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Eating at Pitt Cue Co

Our Susan Huxter has been travelling in The Big Smoke, and she stumbled on a delicious slice of British Americana, Pitt Cue Co.

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The limited menu is packed full of pig, served on metals trays in an intimate location just off London’s Carnaby Street. There are only a couple of things to order, but they have focused on doing them really well.

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“They don’t take reservations and there are only 30 seats, so you have to queue,” says Susan. “The food is real, real and delicious. The night I went I had pulled pork and 25-month cured sirloin, cooked medium rare.”

Pitt Cue Co Ribs

Upstairs there’s also a cocktail bar with a focus on heavily-laced bourbon cocktails with bowls of pork scratchings to help soak them up.

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Edible Cinema

In London or planning a trip? Then make sure to check out Edible Cinema where you ‘See the film, taste the film’.

We’re all well indoctrinated to the taste of salty popcorn followed by a slurp of soda at the movies—Edible Cinema has turned this usual fare on its head, by offering cinema buffs the ‘a unique way to experience a film through aroma, texture and taste’.

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Before the movie begins each participant is supplied with a tray of numbered mystery boxes containing a bite-sized tasting menu which are said to be tailored to specific moments in the film.

For example at a screening of the 1981 classic An American Werewolf in London, there is a scene where the werewolf is about to much on some hapless tramps—the accompaniment was a “tramp’s finger” made from cola-smoked quail, complete with charcoal nail.

See the line-up of screenings here: www.ediblecinema.co.uk

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The pocket lifesaver

The pocket lifesaver
This amazing new smartphone app can literally save lives. Echo112 is a free app that sends your location to local emergency services, worldwide. The ultimate safety net for travellers, not matter where you are on the globe—as long as there’s cellphone reception.
How does it work?
In case of emergency, you activate the app by pressing the SOS button echo112 will know which country you are in and will select and call the correct emergency number. Your position is transmitted to the emergency operator who will be able to see where you are

This amazing new smartphone app can literally save lives. Echo112 is a free app that sends your location to local emergency services, worldwide. The ultimate safety net for travellers, not matter where you are on the globe—as long as there’s cellphone reception.

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How does it work?
In case of emergency, you activate the app by pressing the SOS button echo112 will know which country you are in and will select and call the correct emergency number. Your position is transmitted to the emergency operator who will be able to see where you are.

Download it here, or go to your app store.

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Would you bunk up with a stranger?

Would you bunk up with a stranger?
You’ve heard of couch surfing right? Easynest, a new website, is taking this concept to a whole new level, where you can share a hotel suite with a stranger to save on costs.
How it works:
You’re going on a trip, alone, so you log onto the website, create a profile, and offer to split your hotel room down the middle. Purely platonic of course. Of course.
Then, someone looking for a place to crash, can check your profile, and make you an offer.
The big question is – would you ever do this?

You’ve heard of couch surfing right? Easynest, a new website, is taking this concept to a whole new level, where you can share a hotel suite with a stranger to save on costs.

easy nest

How it works:
You’re going on a trip, alone, so you log onto the website, create a profile, and offer to split your hotel room down the middle. Purely platonic of course. Of course.

Then, someone looking for a place to crash, can check your profile, and make you an offer. Is it a clever way for you to enjoy a more premium hotel experience, or a great way to make your holiday awkward?

The big question is – would you ever do this?

easynest

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The next big trends in hotels

