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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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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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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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Win The Egglet Sleekster from Hotel Chocolat

British cocoa grower and chocolatier, Hotel Chocolat, has launched its 2017 Easter collection with a delectable range of chocolaty gifts to share with your special someone. Fancy a taste for free? Hop to it! Continue reading

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#Paolozzi: Art, Beer, Pizza

Art, beer and pizza! It’s a triumvirate adding up to a good time, especially when the art is amazing, the beer is refreshing and the pizza is yummy. Coinciding with the opening of the excellent Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, the Scottish born artist’s namesake beer – Paolozzi Lager – is making artful headway in London. Continue reading

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Gomo Energy

Go further with Gomo instant energy drinks for your body and your brain. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #64 | St Patrick’s Day Edition

Here’s my latest list of good stuff, in this case all in celebration of Irish drink with a sampling of quality beverages I had the pleasure of trying at a recent Spirit of Sharing tasting event hosted by Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall and Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, at the Irish Embassy in Belgravia. Continue reading

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Southern Italian Taste on Tour: Le Strade della Mozzarella

Le Strade della Mozzarella (“the streets of mozzarella” – LSDM for short) is an international tour showcasing Italian PDO Buffalo Mozzarella alongside other Southern Italian foods such tomatoes, pasta and extra-virgin olive oil. Continue reading

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Raw Wine Week 2017

Raw Wine Week will make a splash this month across London with tastings, dinners, wine list takeovers, meet the producer events, parties and of course the Raw Wine Fair. Continue reading

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Win a Gluten Free Flavour Hamper from Schwartz

To celebrate the launch of Schwartz’s new range of gluten free sauces, gravies and mixes, I’ve teamed up with the brand to give my readers the chance to win a Gluten Free Flavour Hamper valued at £85. Continue reading

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Win an Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit from American-Whiskey.com

American-Whiskey.com is your all-in-one resource for discovering the delicious wonders of one of the State’s most awesome exports. I’ve teamed up with this handy site to offer one lucky reader the chance to win an Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit. Continue reading

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Gousto Recipe Boxes? Me Gusta!

Two of my tastier meals I had last week came compliments of flexible recipe box subscription service, Gousto, You known how these things work, right? You order online the meals you want and then have them delivered to you in a box with just enough of each raw ingredient – along with instructions – so you can cook the meals. Continue reading

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Win the Complete Range of Vini & Bal’s Rustic Indian Curry Sauces

Feeling saucy? Yeah, me too. How about lucky? Then stick around for your chance to win the full range of rustic Indian curry sauces from Vini & Bal’s. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #63

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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CookeryBox: Online Low-Cost Recipe Cookbook from Voucherbox

Voucherbox has published a free online cookbook featuring “22 scrumptious low-cost recipes from your favourite bloggers,” including one from me. Continue reading

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Win a £150 Gift Card from Pocket High Street for Valentine’s Day

I’ve teamed up with the folks at PocketHighStreet.com again to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a £150 gift card to spend at the best independent shops in London. Continue reading

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Win The Valentine’s Sleekster from Hotel Chocolat

British cocoa grower and chocolatier, Hotel Chocolat, has launched its 2017 Valentine’s collection with a delectable range of chocolaty gifts to share with your special someone. Fancy a taste for free? Continue reading

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Coffee Beans and More TheCoffeeMate.co.uk

New online shop, TheCoffeeMate.co.uk, aims to be “your friend for all coffee needs.” A rep from the site got in touch with me before the end of last year with an especially friendly offer to give the site a look to see if there was anything I might like to sample. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #62

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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Just Too Cheesy: Europe’s Best Destinations for Cheese Lovers (Going Places)

Join us on a journey to a land where the cheeseboards are never boring Continue reading

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Sous Vide Cook School with Great British Chefs

I had a fun and informative time at a recent sous vide masterclass hosted by Great British Chef at Le Cordon Bleu with Master Chef Eric Bediat of Le Cordon Bleu and Head Chef Russell Bateman of Colette’s at The Grove sharing instruction and recipes. Continue reading

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Win the Complete Range of Craft Sodas from Dalston’s

For those wanting to stay clear of the booze – or just looking for a tasty soft drink – I’ve teamed up with Dalston’s all-natural craft sodas for a very refreshing giveaway competition. Continue reading

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Shaya, New Orleans (espressoCrazy)

One of the best meals I had – and not just in New Orleans … or America … but this year – was at Shaya. Continue reading

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Coffee Lover’s Workshop with Sage Appliances at Prufrock Coffee

Supported by Sage Appliances, the Coffee Lover’s Workshop at Prufrock Coffee “celebrates the sensory and manual aspects of brewing by hand” and takes attendees through “a complete set of recipes to get the best out of all the brew methods” that Prufrock endorses – “from Aeropress to espresso, French press to V60.” Continue reading

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Around Apia | #TCTalofa

Samoa’s only actual town, Apia is a small but bustling port with a population of around 36,000 people. It served as a great base for me to revive and acclimate myself to island life after my long haul journey from the UK. Here’s a look at the best bits from my time there. Continue reading

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A Decade Down | Ten Years of tikichris

Before 2016 comes to a close, I thought I’d take a moment to recap the 10 team ups I co-hosted over the year in celebration of my blog’s tenth anniversary and – more importantly – to thank the folks involved in helping me make each of those 10X10 events happen! Continue reading

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Still Loving My Lumix GX80

Waaay back at the end of August, the folks behind the launch of Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GX80 got in touch to see if I wanted to get a chance to play around with (and keep) one of these handy mirrorless cameras. … Continue reading

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Win a Bottle of Cruxland Truffle-Infused Gin

Want a taste of flavourful intrigue for your New Year’s Eve toast? Try Cruxland Gin. Infused with Kalahari truffles, this rich new quaff from South Africa is the perfect gin for conversation inspiring cocktails. Continue reading

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Best of the Best of 2016

I hope you enjoyed reading my Best of 2016 series and that the posts may assist you in having more fun, saving more money and making more of your time than you would have otherwise. Continue reading

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Best London Pop-Ups, Supper Clubs, Street Food, etc in 2016

This year, many of my favourite London meals didn’t occur at a traditional restaurant or via a kitchen with a permanent address. Keeping with current dining trends and continuing with my Best of 2016 series, here’s my list of Best London Pop-Ups, Takeovers, Supper Clubs etc of the year. Continue reading

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Best London Bars and Pubs of 2016

London! You know how to quench a thirst. My Best of 2016 series continues with a taste of my favourite bars and pubs in London. Continue reading

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Best of 2016

The year is now coming to a close. How was it for you? My mind’s still reeling trying to figure out that question for myself. To say the least, 2016 was intense, with plenty of ups and downs. Allow me a chance to look at some of the ups in a little more detail and to celebrate the year by highlighting some of my favourite food, drink and travel experiences. Continue reading

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Paul A Young Christmas Truffles | 10X10 with tikichris

I’ve teamed up with Paul A Young Fine Chocolates for a tasty in-shop offer: for every £5 spent at one of Paul’s boutiques, you’ll get a free truffle from his Christmas collection. Continue reading

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