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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
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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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Kitchen Swapping

It seems that in the USA big name chefs are trading their kitchens for a night or two. This, apparently, keeps things interesting for both diners and chefs.

It’s a gimmick that has proved so popular that some chefs now have permanent one-night gigs that see them taking over humble diners every week.

I think this is a great idea and an awesome adventure for the both chef and diners. Is this something that can work in South Africa? I suppose the question shouldn’t be will it work but rather is there anyone interested in a little bit of Kitchen Swapping?

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Cuisine, Trends,
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For Me?

In 2011 cocktails will still be huge. Yes we can all breath a collective sigh of relief!

CC attribution giniger on Flickr.

The best bars in 2011 will apparently allow you, as the guest, to pick your liquor preference and then they’ll blend you a custom cocktail based on your selection.

Being an individual has never been as sweet.

Posted by: Le Quaf
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Have you tried Coconut Water?

Coconut Water is possibly the 2011 buzzword, trend or whatever else you’d like to call it. It’s packed full of all kinds of good-health mythology and it’s rumoured to cure almost anything that can be cured. Add to this the fact that it tastes fantastic and you having an unbeatable combination.

You’re going to find Coconut Water in a whole lot more cocktails this year and, for those slow on the uptake, right the way through 2012.

We suggest climbing on the Coconut Water bandwagon quickly because it’s definitely not a fad!

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Hot Diggity Dog

It seems that the hot dog is the new poster child of gourmet fast food. In 2011 acclaimed chefs, the world over, will re-imagine and re-engineer these delightful dogs so they are gourmet ready. Expect specialist sausages, from boutique butcheries, and delicious toppings. Yum!

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Food, Trends,
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The Most Important Meal of the Day

One of the 2011 dining trends is tipped to be the all-day breakfast.

They’re called a.m. menus and they’re light on the pocket but heavy on the filling. If you’re a die-hard breakfast fan you’re going to love them!

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The runway show

We visited the new Missoni Hotel, in Edinburgh, this October. It was a feast for the senses and in 2011 I think we will see more hotels partnering with fashion designers.

We’re about to be introduced to the best-dressed hotels the world has ever seen and I, for one, can hardly wait!

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Hotel, Trends,
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Term of the month: fakeation

A fakeation is a fake vacation, one where you turn on your email auto-responder and change your outgoing voicemail message to show that you’re out of the office. Really, though, you’re in the office, catching up on work.

CC attribution Victor Bezrukov on Flickr.

I think that sometimes we all need a bit of a fakeation. 

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Are pies the new cupcakes?

For the last few years the cupcake could do no wrong. Elevated from its lowly school cake-sale days it became an acceptable wedding cake, birthday cake or any other cake alternative. You couldn’t turn around without seeing one somewhere.

CC attribution henryalva on Flickr.

For those that love the cupcake this news might hit a little hard … the cupcake is, apparently, receiving serious competition from the humble pie. Everything from savory to sweet, bite-sized to oversized is in!

It seems that pies, in all shapes and sizes, are making a move to the big time.

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