Archive for the ‘Trends’ Category

Say What?

Friday, March 25th, 2011

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.

Long live the globetrotter!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

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.

Traincation

Friday, February 18th, 2011

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?

Kitchen Swapping

Monday, January 17th, 2011

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?

For Me?

Friday, January 14th, 2011

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.

Have you tried Coconut Water?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

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!

Hot Diggity Dog

Friday, January 7th, 2011

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!

The Most Important Meal of the Day

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

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

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

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!

Term of the month: fakeation

Monday, December 6th, 2010

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.