The Magic Hour Halloween Special

The Magic Hour Halloween Special

Magician Tony Middleton is bringing his show, The Magic Hour, to the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel on the 31st for a spooky Halloween special.

Trick or treat? Both for sure! Continue reading

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The 10 Best Destinations for First Time International Travelers (Miles Away)

The 10 Best Destinations for First Time International Travelers

If you’re pondering the possibilities of putting your passport to good use with a first time trip beyond the borders of the USA, then this list is for you.

Have a look (and dream big) as we share our 10 favorite countries perfect for folks traveling internationally for the first time.

Read my complete post Miles Away.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is: Art Exhibition and Auction for Arms Around the Child Charity

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Arms Around the Child is to host an art exhibition and auction to raise funds to build a home for HIV+ orphans in Jaipur, India.

Arms Around the Child is a UK-based children’s charity working with projects in Ghana, South Africa and India. I’ve recently been made aware of the tremendous good deeds it does helping provide vulnerable children with safe places to live and access to education. Continue reading

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What to Do If You Miss Your Connecting Flight! (Going Places)

What to Do If You Miss Your Connecting Flight!

It’s among the worst feelings in the world. You’re running across the terminal when you hear that announcement that your “gate is now closing” and you know you won’t make it there in time. Or, just as bad, you’re stuck in the air circling the airport as the plane of your connecting flight takes off without you.

Missing a flight can add layers of trouble and delays to your schedule. But if you can keep a level head, in most cases you should be able to board a suitable alternative flight and start heading in the right direction ASAP.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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What to Do with Leftover Foreign Currency After Your Trip (Going Places)

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Back from your big trip with some leftover foreign currency?

Don’t worry. You’ve got options. Let’s explore a few of the smarter ways save, change or spend it.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Autumn’s New Arrival: The Allegory

Drake and Morgan opens The Allegory in Shoreditch. Demi Perera reports.

On the crisp autumn evening of 19th October, bar and restaurant heavyweights Drake and Morgan delivered their unmistakable dining style to East London. The Allegory opened it’s doors to a gathering of the capital’s press in Shoreditch in a much anticipated opening. Continue reading

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Top 7 Foods that Help Grow Your Baby’s Brain

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While your baby is developing, you want to be sure that you’re doing everything possible so that you can stay on top of everything that may be going on with them.

How can you be sure that you’re getting whatever you need so that they can get what they need? Here’s a list of the top seven foods that can help you to grow your baby’s brain. Continue reading

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9 of America’s Most Haunted Hotels … That You Can Stay in! (Miles Away)

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If you’re looking for a place to stay on your next spooktacular adventure, why not turn your booking… into a BOO!-king?

With a bit of luck, you’ll receive a complimentary creep-out and more when you check in at one of these historic haunted hotels. Take a peek at this list of nine of America’s most haunted hotels and see which one is the best for your next ghost-hunting adventure!

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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The Ikea House Party


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Alexandra Kalinowski has an asterisk inducing good time geeking out with Ikea.

How’s this for irony. I was stuck* at the office last night building two Ikea desks. Because I wanted to. Because it’s bloody good fun. And about 30 minutes later I was transported through a time warp of 30 years at The Ikea House Party in Greek Street, Soho. Continue reading

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Win a Taster Box of Award-Winning Hand Cooked Corkers Crisps

Win a Taster Box of Corkers Crisps

COMPETITION IS NOW OVER AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN CONTACTED. THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING TIKICHRIS. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR LOTS MORE FUN AND FREEBIES TO COME!

Grown and hand cooked on a family farm in East Anglia, award-winning Corkers crisps are a cut above the standard British crisp. And I’ve got a big box full of them to give away so one lucky tikichris reader can taste the difference for free.

So who wants a free batch of these extra crispy pan fried crisps made from potatoes grown on a hundreds-of-years-old family farm in the rich Fenland soil of Cambridgeshire? Keep reading. Continue reading

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Waka: Nikkei Take Away Takes Off in the City

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Waka is a newly opened eatery located near Monument specialising in Nikkei cuisine that’s ready for take away and offered at super competitive price points.

