London Daily Photo: Gold

LDP 2014.04.10 - Gold

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25% Off Food and Drink at Punch Tavern, Fleet Street EC4

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Yep, that’s right. There’s no typo in the title you just read. I have teamed up with Fleet Street’s historic Punch Tavern to offer you folks a sizeable discount on some properly yummy pub grub. How do you get a quarter of your food and drink bill sliced away? Just tell ‘em tikichris sent ya! Keep reading for the details of this awesome offer.

Back in March, I paid Punch a visit to sample some pies (tough job I know but somebody’s gotta do it). I was really impressed with the pies – and everything else actually: the atmosphere … the craft beer selection … the friendly reception … the traditional British menu. During my dine, I got to chatting to Punch owner, Sunnil, about his place and how I thought people reading my blog would love it. That convo spilled out into a few friendly emails and here I am today with the pleasure of offering a bit of incentive to my readers to pay this fantastic pub a visit.

When you visit Punch Tavern mention the “tikichris special” for 25% off your total food and drink bill.

For the time being, there’s no end date for this discount. But check this post for any updates or maybe call ahead to the pub to be sure. It’s a good idea to explain that you’d like to take advantage of the “tikichris special” at the beginning of placing your order. The discount only applies if you’re ordering food  – and NOT if you’re only having drinks. Discount or not, if you’re planning to go to Punch for its celebrated Sunday lunch, you’d be wise to reservation a table.

Punch Tavern is located at 99 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DE. Find out more at punchtavern.com.


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London Daily Photo: Sloane Square

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Win Lunch for Two at Hutong, The Shard

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Not my comp but a tasty one indeed! So I thought I’d pass on the details about an especially yummy opportunity to win a free dim sum lunch for two at a restaurant I really love – Hutong at The Shard.

For the chance to win an awesome dim sum lunch with a spectacular view of London, all ya gotta do is leave a comment at the Hutong blog post about its full dim sum menu now “with the added convenience of a fixed price: any five savoury dim sum, all served in portions of four pieces, can be chosen for one price of £28 per person.” You’ll need to be quick though as the competition ends in just a few days!

From the Hutong blog:

From Wednesday 9th April until Tuesday 15th April you can win a dim sum lunch for two at Hutong just by telling us in the Comments how many dim sum dishes are included per person for £28? Include your Twitter @name in your comment and make sure you’re following us on Twitter so that we can contact you by direct message on Wednesday 16th April if you’re the lucky winner!

For more details and to enter the competition, follow the below link:
http://www.hutongblog.co.uk/flexibility-at-a-fixed-price-our-great-new-dim-sum-lunch-menu/


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London Daily Photo: Screen

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Win an Assortment of Vini & Bal’s Rustic Indian Curry Sauces – Fresh is Best!

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Vini & Bal’s award winning curry sauces are fresh, chilled, nutritious and healthy. They’re super yummy too and full of rustic Indian flavour. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s a chance to win a goodie bag of Vini & Bal’s sauces and have a taste for yourself!

I was first introduced to Vini & Bal’s excellent range of sauces at the beginning of this year and have been a fan ever since. I was especially impressed with what the sauces specifically are not – gloopy, greasy and filled with additives and preservatives. Vini & Bal ingredient lists read like home cooking – no additives or preservatives (they’re vegetarian and gluten-free too). So shorter shelf life maybe, but maximum yum without all any dextro-whatever crap. Yay.

Keen to find out if V&B’s claim that “fresh is best” holds true?

To be in with a chance win a goodie bag of Vini & Bal’s sauces simply tweet the following:

RT to win a @ViniandBals goodie bag of rustic Indian curry sauces. #FreshisBest with @tikichris! http://bit.ly/1i7rGMX

Good luck. Please take a moment to read the terms and conditions before tweeting!

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I’ll pick one winner at random on Friday 18 April at 11.30am BST. The winner will receive an assortment of Vini & Bal’s Rustic Indian Curry Sauces, including Fiery Mirchi, Jeera and Shahi. To be eligible to win, you need to have an address in the UK where the prize can be sent by overnight courier.

