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On our recent visit to the states we were introduced – not in person (thank goodness) – to something called the Viagra Triangle.

It’s apparently a well known triangle of restaurants where older mature men hang out looking to pick up younger women.

It is – according to our reliable sources – a real place. So if you’re looking to open an instantaneously successful restaurant in Chicago the triangle should definitely be on your list of top locations.

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Long live the globetrotter!

It’s good to know that, as far as trends go, travel is not dead. In fact globetrotting, including visits to lesser known countries, is very much on-trend for the year ahead.

You can expect to see your friends adding photos to Facebook of the cool, sometimes obscure, places they’ve visited or are going to visit in 2011. The only thing you’ll have to deal with, if you’re not heading out on your own adventure, is extreme trip-envy. For this there is only one cure … you’ll simply have to book an exceptional escape of your own.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Travel, Trends,
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Traincation

If you’re looking to relax, and avoid the frustration of air travel, we suggest booking yourself a Traincation (vacation on a train).

Who needs never-ending check-in queues, surly security and chicken or beef when you can get from point A to point B in the lap of luxury?

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Travel, Trends,
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How well traveled are you really?

Do you consider yourself a jetsetter? Have you always wanted to test your well-traveled-ness? Well now, with the help of Lufthansa, you can.

CC attribution caribb on Flickr.

Click here for a fun bit of procrastination. But, be warned, it is super addictive!

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Travel,
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Back from Bangkok

Margot has just finished showcasing her award-winning cuisine in Bangkok.

For four evenings Margot was the guest chef at the Sukhothai Hotel where she prepared her acclaimed African Inspired Tasting Menu. From all the reports, emails and declarations of love that we’ve received the experience was a massive success. It seems that where ever in the world Margot goes she has a fan club. If you’ve experienced her cooking you’ll definitely understand why!

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Margot’s unique approach to food and dining ensures that her kitchen is consistently overflowing with innovative and creative energy. In this space Margot prides herself on developing exceptional and engaging culinary delights.

Each dish, created by Margot, is both truly refined and – at the same time – unexpectedly exciting and it is this contradiction that results in her menu’s outstanding balance and ensures that her cuisine is theatre.

We’re big fans of Margot and the magic she weaves!

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Cuisine, Experience, Margot Janse, Travel,
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When good technology goes bad

Magnetic disks, instead of hotel room keys or those frustrating cards, are very cool and super sleek. Just not in a country that is so well known for its wet climate it’s affectionately nicknamed Mud Island.

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After your fourth failed attempt at opening your hotel room door – to escape from the howling wind and driving rain – you realize that magnetic disks and permanently wet door handles are not a winning combination.

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Posted in: Experience, Hotel, Travel, Trends,
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Have you seen the Missoni Hotel?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if an iconic Italian fashion house, say Missoni, tried their hand at luxury hospitality?

Well you can finally find out because just off the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh on the George IV Bridge, you’ll discover the new Missoni Hotel.

Here there is a strong focus on design, fashion, quality and comfort (thank goodness). Lots of black and white with splashes of colour, and those unmistakable Missoni prints, add delicious animation and personality to the space.

If you can’t get to Edinburgh the rumble in the jungle is that Missoni is looking into exporting their dream lodging designs to Cape Town. Fingers crossed!

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Experience, Hotel, Travel, Trends,
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Cutting edge technology isn’t always the answer

The big trend now is to hide the unsightly and streamline the experience by incorporating impossible to use technology.

Sure it might look spectacular but when I can’t find the temperature control unit or get the TV to work – after 30 minutes of intense instruction reading, trial and error and room-tearing-apart – it doesn’t fill me with that warm and fuzzy feeling luxury hotels aim for.

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A true luxury hotel room should always offer the right balance of aesthetic appeal and functionality.

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Glamping

If you’re a safari-circuit regular, or you’re looking for something a little bit more exciting than the luxury-lodge, why not try glamping (glamorous camping)? Rough-it in style, in other words: rough-it without actually roughing-it.

When it comes to glamping I recommend a stay at Singita Sabora Tented Camp in Tanzania. It’s completely OTT and that’s exactly what a glamping experience should to be!

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Your Invitation to The Loft Project

Join Neil Jewell – acclaimed Bread & Wine Head Chef and Charcuterie King – and Clayton Reabow, award-winning Môreson Winemaker, for an exceptional evening of Franschhoek food and wine at The Loft Project in East London, United Kingdom.

Experience 10 courses of South African inspired cuisine paired with award-winning wines from (yes you guessed it) Môreson.

Dates: Thursday 23rd September, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September

Time: 19h30 – 23h45

Cost: 10 courses, paired with Môreson wines, for £120 per person (including VAT).

Location: The Loft Project, Unit 2A, Quebec Wharf, 315 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DJ.

Dinners are limited to just 16 people so early bookings are essential. Call +44 7956 205 005, or email info@theloftproject.co.uk, to reserve your place.

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Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Môreson, Neil Jewell, Travel,
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