Crash course in Nikkei cuisine (if you haven’t been paying attention to global food trends these past few years): it’s Peruvian/Japanese with plenty of sushi but also ceviche and lots of complex, spicy flavours.

Kinda like a Latin-inspired Itsu or (a considerable spruced up) Wasabi, Waka does grab-n-go hot and cold dishes mostly for al desko lunching. Continue reading

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The Eerie Side of New England: Is Massachusetts the Spookiest State in the Union? (Miles Away)

Is Massachusetts the Spookiest State in the Union?

Autumn in New England is one of the best times of year to visit one of the prettiest parts of the US. But let’s face it. With a hint of chill in the air and the crunch of dead leaves under your feet (oh wait…was that something you heard rustling in the near distance?), heading to New England during the fall season can lead to some pretty hair-raising encounters. Perhaps spookiest of the New England states is Massachusetts, where a fascinating and sometimes bizarre history amounts to just the sorts of chills and thrills to make for a most memorable Halloween.

If you’re looking to get spooked in the Bay State then check out our guide to Massachusetts’ historic haunted places you can actually visit.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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El Tigre Tacos and Pink Flamingos at Nine Lives

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For London Cocktail Week, recently launched yet already smooth sailing London Bridge bar, Nine Lives, shipped in bartender/luchador EL Tigre from his family restaurant, Los Barcos, in Mexico for limited run tacos paired with tequila cocktails.

I liked what I tried and was glad to have finally made it to Nine Lives. Continue reading

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Graeme of Thrones

Graeme of Thrones

Spoiler alert! Graeme of Thrones (a live theatre parody of … well, I’ll let you guess) is a guaranteed guffaw inducing hoot with loads of loving comedy pointed in the direction of its inspiration.

Winter is coming and it’s going to be stupidly silly! A new comedy sendup of everybody’s favourite fantasy TV series promises gaffs galore. I certainly enjoyed several LOL moments during a staging this past weekend. Continue reading

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A Perfect Gin and Tonic at Brasserie Blanc

Demi Perera attends a ginned up Festival of Flavour at Brasserie Blanc.

I attended the Festival of Flavour at the Fulham Reach branch of Brasserie Blanc last week to celebrate its new autumn menu. Raymond Blanc’s classically French restaurant hosted a very British evening of fine gin and tonic to mark the occasion. Bombay Sapphire, one of London’s favourite distilled gins and award-winning premium tonic water, Fever Tree, crafted a splendid evening for event. Continue reading

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Cook Islands Idyll | I Didn’t Want to Leave

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As I conclude this series of posts about the wonderful time I had on Rarotonga and Aitutaki I can’t help thinking that I haven’t said enough about how much I loved being there. Nevertheless, now is probably a smart stopping point anyway as I could carry on writing ad nauseam about how awesome my trip to these islands was.

I can’t think of a warmer, friendlier place to visit nor one where I felt so relaxed and at ease. So, in closing, I hope at least that I’ve been able to impart enough insight about visiting the Cook Islands to tempt you to start dreaming up your own adventure in this South Seas paradise. Continue reading

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Hot Pot Restaurant on Wardour Street

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A fun and spicy time was had during a recent dinner at Hot Pot on Wardour Street.

Hot Pot is a Chinatown hot spot for communal eating. Here the set up is electrically heated cauldrons built into the centre of tables for guest to dip raw ingredients into housemade broths for quick cooking hands-on experience. Continue reading

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Cook Islands Idyll | Aitutaki

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For a couple of nights during my Cook Islands Idyll I enjoyed the chilled out serenity of the tiny atoll of Aitutaki.

Getting to Aitutaki was easy enough via the daily hop from Rarotonga with Air Rarotonga (airraro.com). Leaving was a toughie. That’s not because of any problems with the airline or hitches in my schedule though, but simply because the opportunity to explore (and lounge around) paradise wasn’t something I wanted to give up so soon after arriving there.

