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L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Stoke Newington

The pizza game in London just got real with the opening of L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Stoke Newington. Continue reading

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#CityStories: Street Food

The clip is dedicated to one of my favourite topics – street food – and features tips on where to chow down on three of the yummiest options (IMHO) for grab-n-go grub near the new Point A Hotel on Paul Street in Shoreditch. Continue reading

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#CityStories: Exploring #Shoreditch with #PointAHotels

Get ready for City Stories: a new series of video posts I’ve cooked up with Point A Hotels to highlight some of my favourite food and drink in and around Shoreditch. Continue reading

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Surf & Turf Wars at The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

For three days only, The Blues Kitchen’s Shoreditch outpost is hosting Brooklyn restaurant Extra Fancy for a one-off collaboration and friendly “surf vs turf” competition. Last night (Monday 30 January) was the first of three nights of Surf & Turf … Continue reading

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Bagel Burgers from The London Bagel Co

It’s a burger. It’s a bagel. Oh my God, it’s a burger on a bagel. The London Bagel Co has launched a menu of bagel burgers ranging from rather healthy to extra indulgent. Continue reading

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BFI Brings Back GoodFellas to the Big Screen

The British Film Institute is rereleasing the classic 1990 gangster film, GoodFellas, in cinemas across the UK on 20 January. 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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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 Cheap Eats in London of 2016

No joke. It is still possible (if slightly less likely than this time last year) to eat well with only a fiver to spend. And not only in the hinterland! Three of the six establishments listed below as my preferred cheap eats are in Zone 1 and extremely easy to access. The other three? Hello Waltham Forest, you big gorgeous borough full of yummy East London treats of reasonable price and generous proportion. 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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Radio Alice | Pizza | Hoxton Square

Radio Alice is a new pizzeria opened in Hoxton Square. The approach to serving pizza is unique. The results are delicious. Continue reading

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Dinner at Beagle, Hoxton

I love the space (and smart use of it). What’s doing at the bar is very much in line with how I prefer to imbibe. Service is friendly and helpful. And the food’s great. Based on my recent visit, I’ve no bone to pick with Beagle and can only bark about how smart a choice this Hoxton restaurant is for a quality meal. Continue reading

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Ray’s Bar, Dalston

Pizza and cocktails – does it get much better? Yeah, probably but it’s still a winning combo for casual night out as I found when I stopped by the recently opened Ray’s Bar in Dalston. Continue reading

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Falafel Party at Pilpel Aldgate | 10X10 with tikichris

This past Friday night was falafel night here in tikichris land with a friendly gathering of folks at the weeks old Pilpel Aldgate. The party was the latest of my 10X10 celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of my blog. Continue reading

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Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch

After extensive renovations Spanish restaurant group, Brindisa Kitchens, has relaunched its Shoreditch restaurant, Tramontana, as Tapas Brindisa. Continue reading

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Ant Beer Cocktails at Sager + Wilde Paradise Row | Happy Halloween!

Sager + Wilde Paradise Row and Wychwood Brewery have teamed up for a creepy crawly Halloween special: beer-based cocktails featuring Wychwood’s flagship beer, Hobgoblin, and ants (yes, actual ants). – Excuse me waiter. There’s an ant in my drink! – … Continue reading

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Free Falafel Pitas Today at Pilpel Aldate

From noon to 2pm today (Monday 24 October 2016): free falafel pitas at the new Pilpel at Aldate! Continue reading

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easyJet #WhyNot Pop-Up

As part of its #WhyNot campaign, easyJet is hosting a free immersive theatre experience in Shoreditch that celebrates the joys of European travel with a quick pop-up passage to Holland and the chance to win free flights. Continue reading

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Graffigna Gran Asado

Argentine winemaker, Graffigna, threw the meatiest of parties recently at Dinerama in Shoreditch. Continue reading

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Woodford Reserve Lounge at Sager + Wilde Paradise Row

The Woodford Reserve Lounge at Sager + Wilde (at Paradise Row restaurant/bar/terrace not the Hackney Road wine bar) offers a subdued earth tone retreat from the world with a lofty perch above the Bethnal Green bustle. Continue reading

