Leetchi.com | What’s in Your Money Pot? A Good Cause.

What's in Your Money Pot? A Good Cause.

Looking for a way to raise funds for your favourite nonprofit, community project or charity? Leetchi.com is a smart, safe and easy way to collect money online for your worthy cause.

Leetchi is a platform to pool money for group gifts, projects and nonprofits. I’ve teamed up with the folks behind the platform to publish a short series of posts about the most popular reasons people come together to collect money online and to let you known how Leetchi helps them save time and energy while making the process fun and engaging. Continue reading

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Surreal in South London? Check the Plum Guide

Surreal in South London

Love street art, high ceilings and lots and lots of space? You’re going to go ga-ga over this giant two bed/three bath loft conversion in Battersea.

This airy, multi-level, open-spaced accommodation is near Battersea Park and the river, as well as the iconic Battersea Power Station. It’s within a 10-minute walk of Battersea Park Station and Queenstown Road Station with lots of great cafes, pubs and restaurants even closer. Equally in easy reach is the well past up-and-coming and increasingly ultra exclusive neighbourhood of Nine Elms. Continue reading

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‘HELP! I Lost My Passport!’ A Short Guide on What to Do (Miles Away)

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It’s probably one of the most terrifying scenarios that any travel lover can imagine. There you are, enjoying that international trip you’ve been looking forward to for months (or even years) — maybe you’re strolling along the canals of Venice or shopping in Hong Kong, when you reach into your pocket or bag and realize (to your horror) that your passport is GONE!

A lost or stolen passport can really put a crimp your travel style. But it doesn’t have to ruin your trip. As long as you take the right precautions and know what to do should such an unfortunate event occur, dealing with a lost passport might end up being little more than a minor hiccup in your itinerary.

Here are some tips to help you avoid and manage this travel emergency …

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Good Stuff #62

Good Stuff

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.

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

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

Indeed, the quality of cheeses produced in the following five European countries is considered to be a cut above the rest.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Sous Vide Cook School with Great British Chefs

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I had a fun and informative time at a recent sous vide masterclass hosted by Great British Chefs 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.

Part of Great British Chefs’ ongoing Cook School series, the class was an excellent opportunity for hands on play with some killer kitchen gear – with a gorgeous meal to boot and the chance to learn a couple of new recipes. Continue reading

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Secret Marmite Menu at Bill’s

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On now until the end of the month at participating Bill’s Restaurants is a Secret Marmite Menu.

Love Marmite? You’ll flip over this limited breakfast offer for those in the know. Continue reading

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Win a #LevantineValentine Dinner for Two at Ceru

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Do you have a Levantine Valentine? You will if you win this generous competition for a delicious date night at Ceru restaurant in South Kensington.

Ceru’s Levantine food is perfect for sharing, and the restaurant’s welcoming atmosphere and cosy booths for two make it an ideal place for a date or simply to take someone whose company you enjoy. Continue reading

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Leetchi.com | What’s in Your Money Pot? Group Holiday!

What's in Your Money Pot? Group Holiday!

Hoping to go away on a group holiday with close friends or family later this year? Make that dream a reality with a Leetchi.com money pot.

Leetchi is a platform to pool money for group gifts, projects and nonprofits. I’ve teamed up with the folks behind the platform to publish a short series of posts about the most popular reasons people come together to collect money online and let you known how Leetchi helps them save time and energy while making the process fun and engaging.

One smart idea for putting Leetchi to work for you is to use the platform to raise money for a group trip. Continue reading

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Cinnamon Bazaar

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About a month old but well on its way to super scrumptious stardom, Chef Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Bazaar near Covent Garden is a smart place for a full-flavoured meal. And with a bar boasting a list of signature cocktails created with master mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana, it’s a clever destination for drinks as well.

I had a lovely time tasting a range of dishes and drinks recently at Cinnamon Bazaar and am delighted to share some of my faves with you. Continue reading

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BFI Brings Back GoodFellas to the Big Screen

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The British Film Institute is rereleasing the classic 1990 gangster film, GoodFellas, in cinemas across the UK on 20 January.

The rerelease is part of a wider celebration of the work of director Martin Scorsese to coincide with the 1 January release of his new historical epic, Silence. Continue reading

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Infographic: When is the Best Time to Book a Flight?

When is the Best Time to Book Flights

The travel wise folks at Opodo have dipped into their 2016 average flight price database on return flights from the UK to answer to the age old question: when is the best time to book your flight?