The Next Big Trends in Hotels
Condé Nast Traveller has gathered information of the hottest new trends in hotels from influential people in the business that will be setting the tone for interior design, food, architecture and wellness in 2014.
Francis Ford Coppola, hotelier and owner of the Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Basilicata, Italy gave insight into:
WHAT’S NEXT IN HOTELS
In with intimacy “Super-high-end travelers (especially those with families) are looking for luxury on a smaller scale now, almost akin to a yacht. When I was in South America, I noticed how some of the guests regarded with disdain all the suitcases and crowds of people who were checking in and out, and I realized how many travelers want more privacy and intimacy. It’s not good for a hotel to be too big. The highest level of the luxury market will even prefer a hotel small enough to be taken over by one or two families.”
Big-league bathrooms “One rule I have for my hotels is the bathrooms have to be better than what you have at home. There needs to be some practicality in design (like having enough space to keep products in the shower, for example, and not tripping over them on the floor). The next wave of bathrooms will be larger. In fact, many guests now want their own private bathrooms when traveling as a couple, so the next trend will be room configurations with two bathrooms for every room.”
While Andrew Tarlow, restaurateur and owner of Wythe Hotel’s Reynard in Brooklyn shared his thoughts on:
WHAT’S NEXT IN HOTEL FOOD
Community building “Hotels and their restaurants will become more seamless with the surrounding area. We’ll see less of a distinction between a hotel restaurant and a neighborhood hangout, with locals—not just hotel guests—spending time there. The hotel itself will become a community.”
Away with formality “We’ll continue to see hotel restaurants that are basically fine dining in terms of the quality of food and service but without the attributes we traditionally consider staples of ‘fine dining,’ like a sommelier, white tablecloths, multiple captains in the dining room, etc. All of this is becoming much less relevant, which is redefining what good service means. Our increasing desire to know where our food and wine come from is putting the focus on the quality and origin of the ingredients rather than on the formality of the room and service.”
For the rest of the trend predictions head on over to Condé Nast Traveller.

Condé Nast Traveller has gathered the hottest new trends in hotels that will be setting the tone for interior design, food, architecture and wellness in 2014 from influential people in the business

Francis Ford Coppola, hotelier and owner of the Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Basilicata, Italy gave insight into:

WHAT’S NEXT IN HOTELS
In with intimacy
“Super-high-end travelers (especially those with families) are looking for luxury on a smaller scale now, almost akin to a yacht. When I was in South America, I noticed how some of the guests regarded with disdain all the suitcases and crowds of people who were checking in and out, and I realized how many travelers want more privacy and intimacy. It’s not good for a hotel to be too big. The highest level of the luxury market will even prefer a hotel small enough to be taken over by one or two families.”

Big-league bathrooms “One rule I have for my hotels is the bathrooms have to be better than what you have at home. There needs to be some practicality in design (like having enough space to keep products in the shower, for example, and not tripping over them on the floor). The next wave of bathrooms will be larger. In fact, many guests now want their own private bathrooms when traveling as a couple, so the next trend will be room configurations with two bathrooms for every room.”

One of our many private and intimate suites

One of our many private and intimate suites

While Andrew Tarlow, restaurateur and owner of Wythe Hotel’s Reynard in Brooklyn shared his thoughts on:

WHAT’S NEXT IN HOTEL FOOD
Community building
“Hotels and their restaurants will become more seamless with the surrounding area. We’ll see less of a distinction between a hotel restaurant and a neighborhood hangout, with locals—not just hotel guests—spending time there. The hotel itself will become a community.”

Away with formality “We’ll continue to see hotel restaurants that are basically fine dining in terms of the quality of food and service but without the attributes we traditionally consider staples of ‘fine dining,’ like a sommelier, white tablecloths, multiple captains in the dining room, etc. All of this is becoming much less relevant, which is redefining what good service means. Our increasing desire to know where our food and wine come from is putting the focus on the quality and origin of the ingredients rather than on the formality of the room and service.”

We did away with our tablecloths a long time ago!

We did away with our tablecloths a long time ago!

For the rest of the trend predictions head on over to Condé Nast Traveller.

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Jimmy Choo High Tea

Jimmy Choo High Tea
Choo can’t be serious… Order a high tea at the Landmark Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, and you may just be given the boot, well, stiletto in this case.
The hotel is serving up a fashionista’s dream until May and the package includes: “afternoon tea for two at the MO Bar of cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, the Mandarin’s famous ginger scones and clotted cream, and macaroons in a multitude of flavours, but it is all meticulously handcrafted in exquisite shoe and handbag shapes. Jimmy Choo, of course. And after the tea, you can check into the Mandarin 9200 square-foot L900 Suite for a night and select a pair from Jimmy Choo’s new 24:7 capsule collection. Price tag for the splurge? Approximately $1,500 US.”

