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#TCTalks | Episode 5 | Hot & Chilli

Episode 5 of tikichris Talks finds me sitting down for a chat with my good friend Rosana McPhee, an amazing cook and photographer and the mastermind behind the award-winning food, travel and luxury blog Hot & Chilli. Continue reading

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The Silver

Silver lines the walls, objects are stacked precariously among each other; it takes a few seconds for my eyes to fully adjust to the array and begin to distinguish between each object: a gilded horn, antique candelabras, ruby rings, and goblets. Nothing is precocious here or simply on show, each object is waiting patiently for a new home. Continue reading

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Leica Launches CL Compact Camera

Legendary premium camera and lens manufacturer Leica added a camera to its portfolio today: the CL, a digital APS-C system camera that’s elegant and discrete. Continue reading

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Chris Levine Laser and Sound Installation at sketch Gallery

In celebration of the festive season, sketch has partnered with artist Chris Levine to create Silent Light – a laser and sound installation in its gallery. Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn | Edinburgh

First stop on our Falling for Scotland tour was the magically misty city of Edinburgh – a destination both Kemey and I know fairly well but can never seem to get enough of. Continue reading

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Cook Islands Idyll | Aitutaki

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

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Cook Islands Idyll | Rarotonga

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. Continue reading

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Maison Pierre Marcolini 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

Over the centuries, Remy Martin has been able to hone its craft, its image and its processes to become one of the biggest producers of Cognac. Continue reading

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Cognac: Spirit of Place | Les Freres Moine

A father and son business spanning more than 30 years, Les Freres Moine 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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Cognac: Spirit of Place

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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On the #RutteRoute in Rotterdam

First stop on my journey to the Rutte & Sons Distillery in Dordrecht was Rotterdam, where a phenomenally crafted meal was followed by a top secret nightcap and a solid sleep in a historic setting. Continue reading

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Ted’s Grooming Room

For a shave and a haircut (and a chance to relax) head to Ted’s Grooming Room. Continue reading

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Jose Gordon’s El Capricho Menu at The World’s End Market

King’s Road restaurant, The World’s End Market, has launched a new “Jose Gordon (El Capricho)” menu offering select cuts of extra mature ox meat reared and aged by Spanish grill master, ox farmer and Chef Patron of acclaimed El Capricho restaurant (and Netflix star), Jose Gordon. Continue reading

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Official J&T of Juliette’s Interiors

So remember that Ginspiration Challenge I wrote about a few weeks ago? Well check it out: I won it! Continue reading

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Cocktail Recipe: Juliette’s Garden G&T

Fancy a refreshing gin and tonic with a light floral bouquet and a hint of island spice? Try my recipe for Juliette’s Garden G&T. Continue reading

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The Wigmore Opens at The Langham

Luxury HQ, The Langham London hotel, has opened a pub. Set at the original entrance to the hotel (and most recently the former lobbly of the hotel’s spa), The Wigmore is a spacious, high ceilinged place for drinks and casual dining. Continue reading

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Come and Get Samoa (City AM)

Samoa has one of the South Pacific’s most beautiful and varied coastlines, complemented by a lush mountainous interior. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Wit & Wisdom

With its “progressive twist on traditional tavern food and Eastern seaboard classics,” the Wit & Wisdom’s menu captivates as much as it comforts. Beyond what’s doing in the kitchen, Wit & Wisdom’s waterfront views from its al fresco bar or inside its plush and expansive dining room are bolstered by friendly and fast service. Continue reading

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A Night of Fashion at The Westbury Mayfair Hotel

It’s not every day you walk into a hotel lobby to be greeted by a pair of models sashaying towards you in opulent evening wear. But when the hotel you’re visiting is The Westbury Mayfair, a luxury five star hotel near Bond Street, nothing less should be expected. Continue reading

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Dinner at Benares with Les Vignobles Foncalieu

An invitation to indulge in an intriguing assortment of Les Vignobles Foncalieu wines at one of London’s haut-est Indian restaurants turned out to be a memorably delicious dining (and drinking) experience. Continue reading

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Fifth Dimension Chocolates’ Journey Box

Fine flavour in full 5D! If you haven’t tried Fifth Dimension Chocolates you’re missing out on some inventive creations crafted with finesse. Continue reading

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New Summer Cocktails at St James Bar, The Balcon, Sofitel London St James

St James Bar at The Balcon (inside the Sofitel London St James) has recently launched a new Spring/Summer Collection of cocktails. Continue reading

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“Back to the Classics” with Afternoon Tea at The Langham

Newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef for The Langham London, Andrew Gravett, showcases classic recipes with seasonal ingredient, lighter textures and distinct flavours with his new Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood. Continue reading

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#ThePerfectItalianPair – Parmigiano-Reggiano + Balsamico Tradizionale at Massimo Restaurant & Bar

Two of Italy’s most delicious artisan foods – Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena PDO – were celebrated in London recently as “The Perfect Italian Pair” at a media dinner hosted by Massimo Restaurant & Bar. Continue reading

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Louis XIII Pop-Up Boutique at Harrods

Luxury Cognac Louis XIII by Remy Martin has launched its first ever pop-up boutique and taken over five of Harrods’ Brompton Road window displays. Continue reading

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Spring Strawberries at StreetXO

Talk about a fruitful team up! The folks behind Seasonal Berries – a year-round campaign funded by British Summer Fruits and representing 98% of British berry growers – organised a spring fling lunch with edgy upscale Mayfair restaurant StreetXO to demonstrate the vibrant versatility of the much adored but seldom tampered with strawberry. Continue reading

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Southern Pride (Foodism)

The Louisiana city of New Orleans is a melting pot of great restaurants. In a city where food options abound, Chris Osburn gives us his hot takes. Continue reading

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Ember London, Monument EC3

Fancy cocktails and bar food are the hallmark at Ember London, a sleek and slightly secretive basement bar recently opened just steps away from Monument Station. 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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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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New Chef at Bird of Smithfield

Bird of Smithfield is the same great restaurant set in a five-storey townhouse with rooftop bar across from Smithfield Market as it has been since launching in 2013 – just now with a new Head Chef, Tommy Boland. Continue reading

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Basque Brunch at Eneko at One Aldwych

Basque Chef Eneko Atxa’s eponymous One Aldwych restaurant launched a new brunch menu over the weekend. I was glad to have a first taste on Saturday. Continue reading

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Surreal in South London? Check the Plum Guide

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. 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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