About Vini & Bal’s Rustic Indian Curry Sauces

  • Vini & Bal’s Rustic Indian Curry Sauces are award-winning – Jeera won a prestigious two stars in the Great Taste Awards.
  • Each sauce provides a deeply flavoured, richly spiced foundation for classic curry recipes.
  • They are also a versatile base for global culinary inspiration: whether stirred into soups, used as a seasoning for stews or casseroles, a marinade for meat, an accompaniment to meatballs, a topping for toast or a sandwich filling. New resealable tubs mean they’re great to keep in the fridge to spice up everyday meals.
  • The husband and wife team behind the range, founders Vini and Bal, presented their range of fresh, chilled sauces on Dragons’ Den in February 2014 and became the first British Asian couple to secure investment in the history of the programme.
  •  Vini & Bal’s Rustic Indian Curry Sauces are available nationwide at Sainsbury’s and Booths (look in the chiller section!) and online via Ocado.

Find out more at viniandbals.com. Follow the brand on Twitter and Facebook.

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London Daily Photo: Mon Droit

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Post-it Personality: What My Handwriting Says about Me

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So, a few weeks back I mentioned that some folks from Post-it had been in touch to see if I would be up for having my handwriting (along with my choice of pen colour and shape of note) analysed by a graphologist to find out what it might say about my personality. The results are in and the analysis is intriguing.

For the exercise, I scribbled the following message in red ink on a blue, square lined Post-it note:

I THOUGHT ABOUT TEXTING YOU
BUT REALISED THAT ACTUALLY
WRITING SOMETHING WITH REAL
CONTEXT AND TEXTURE  MIGHT
BE MORE MEANINGFUL
THANKS !
CHRIS

And here’s what professional graphologist Adam Brand reckons my red ink scribbling on a blue, square lined Post-it note reveals about my personality:

You are a sensitive person with an extremely lively mind capable of intuitive insights. Original, clever, adaptable and innovative, you are always on the look-out for new projects. Ideas will intrigue you even when you’re not necessarily asked to implement them. You are very quick to spot contradictions but are not always good at clerical tasks as you can be impatient with routine.

You enjoy making an impact.

I must admit, a lot of that certainly rings true. As a freelancer, I am indeed always on the look out for new projects. Mr Brand is hardly the first to notice that “clerical tasks” are not my forte, and to say I “can be impatient with routine” is an understatement! However, Brand seems able to have discovered all this about me the easy way without having to spend time with or actually work alongside me.

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If you ever get the chance to have your handwriting examined by a graphologist, go for it. I thought the whole process was fascinating. And if you love using Post-it® Super Sticky Notes as much as I do, click like on the Post-it UK Facebook page.

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London Daily Photo: Diversion

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Tops Sights and Sounds Around Muscle Shoals, Alabama (OneTravel)

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Nestled along the banks of the Tennessee River, the area of Muscle Shoals in northwest Alabama is a nature lover’s dream. It’s a music lover’s dream too, where a small handful of recording studios have been responsible for some of the biggest hits in popular music over the past half century. Visitors to the area soon find out it’s a fantastic place for fans of modern architecture, and historic buffs too.

Whatever you’re into, it’s possible you’ll find a down home taste of it here. Have a look at these few of many excellent reasons to add the Shoals to your bucket list.

Read my complete post at the OneTravel blog.

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London Daily Photo: Atrium

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Infographic: UK Flight Disruption Infographic

Flight Disruption Infographic from Sainsbury’s Travel Money

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London Daily Photo: Tower Bridge

LDP 2014.04.04 - Tower Bridge

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Evian: The Amazing Baby & Me Video

Following the success of its previous Roller Babies, Baby Inside, and of course the Baby & Me campaigns,  Evian has launched the latest in its Live Young initiative, The Amazing Baby & Me 2. For fans of Marvel Comics and Spiderman, it’s a must-see video!

With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 set for release in cinemas this summer, Evian’s teamed up with everybody’s favourite web-slinger for an extremely cute short film. The result - The Amazing Baby & Me 2 - is an absolute blast. Watch it to see what happens when your friendly neighborhood Spiderman encounters a baby version of himself (all suited up in his own littled knitted Spiderman costume and everything). If you’re like me, you’ll laugh out loud and end up watching the video at least a couple of times.

