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London-Based Writer/Photographer

Top Places Any *REAL* The Walking Dead Fan Should Visit (Miles Away)

Every scene of this long-running blockbuster series has been shot in Georgia with much of it done in Atlanta or within an hour’s drive south of town. Many TWD locations are accessible to the public and easy to reach by car. Continue reading

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Moreishly Modern Indian Cuisine at Grand Trunk Road, South Woodford

As its name suggests, Grand Trunk Road celebrates the ancient trade route from “Kabul to Kolkata” through a wealth of South Asian regional dishes (and emphasis on Chef Sharma’s Northern Indian roots). Continue reading

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New BBQ Menu at St Bart’s Brewery

St Bart’s Brewery has launched a meaty new “barbecue soul food” menu (not such a bad idea for a pub situated across the street from Smithfield Market). Part of the Hush Heath Estate group, the pub uses apple wood from its Kent estate to smoke and cook a range of fresh and sustainably sourced British meat, fish and vegetables. Continue reading

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Surprisingly Healthy Snacks for Any Party

Trying to find light meals that will fit each diet and nutrition needs of those attending your gathering can be difficult, especially if you know that more than one person struggles with dietary issues. Continue reading

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Louis XIII Pop-Up Boutique at Harrods

Luxury Cognac Louis XIII by Remy Martin has launched its first ever pop-up boutique and taken over five of Harrods’ Brompton Road window displays. Continue reading

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Win a Personalised Box of Cereal from Nestlé’s Aisle of Wonder

Like your breakfast with a twist – and for free? Check out Nestlé Breakfast Cereals’ Aisle of Wonder pop-up and the giveaway collaboration we’ve blended up especially for tikichris readers. Continue reading

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Highbury Music Venue The Garage Relaunches

New owners DHP Family (Oslo in Hackney and Rock City in Nottingham) are relaunching the famed (and infamous) music venue this month. Updates include a new sound system, decor and bar; a revamped intimate gig space upstairs; and an all-day café and bar on the ground floor. Continue reading

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Fine Drinking on a Budget: The Best Whiskey for a Great Price

Fine Drinking on a Budget: The Best Whiskey for a Great Price Continue reading

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#SaintPabu in Review

Spending early spring free time floating around western Brittany’s Finistère was a fine way to unwind and invigorate. The tiny seaside village of Saint-Pabu was a perfect point from which to plot daytrips, beach walks and forest hikes. Continue reading

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Division 194 at The King & Co

Po-boy purveyors, Division 194, have set up shop in the kitchen of Clapham pub The King & Co for the next several weeks with a menu oozing with New Orleans inspiration and a dash of American gourmand excess. Continue reading

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Hiking Huelgoat | #SaintPabu

Set in the Arrée Mountains, the village of Huelgoat is a picturesque village bordered by a 37-acre lake and the 2,500-acre state managed Amorique Natural Regional Park with loads of great forest walks accessed from the centre of the village. Continue reading

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Should I Mail My Luggage Instead of Checking It in? (Miles Away)

If you’re planning a trip with bulky baggage or simply more luggage than usual, you might want to consider shipping your things to your destination rather than checking in with them when you fly. Continue reading

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Beaches and Coastal Walks Near #SaintPabu

For my third post about visiting Saint-Pabu in the Finistère of western Brittany, I’d like to share a list of some of the most scenic beaches and coastal paths in the area. Continue reading

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Cognac Tasting at The Whisky Exchange

Cognac is perhaps the world’s most highly esteemed and least understood spirit. So the chance for a tasting with The Whisky Exchange buyer Dawn Davies MW at The Whisky Exchange’s Covent Garden flagship was one I relished. Continue reading

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Getting to #SaintPabu with #BrittanyFerries

Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Saint-Pabu is a 20 minute drive north of Brest. As for other Bretagne towns of relative size, Morlaix is about an hour away, Quimper is roughly an hour and a half, and St-Malo is just over two. Wherever you’re headed in Brittany, your trip is bound to be scenic as I spied during my jaunts round its wild coastal region of Finistère. One such panoramic route was the hour-long drive from Roscoff to Saint-Pabu. Continue reading

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Recipe: Miso Butter Wings | #WingingIt

My recipe for miso butter chicken wings turned out even more delicious than I had hoped. Continue reading

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Comment Allez-Vous? Salutations de #SaintPabu

