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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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Beyond the Reef | #TCTalofa

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

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Savai’i | #TCTalofa

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

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Exploring Upolu | #TCTalofa

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

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Around Apia | #TCTalofa

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

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. Continue reading

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Eneko at One Aldwych

I could taste with each bite how Chef Eneko Atxa earned his three Michelin stars at his Bilbao restaurant, Azurmendi, with intriguingly flavourful and beautifully plated food and how his London restaurant’s Head Chef, Edurne Martín Delgado, executed Atxa’s vision with craft and precision. Continue reading

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A Decade Down | Ten Years of tikichris

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! Continue reading

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Cheers from Artesian | 10X10 with tikchris

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. Continue reading

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Best of the Best of 2016

I hope you enjoyed reading my Best of 2016 series and that the posts may assist you in having more fun, saving more money and making more of your time than you would have otherwise. Continue reading

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Best Hotels and Resorts of 2016

Nicest digs on the planet? Here are a few of ‘em! 2016 was one of the best years of travel for me yet. What made the year such an amazing time to ramble was, in large part, where I got to lay my head at night. 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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Best Bars of 2016 (Excluding London)

What a year! Ready for a drink? Might I recommend having it in style at one of these fabulous bars? They’re the best I came across in 2016. Continue reading

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Best London Restaurants of 2016

The London Dining scene of 2016 seemed markedly better that that of the past couple of years before it. But maybe that’s more reflective of me and my reasons and opportunities to eat out. Continue reading

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Best of 2016

The year is now coming to a close. How was it for you? My mind’s still reeling trying to figure out that question for myself. To say the least, 2016 was intense, with plenty of ups and downs. Allow me a chance to look at some of the ups in a little more detail and to celebrate the year by highlighting some of my favourite food, drink and travel experiences. Continue reading

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Ormer Mayfair

Michelin starred chef Shaun Rankin’s upscale restaurant attractively set downstairs at Flemings Mayfair Hotel – Ormer Mayfair – brings a refined and rich taste of Jersey to London. Seafood lovers and fans of dining with formal flair take note! Continue reading

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Coffee at The Fairmont San Francisco (espressoCrazy)

One of my all time favourite destinations, San Francisco was a beautiful and welcoming as I remembered, and maybe even a little tastier this time around … or at least my coffee was. Continue reading

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Willie Mae’s Scotch House | #TCEatsNOLA

Last but by no means least among my list of 18 New Orleans Eats is the great Willie Mae’s Scotch House which has been serving exceptionally satisfying fried chicken and soul food fixings in a modest home setting since 1957. Continue reading

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Upperline Restaurant | #TCEatsNOLA

Moving back uptown for another phenomenal feast among my 18 New Orleans Eats, I’m sitting down for a most sublime supper at the accommodating and gentile Upperline Restaurant, where the very definition of Southern hospitality may be enjoyed to its fullest and most delectable extent. Continue reading

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Trinity | #TCEatsNOLA

Trinity restaurant on Decatur Street in the French Quarter had only been open for about three months when I paid a visit. Nevertheless, Executive Chef Michael Isolani’s 21st century take on Haute Creole cuisine more than met the standards for fine dining in NOLA, seemed to fit in with the local scene as if it had always been there, and certainly proved suitable as a choice for one of my 18 New Orleans Eats. Continue reading

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Shaya | #TCEatsNOLA

When I first started to come up with my wish list for New Orleans in 18 Easts, I wasn’t thinking about falafel and hummus, neither was I expecting Israeli cuisine made almost exclusively with locally grown Louisiana ingredients to top my list of all-time favourite restaurant meals. Then I found out about Shaya and wisely took a chance on eating there. Continue reading

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