What do you think? Are your spider senses tingling after clicking on the video? Thirsty for more? Does it make you wanna dance or maybe climb the walls?

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London Daily Photo: Scaling

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London Daily Photo: Sloane Square

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London Daily Photo: Sorted

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My Best Beers in Manchester (by Sebas Dupont)

England, pub and beer. These three are my favorite’s words when I think of a football match in Europe. I am devoted red devil and Old Trafford is like my home and could be my spiritual father. So every time I fly to U.K I cross my fingers to get at least two Manchester United tickets and get ready to sing: “Glory, glory, Man United, and the reds go marching on, on, on.”

But sometimes shit happens and the toast turns upside down. When all tickets are sold out, it is impossible to avoid Murphy, and I have desestimar getting Manchester City tickets, I apply my second strategy: my best beer plan in Manchester.

The Lost Dene: The best place to find the authentic English tradition. If you are a football lover like me, this is your destination. It is also known by fans of United and City as “the temple”. Football lovers from both teams gather to enjoy the matches and savor the victories. You’ll find it at Deans gate, next to the John Ryland’s Library.

Bar Rogue: A pub which stands completely on the opposite site of The Lost Dene. Even though it has nothing in common with traditional English pubs, it is my first choice when running after a good beer for a nice small pound. It is part of the Hotel Britannia, at the very center of Manchester. If you are out of cash and need a beer watching United, this is your pub.

The Footage: if you are coming from abroad, you feel homesick and need to find “your people”, The Footage is the right place for it. Next to the university at Oxford Rd, musts of its students gather for  a beer after class, and it gets really crowded on when United plays. It is also most of Spaniard’s place to watch La Liga, especially on a Madrid vs. Barça match.

Hardy’s Welle: This is your option if you are running away from tourists. This pub keeps all the historical essence of what an English pub should be, and you will meet only British football fans. I recommend visiting it if you want to hang out with the real people of Manchester.

The City Arms: even if you wouldn’t like beer, pubs and football, you would enjoy entering The City Arms. Its smell of a mixture of old moisture wood and the warmth you feel inside, makes this pub the most beautiful pub to visit in Manchester. Do not expect to find crazy and loud fans on matches games, this is your best choice if you are planning to have a nice beer on a cold evening.

Yate’s: this is the pub to go when you are on  “the good eating mood”. Right at 49 Portland Street, this pub from the Yate’s, is the best place to go at lunch time. It gets very crowded on weekends, especially on footballs evenings. So if your desire is to have a nice, traditional and quiet English meal, better go on from Tuesday to Thursday.

Sebas Dupont is a football fanatic who travels around Europe following the Champions League and writes articles for Ticket Bureau.

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London Daily Photo: Walthamstow Marshes

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A Great Lunch in Italy with Coffee as Good as I Get Back Home (espressoCrazy)

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Towards the end of 2013, I hit the road for a gourmand adventure across the north of Italy. One of the trip’s many highlights was the day I spent in Modena taking in the sights and sounds … and delectable flavours of this historic destination. I thought it would be fun to share a bit about my time in Modena and how a simple cup of illy coffee played a part in making it such a special day.

Modena is a fantastic destination – especially if you fancy the finer things in life. For a town with a population of fewer than 200,000 people, the list of icons associated with it is impressive. Pavarotti, Ferrari, Maserati, Balsamico, tortellini … whatever floats your proverbial boat, odds are you’ve been inspired by someone or something Modenese at some point in your life.

Read my complete post at the espressoCrazy blog.

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London Daily Photo: Classroom Notes

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London Daily Photo: Totems

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London Daily Photo: Warning

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Amsterdam’s Best Museums (OneTravel)

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From the exquisite art of the famed Dutch Masters to a humble home made famous by the diary of a brave little girl whose family had been forced into hiding, Amsterdam’s museums are among the best that Europe has to offer. In a city that’s big on fun and full of vibrant street life, be sure to make time to experience what’s inside and on the walls of its revered cultural attractions.

Here’s a look at eleven of the city’s most engaging museums.

Read my complete post at the OneTravel blog.