I spent the last two weeks of March in France, enjoying the arrival of spring in the small seaside village of Saint-Pabu. I was there with Kemey, staying at her mom’s cottage, just taking it easy for most part and venturing out from time to time for walks along Finistère’s brawny, creviced coast and through its verdant ancient forests. Continue reading

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Spring Strawberries at StreetXO

Talk about a fruitful team up! The folks behind Seasonal Berries – a year-round campaign funded by British Summer Fruits and representing 98% of British berry growers – organised a spring fling lunch with edgy upscale Mayfair restaurant StreetXO to demonstrate the vibrant versatility of the much adored but seldom tampered with strawberry. Continue reading

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Decrease the Crease: 6 Tips for Wrinkle-Free Packing (Going Places)

Want to arrive at your next destination looking your best instead of like a crumpled mess? Have a look at our list of tips to help you go wrinkle-free when you pack. Continue reading

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Sponsored Video: Norwegian Reward from Norwegian Air

Norwegian Air’s frequent flyer rewards program is called Norwegian Reward. It’s free and easy to join and makes flying with this low-cost airline even more affordable. Continue reading

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Tabun Kitchen, Soho

Tabun Kitchen serves “Jerusalem home cooking” from a comfortable Soho nook on Berwick Street. I had a satisfying lunch there recently and thought I’d pass the word on about it. Continue reading

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Pulp – Fun New Way to Learn about Wine

Pulp is a new startup for budding wine enthusiasts that wants to make you a wine expert at-home and at-ease … and at 50% off for tikichris readers. Continue reading

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Win a Month’s Supply of Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs

You’ll find Hippeas at stockists such as Waitrose, As Nature Intended, Boots, Holland & Barrett, Ocado, Planet Organic, Superdrug, Whole Foods Market, W H Smith and more – including right at your front door for free if you’re the lucky reader who wins the month supply that Hippeas and I have teamed up to giveaway. Continue reading

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Get Five Free Lunches in London with MealPal

For a limited time, I’ve teamed up with MealPal to offer readers five free lunches. Continue reading

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Southern Pride (Foodism)

The Louisiana city of New Orleans is a melting pot of great restaurants. In a city where food options abound, Chris Osburn gives us his hot takes. Continue reading

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Free Cheese and Wine Festival at East Village, Stratford

East Village will host a free cheese and wine festival the weekend of 1 April. No fooling. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #65

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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Something’s Brewing (espressoCrazy)

Home baristas (and home baristas hopefuls) listen up! I’m planning to hone in on a theme for my next round of espressoCrazy blogging endeavours with a series of posts about coffee brewing methods and equipment. Continue reading

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Sponsored Video: Best Lunch in Malmö?

Sweden’s third biggest city, Malmö, aims to draw food lovers from near and far with a new series of foodie videos. The series is presented by the city of Malmö to celebrate and honour its burgeoning dining scene with a … Continue reading

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Bloggers, Make Money with blogfoster UK

Make money blogging with newly launched blogfoster UK. Continue reading

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Ember London, Monument EC3

Fancy cocktails and bar food are the hallmark at Ember London, a sleek and slightly secretive basement bar recently opened just steps away from Monument Station. Continue reading

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Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend

Appleton Estate marks Joy Spence’s 20th anniversary as Master Blender, Joy Spence – the world’s first female master blender – with a limited edition 25-year-old rum named in her honour. And it is a Joy indeed to drink. Continue reading

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Pra’ delle Torri Holiday Centre Near Venice | #pradelletorri

On the lookout for an ideal Italian holiday for your family? Consider Pra’ delle Torri Holiday Centre near Venice for its lively line up of fun things to do like lounging on the beach, splashing around at the centre’s own waterpark, golfing, biking, and lots, lots more. Continue reading

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Sakura: Adam Rawson Japanese Pop-Up at Borough Wines & Beers

Sakura refers to the celebration of cherry blossoms in Japan. It’s also the name of a pop-up at the Essex Road outlet of Borough Wines & Beers featuring an outstanding assortment of dishes by Chef Adam Rawson paired with sake, beer, wine and cocktails – and like Japan’s famous cherry blossoms, this beautiful opportunity will be gone before you know it. Continue reading

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Recipe: Skrei and Sanguinello | #OhMyCod

Here’s a simple recipe for a fish dish incorporating two sensational seasonals: skrei (Norwegian cod) and sanguinello (blood orange). Continue reading

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