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A Wealth of Health

While overseas we noticed more and more restaurants offering healthy menu alternatives for their under-12 patrons. Picture tasty dishes sans the moment-on-the-lips-lifetime-on-the-hips deep-frying.

It’s great to see restaurants committing to balanced, nutritious and inventive kids menus instead of falling into the twice-fried chicken nugget and french fry rut.

There may be hope for us restaurateurs yet.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek Restaurant, Trends,
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Smoked Ricotta is Righteous

Ricotta fans have known about it for a while but Smoked Ricotta has only recently exploded on the food scene.

Used in breakfasts, tarts and as a filler in pastas this low fat cheese – now with extra oomph – is set to put all other cheeses to shame in the upcoming culinary year.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Trends,
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Multination Vacation

Multi-destination vacations have replaced the one-country-one-hotel holiday. Travellers are now looking to experience more during their travel adventures than ever before.

Itineraries that group together a range of experiences, in different parts of a country, are huge. If you’re not yet on the multi-destination itineraries bandwagon you need to get involved ASAP.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Travel, Trends,
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Taking Room Service to the Next Level

Nothing says holiday escape like room service. Not having to venture out to enjoy sublime cuisine is, in our books, a definite vacation perk.

This year you can expect to see far more synergy between a hotel’s in-house restaurant and their in-room dining options.

Local is in definitely lekker with locally grown ingredients being given prime position on the best in-room dining menus. There is also a big return to comfort food, which totally makes that night-in feel a bit more homely; and our favourite room service trend is the fact that desserts are getting the precedence they deserve.

We are just so excited that hotels are saying hasta-la-vista-baby to second-rate room service menus … finally!

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Trends,
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So hot right now …

Salad is the hot green of the moment.

Say goodbye to the disappointing restaurant salad bars of yesteryear and hello to an entirely salad-focussed offering courtesy of salad only bars which – as luck would have it – are popping up around the world. Picture modern salads with all the toppings you can imagine. It is quick, healthy, delicious and super waistline friendly. Yum-O!

I, for one, am a huge fan of this crunchy-licious trend.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Trends,
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Are we on a first name basis with you?

Being on a first name basis with your guests is set to be a hot trend in the luxury category this year. The aim of this switch is to make the experience more personal for the guest but it doesn’t work for everyone.

I quite like the change. I think titles and surnames are very 1950’s, and when you throw a Mrs. in front of my surname I can’t help but feel 30 years older than I am.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Trends,
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Bookings are so 2010 …

A huge trend this year – in restaurants around the world – is the implementation of a no bookings policy. Yip no need to call ahead just pitch up and queue with the rest of lunch or dinner crew. This trend is spreading like wildfire abroad and – from the looks of things – it is working. People don’t seem to mind waiting for a table as much you’d think they would.

We’ve been in love with the no reservations concept for years! When we opened The Common Room we implemented this exact trend and we quickly discovered that – although it’s a cool idea – it’s not a concept South Africa is ready for … at least not yet. Maybe we should try again a year from now?

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, The Common Room, Trends,
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Say What?

So often restaurants remember to factor in everything except the acoustics.

It doesn’t matter how good the food and décor are if you can’t have a conversation, during your meal, it ruins the experience. You should be able to enjoy the cuisine and the company without ever having to raise your voice, or climb over the table to hear what your companion is saying.

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