First Starbucks container store in Taiwan

1-11-2018

  • Taiwan Shipping Container StoreTaiwan Shipping Container Store
  • Taiwan Shipping Container StoreTaiwan Shipping Container Store
  • Taiwan Shipping Container StoreTaiwan Shipping Container Store
  • Taiwan Shipping Container StoreTaiwan Shipping Container Store
  • Taiwan Shipping Container StoreTaiwan Shipping Container Store
  • Taiwan Shipping Container StoreTaiwan Shipping Container Store

Starbucks Taiwan opened its first store in Asia Pacific built from recycled shipping containers. The new Starbucks is the first retailer to open a storefront in the yet-to-be opened Hualien Bay Mall, which is located in a tourist destination known for its cuisine and beautiful landscape facing the Pacific Ocean. read more

Junzi Kitchen | Chinese streetfood bings

31-10-2018

  • Junzi Kitchen New YorkJunzi Kitchen New York
  • Junzi Kitchen New YorkJunzi Kitchen New York
  • Junzi Kitchen New YorkJunzi Kitchen New York
  • Junzi Kitchen New YorkJunzi Kitchen New York
  • Junzi Kitchen New YorkJunzi Kitchen New York
  • Junzi Kitchen New YorkJunzi Kitchen New York
  • Junzi Kitchen New YorkJunzi Kitchen New York

Junzi Kitchen is a new-generation restaurant serving Northern Chinese bings and noodle bowls. The restaurant was founded by a team of Chinese graduate students at Yale University with locations in New Haven and New York City. Junzi Kitchen combines Chinese culinary traditions and new ideas with a mission to connect more people and cultures through food. They serve chun bings which are getting a lot of attention as Chinese street food! read more

JUST meat and JUST egg | Meat created from a chicken feather

26-10-2018

JUST meat is another one of those great initiatives to reduce the world’s meat production. JUST meat is able to change a chicken feather into chicken nuggets! As meat could be described as a combination of muscle and fat cells, they use cells from the feather as a tissue sample from which meat can be cultivated. They have announced to introduce the cultured chicken nuggets before the end of 2018.

However this is probably not possible in the U.S. due to the fact that the USDA and FDA are still reluctant in terms of regulations. read more

Trends we spotted | Week 43

26-10-2018

  • Trends in het kortTrends in het kort

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, amongst others, a link to an article about Crossroads Kitchen that serves luxury plant-based seafood towers for vegetarians! But also a link to an article about the new fish markets in Tokyo, Toyosu Market and Panera Bread started a campaign around food transparency: ‘Food Interrupted’. McDonald’s started with testing ‘cold brew coffee’ in all their San Diego based restaurants. Further we show links to Christmas flavoured chips, Starbucks opens their first U.S. signing store and in London a restaurant called ‘Potus’ will open next week!

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The Amsterdam-based herbal concept Hrbs | Always harvest fresh herbs yourself

25-10-2018

  • HRBS MeubelsHRBS Meubels
  • HRBS CollectieHRBS Collectie
  • HRBS BarHRBS Bar
  • HRBS TeaHRBS Tea
  • HRBS BasicHRBS Basic
  • HRBS CocktailHRBS Cocktail

The sustainable, Amsterdam-based herbal concept Hrbs has been around for more than a year now and operates in various kitchens in Amsterdam, for example in the circular Circl. Pavilion of ABN Amro, Hilton Double Tree, De Bijenkorf, The Green House, Hotel Andaz, Hotel Zoku, Hotel Arena, La Place Nijmegen and Hotel Artemis. Hrbs supplies crops and herbs in circular trays from a local herb nursery.