The island really was an ideal place for a vacation. The activities I booked were awesome and engaging. Food was delicious and homey. Beachside accommodations were plush and quiet. Everyone one I met was super friendly and welcoming. Continue reading

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National Curry Week at Darbaar

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National Curry Week is on from 9 to 15 October and among the restaurants celebrating it in London is Darbaar, with Chef Abdul Yaseen creating a range of limited run curry dishes especially for the occasion.

I wangled my way to the table for a recent media tasting of Chef Abdul’s limited run Curry Week dishes and savoured every taste of the experience. Continue reading

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Cook Islands Idyll | Rarotonga

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Most of my Cook Islands Idyll was spent splendidly on the “main island” of Rarotonga: an idyllic base indeed for enjoying all the warmth and wonder that a trip to the South Seas should involve.

Below is a look at some of the highlights of my Rarotonga visit – with respect to bookable activities and purchasable experiences. But more than the immense fun had on tours, during shows, in restaurants, and so forth, what I loved most about my time in the Cooks was simply the chance to engage with some of the friendliest and funniest folks I’ve ever met (seriously, everybody was a natural frickin’ comedy) and to embrace fully that “away from it all” feeling that I (and I imagine you) so long to tap into when abroad.

Oh all that and spotting whales while just hanging out. I had three casual humpback whale sightings over my weeklong stay. I saw one whale ridiculously close to shore while on a drive around Rarotonga my first day; another as I stared mindlessly out to sea while lying in bed in my beachfront suite at the first resort where I stayed on Rarotonga; and one while peering out the window during an inter-island flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki.

Anyway, here’s that list of highlights … Continue reading

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Can You Say That in Faroese Please?

Can you say please in Faroese?

With fewer than 80,000 people speaking Faroese worldwide, and a growing tourism market, folks from the Faroe Islands realise that not having their language included on Google Translate can be frustrating for visitors keen to learn a few phrases before their trip. So following on from last year’s Google Sheep View success, Faroe Islanders have launched their own version of the online translation tool.

With the help of friendly locals to translate live by video, Faroe Islands Translate is a free online translation service for anyone around the world curious to learn a little Faroese. You can try it for yourself at faroeislandstranslate.com. Continue reading

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Cook Islands Idyll

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The Cook Islands is a nation comprised of 15 small islands in the middle of the South Pacific, roughly (or at least most easily described as being) halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. I spent an ideal week discovering this Polynesian paradise back in mid September. And upon reflection I can’t think of a more relaxing time than the days I had there.

Honestly, I cannot recall ever feeling quite as good as I did during the first couple of days of my trip. Continue reading

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Win a Free Copy of 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die

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COMPETITION IS NOW OVER AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN CONTACTED. THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING TIKICHRIS. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR LOTS MORE FUN AND FREEBIES TO COME!

You know those awesome 1001 … Before You Die books (including the Restaurants edition I contributed to a few years back)? Well, I’ve teamed up with publisher of the 1001 books, Octopus Books, for a special giveaway of the latest title in the popular series: 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die.

Octopus has set aside two copies of 1001 Photographs to share with a couple of tikichris readers for free. It’s a brilliant book for the coffee table and (dare I say it) an excellent idea for a Christmas present. Continue reading

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More Ways to Stave off Writer’s Block

More Ways to Stave off Writer's Block

I’m back with a few more tips on how to combat – and maybe even avoid all together – the dreaded writer’s block.

Not quite two weeks ago I published a post with some ideas about how to keep the mind ready and running when writer’s block hits. And, well, I guess in some small way those tips really worked (for yours truly anyway) because soon after I had a whole new batch of anti-blockage tactics come to mind. So I thought I’d share some of the better ones with you here. Continue reading

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair + Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane

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Returning to London for a fifth year and opening 5 October is 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House. Opening alongside the fair is La Caravane exhibition by British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj. Both are definitely worth a looksee.

This year’s fair features 42 leading exhibitors from 17 countries showcasing the works of more than 130 artists from across Africa. Continue reading

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Maison Pierre Marcolini 2017 Christmas Collection

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Zay Ahmed acquires a taste for Pierre Marconi’s luxury chocolates.

