Tag Archives: Shopping

Win a £150 Gift Card from Pocket High Street

Daunted by the task of Christmas shopping? Hoping to avoid the same old big box retailers this year and find prezzies that are as special and distinctive as your friends and family whom you’re buying for? Have I got a gift for you! I’ve teamed up with the folks at PocketHighStreet.com to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a £150 gift card to spend at the best independent shops in London. Continue reading

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Coffee Island, Upper St Martin’s Lane

Coffee Island new café near Leicester Square aims to provide customers with sustainably sourced coffee brewed in a variety of methods and offered as customised blends. Continue reading

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Win a Chocolate or Coffee Explorer Pack from Taste Tripper

Do you have a London friend or family member who’s a coffee or chocolate fanatic? Then I’ve got just the gift idea for you! Taste Tripper Explorer Packs are a fun and tasty way to enjoy the best of the London foodie scene – and I’m giving one explorer pack away to one lucky tikichris reader. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #61

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy.

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Recipe: Banana Split Milkshake

Häagen-Dazs has launched a new seasonal flavour for Autumn/Winter 2016: Honey Walnut & Cream. Mmm mmm good? Uh huh. Oh yeah. Want to add an extra layer of yum to it? Check out my recipe for a banana split milkshake (regular and ‘hard’ versions included) using this delicious limited run ice cream. Continue reading

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Cochon Butcher | #TCEatsNOLA

Warehouse District “swine bar” and butcher shop with sandwich counter and deli – Cochon Butcher finds inspiration in “old world meat markets” and in Louisiana heritage foods such as Cajun specialties boudin, andouille, and tasso. Continue reading

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Win a Big Bag o’ Booze for Free

Oh no! I’m running out of room in my liquor cabinet. And that’s especially good news for one lucky tikichris reader. Continue reading

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Central Grocery and Deli | #TCEatsNOLA

We’re back in the French Quarter for this latest instalment of New Orleans in 18 Eats, with a visit to Central Grocery and Deli for the mutha of all mega-sized sandwiches: the mighty muffuletta. Continue reading

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Cocktail Recipe: Hot Rye and Chamomile Toddy

Keen for something warm and soothing to drink during the long winter nights ahead? I think I’ve come up with just the right drink: a hot rye and chamomile toddy. Continue reading

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Recipe: Maple Walnut Wings | #WingingIt

My maple walnut wings are really moreish, if I do say so myself! I didn’t add any spicy heat to them but chipotle or Tabasco would go well with them (and it’s easy enough to incorporate on your own). I would encourage you to try these as suggested in the recipe first though, to get a taste of just how yummy chicken, maple and walnut are together. Continue reading

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An Unmissable Christmas in London (Trainline)

Happy Christmas! Are you heading to London this festive season for a family outing or shopping expedition? Here’s a list of Yuletide sights and activities you’re sure to love. Continue reading

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Snapshot: Jakarta

Planning a trip to the vibrant Indonesian capital of Jakarta? Check out this quick snapshot to help make the most of your time on the ground. Continue reading

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Win a Three Month Wine Subscription from Le Petit Ballon

Le Petit Ballon, the top wine subscription service in France, is now in the UK. Ready to find the wine you love? I’ve teamed up with Le Petit Ballon to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a three-month subscription (two bottles per month and more). Continue reading

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Tom Hixson Masterchef Challenge | Recipe Index

To help you browse all my Tom Hixson Masterchef Challenge posts and recipes, here’s a list with links to all of them. Continue reading

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Recipe: Walnut and Parmesan Pesto

Photography / John Holdship Last week I attended a delicious cooking session where the key ingredient was my favourite cheese: Parmigiano-Reggiano. During the event, a number of recipes were introduced. One was especially yummy – and super easy to make: … Continue reading

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Recipe: Bone Marrow Burgers with Buttermilk Béchamel

My third and final recipe for the Tom Hixson Masterchef Challenge is an especially meaty dish: bone marrow burgers with buttermilk béchamel. Continue reading

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Recipe: Grilled Sausage Dogs with Alabama White Sauce and Jalapeños

Here’s the second recipe for the Tom Hixson Masterchef Challenge: grilled sausage dogs with Alabama white sauce and jalapeños. Continue reading

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Cocktail Recipe: Isla de Encanta

Here’s the recipe for Isla de Encanta, my drink served during London Cocktail Week at The Beachcomber Bar in celebration of the 10th anniversary of my blog. Continue reading