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Take-away restaurant Vita Mojo | Food based on your DNA

23-10-2018

  • Vita Mojo, London via FacebookVita Mojo, London via Facebook
  • Vita Mojo, London via FacebookVita Mojo, London via Facebook
  • Vita Mojo, London via FacebookVita Mojo, London via Facebook
  • Vita Mojo, London via FacebookVita Mojo, London via Facebook

A meal that is tailored to your DNA? It might sound like complicated and overly remote but this is changing: ultra-personalized food or eating exactly what your body needs! Vita Mojo in London is the first take-away restaurant that offers these meals. In addition, we spotted several other providers that are working on food based on your DNA, examples of Nestlé and of a DNA company in America that works with Amazon to deliver personalized meals at home.

We would like to taste the meals of Vita Mojo … however, handing over your DNA sample to third parties? Your DNA sample is pretty much the only thing that’s really ‘yours’ nowadays. Would you do it? read more

Frosted Key Lime shake | When will we see pie shakes in the Netherlands?

23-10-2018

  • Frosted Key Lime ShakeFrosted Key Lime Shake

The American fast food chain Chick-Fil-A is currently testing the Frosted Key Lime shake in Austin, Texas. The concept of shakes with cake taste is certainly not new, last summer we already mentioned Polly’s Pies shakes in Los Angeles in one of our articles on horecatrends.com. A pie shake is made by mixing scoops of ice cream with a piece of pie. The drink is then topped with a dash of whipped cream and garnishes as desired. In this case, the dessert Florida Key Lime pie has been an inspiration for the final Frosted Key Lime shake, which must taste like pie, but isn’t a mixture of pie and ice cream.

We still wonder when we will see this kind of shakes in the Netherlands! read more

Funny ‘small welcoming gesture’ | By Hotel Le Royal in Luxembourg city

22-10-2018

  • Hotel Le RoyalHotel Le Royal
  • Hotel Le RoyalHotel Le Royal
  • Hotel Le RoyalHotel Le Royal

Everyone who follows our website knows that we like to inspire in the field of ‘small welcoming gestures’. Recently we have spotted such a nice and humorous little gesture that might inspire hotels in the Netherlands for our ‘Sinterklaas period’, in the last months of the year. The hotel Le Royal in Luxembourg City has a humorous chocolate coin on the bedside table after the turndown service! read more

Wellness Hostel 4000 | Luxury wellness hostel in Switzerland

19-10-2018

  • Wellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van GrondelWellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van Grondel
  • Wellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van GrondelWellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van Grondel
  • Wellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van GrondelWellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van Grondel
  • Wellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van GrondelWellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van Grondel
  • Wellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van GrondelWellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van Grondel
  • Wellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van GrondelWellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van Grondel
  • Wellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van GrondelWellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van Grondel
  • Wellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van GrondelWellness Hostel 4000 - credits Michel van Grondel
  • Wellness Hostel 4000 - credits Ruedi WaltiWellness Hostel 4000 - credits Ruedi Walti
  • Wellness Hostel 3000 visualisation by SSA Architekten AGWellness Hostel 3000 visualisation by SSA Architekten AG

At the beginning of October, our colleagues from Van Spronsen & Partners hospitality consultancy,  published their sector research ‘De hostel in beeld’ (published only in Dutch). This publication shows that the youth hostel image has been stuck to the hostels for years, it’s now changing partly thanks to the newer, contemporary trendy concepts. Nowadays, hostels also profile themselves partly as hotels, with less large dormitories and more private rooms. This ensures a separation in different types of hostels: the classic youth hostel, budget hostels and boutique, design hostels. A nice example of a hostel where it is not just about the overnight stay is the Wellness Hostel 4000 & Aqua Allalin in Saas Fee, Switzerland. And in 2020 a second Wellness hostel will open in Laax, Wellness hostel 3000 & Aua Grava. read more

Trends we spotted | Week 42

19-10-2018

  • Trends in het kortTrends in het kort

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, amongst others, about ‘The Zombie cocktail by Bacardi’ and for those in search of a spectacular dessert: how about a cotton candy baked Alaska? The foodies living in California might be lucky: Massimo Bottura might open a second Gucci Osteria in Beverly Hills and Elon Musk will start selling ‘Teslaquila’. We also found to articles about beer: Starbucks in China is selling ‘beer lattes’ and about the effect of climate change on the production of barley, one of the main ingredients of beer! And for those who are fans of LEGO: there is a pop-up Brick Bar made of LEGO coming to London!