They reveal their findings in a handy and attractive infographic featuring the best time to book cheap flights for domestic, short haul and long haul travel originating in the UK. Continue reading

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Win the Complete Range of Craft Sodas from Dalston’s

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Dry January got ya feelin’ thirsty? How about a non-alcoholic hand-mashed small-batch craft drink (or five) 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)

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I wound down my tour of the States with a visit to one of its yummiest cities: New Orleans. A couple of posts back in my write-up about Breakfast in America, I listed some of my fave brekkies from my stateside travels, including a couple from the Big Easy. But it wasn’t just the breakfasts that blew me away while there.

One of the best meals I had – and not just in New Orleans … or America … but this year – was at Shaya … And the coffee offered at the end of my meal?

Read my complete post at espressoCrazy.

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10 Travel Bloggers & Instagrammers You Need to Follow in 2017 (Miles Away)

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Looking for some hot travel intel and ideas for 2017 destinations? Or maybe you’re just craving something good to read and some new folks to follow on Instagram?

We’ve narrowed the search down for you with a list of 10 travel bloggers and Instagrammers to keep in mind as resources as you plan your agenda this year.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Leetchi.com | What’s in Your Money Pot?

 

Leetchi.com | What's in Your Money Pot?

Leetchi.com is a platform to collect money for group gifts, projects and nonprofits. Millions of people have already put their trust in Leetchi. What about you?

I’ve teamed up with the folks at Leetchi to get the word out about how to use their platform to raise money online for a wide range of events and activities.

Leetchi money pots offer an easy and secure way to collect money for groups. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share a few of the most popular reasons people are coming together for crowdfunding and how Leetchi helps them save time and energy while making the process fun and engaging.

Until my next post, here’s some background info on Leetchi. Continue reading

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Coffee Lover’s Workshop with Sage Appliances at Prufrock Coffee

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One of my favourite places for quality coffee – Prufrock Coffee on Leather Lane – hosts a hands-on Coffee Lover’s Workshop.

The workshop “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.” Conducted downstairs at Prufrock’s training bar, the workshop presents an opportunity to make coffee with a range of professional equipment baristas use to brew. Continue reading

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Beyond the Reef | #TCTalofa

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Talofa! Thanks for joining me in remembering the amazing time I had in Samoa.

What I didn’t get around to describing in my previous post about my trip was the simple back-to-basics joy of being in Samoa. Everything slowed down to a soothing lull (except for my pulse, which quickened more than usual when jumping off a waterfall, coming upon a stunning vista or encountering a vibrant fish while snorkeling). It’s a laidback and easygoing place, but one where you can go on real adventures. Continue reading

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Savai’i | #TCTalofa

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Midway during my week in Samoa I spent two full-on days of fun in the sun on the island of Savai’i.

Though far bigger that Upolu, Savai’i is largely unpopulated. It’s mostly wild too with amazing landscape, awesome coastline, and lots and lots of beauty spots for playing in the water. Continue reading

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Exploring Upolu | #TCTalofa

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My Samoan adventure continued as I headed out to explore the island of Upolu.

The nation of Samoa is comprised of the most westerly islands of the Samoan Archipelago. The easterly islands represent American Samoa, a US protectorate (which I didn’t visit on this trip). There are two main islands in Samoa (the nation): Upolu and Savai’i. Although Savai’i is considerably larger, the vast majority of the population lives on Upolu, in and near the capital, Apia. During my trip, I visited Upolu, Savai’i and the tiny island of Manono. Here’s a roundup of awesome stuff I got to see and do beyond Apia while touring Upolu. Continue reading

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Around Apia | #TCTalofa

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Welcome back to Talofa Samoa, a series of posts recounting the highlights from my November 2016 visit to Samoa. First up is a summary of the fun stuff I experienced in and around Apia, the capital of Samoa.

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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Talofa from Samoa | #TCTalofa

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Hey y’all, listen up. I think I might have discovered paradise or, at least, a super close approximation of the ideal tropical island getaway. I’m talking about Samoa, where I spent a magical, wet and wild week back at the beginning of November.

Over the next few days, I’ll recount my time exploring Samoa – a small island nation in the South Pacific considered to be the geographic and cultural heart of Polynesia – with Talofa Samoa, a series of posts with tips on hotels and resorts, food and drink, activities, outings and more. Continue reading

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Dining in with La Belle Assiette

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La Belle Assiette is an online booking service for private chefs. It invites people to “rediscover the pleasure of entertaining at home” by leaving the cooking and cleaning to professionals while freeing up time focus on having a good time at home with their guests.