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Loving My Lumix GX80

When the folks working on the launch of Panasonic’s new Lumix DMC-GX80 got in touch to see if I wanted to get a chance to play around with (and keep) one I was all for it. I just didn’t realise I’d be even more avid a couple months later when I started using it almost exclusively by default. It’s a great camera. Continue reading

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Recipe: Picanha with Hemp Seed Chimichurri

First up from my recipes for the Tom Hixson Masterchef Challenge is pichanha with hemp seed chimichurri. Continue reading

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Crossing a Border for a Bargain (Going Places)

If you’re thinking about taking such a cross-border trip, make sure you’re aware of any limits on quantity of purchases or outright restrictions on buying certain things. Continue reading

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Tom Hixson Masterchef Challenge

Before putting my blog on hiatus and hitting the road for an extended stay in the States, I had the chance to participate in an epically meaty endeavour: the Tom Hixson Masterchef Challenge. Now back in town and posting again, I’m craving the opportunity to share my creations with you. Continue reading

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Ti Punch Tiki at The Beachcomber Bar | 10X10 with tikichris

As part of my 10X10 celebration of ten years blogging, I teamed up with one of my favourite London bars for a cocktail collaboration. We played around with the recipe for a classic ti punch, adding a touch of tikichris madness to make it truly something special. Head over to The Beachcomber Bar this weekend for a taste. Continue reading

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Win EasyPick On-the-Go Kits from TePe

I’ve teamed up with TePe once again for another competition. This time round we’re offering 10 readers the chance to win some EasyPick on-the-go kits. Each kit includes a selection of TePe EasyPicks in a handy travel case with compact mirror to keep you smiling when you’re on the road, in the air, or bounding across town. Continue reading

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Win a Case of Graham Norton’s Own Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Graham Norton and the folks at Invivo Wine have kindly set aside a case of Graham Norton’s Own Sauvignon Blanc 2016 to share with one lucky tikichris reader. Continue reading

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Feeling Fino | Outro

As I wrote in my introduction to this series of posts, visiting Jerez felt like a dream. Being able to experience the city with hometown hero Tio Pepe made it one of the tastier dreams to come true for me as a writer since I started this blog. Continue reading

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The Best Foreign Cities for Every Kind of Shopper (Miles Away)

For your next vacation, why not merge your shopping list with your bucket list? Plan your next trip abroad to one of the world’s best cities for shopping. Continue reading

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Recipe: San Daniele Wings with Grana Padano Sauce | #WingingIt

Love ham and cheese? Love chicken wings? D’ever consider combining these two awesome foods into one dish? I did. It works. Continue reading

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How to Use a Kitchen Blowtorch

For a finishing touch and a final flourish, nothing makes an impact quite like the kitchen blowtorch. Using a handheld blowtorch takes a little bit of know-how to make sure you’re doing it safely and effectively, but once you’ve mastered it you will be able to add a professional edge to your cooking. Continue reading

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Great Day Out + Great Wines Too | Hush Heath Estate & Winery

Hardly an hour out of London by train (via Charing Cross to Staplehurst) is Hush Heath, a 400 acre estate in the heart of Kent with vineyards, orchards, grasslands and ancient oak forests. The estate also owns a few pubs. Two are within earshot of the Hush Heath vineyards, in the villages of Goudhurst and West Farleigh. Both offer overnight accommodation. The others are in London, near Liverpool Street Station and Smithfield Market. Continue reading

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Recipe: Walnut Chicken Tacos

Old El Paso’s invitation for me to attend the media preview of its “mini cantina” pop-up at the South Bank a few days back was coupled with an offer to try the newly launched Mini Stand N Stuff tortillas for myself and come up with my own recipe of stuff to put in them. Continue reading

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Difference Coffee Company

Entrepreneur Amir Gehl is on a mission to create the “ultimate terroir-led coffee collection” not to mention what’s got to the be the world’s most expensive collection of coffee capsules, with his new venture Difference Coffee Company. Continue reading

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Feeling Fino: Win a Bottle of Sherry, Retro Poster and More from Tio Pepe

Hola! I hope you’ve been enjoying my series of posts about visiting Jerez de la Frontera in the sunny south of Spain to discover what makes Tio Pepe such a flavoursome and refreshing drink. Would you like to discover the taste for yourself? Keep reading? Continue reading

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Recipe: Karma Cola Wings | #WingingIt

Pretty much any cola can be used for this recipe, but I recommend Karma Cola. It’s tastier than others in my opinion. It actually has cola nut as one of few minimal ingredients while not having any science-y preservatives or additives that are in some of the more widely recognised sodas on the market. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #59

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy.

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