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Mermaid Toast at East Village Market

This weekend I popped down to the East Village Market, curated by Alistair Maddox (of Broadway market fame) and treated myself to Instagram’s latest food trend, magical Mermaid Toast. Continue reading

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Our/Summer at Our/London Vodka Distillery

Definitely get yourself to Hackney Downs soon to soak up the Our/Summer series each Saturday until 19th August from 12-6pm. Continue reading

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Michael Thompson’s Fodder at Borough Wines & Beer

If you’re like me and find yourself channelling your inner child in a candy store upon entering a wine shop, Borough Wines & Beers won’t disappoint. After shaking off the rain droplets and calming my breath post my mad dash into their Islington shop, I warmed in the rather intimate store. Perusing the shelves lined with British red and whites, I indulged my current natural wine obsession whose flavour ever evolves once the cork has been unscrewed. I’d describe it as a luxurious walk-in closet, which simply adds to the charm and intrigue of what lies below … Continue reading

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50% Off Your Meal at The Localist with CityMunch

Here’s a review of a delicious meal I had recently at new(ish)ly opened The Localist in Clerkenwell along with an offer for you to get 50% off your visit if you book through CityMunch. The Localist’s focus is on seasonal, European … 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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Black Cat Cabaret at Underbelly Festival

Feats of physical prowess cheekily delivered and presented in a sultry and slightly sinister fashion – London’s celebrated Black Cat Cabaret slinks to the summer stage of Underbelly Festival on the South Bank. Continue reading

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Salt Beef Bagels, Iced Coffee and More at Mercer & Co, Chapel Market

At £3.90, a recent late breakfast/early lunch of hand carved salt beef with mustard (I went with American) and a pickled gherkin on a bagel was minimal money went spent for a mightily meaty and thoroughly filling meal. Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Red Turtle

Oscar nominated and winner of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard Special Prize, The Red Turtle by Director Michael Dudok de Wit is coming to UK cinemas 26 May. Continue reading

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Mac & Wild Devonshire Square

A taste of wild Scotland supplemented with an ample dash Scottish hospitality made my meal at Mac & Wild’s City outpost a deliciously memorable one. Continue reading

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Tootoomoo Crouch End

Pan Asian eatery Tootoomoo in Crouch End does a bang up job offering a range of crowd pleaser dishes focused on Chinese, Southeast Asian and Japanese flavours. 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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Yuu Kitchen

Head Chef Jon de Villa (ex-Nobu, ex-Flesh & Buns) blends fine dining flair with casual dining fun at Yuu Kitchen on Commercial Street – a (new-ish) Pacific Rim restaurant emphasising Southeast Asian flavours cooked mostly on two Big Green Egg BBQ grills. Continue reading

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Summer Burger Series Launched at Ceviche Old St

Ceviche Old St has launched a new series of monthly limited edition burgers for its lunch menu this summer. I dropped by the restaurant earlier this week for a taste. They may see me drop back by again for another. Continue reading

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Trawler Trash

Trawler Trash is a new Highbury restaurant that wants to bring the “trash” from the trawler to its patrons’ plates with a menu focused on lesser known fish and seafood. Continue reading

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Chick’n Shack Chicken Burger Launches at Shake Shack

Available from 25 April at all UK Shake Shack outlets is the Chick’n Shack chicken burger. Continue reading

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Les Deux Amies, a Crepe Reason to Visit Boxpark Croydon

Sweet or savoury, your crepe (or galette) will be made fresh and with a smile at Les Deux Amies. Continue reading

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Elliot Dodd, The Manbody, at Zabludowicz Collection

The Manbody by Elliot Dodd is a short film being screened at Zabludowicz Collection. It provides odd viewing that soothes as much as it disconcerts. Continue reading

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Adam Rawson’s #Rawmen Pop-Up Ramen Bar

No noodling around here, Adam Rawson is back at Borough Wines & Beers’ Brewery Below with a “Rawmen” pop-up ramen bar. Continue reading

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East End Mob at BSMT Space, Dalston

A graffiti-riddled Memory Lane cuts through Dalston with East End Mob, a newly opened exhibition at BSTM Space featuring works by some of London’s most influential and prolific street artists from the past decade. Continue reading

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Carioca – A Bite of Brazil at Boxpark Croydon

Croydon’s Boxpark is steps from East Croydon Station and offers a broad choice of food vendors within super close proximity of each other (plus, lots of communal outdoor seating). But if you saw what I had to eat at Carioca you might think twice about ordering elsewhere. 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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Moreishly Modern Indian Cuisine at Grand Trunk Road, South Woodford

As its name suggests, Grand Trunk Road celebrates the ancient trade route from “Kabul to Kolkata” through a wealth of South Asian regional dishes (and emphasis on Chef Sharma’s Northern Indian roots). Continue reading

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New BBQ Menu at St Bart’s Brewery

St Bart’s Brewery has launched a meaty new “barbecue soul food” menu (not such a bad idea for a pub situated across the street from Smithfield Market). Part of the Hush Heath Estate group, the pub uses apple wood from its Kent estate to smoke and cook a range of fresh and sustainably sourced British meat, fish and vegetables. 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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Division 194 at The King & Co

Po-boy purveyors, Division 194, have set up shop in the kitchen of Clapham pub The King & Co for the next several weeks with a menu oozing with New Orleans inspiration and a dash of American gourmand excess. 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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Tabun Kitchen, Soho

Tabun Kitchen serves “Jerusalem home cooking” from a comfortable Soho nook on Berwick Street. I had a satisfying lunch there recently and thought I’d pass the word on about it. Continue reading

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Pulp – Fun New Way to Learn about Wine

Pulp is a new startup for budding wine enthusiasts that wants to make you a wine expert at-home and at-ease … and at 50% off for tikichris readers. Continue reading

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Free Cheese and Wine Festival at East Village, Stratford

East Village will host a free cheese and wine festival the weekend of 1 April. No fooling. 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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Fresh Crisps and Tasty Dips at HipChips, Old Compton Street

HipChips found-chef Scott Davis’ aim is to make the best crisps in the world with British heritage potatoes served alongside a menu of premium sweet and savoury dips. Judging from my crunch time at his comfortable Soho eatery, I’d say mission accomplished. Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Eyes of My Mother

Soon to be released in UK cinemas, indie horror flick, The Eyes of My Mother, is the gross-out creep-fest you’ve been craving. Continue reading

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#Paolozzi: Art, Beer, Pizza

Art, beer and pizza! It’s a triumvirate adding up to a good time, especially when the art is amazing, the beer is refreshing and the pizza is yummy. Coinciding with the opening of the excellent Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, the Scottish born artist’s namesake beer – Paolozzi Lager – is making artful headway in London. Continue reading

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Lunch at Tostado

Blink and you’ll miss it (and miss out) – tiny Tostado in Soho offers Ecuadorian fare at a fair price and with a warm Latin welcome. Continue reading

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