Choo can’t be serious… Order a high tea at the Landmark Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, and you may just be given the boot, well, stiletto in this case.

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The hotel is serving up a fashionista’s dream until May and the package includes: “afternoon tea for two at the MO Bar of cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, the Mandarin’s famous ginger scones and clotted cream, and macaroons in a multitude of flavours, but it is all meticulously handcrafted in exquisite shoe and handbag shapes. Jimmy Choo, of course.

And after the tea, you can check into the Mandarin 9200 square-foot L900 Suite for a night and select a pair from Jimmy Choo’s new 24:7 capsule collection. Price tag for the splurge? Approximately $1,500 US.”

Source: The Cool Hunter

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Private Fly

…I’m leavin’ on a jet plane / Don’t know when I’ll be back again… Hiring a private jet is only for the really rich and really famous, right? Not according to Private Fly, a private jet charter that’s ‘redefining air travel’.

privatejet

Plus what makes it really special is that you can book a jet at the touch of a button on your smartphone. The official blurb: “The unique online platform and apps integrate with a live global network of over 7,000 accredited aircraft, to pinpoint the best available private aircraft at the most competitive, transparent market price. Rapid response speed enables us to arrange charters within 90 minutes. Wherever you are in the world, at any given moment, the private jet charter booking platform and/or the highly-experienced operations team are available 24/7 to process your request.”

For more information visit: www.privatefly.com

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Yelcho Lodge

I’ve been cooking up something exciting in Chile these last couple of weeks. Charlotte Pennington (from Santiago) and I have refurbished Yelcho Lodge using the talents of local craftsmen. It’s been an amazing process, and puma have been spotted twice in the last two weeks on the property!

yelcho

And no wonder as the lodge is in the heart of the unspoilt wild, situated in the middle of mountains and glaciers: Yelcho en la Patagonia is located on the shores of one of the largest lakes in Chile, Lake Yelcho. It’s an ideal getaway for the adventurer traveller; plenty of fly fishing and hiking to do. But it’s also perfect for those looking to escape the hum of big cities, and to relax in pristine nature.

The lodge has been restyled and is now the epitome of cosy elegance. Rustic yet sophisticated. The food’s pretty good too! (The wine list has over 65 types of Chilean wine.)

The lodge re-opens today and it’s looking beautiful! ! Head over to their Facebook page to see the transformation in progress. For more information visit their website

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Posted in: Chile, Travel, yelcho lodge,
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South African Airways 48-hour Super Sale

You only have 48 hours to book! This fare is valid from Washington to Joburg, South Africa, through to 12 December 2012.

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With fares as low as  $860 roundtrip. Call 1-800-521-4845 to book.

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Stars, Food, Art

Stars, Food, Art  is a culinary event by luxury hotel group, Sofitel, which takes place in Munich, Lyon, Vienna, London, Dubai and Amsterdam. The latest is at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, in Amsterdam: ‘Stars, Food & Art: The Global Edition’ on Friday and Saturday, 2 and 3 November 2012.

Margot Janse will be among the 11 international chefs who will be cooking their signature dishes. Plus, Margot has the additional honour, along with Claire Clark, of being the first women chefs to be ‘exhibiting their culinary creativity’ at the event.

The goal of Stars, Food, Art is to create an event where culture, food, wines and art are united.

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During the dinner this year, artist Mariska Meijers will be presenting eleven ‘gigantic mosaic Christmas tree decorations’, each of which is said to represent one of the chefs.

We’re more than sure Margot will do us and South Africa proud.

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Posted in: Chefs, Margot Janse, Travel, stars food art,
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