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Hotel Trend: Sleeping Aids

If sleep is your fetish then this trend is definitely for you …

I’ve spotted a few hotels that have expanded their already personal offerings with a series of sleep aids.

Image courtesy of neko_mania_r (http://www.flickr.com/photos/neko_mania/)

Image courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/neko_mania/

These sleep aids vary from the more obvious – pillow menus, scented sprays for the pillow, soothing music, travel blankets and special lighting – to the very unique Dream Service Menu.

The Dream Service Menu boasts scent diffusers, an extensive lullaby library, a selection of iPod snore relief products (very useful), milk and cookies and – in London’s Andaz Liverpool Street – a permanently-on-call pajama clad reader whose just waiting to share a relaxing bedtime story.

I’m not so sure having a stranger in their PJ’s, reading me stories, is my idea of relaxing – but the rest of the sleeping aids sound rather comforting.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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The Vendy’s

The Vendy’s – or Venda Awards – are “an intense cook-off between the best sidewalks chefs in New York City for the Vendy Award trophy and the title of Vendy Award winner”.

This is a fantastic concept! Probably one of the coolest things I’ve stumbled across while I’ve been in the USA. I just love how New York has, using these awards, placed street vendor cuisine on the culinary map.

Perhaps something along these lines could work in South Africa?

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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New York – Sneak Peak – Nougatine

I strongly recommend having a drink (or three) at Nougatine – a restaurant by Jean-George. They serve great food at the bar and offer very good value.

My favourite part – of the whole experience – was the popcorn snack they serve – in place of the traditional nuts – at the bar. So original and I thought it was incredibly cool!

My pictures were terrible. Thank you NY Magazine for this one.

My pictures were terrible. Thank you NY Magazine for this one.

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Le Quartier Français in New York

I always found New York to be such an exciting city to visit. This time is no different. They’ve just enjoyed a wonderful Indian summer – full of beautiful days and warm sunshine. Which may be the reason that I find sidewalk cafes everywhere I go?

Everyday, in typical big city style, restaurants are both opening and closing. New York continues to be both a sea of opportunities and a mercilessly unforgiving city; if you – as a business – can’t cut it immediately you close.

Perhaps the biggest trend I’ve noticed, since I’ve been in New York, is that the new restaurants opening are far simpler and less expensive than their predecessors. The majority of them don’t take reservations and they are open throughout the day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

New York Sunset - Photo by Grufnik: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grufnik

New York Sunset - Photo by Grufnik: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grufnik

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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