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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.

pitt cue co

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.

pitt cue

“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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The dark arts of hamburgery

Are you obsessed with the ultimate burger? Well, then this voyeuristic site is for you: www.pornburger.me. Recently launched, the author’s mission statement, puts his purpose across simply: “My goal? In short; pure carnal pleasure. In long; to concoct, photograph, and devour one sin-tillating burger a week, as an exercise in both my culinary and photographic passions. Lets get weird.”

pornburger

P.s Bread & Wine make a killer burger: Wagyu burger, potato wedges, suet mayonnaise & Klein Rivier parfait…

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The rise of the Flexitarians

Pescatarians, vegetarians, fruitarians – and finally a sensible diet, flexitarian. What is this? “Carnivores who are happy to eat only the best quality meat but those who feel equally happy with a plate of pure veg.”

Yip, that means no more meats plumped up with water and chemicals. Instead, pasture-reared pork/beef/chicken where the animal has lived a good life and the meat is so much better for it.

In its extreme, flexitarianists are vegetarians who occasionally indulge in meat.

It’s said that :’ This movement will be driven further by chefs at the top of chain intent on developing vegetable driven menus, chefs like Alexis Gauthier and his Vegetronic cuisine: non-vegetarian vegetable tasting menus with dishes such as carrots lovingly bathed in lamb juices. Could we see Vegetarians opting to take part in Meaty Fridays? One day of the week when bacon is allowed?”

Well, if you can only eat bacon one day of the week – then you had better make sure it’s the best, artisan bacon available, free of the nasties and full on the taste. Check out www.baconofthemonth.co.za

Take a look what blogger extraordinaire Matt Allison made with one of his many Bacon of the Month instalments, a delicious homemade quattro stagioni
matt alison pizza

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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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Ghost Food

Imagine a world without chocolate? That’s just what artists, Miriam Simun and Miriam Songster, have done with their collaborative project, Ghost Food.

ghost food

According to Edible Geography: ‘From a street-parked GhostFood truck, Simun and Songster and their team of trained staff will be serving a menu of three items, each of which conjures up a future dining experience for a food whose supply is currently threatened by climate change. The three items on offer — cod, chocolate, and peanut butter — come from or are species that “may very well soon not be available to eat,” Simun explains. With the help of a wearable smell-dispensing device and an edible textural analogue, GhostFood truck customers will experience a simulation of a future phantom food.”

ghostfood

It’s said that the apparatus was inspired by insect physiology, as insects use their antennae to navigate the world through scent.

What food couldn’t you live without?

*Images from psssst.net

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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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Who’s the pest?

We spotted this insect-eresting menu depicted on a slideshow on Nowness.
“Moth mousse whipped with hazelnut milk, cricket broth with a side of grasshopper garum sauce and a liquorice-glazed ant stick reveal their unexpectedly delicious side in this still-life series by photographer Joss McKinley.’
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Nowness reports that the Nordic Food Lab, created the ‘experimental menu as part of the Wellcome Collection’s Who’s the Pest? season, a collaboration with a mobile arts “Pestival” in celebration of all things six-legged’.
The Nordic Food Lab is run by René Redzepi of Noma, and sits in a houseboat across the harbour from his restaurant.
According to Nowness, it was ‘born out of Redzepi’s quest to tap into more local and underused ingredients, it is a forum in which chefs meet scientists, chemists and academics on a shared mission to explore the 1,400 untapped wholesome crawling creatures that are edible to man’.a

We spotted this insect-eresting menu depicted on a slideshow on Nowness.

pestival

“Moth mousse whipped with hazelnut milk, cricket broth with a side of grasshopper garum sauce and a liquorice-glazed ant stick reveal their unexpectedly delicious side in this still-life series by photographer Joss McKinley.’

Nowness reports that the Nordic Food Lab, created the ‘experimental menu as part of the Wellcome Collection’s Who’s the Pest? season, a collaboration with a mobile arts “Pestival” in celebration of all things six-legged’.

The Nordic Food Lab is run by René Redzepi of Noma, and sits in a houseboat across the harbour from his restaurant.

According to Nowness, it was ‘born out of Redzepi’s quest to tap into more local and underused ingredients, it is a forum in which chefs meet scientists, chemists and academics on a shared mission to explore the 1,400 untapped wholesome crawling creatures that are edible to man’.

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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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