Category Archives: Christmas

Top Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Travel (Going Places)

Tyler Olson / Shutterstock Tis the season – or maybe not quite yet but it’ll be here quicker than you can jingle a bell – for holiday travel. It’s America’s busiest time of the year on the roads and in … Continue reading

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2016 Resolutions

For 2016, I hope to not only continue trying for the chance to tell compelling stories, but also to realise more fully my voice in that process.
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London Daily Photo: Santa

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The Best of Sicilian Cuisine for Christmas

Come Christmas time, Sicilians get busy planning the feast they will be preparing and sharing with families and friends. They love their food and they are proud of their culinary culture. During the holidays is one of the best times to visit the place because the atmosphere is cheerful and you will find the aromas of food waffling through the air in every corner you go. Continue reading

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Cocoa-Centric Cuisine at Rabot 1745, Borough Market

Rabot 1745 is Hotel Chocolat’s cocoa-based restaurant. Set in the heart of Borough Market with an expansive terrace offering commanding views over the market this shop/café/bar/restaurant is a great place to sneak a chocolate treat, grab a drink (especially if you’re in the mood to peruse a fantastic list of rums – just be sure to enquire about what rums are behind the bar but possibly not mentioned in the drinks list) and/or have a surprisingly sophisticated meal. Continue reading

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Win a Certainly Wood Traditional Yule Log for Christmas

Yule love this Christmas competition for a free Yule log from Certainly Wood. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #48

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Grub Edible insect innovators, Grub, … Continue reading

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The New Christmas Game Menu at Brasserie Blanc Has Some Pheasant Surprises

Christmas has arrived early at Brasserie Blanc, where a menu of festive game courses threatens to overturn turkey as the holiday pièce de résistance – much to my own pheasant surprise! Continue reading

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Win a Budweiser #BudWiseMen Christmas Jumper

Just because you ought to drink responsibly during the festive season (or anytime of year for that matter) doesn’t mean you have to dress responsibly when out and about drumming up Christmas cheer! Check out Budweiser’s amazing #BudWiseMen Christmas jumper … and your chance to won one! Continue reading

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7 of England’s Best Christmas Markets and Winter Fairs (OneTravel)

Some of England’s most beautiful National Trust sites are also among the best places to get into the festive spirit. The National Trust protects and keeps open to the public 350 historic houses, gardens, and ancient monuments (as well as … Continue reading

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Bloggers’ Picks: 22 Things to do in London this Winter (Time Out)

Time Out recently ran a piece about “22 things to do in London this winter,” featuring ideas from 22 bloggers, including yours truly. Magical pop-ups, crisp park walks and juicy roast dinners: clued-up London bloggers give us their suggestions for … Continue reading

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VoIP Me Back Home with Vonage

Still regularly using a landline? Or … got a landline that you never use but would if you knew doing so could save you loads of money making calls? I’ve been trying out Vonage recently and have been pleased with … Continue reading

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2015 Resolutions

In many ways, I feel like I hit my stride in 2014 (as much as ‘my stride’ pertains to my work as a writer and photographer anyway). I’m generally pleased with the amount and quality of work that came my way – especially during the last half of the year – and very much hope such good fortune continues well into 2015. Continue reading

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24 Reasons to Love London at Christmas (Time Out)

I was rather flattered to be asked to contribute to Time Out’s list of 24 Reasons to Love London at Christmas. My bit (roaming round Spitalfields and paying a visit to Dennis Severs’ House is 13th down on the list). … Continue reading

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Win a De Beauvoir Deli Basket from The De Beauvoir Deli Co

Teaming up with the dynamic De Beauvoir Deli, I’ve come up with a great excuse to pop round this ace little shop by offering my readers the chance to win a De Beauvoir Deli Basket valued at £30. The lucky winner will need to be able to pick up the prize in shop and will walk home with a delectable assortment of treats in a handy dandy 12” basket. Continue reading

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Good Stuff

Good Stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Cheer in Style with Your Own Limited Edition Stella Artois Christmas Chalice

That’s right, Stella Artois has released a Limited Edition Christmas Chalice, available only while stocks last. Continue reading

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Win a 600g 50 Flavour Christmas Gift Box from Jelly Belly

Love Jelly Belly gourmet jelly beans? They make a great gift for Christmas! Here’s your chance to win a 600g 50 Flavour Jelly Belly Gift Box featuring a special Christmas Design sleeve that’s a UK web exclusive! Continue reading

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The World’s Most Christmassy Destinations (OneTravel)

Tis the season to see the world! Here are five destinations where it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Each would make an excellent place to find yourself during the holiday season and would yield so many rich experiences … Continue reading

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O Compact Oriental Spruce, O Compact Oriental Spruce?

