Van Wonderen Stroopwafels | Most enjoyable stroopwafel shop in the Netherlands
A new stroopwafel shop will open soon at the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam. A stroopwafel is a typical Dutch sweet made out of two thin layered waffles with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. It’s not one of the stroopwafel shops we often spot in city centers. Van Wonderen Stroopwafels is going to be a ‘sweet’ paradise that, besides stroopwafels in different sizes and flavors, also is going to sell coffee and chocolate. The exact opening date is unknown but it’s definitely going to be a great one. The photos do speak for themselves.
CLR CFF | Colourless coffee in a bottle
Clear Coffee or colourless coffee in a bottle, CLR CFF. Slovakians David and Adam Nagy came up with a solution to those awful coffee stains on your teeth: clear coffee. CLR CFF is made with high-quality Arabica coffee beans and pure water. It looks like water but is cold coffee. Might be a secret ingredient for coffee based cocktails!
A first in the bowling world | Bowling alley adjustable in height
The patent has been requested last year by BCE Bowling and approved for a new form of bowling: a bowling alley that is adjustable in height. Interactive and elevated bowling alleys especially intended for the older bowlers. In May our colleagues from Van Spronsen & Partners hospitality consultancy will publish a whitepaper about facts and figures of the Dutch bowling world: ‘The bowling centre in the picture’. We’re already looking forward at the trends…
Subway’s Facebook Messenger ordering bot | Launched in the United States
Last week, Subway launched a bot for Facebook Messenger that allows guests to order sandwiches and salads from more than 26,500 Subway restaurants in the U.S. The first-of-its-kind sandwich ordering bot was announced at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference with Agilitee, one of Subway’s digital partners, and is the latest innovation from Subway® Digital. Guests can use Subway’s Facebook Messenger ordering bot to order a sandwich or salad, customize it with their favorite bread; cheese; vegetables; and sauce, to pay on any device that supports Messenger. The bot is the latest addition to the brand’s mobile order systems that includes web ordering and app ordering.
Bowling in the spotlight | The mobile bowling alley
BCE Bowling introduces a new product to the Dutch bowling market: The mobile bowling alley. The mobile alley consists of loose parts and can be installed in a day. Especially suitable for companies that only have limited space available, but it also might be interesting to fill temporary vacancies in the inner cities: Pop-up Bowling! This trend in bowling is also reflected in the whitepaper ‘The bowling centre in the picture’ about the facts and figures of the Dutch bowling world of our colleagues from Van Spronsen & Partners hospitality consultancy which will be published in May.
3Doc: Bugs | The documentary about how to cook with insects
A young team from the Nordic Food Lab (known from restaurant NOMA) travels around the world to look for ways how to prepare great tasting insects. According to many people, one of the solutions to the world’s food problem. The documentary 3Doc: Bugs will be broadcasted in the Netherlands during the NPO Food weeks and is interesting for adventurous chefs!
Jacketz | The baked potato shop
Tasty and good food for less than € 10,=. That is exactly the reason why Paul Zonneberg & Pascal ter Beek opened the first baked potato shop in the Netherlands. Jacketz serves healthy baked potatoes with culinary fillings.
Highland Park Bowl | Awesome bowling alley
Highland Park Bowl is known to be “LA’s oldest bowling alley”. The bowling center that originates from 1927, has been completely renovated recently. The 1933 Group, an architect specialized in creating an ancient 20th century atmosphere is responsible for the renovation. The images above show that this company is really specialized in this type of design! We haven’t seen bowling alleys with this type of décor before.
Trends we spotted | Week 16
At Horecatrends we spot a lot of national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write articles about, the smaller trends we use in our column ‘Trends we spotted this week’. This week amongst others a shopping street in an empty cow shed and Folie Culinaire, an event that’s going to serve Cayman meat and ants.
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Storage Stool | Smart storage chairs
The Storage Stool, a chair with a compartment for storing your bags or jackets. You have high stools, low stools, bar stools, saddle stools, moveable stools and even bar stools with a backrest. But you can’t store anything in these chairs, Jeroen Speksnijder, owner of interior shop Spoor 38, decided to design one with a storage unit. The result is the Storage Stool, a timeless, robust wooden chair with a metal storage frame. Underneath the seat hangs a metal, extendable basket in which you can store your items, for example, your iPad, computer or handbag, always safe and nearby.
‘Dinner in the Sky’ in the Netherlands | At Castle de Wittenburg
‘Dinner in the Sky’ will be coming to the Netherlands for the first time on Saturday, May 20th! Decor for the Dutch version is Castle de Wittenburg. The culinary event where guests receive a gourmet four-course menu at fifty meters high has proven to be a great success in 59 countries.
IKEA | Considers opening IKEA standalone restaurants
Most of us know them, Köttbullar, the famous IKEA meatballs. They’re almost as legendary as the furniture itself. For the ones who can’t get enough of them, we got news: IKEA is considering opening IKEA standalone restaurants! Hopefully in the near future you can enjoy the famous meatballs together with a class of lingonberry juice and a piece of Daim cake in one of the IKEA standalone restaurants.
