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?
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?
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
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
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.
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.
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