scene (Going Places)

Part of the reason Atlanta is such a stand-out city is its sizzling hot food scene. If you’re in town, you know you’re going to leave with a heaping portion of southern hospitality topped with a healthy slathering of southern flavor. Continue reading

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Bombay Sapphire: Destination Delicious

I hope you enjoyed reading about my experiences along The Grand Journey with Bombay Sapphire as much enjoyed sharing them to you. Continue reading

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Enjoy Your Solo Trip Like a Pro

Travelling is a hobby for few, but for others, it is their passion. They want to travel the whole world, meet different people, known about different cultures and take it all in. But seldom have such travel junkies had a partner to share their love of travel. Continue reading

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Adam Rawson Launches Bite Me Burger Co

Chef Adam Rawson has launched Bite Me Burger Co, a mini-burger only eatery on Kingsway just a short stroll from Holborn Station. Continue reading

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Vintage Ales at the Chef’s Table

Vintage and Farmhouse Ales from Central Italy’s Birra del Borgo and Goose Island of Chicago were showcased and paired with dishes designed by TV chef and cookbook author Valentine Warner and Chef Martin Carabott of restaurant Luca at a recent one-off dinner hosted at Carousel in Marylebone. Continue reading

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All Aboard for The Grand Journey with Bombay Sapphire

The Laverstoke Express has arrived in London inviting passengers to climb onboard for an immersive and delicious trip round the world with a stop along the way at every destination where Bombay Sapphire sources its ten botanicals. Continue reading

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Joe Allen is Moving … But Only 25m Down the Street

Stalwart Theatreland haunt, Joe Allen, is leaving its basement home of 40 years to make way for a boutique hotel. Don’t worry though. Owners have already commenced work at a new location, only 25m down the street. Continue reading

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Get #BeachBookReady with the Kobo Pop-Up Beach off Oxford Street

The Kobo #BeachBookReady Pop-Up Beach off of Oxford Street is free to attend and runs from this weekend until 25th of July. Continue reading

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Recipe: Bombay Sapphire Cheesecake Cocktail

Should I have another cocktail or should I have dessert? Yes. And here’s how to have both. At the same time. In the same container. My Bombay Sapphire Cheesecake Cocktail takes this gin’s unique botanical profile and amps it up … Continue reading

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Win £500 and a Crate of Ale from 24hourlondon

Download an app (for free), tell the developers what you honestly think about it and win £500 plus a crate of craft beer? Where do I sign up?!? Keep reading for details about a fun competition from 24hourlondon offering the chance to win £500 and a crate of Tremethick craft ale. Continue reading

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Infographic: 22 Interesting Facts about Mallorca

Do you know how Mallorca got its name? Or when the first human inhabitants arrived on its shores? Got any idea how many restaurants are on the island or just how many glorious hours of sunshine it gets each year? Continue reading

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7 of the Best Secluded & Hidden Beach Destinations Around the World (Miles Away)

We’ve scanned the coasts of the globe to share with you seven of the best beach break destinations where you can truly get away from it all and not have to compete for a patch of sand to pitch your umbrella or struggle for elbow room when you take your dip in the ocean. Continue reading

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Comida Fest 2017

Did you miss Comida Fest at Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich this past weekend? Well then you missed a couple of days of foodie fun. But don’t feel too bad about it. There’ll be a couple of other opportunities to … Continue reading

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Spaghetti House, Argyll Street

It’s one of those places I’ve walked by a gazillion times and never actually entered. But I have been curious these many years there whether or not Spaghetti House was any good. A recent invitation to review the Spaghetti House near Oxford Circus provided the chance to find out. Continue reading

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Bombay Sapphire: A Gin of Ten Journeys

A gin of ten journeys, Bombay Sapphire is distilled from a recipe of ten botanicals: juniper berries, orris root, almond, lemon peel, liquorice, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise. The botanicals are sourced from across the globe – … Continue reading

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World Steak Challenge 2017

Best steak in the world? Here’s the answer from this year’s World Steak Challenge in London – where I got to help judge and have a taste of it and 16 of the other runners up. Last week I sat … Continue reading