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London Daily Photo: Head to Toe Fashion at Peckham Rye, Newburgh Street

LDP 2014.03.27 - Head to Toe Fashion at Peckham Rye, Newburgh Street

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Win an Extra Thick Easter Egg from Hotel Chocolat

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Easter’s almost here, and luxury British chocolatier and cocoa grower Hotel Chocolat has launched its 2014 range of Easter chocolates. Tiddly Chicks, Goose Eggs, a Neapolitan Easter Egg Sandwich and lots lots more – there’s something special for all lovers of fine chocolate along with plenty of gifts and treats for egg hunts and family fun. Keep reading for your chance to win one eggspecially luscious Extra Thick Easter Egg.

Have a look at all the eggscellent Extra Thick Easters Eggs Hotel Chocolat has offer this year:

  • Rabot 1745 Extra Thick Easter Egg
    A showcase of fine and rare cocoa with single estate chocolate shells made from 75% Trinidad dark chocolate and 70% Saint Lucia Island Growers milk chocolate, £30.
  • Rocky Road to Caramel Extra Thick Easter Egg
    An extra thick cookie and caramel milk chocolate Easter egg tumbling over with an array of twelve chocolates including pralines, soft caramels and chocolate chicks, £28.
  • Serious Dark Fix Extra Thick Easter Egg
    An extra thick Easter egg for dark chocolate lovers, featuring twelve seriously authentic dark chocolates including pralines, chilli and rum chocolates and more, , £28.
  • The Egglet Extra Thick Easter Egg
    An extra thick Easter egg with milk chocolate shells flaunting twelve gorgeously decorated chocolate egglets filled with ultra-smooth pralines and meltingly soft centered chocolates, , £28.
  • White and Light Extra Thick Easter Egg
    One extra thick Easter egg utterly devoted to the dreamy flavours of our high-cocoa white chocolate, filled with twelve creamy chocolate truffles, pralines and other delights, , £28.
  • You Crack Me Up Extra Thick Easter Egg
    An irrepressibly upbeat extra thick Easter egg, cast in milk chocolate and our award-winning high-cocoa white chocolate, bursting with twelve smiley face pralines and happy chicks, , £28.
  • Your Eggsellency Extra Thick Easter Egg
    An extremely distinguished extra thick Easter egg, with one shell cast in 40% milk and the other in 70% dark chocolate, , £28.

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In celebratation of Hotel Chocolat’s 2014 range of Easter goodies, the brand has teamed up with my blog to kindly offering one Extra Thick Easter Egg to one very lucky tikichris reader for free (retail value is from £28 to £30)!

To be in with a chance to win one simply tweet the following:

RT to win an #ExtraThickEasterEgg from @HotelChocolat. Happy Easter from @tikichris! http://bit.ly/1pytbnF

Good luck. Please take a moment to read the terms and conditions before tweeting!

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I’ll pick one winner at random on Thursday 10 April at 9.30am BST. The winner will receive one “Extra Thick Easter Egg” from Hotel Chocolat. To be eligible to win, you need to have an address in the UK where the prize can be posted. Good luck.

Check out all of Hotel Chocolat’s Easter chocolates:
hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/easter-eggs

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London Daily Photo: Bethnal Green

LDP 2014.03.26 - Bethnal Green

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Best Pubs and Bars in London to Watch the World Cup (by Christian Farnsworth)

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With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil fast-approaching, everyone will be eager to watch their favorite teams face off this summer. And what better way is there than to enjoy the competition with a nice cold pint at some of London’s greatest pubs and bars. From classic staples to luxury venues, London provides a wide array of options for your World Cup viewing experience. Whether you are a die-hard fan or simply enjoying the great atmosphere surrounding the matches, the football crazed capital is the place to be. Here are some of the top picks.

We’ll start off with the Clapham Grand sports bar in South London which boasts the biggest screen in the UK for live matches. It seems that their mantra is “bigger is better” because the screen measures in at 24×15 feet! For those who are tired of having to fight for good spot in a crowded pub, this is a perfect sanctuary. The theater seating style ensures a great view from any angle.

Next is Riley’s Sports Bar, centrally located in Haymarket. It offers 34 TVs in addition to a main giant screen. It’s also a great place to take your mind off the games for a bit, with ping pong and pool tables abound to ensure that you are never bored. Also the bar has free Wi-Fi for its customers, so placing a bet for free while watching a world cup match is quite common at Riley’s.

