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On the #RutteRoute at the Rutte & Sons Distillery

In the heart of picturesque Dordrecht, the historic Rutte & Sons Distillery still operates in the same tiny townhouse where founder Simon Rutte started creating his distinctly flavoured spirits back in 1872. Continue reading

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On the #RutteRoute in Dordrecht

The opportunity to stroll about and get a sense of the tiny island town that Rutte has called home since the 19th century was a lot of fun and worth the trip in and of itself. 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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Bottomless Brunch at The Vincent

The Vincent near Hackney Downs has launched a weekend brunch menu featuring bottomless coffee, cocktails and prosecco alongside a yummy assortment of breakfast and otherwise brunch-able dishes. Continue reading

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New Cocktails at Great Northern Hotel

GNH Bar Head Bartender Harry Nikolaou’s brilliant creations beguiled as much as they refreshed, enticing as they intoxicated. Continue reading

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Llamb’s Day Dinner at Tom Simmons – Tower Bridge

Chef Tom Simmons of MasterChef – The Professionals 2011 fame has opened an eponymous restaurant (his first) at the south end of Tower Bridge, showcasing his admiration of British and French cuisine with an emphasis on his Pembrokeshire heritage and on sourcing high quality Welsh ingredients. Continue reading

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Jazzgir, Canary Wharf

Jazzgir near South Quay brings Mediterranean cuisine with jazzy flair to the Docklands. Continue reading

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The Dayrooms Cafe

The Dayrooms Café – an “Aussie inspired café” in Notting Hill – is a pleasant spot for a casual meal and top quality coffee. Continue reading

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California: Designing Freedom at the Design Museum

The California: Designing Freedom exhibition at London’s Design Museum takes a look at America’s most populous state and its most popular contributions to design. Continue reading

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Get a Free Cocktail at Barsmith in Farringdon #BarsmithGoesTiki

Popular Farringdon watering hole, Barsmith, has “gone tiki” for the summer. The bar has gone generous too with an exclusive offer of a free cocktail to 50 tikichris readers. 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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Adam Rawson Launches Bite Me Burger Co

Chef Adam Rawson has launched Bite Me Burger Co, a mini-burger only eatery on Kingsway just a short stroll from Holborn Station. Continue reading

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Vintage Ales at the Chef’s Table

Vintage and Farmhouse Ales from Central Italy’s Birra del Borgo and Goose Island of Chicago were showcased and paired with dishes designed by TV chef and cookbook author Valentine Warner and Chef Martin Carabott of restaurant Luca at a recent one-off dinner hosted at Carousel in Marylebone. Continue reading

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Joe Allen is Moving … But Only 25m Down the Street

Stalwart Theatreland haunt, Joe Allen, is leaving its basement home of 40 years to make way for a boutique hotel. Don’t worry though. Owners have already commenced work at a new location, only 25m down the street. Continue reading

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Spaghetti House, Argyll Street

It’s one of those places I’ve walked by a gazillion times and never actually entered. But I have been curious these many years there whether or not Spaghetti House was any good. A recent invitation to review the Spaghetti House near Oxford Circus provided the chance to find out. Continue reading

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Mimod’s Kitchen Residency Coming to Kensal Rise

I take every excuse I can get to eat breakfast for dinner. Brinner. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t love eggs, waffles, pancakes, sausage, bagels, and granola? Omg and I almost forgot the doughnuts. So get ready London, because there’s going to be a (semi) permanent brinner joint opening in September: Mimod’s Kitchen. Continue reading

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Pop-up India at Proud East

Get ready to take a tour of the world, by staying put in East London. Proud East, the gorgeous venue along the canal in Haggerston, has just launched Pop-up India, freshly painted and redecorated after a fun run of Pop-up Japan. With a colourful makeover of floating flowers, a tuk-tuk photo booth, garlands and art, Proud East has made itself a hot destination for those looking to soak up a bit of Indian culture this summer. Continue reading

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IPW 2017 | As an Expat, Foodie and Tourist

As an expat American living in London (for more than 13 years) it’s an odd feeling to head back to the US for work-related visits, especially when I don’t get to see my family. Travelling to the nation’s capital as … Continue reading

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Joseph Beuys’ Boxkampf at Waddington Custot

Waddington Custot gallery in Mayfair brings context to Joseph Beuy’s famed 1972 work of art, Boxkampf für die direkte Demokratie with an exhibition running now until mid August. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Miss Shirley’s

Open for breakfast, lunch and brunch all week long, Miss Shirley’s is a Baltimore institution providing full-on downhome eats (of epic proportion) and equally OTT hair of the dog hangover remedies all with efficient and friendly service. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: La Cuchara

Sprawled across a repurposed warehouse near the hipster haunt of Hampden is La Cuchara. Taking inspiration from Basque cuisine and serving mostly small plates many of which are prepared in a wood-fired oven in an open view kitchen, the restaurant melds rustic charm with urban cool. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: R. House

My ‘taste tour’ of Baltimore continues with a visit to R. House, a giant garage that’s been repurposed into a food hall and launch pad for aspiring local chefs keen to make a mark on the city’s culinary scene. 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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#TasteBaltimore: Sagamore Spirit Distillery

Chief among those leading the Maryland rye revival is Sagamore Spirit. Here’s a straight up take on my visit to its distillery as my Taste Baltimore series continues. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Beer

I had a great time during my few days of foraging through Baltimore discovering some of the best local brews and breweries thanks to the knowledgeable folks at City Brew Tours. Continue reading

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Fiz Sparkling Wine Bar

Fiz is a 10-week pop-up and London’s first sparkling wine bar. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Phillips Seafood

Diving into a bag of steamed blue crabs, cracking each open with a wooden mallet and going at it with hands-on, finger-licking abandon may seem like a far cry from fine dining. But for full-on Chesapeake flavour and a moreishly memorable Maryland meal, there’s no finer way to savour the best of Baltimore than with a visit to Phillips Seafood. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Modern Cook Shop

Market, bar, and restaurant all-in-one, Modern Cook Shop in the historic yet still really very happening neighbourhood of Fell’s Point was an ideal spot for breakfast. Continue reading

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Death’s Door #Gindependence Pop-Up Dive Bar

Death’s Door Dive Bar is full of striped red, white and blue, a bit of taxidermy and board games. And yes it’s super fleeting so you best get yourself out of bed stat and on your way over for a full day of fun. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia: Árbore Da Veira

Chef Luis Veira’s frisky if restrained approach toward haute cuisine highlights immense culinary talent and an especially inventive palate through a light-hearted approach that refrains from straying beyond the bounds of elegance and formality. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia: Casa Rita

Casa Rita is a rustic and “típico gallego” tavern, with a touch of Art Deco in its décor and a few homey and cheeky embellishments here and there. Continue reading

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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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Graze Across Galicia: Casa Marcelo

For fine dining that’s as fun as it flavoursome, Casa Marcelo in Santiago more than fits the bill. Continue reading

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