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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
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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
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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
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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!

Posted by: Le Quaf
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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
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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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