If you are looking for a chic spot to enjoy a frosty brew then the Carlsberg Sports Bar in Leicester Square is a good place to start. The affordably slick bar provides a ton of space to watch world class footballers go head to head. It has 24/7 service, making sure that you’ll never go hungry or miss the match. More importantly, its gourmet pub fare is some of the best in the city.

For a truly awesome experience, go to Bar Kick in Shoreditch. It promises a lively atmosphere with its foosball tables and screens matches in 3-D in the basement. The great happy hour prices don’t hurt either. Also great for 3D matches is the Bison & Bird situated in Clapham. Here you can even book one of their Sky boxes to really get a stadium feel for the biggest games.

Now, for the more luxurious experience you can rent out a private space for you and your mates to enjoy the World Cup in style. The MPS Screening Room at Wired can provide 34 patrons with a state-of-the-art projector, so you can watch your favorite stars in the best quality available. In the West End your group can book a private space at El Cantara, where you can truly relax during those tense moments of the tournament. It hosts one of the best shisha terraces in London accompanied by delicious Moorish treats for those looking for the more laid back atmosphere. Since the West End will surely be pumping during this summer’s World Cup, a private venue such as this can please the more neutral of fans. Whatever your choice is, booking a nice little space for you and your friends is the best way to avoid those messy crowds and really be able to enjoy the game as well as your friends.

If you missed out on a plane ticket to Rio, then London is the second best place to watch the World Cup this summer. From rowdy pubs to private viewing screens, it’s as close as you will get to the action (maybe even better in 3-D or HD). Be sure to check out one of these great bars and pubs this summer!

 Written by Christian Farnsworth

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London Daily Photo: Untitled

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London’s Best Record Stores (CheapOair)

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Record stores: London’s got ‘em. Some of the best in Europe actually, and here’s a crème de la crème list of this city’s finest establishments dedicated to the needs of the finickiest vinyl junkies.

Sound good? Then you better hurry up and cross that pond ASAP! Amazing record shops are becoming an endangered species. Indeed, one of this city’s legendary wax emporium’s, Intoxica! (a bamboo-clad tiki themed record store) is now an online only shop.

Read my complete post at the CheapOair blog.

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London Daily Photo: Radiant Day

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Dub Jam Jerk BBQ and Rum Shack, Covent Garden

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Transforming a cloakroom into a “rum shack,” tiny 16-seater Dub Jam has opened near Covent Garden serving reggae, rum and Caribbean inspired dishes – all with a heaping side of Jamaican kitsch. The reggae? A selection of Trojan Record classics on heavy rotation. The rum? Jamaican to be sure with easy drinkin’ yet nonetheless potent tropical cocktails. The food? Jerk skewers and burgers mostly. And the kitsch? Well …

Despite the thatched roof open-kitchen wedged beneath a massive sound system, the place obviously isn’t really a shack, and it’s a loooong way from the Caribbean. Dub Jam décor features a bar made from a surfboard, and lighting made from floaters. Cocktails are served in painted tin cans and, in the case of the Reggae Rum Punch (a fruity wallop “secret recipe” mixed with a load of Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum) are gravity-fed through the sound system to be “slowly infused with genuine reggae sound waves and bass filtering.” Figure out for yourself whether that adds up to a cringe or a chuckle. I thought if was a fun atmosphere for a quick bite and was pleased by how tasty that quick bite was.

Kemey and I popped round Dub Jam last week for an early dinner. The place was (pardon the pun) jamming with barely room to squeeze in (Dub Jam doesn’t take reservations). We sat at the surfboard and were served up some cool drinks ASAP. I really enjoyed sipping on an icy pina colada (£6.50).

