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!
The runway show
We’re about to be introduced to the best-dressed hotels the world has ever seen and I, for one, can hardly wait!
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.
What’s happening in the next month and a bit?
We hope you’re as excited as we are for season, summer and the general influx of visitors to the Western Cape? We’re really looking forward to seeing lots of our old friends and making a whole lot of new ones.
A lot has changed at Le Quartier Français this year – we’ve added an art gallery, an unusual and indigenous herb and sculpture garden, a new restaurant, new room refurbishments and more to our offering – and if you haven’t visited in a while you should because it’s looking, tasting and feeling spectacular!
But enough about us lets look at what we’re going to be focusing on here, on our blog, in the next month and a bit. In the inevitable lead up to 2011 – which we can no longer ignore with December a little over a week away – we’re going to be looking at some of our favourite wining, dining and gently reclining trends that have been forecast for 2011.
We hope you enjoy what we’ve found, from around the world, as much as we enjoyed finding it.
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.
CC attribution kmevans on Flickr
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.
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!
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.
CC attribution sammy0716 on Flickr
A true luxury hotel room should always offer the right balance of aesthetic appeal and functionality.
I am loving the return of the signature cocktail! There is something so decadent, delicious and over-the-top about developing one of these. In fact nothing says we’re serious, luxurious and totally into the glamour of the 50’s drinking scene like a signature cocktail.
CC attribution kennyhindgren on Flickr
For the remainder of this year, the whole of next year and perhaps even early 2012 this is going to be huge.
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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