I was recently invited to a special Maison Pierre Marcolini event to check out the 2017 Christmas Collection. Pierre Marcolini is a chocolatier known for sourcing premium cocoa directly from independent producers in Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Ghana, Madagascar and Vietnam. Continue reading

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Cognac: Spirit of Place | Remy Martin

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The second producer (this one the mega huge brand with a vast global reach alluded to in my last Spirit of Place post) that I visited during my tour of Cognac was Remy Martin.

Synonymous with quality and luxury, the ethos behind this highly regarded player in the international spirits industry really aren’t all that different in essence to those of the small-scale father and son operation of Les Freres Moine. Continue reading

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Mister Lasagna Opens Across from Victoria Station

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Mister Lasagna has launched its fourth outlet, conveniently across the street from Victoria Station.

I dropped by for a meal last Friday evening. It was a tasty one served quickly and with a warm smile. Continue reading

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Cognac: Spirit of Place | Les Freres Moine

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While in Cognac I visited two producers: one a small family operation, the other a mega huge brand with a vast global reach. I loved what I tasted from both. But let’s take a look at the little guys first and save the big name players for the next post in my Spirit of Place series.

So, the family producer I visited was Les Freres Moine. A father and son business spanning more than 30 years, the winery and distillery is run from an age-old farmhouse with a small distillery and cellar and vineyards across the countryside of Jarnac, an area about 10k from the city of Cognac that’s renowned for its vineyards and quality of wines and spirits produced there. Continue reading

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The Greek Larder + London Greek Wine Festival

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Returning to London for its third consecutive year is the London Greek Wine Festival. Organised by Theodore Kyriakou and the team behind The Greek Larder Restaurant, the celebration will run 13 and 14 October at West Handyside Canopy near King’s Cross Station and maybe a minute’s walk from The Greek Larder.

In anticipation of the festival I dropped by The Greek Larder last week for a taste of things to come as well as of what’s on offer anytime at the restaurant. Continue reading

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Cognac: Spirit of Place

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Cognac. It’s a drink. It’s a place. It’s an experience to be savoured.

Or at least my summertime visit to the town of Cognac and vineyards sprawling across it nearby countryside was a memorably delicious trip. I was there to become better acquainted with the area’s eponymous spirit and the age-old traditions that have gone into making it such a distinctive drink. Continue reading

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#TCTalks | Episode 4 | Rarotonga

#TCTalks | Episode 4 | Rarotonga

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BLADE: A Unique Experience in Hairdressing

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Demi Perera has a hair clubbing experience at Blade Soho.

As you walk through the streets of Soho you will find yourself in one the most vibrant, eclectic and historic areas of London. The sheer energy of this part of town cannot be denied. Soho is filled to the brim with theatres, bars, coffee shops and restaurants. We can now add Blade Hairclub to that list. Continue reading

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How to Do Hong Kong for $100 a Day (Miles Away)

How to do Hong Kong for $100 a Day

Hong Kong is famous for a lot of things. Being an inexpensive city isn’t one of them. Nevertheless, experiencing east-meets-west with big city glitz doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

As a destination known for making the most of the limited space and for having one of the world’s most fiercely competitive food scenes, bargains mostly certainly do abound. In fact, some of the coolest things about any visit to Hong Kong happen in the street and, if not actually free, they are negligible in price.

Allow us to lay out a few ideas to help you save money on during your trip with some tips on where to stay and how to play on a limited budget. We’re assuming you already have your airfare taken care of and that you won’t be renting a car. The local currency is the Hong Kong Dollar (HK$) with an exchange rate of (at the time this post was written) HK$7.8125 to 1 United States Dollar (US$).

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Yodel for Valais | Index

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Yodel odel lay hee who had fun travelling in Valais and experiencing Jodlerfest 2017? I did!

I hope you had fun too reading about my trip and that my tales may help you plan your own Alpine adventures.

Interested in browsing my complete Yodel for Valais miniseries? Here’s a list with links to all the posts:

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Make sure to have a look at all tikichris miniseries and special features.

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