For my din-din, I went for the Kool Ruler king prawn and coconut skewer. I wished there’d been bit more meat on the skewer, but at eight quid I reckon it was an ample portion. Kemey got the Veggie Bangarang, a jerk haloumi and pepper skewer, for £5.50. Same story as with mine – she felt a little more would have been good but couldn’t deny that the price was nice. Skewers were served with sides Sunshine Slaw made with coconut and yoghurt. It was yummy. You can get it as a separate dish for £2.50. I ordered some KJ’s sweet potato chips (£3.60) as well and found them to be especially filling and delicious. I loved the home made salsas – one hot, the other smoky – that came them skewers and the chips as well. Next time, I might try a burger (28 day dry-aged English beef, cooked medium and served with lettuce, tomato, mayo in a flatbread pocket with salsa). The “Dub Shack” with grilled pineapple and smoked cheese (£9) sounds pretty tempting.

Dub Jam is located at 20 Bedford Street, WC2E 9HP. Find out more at dubjam.co.uk.

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What’s in a Post-It?

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With so many different colours and shapes, the Post-it® Brand from 3M is perfect for adding personality, emotion and individuality to your handwritten notes.

This year Post-it is an official sponsor of National Stationery Week (31 March to 6 April) and to celebrate the occasion has come up with the slogan Get Britain Writing.

To get me writing – actually, physically writing on a piece of paper with a pen in my hand – the folks from Post-it got in touch to see if I’d be up for “a bit of extra fun” by having my own handwritten Post-it note analysed by a graphologist to see what my handwriting (along with my choice of pen colour and shape of note) might say about my personality.

I crank out all sorts of digital content all day long. Staring at screens, tapping and typing, cutting and pasting, updating my status and tweeting and emailing and texting etc – it’s all great (or at least the result usually are), but there’s something special about a message – however inconsequential or fleeting – that’s handwritten and tangible with real context and texture. Everybody’s digital text looks the same as everybody else’s. Nobody’s handwriting does.

Since the dawn of the digital age, the once legible and attractive penmanship of my youth has devolved into chicken scratch. Nevertheless, I agreed to submit a handwritten Post-it for the graphologist to consider. I thought it would be neato to find out what others might be able to discern about my character through analysing how I write. Besides, I’d blogged about Post-its before, and I truly do use Post-it products on a regular basis.

Sometime in the next few weeks, I’ll receive the analyse of my handwriting and will be sure to share those findings here in a follow up post. Stay tuned!

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New Regional Wine & Cheese Menu at Theo Randall at the Intercontinental

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Allow me to commence this rave by saying that Theo Randall’s Head Sommelier, Yuri Gualeni, is a frickin’ genius and Chef Randall is a very wise man indeed to let Gualeni do his thing. Case in point: the young sommelier’s new wine and cheese pairing that’s been “designed to be a journey through Italy’s terroir and traditions.” I tried it last night and loved every moment. Priced from £24 per person – and tailored to guest preferences – the menu includes four Italian wines paired with four regional cheeses.

Kemey and I eased in to the Intercontinental last night for taste of this new offering, and we absolutely loved every aspect of our evening. And even though we were just there for the wine and cheese, it resulted in one of the finer restaurant experiences we’ve had thus far this year.

Here’s a look at what we enjoyed last night:

  • Fiori della Langa
    Rosanna, Alta Langa, Metodo Classico, Piemonte
  • Pecorino Sardo
    2000 Vernaccia di Oristano, Flor, Contini, Sardegna
  • Taleggio della Valsassina
    2011 Ronchedone, Ca dei Frati, Lombardia
  • Gorgonzola Naturale
    2008 Moscato Passito di Strevi, Passri Scrapona, Marenco, Piemonte

(There might have been a cheeky and luscious little glass of Selvapiana Vino Santo poured at the end as a bonus treat as well).

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Served with home made crackers and a potent mostarda di pere, every cheese was a winner and expertly matched with a superb corresponding wine. On the sippy side, I was most impressed with the oloroso-like Vernaccia di Oristano. If you’re a fan of sherries (and of good value) keep an eye out for this intriguing Sardinian quaff. As for the cheese, the especially blue veined wedge of Gorgonzola was the best I’ve ever had.

But really everything placed before us was gorgeous, and as mentioned any tasting can be tailored to specific tastes and interests. Walk-ins shouldn’t encounter any issue, but booking ahead is advisably to ensure Yuri is on hand to knowledgeably guide you through his thoughtful selections.

Theo Randall at the Intercontinental is located inside the InterContinental London Park Lane, at One Hamilton Place, W1J 7QY. Find out more at theorandall.com.

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