Kemey and I recently took La Belle Assiette up on an offer to review a new chef and host a dinner party in our home. We had a lovely time and an excellent meal. Continue reading

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8 of the Hottest Places on the Planet You Can Visit … and What You Can Do There (Going Places)

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Done with winter weather already and in desperate need of some sun?

Consider making a break with a vacation to one of these sizzling hot destinations where it never gets too cold and sunny days are a given most days of the year.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Eneko at One Aldwych

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Setting a high bar for my 2017 dining expectations, dinner for two at Basque chef Eneko Atxa’s One Aldwych outpost was a delicious experience of sophisticated flavour and elegant display.

The Txerri Boda Pork Festival starter (chorizo on milk bread, glazed sweetbread, and suckling pig tempura, £13) served in a lidded wooden box was a thoughtfully complete mini feast in itself. Flavours were subtle but deep. Textures, yieldingly tender. An equally tasty starter course but one far more dramatic in presentation was the Memories of the Bay of Biscay (oyster, crab, and wild prawn tartare, £15), brought to table amid wafts of dry ice haze. Continue reading

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2017 Resolutions

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Typos. I’ve got ‘em – and far too many for me to be blasé about. My number one resolution of 2017 (as it pertains to this blog and my work as a writer) is to type right and improve my proof reading.

It pains me to no end reading a post published on this blog and seeing it has a typo, or worse, realising I sent a client a piece of writing with an honest oopsy or two included. Continue reading

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A Decade Down | Ten Years of tikichris

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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!

A trip to the pub … a spicy luau … laksa mac ‘n cheese … magic (!) … tiki drinks … pickled pumpkin and turkey two ways … unlimited falafel … upscale elbow rubbing … and especially odd art. Ah! I had a blast blogging this year. Continue reading

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Still Loving My Lumix GX80

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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. I said sure, and said I would be glad to blog (twice) about my experiences using the GX80 soon afterward.

I then hit the road for more than a month with subsequent jaunts all over the planet up until December – with said camera as my trusty go-to. Continue reading

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Florida Destination Weddings: The Best Spots for Your Special Day (Going Places)

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With its long coastline, vibrant cities, quaint small towns, resort communities, theme parks, and year-round warm weather, the Sunshine State is a popular choice for destination weddings. But Florida is a very big place. Narrowing down the list of options for a wedding destination ideally suited for you and your guests can be a challenge.

Here’s a look at a few of the best places for Florida destination weddings …

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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David Ortsman | 10X10 with tikichris

Copyright David Ortsman © 2009

Copyright David Ortsman © 2009

Here it is. The last of my 10X10 team ups.

For my concluding collaboration, I enlisted my artist friend, David Ortsman, to interpret a theme: tikichris eats the world. Not long after I floated the idea, David got back to me some amazing drawings that he thought best ‘addressed’ subject.

I love David’s art. It’s outsider and visceral, with a bizarre and darkly naïve edge. I was honoured he was keen to share some of his drawings with me in this context to use on my blog.

David Ortsman lives and works between Paris, Nogent sur Marne and Marseille. He is a permanent resident of the National Foundation for Graphic and Plastic Arts (FNAGP) in Nogent sur Marne.

Find out more about David and his art at david-ortsman.com.

I’ll wrap up my ramblings about 10 years of blogging soon with a few final thoughts and word of thanks to all . But before I do enjoy these drawings by David. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

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Cheers from Artesian | 10X10 with tikchris

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The ninth celebration to mark my decade of blogging was a boozy little get together with a few other writers and friendly freelancer folk – a kind of yearend office party for those without offices – at one of my favourite bars in London: Artesian.

Regular readers of this blog might note it wasn’t all that long ago I was at Artesian, covering its new and limited run Festive Cocktail Menu. I just couldn’t keep away. And why should I? The bar and its mother ship bosom of luxury, The Langham London hotel, are among the most resplendent drop-in destinations in London. Continue reading

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Trips100’s Top 10 UK Travel Blogs 2016

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Oh man! This nice lil yearend surprise almost rolled right past without me taking notice! But I’m glad I did, and I want to take a moment to thank the people behind Trips100 for including me in their top 10 list of UK Travel blogs of 2016.

Yep, tikichris is listed in eighth place among an impressive assemblage of blogs if I do say so myself. Continue reading

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Win a Bottle of Cruxland Truffle-Infused Gin

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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.

I’ve teamed up with the distillery to offer a bottle to one lucky reader for free. Continue reading

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Where is Santa Claus From? (Miles Away)

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Everybody knows Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, right? Well, maybe. But that doesn’t mean he’s from there.

Here’s a fun list of destinations where you might see where the real Saint Nicolas actually lived and maybe even get to meet the jolly old man.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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