A rooftop rollerdisco by the Social Fun & Games Club | #rooftoprollers at Roof East
Roof East in East London will be re-opening on the 4th of May for weekday evenings and weekends. This car-park rooftop summer spot is returning for its fourth year. It’s going to host a rooftop rollerdisco (#rooftoprollers at Roof East), a baseball batting cage club, and hip-hop inspired pétanque from De La Bowl. Oh, and crazy golf! All thanks to the Social Fun & Games Club.
Perfect salads made by… | Robot Sally
In the above video you’re introduced to robot Sally, the robot that makes perfect salads. Artificial intelligence startup Chowbotics Inc. claims that its device can make a salad in less than 60 seconds. Silicon Valley’s newest celebrity chef offers you a choice of 21 ingredients! Robot Sally makes you a proportioned salad through science. Although we experience the concept more like a vending machine than a robot, we really like the idea and think Sally could be an asset to your hotel lobby!
Restaurant Tante Kee | Reopened after a three months renovation
On the 1st of April, Restaurant Tante Kee (aunt Kee) at the Kaag Island in the West of the Netherlands reopened after a three months renovation. Restaurant owners Kim Edwards and Raymond Reeb renewed the restaurant, the terrace, the logo and corporate identity completely. The New chef Bobby Rust and Raymond Reeb have already composed their first menu together. During the renovation social media platforms were used to keep all their guests and those interested informed about new developments.
Loetje Rotterdam | Introduced in Rotterdam by Fred van Leer
To this date many (inter)national Loetje fans have already enjoyed the famous Loetje steaks in Amsterdam and surroundings. Steaks ‘swimming’ in a lot of gravy which you can eat with a piece of bread. Last week Dutch stylist Fred van Leer and chef Bob Groen cooked the first steak at Loetje Rotterdam in its famous butter: Blue Band.
Trends we spotted | Week 15
At Horecatrends we spot a lot of national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write articles about, the smaller trends we use in our column ‘Trends we spotted this week’. This week amongst others edible water and the first salad-flat in Europe opens in Dronten.
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10 inspiring lunchrooms in The Hague
Looking at the list below, it cannot be ignored that The Hague has a great amount of inspiring lunchrooms. From local heroes such as Dungelmann to fancy spots at the Binckhorst. One can be recognized by its products, others by their amazing design and experience. Are you in The Hague and looking for inspiration or do you just fancy a proper lunch? Bram, The Hague citizen visited the below listed restaurants/lunchrooms to give you an idea of what to expect.
UK’s biggest ever coffee cup recycling scheme | London’s Square Mile Challenge
London’s Square Mile Challenge aims to recycle half a million cups in April. Caffeine-fuelled workers in the City of London are being urged to use brand new recycling points established across the Square Mile as part of the UK’s biggest push to date to tackle the issue of disposable coffee cup recycling. According to us, an initiative worth following in major cities!
Virtual sun holiday | Nice and relaxing break in the Maldives
We see more and more applications of virtual reality in society. Currently, WeFlyCheap and the VR House in Utrecht get a lot of attention with their first virtual sun holiday in the Netherlands. You can retreat yourself for a hour at Curacao or take a nice and relaxing break in the Maldives. Furthermore, it’s nice to present this in the Dutch hospitality industry if we have another rainy summer, for the ones who’ve to stay in Holland!
Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal | Food experience of 1.800 m2
‘Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal’ (a ‘proeflokaal’ is a tasting room) will open its doors this week at the renewed Stadionplein near the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A food experience where over thousand people can experience the taste of Amsterdam. From residents to tourists, commuters to foodies.
Restaurant Hudson | New establishment in Voorschoten announced with fun Easter egg search
On Easter Sunday there will be a massive search for giant Easter eggs in Voorschoten (a city in the west of the Netherlands). The Easter Bunny will hide 15 eggs containing dinner vouchers of € 50,=. These can be spent at Restaurant Hudson which opens later this year in Voorschoten. With this fun Easter egg seach, the owners of the new restaurant wants to familiarize those living in Voorschoten with the hospitable nature of Restaurant Hudson.
Run with Nike | At the Four Seasons Hotel in Milan
Going on a holiday but still want to remain fit and healthy? Hotel’s guests at the Four Seasons in Milano can now enrol for a jog around the city with a professional Nike coach. The personal running session is customised to fit individual requirements, whether to train for a specific challenge or simply to keep fit while discovering the city of Milano. Perfect if you’ve enjoyed a day of Italian cuisine.
Mr Fogg’s | London’s hidden cocktail location
Mr Fogg’s arrived in Mayfair, London in the summer of 2013. A recreation of the actual home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg. Modelled on the very Mayfair house, the bar is refined but at the same time truly off-the-wall, breathing liveliness and fun into the West End. Guests are able to encounter all the wonders of the world without setting foot outside of London. Mr Fogg’s home is well-hidden down a small side street off Berkeley Square thus maintaining an element of secrecy.
Dominique Ansel Bakery | ‘Zero gravity’ cake
Last week Dominique Ansel Bakery’s second location inside the Mitsukoshi Ginza department store opened in Tokyo. To highlight the opening, Dominique and his Japanese team created the ‘zero gravity’ cake, cake that floats inside a balloon.