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Badolina Brings Big Flavour to Bishopsgate

Juicy marinated meats full of moreish Mediterranean flavours and grilled over charcoal for a quick-serve, healthy and delicious takeaway? Badda bing! Badda boom! Badolina brings it to Bishopsgate. Continue reading

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Get Stoked! Great Cocktails at Victory Mansion

Stoke Newington bar, Victory Mansion, serves ambitious cocktails in a cozy setting. Continue reading

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Little Galicia at Tapas Revolution Shoreditch

Tapas Revolution has teamed up with Estrella Galicia beer for a series of “Little Galicia” events this summer to bring a taste of Northern Spain to Shoreditch. Continue reading

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Good & Proper Tea Co, Leather Lane

About half a year ago I was glad to have discovered Good & Proper’s tiny tea bar at The Bower off of Old Street. Today I’m just as pleased to shout about its new, and not so tiny, café on Leather Lane. Continue reading

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Preview: Walthamstow International Film Festival

The 2016 Walthamstow International Film Festival runs tomorrow (Sunday 24 July 2016) at Vestry House from 11am to 5pm. Continue reading

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Get 25% off All Food at Barraka in July

I’ve teamed up with Mediterranean street food restaurant – Barraka on Artillery Lane near Liverpool Street Station – to share a very special offer: 25% off all food all month! What do you have to do to have such tasty food served at such a nice price? Not much. Continue reading

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Liberty Cheesesteak Company: Real Deal Philly Cheesesteak

Finding no satisfaction in London’s “cheesesteak” offerings – or often any resemblance to the mega meaty two-hander sandwiches of Italian-American origin famously from his hometown – JP decided to bring it here himself. Long story short: he ended up having to come up with a recipe for the right kind of bread and even created his own “wiz” cheese sauce. As for the steak, JP was happy enough with already available rib eye, sliced ultra thin for tastiest and most genuinely Philadelphian results. Continue reading

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Best Sandwich in Spitalfields? Barraka on Artillery Lane

Man oh man! The chicken schnitzel baguette at Barraka was one the most welcome lunches I’ve devoured in a very long while. From Uri Dinay, the same fella who brought Pilpel (probably the best I’ve had in London) and Badolina … Continue reading

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Rooftop Pop-Up: Santa Monica at SkyLounge

Santa Monica Travel and Tourism is hosting a Santa Monica themed rooftop pop-up bar at the SkyLounge rooftop bar at the top of the DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London hotel. Continue reading

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Gourmet Gorditas at Sunday Upmarket

Gorditas are hand-made Mexican flatbreads made of wheat and stuffed with a yummy filling. Now you can get ‘em in London thanks to Pedro and Santiago, a couple of enterprising Mexicans who recently started traded under the name Gourmet Gorditas with a stall selling their gourmet versions of this Northern Mexican street food at Brick Lane’s Sunday Upmarket. Continue reading

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Chai Ki Monday Mash-Up with Beavertown Brewery

Canary Wharf modern Indian restaurant, Chai Ki, has launched a series of Monday Mash-Up special events pairing London brewed craft beers with dishes from its Chai Ki Toddy Shop bar menu. Kicking things off is a “Guerrilla Craft Beer” experiment highlighting a range of beers from Beavertown Brewery. Continue reading

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Raw Wine Fair 2016

Held at the Old Truman Brewery 15 and 16 May and featuring wines from more than 200 growers, Raw Wine Fair will present for a fifth year in a row a delicious and intriguing collection of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine from across the globe. Continue reading

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Greek Cheese and Wine Tasting at Isle of Olive

Isle of Olive – Hackney’s home of Hellenic hospitality and great Greek food and drink – continues with its delicious charm offensive by offering wine tastings and related events. Continue reading

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London Coffee Festival

The London Coffee Festival returns to the Old Truman Brewery for a long weekend of everybody’s (or at least) my favourite warm beverage. I’m heading over tomorrow for my morning cup o’ Joe. See you there? Continue reading

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Turtle Bay Dalston

With its exceptionally generous happy hour, Turtle Bay’s bar is probably the best destination within stumbling distance of Dalston Junction for value conscious elbow bending. Continue reading

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