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Joseph Beuys’ Boxkampf at Waddington Custot

Waddington Custot gallery in Mayfair brings context to Joseph Beuy’s famed 1972 work of art, Boxkampf für die direkte Demokratie with an exhibition running now until mid August. Continue reading

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Preview: Ales Tales Belgian Beer Festival at Oval Space, 21-22 July

Ales Tales, the UK’s first ever Belgian beer festival, is coming to Oval Space in Hackney. Continue reading

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Packing Hacks for Removals in Watford

The experts at Super Man With A Van Removal Services have gathered some of the best packing hacks that you can use for all your upcoming moves. Continue reading

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The Best Careers for World Travelers (Miles Away)

Do you dream of making a living as a globetrotter, visiting different destinations as a key part of your job? If you can muster the right amount of work ethic and combine it with ample wanderlust and enthusiasm, landing a decent job that allows you to live in amazing places and travel the world is definitely doable and a goal worth pursuing. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Miss Shirley’s

Open for breakfast, lunch and brunch all week long, Miss Shirley’s is a Baltimore institution providing full-on downhome eats (of epic proportion) and equally OTT hair of the dog hangover remedies all with efficient and friendly service. Continue reading

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Stress-Free Summer Cooking with Chef Adam Gray

Chef Adam Gray’s recipe for grilled tuna steak with red cabbage coleslaw and stem broccoli is sizzling summer dish that’s super scrumptious and easy to prepare. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: La Cuchara

Sprawled across a repurposed warehouse near the hipster haunt of Hampden is La Cuchara. Taking inspiration from Basque cuisine and serving mostly small plates many of which are prepared in a wood-fired oven in an open view kitchen, the restaurant melds rustic charm with urban cool. Continue reading

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Come and Get Samoa (City AM)

Samoa has one of the South Pacific’s most beautiful and varied coastlines, complemented by a lush mountainous interior. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: R. House

My ‘taste tour’ of Baltimore continues with a visit to R. House, a giant garage that’s been repurposed into a food hall and launch pad for aspiring local chefs keen to make a mark on the city’s culinary scene. Continue reading

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Interactive Map: The Best Sunset Spots in Ibiza

To help get you ready for your summer holiday, the folks at SkyParkSecure have shared this fun and interactive map featuring the best sunset spots in Ibiza. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Wit & Wisdom

With its “progressive twist on traditional tavern food and Eastern seaboard classics,” the Wit & Wisdom’s menu captivates as much as it comforts. Beyond what’s doing in the kitchen, Wit & Wisdom’s waterfront views from its al fresco bar or inside its plush and expansive dining room are bolstered by friendly and fast service. Continue reading

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Win a Lava BrightSounds 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Lava Sound & Vision has launched its new BrightSounds 2 Bluetooth Speaker, an ideal accessory for music fans on the go. I’ve been enjoying my BrightSounds speaker for a month or so. Quality and clarity of sound is high. It’s really come in handy around the house, in my back garden and on the road. Keep reading for your chance to win one for free. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Sagamore Spirit Distillery

Chief among those leading the Maryland rye revival is Sagamore Spirit. Here’s a straight up take on my visit to its distillery as my Taste Baltimore series continues. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Beer

I had a great time during my few days of foraging through Baltimore discovering some of the best local brews and breweries thanks to the knowledgeable folks at City Brew Tours. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Phillips Seafood

Diving into a bag of steamed blue crabs, cracking each open with a wooden mallet and going at it with hands-on, finger-licking abandon may seem like a far cry from fine dining. But for full-on Chesapeake flavour and a moreishly memorable Maryland meal, there’s no finer way to savour the best of Baltimore than with a visit to Phillips Seafood. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Modern Cook Shop

Market, bar, and restaurant all-in-one, Modern Cook Shop in the historic yet still really very happening neighbourhood of Fell’s Point was an ideal spot for breakfast. Continue reading

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Oh Say Can You #TasteBaltimore?

Big on flavour but convention not so much, Baltimore served up just the sort of yummy fun I love to write about. Continue reading

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