Having just moved into a new home with a small garden a couple of months back, this Christmas is going to be a particularly green one for me. With a delivery last week of a Compact Oriental Spruce from Swiss mail order nursery, Lubera, the festive gardening season has commenced. Let’s hope Santa’s sack is filled with compost this year! Continue reading

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You Better Watch Out – It’s Time for Krampus to Return! (OneTravel)

Oh sure, no child wants to make Santa’s Naughty List. But the dude whose bad side your little ones definitely should keep clear of this festive season ain’t Saint Nick. It’s Krampus (aka the anti-Santa and the Christmas devil) – … Continue reading

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Good Stuff

Good Stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Valrhona 12 Buches de Noel (Great British Chefs)

Talk about a baker’s dozen! This Christmas for the first time ever luxury chocolate maker Valrhona has teamed up with 12 of London’s best pastry chefs to launch a dozen limited edition Buches de Noel – each made with Valrhona chocolate and with individuality, imagination and skill applied by the chefs. Continue reading

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Win a Pasta e Sughi Christmas Gift Box from Carluccio’s

The gracious folks at Carluccio’s have offered (for a second year in a row – grazie!) to share a free Pasta e Sughi gift box valued at £29.95 with one tikichris reader. A Christmas gift to inspire the chef in you, this fantastic prize includes three delicious pasta and sauce pairings plus a recipe book by Antonio Carluccio! Continue reading

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Jack Daniel’s Christmas

Are you starting any new traditions this festive season or looking forward to adhering to some well-established favourites? However you plan to enjoy the wind down to the New Year, be sure to celebrate joyfully and drink responsibly. Merry Christmas. Continue reading

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Copas Turkeys and the Art of Christmas

I’ve been a fan of Copas Turkeys for a few years. So when an invitation from the family run farm landed in my inbox to attend “The Art of Christmas” masterclass on preparing and presenting their delicious free range, plucked by hand and game hung turkeys, I RSVPed ASAP. Continue reading

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Christmas in July? Good Stuff!

Ho ho huh? Here’s a bagful of seasonally premature Good Stuff to stuff keep in mind as 2014 rolls onwards to a hopefully very festive end. With many major brands (and those wishing to be so) hosting sneak preview shows every July to highlight what’s on their nice lists for Christmas, it’s a fun if odd time to be on the consumer end of media. Anyway, I’m never one to turn down an invite to a party – even if I’m not sure if it’s half a month early or late. So, deck the hall and all that jazz as I share some of the more notable Yuletide prospects I came across this past month. Enjoy. Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve Dinner at Nobu London

What a way to end (and start) a year! The seven course New Year’s Eve 2013 dinner and wine menu at Nobu London at the Metropolitan Hotel ended the year on a delectable note and set high the bar for restaurant experiences for the months to come. Check it out … Continue reading

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Top Tips for London’s Big Winter Sales (CheapOair)

London’s best shops and department stores may be taking down the Christmas lights and tossing their trees to the curb, but for bargain hunters visiting in search of a heavy dose of retail therapy the festivities have only just begun … Continue reading

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2014 Resolutions

I like what I do and I like how this past year played out. New Year’s resolution for 2014? Keep plugging away. Continue reading

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Bompas & Parr Add Flavour to London’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations with World’s First Multi Sensory Fireworks

London’s favourite jellymongers, Bompas & Parr, are working with Vodafone, in partnership with the Mayor of London, to create the world’s first mutli-sensory firework display for London’s New Year’s Eve. Wow. If you’re planning on hitting the street for a … Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Well, I Tried.

So, my first attempt constructing a traditional Scandi Pepperakashus turned out to be a bit of a disaster. I blame the glögg. Still it tasted great, and I had a lot of fun playing around with my gingerbread kit from Scandinavian Kitchen … Continue reading

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Top 5 Christmas Lights in London (CheapOair)

Tis the season to enjoy the twinkly show of holiday lights in London. Here’s the definitive list of the five best spots to get in the spirit. Merry Christmas and happy new year! Read my complete post at the CheapOair … Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Merry Christmas

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London’s Top 5 Department Store Christmas Windows (CheapOair)

Doing some last night gift shopping in London? Be sure to take a moment to enjoy all the festive sights and pretty lights! The city’s famous department stores do it up in grand style this time of year to show … Continue reading

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