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The Dessert Bar in New York City | A sushi bar for sweet tooths

18-10-2018

It’s a bit long the video above, but one foodies really have to check out! Besides the fact that it’s a professional video it also shows the ambition of London born culinary expert Rory Macdonald. Since March 2017, Rory Macdonald has opened Flatiron shop Patisserie Chanson. It’s a higher-end pastry shop or as they say themselves, “a patisserie by day and a dessert bar by night”. But guests can still regularly stop by for a breakfast pastry, a quick lunch, or even an afternoon tea. The Dessert Bar is an all-sweets tasting-menu restaurant in the shop’s lower floor. Another must visit spot in NYC for foodies and sweet tooths. read more

Restaurant Ducasse sur Seine | Haute cuisine, hospitality, culture and technology on the Seine

17-10-2018

Restaurant Ducasse sur Seine; haute cuisine, hospitality, culture and technology on an exclusive cruise ship in the Seine. Since 18 September, the ship sails past the highlights of Paris in 90 minutes, while guests can enjoy a 3 to 5-course menu at top level. We already wrote about the upcoming opening in our ‘trends we spotted’ in August, now we know more! read more

Eaton Workshop in Washington DC | New, social, creative hotel concept

16-10-2018

  • Eaton Workshop, credits Tanner CampbellEaton Workshop, credits Tanner Campbell
  • Eaton Workshop, credits Adrian GautEaton Workshop, credits Adrian Gaut
  • Eaton Workshop, credits Adrian GautEaton Workshop, credits Adrian Gaut
  • Eaton Workshop, credits Adrian GautEaton Workshop, credits Adrian Gaut
  • Eaton Workshop, credits Adrian GautEaton Workshop, credits Adrian Gaut
  • Eaton Workshop, credits Adrian GautEaton Workshop, credits Adrian Gaut
  • Eaton Workshop, credits Jennifer HughesEaton Workshop, credits Jennifer Hughes
  • Eaton Workshop, credits Adrian GautEaton Workshop, credits Adrian Gaut
  • Eaton Workshop, credits Jennifer HughesEaton Workshop, credits Jennifer Hughes
  • Eaton Workshop, credits Jennifer HughesEaton Workshop, credits Jennifer Hughes

Eaton Workshop opened last September in downtown Washington DC and besides hotel rooms they offer their guests an interdisciplinary hotel experience. Eaton Workshop consists of distinct parts: House, Hotel, Media, Wellness and Impact. This hub for change makers, entrepreneurs and creatives is at the cutting edge of culture, media, hospitality, welfare and progressive social change. Leonie van Spronsen stayed in the hotel twice and writes about it below.

Eaton Workshop | Opened with a Human Progress Festival

There are many reasons to become an entrepreneur but one reason that is very hip these days; to make the world a better place. This comes in all shapes and sizes but it often it ends up being more commercial than ethic or quite the opposite: very ethic but not profitable at all! These are not the only two options if you ask Katherine Lo, founder of Eaton Hotels, who started her company to prove you can be a profitable and ethic entrepreneur. Katherine and her team opened their first Eaton houses in Hong Kong and Washington DC in September, in special ways. Eaton Washington DC was officially opened with a “Human Progress Festival”, three days of party in the form of spiritual workshops, themed debates, indie radio, more traditional parties and meditation. Check their Facebookpage for videos of their events.

Loved my stay at the Eaton hotel!

Otherwise the hotel is stunning, hip, cool but a typical hotel however you cannot miss the progressive approach to running a hotel. This hotel has 209 rooms and the lobby features an indie radio station studio, at check-in you receive a healing crystal and the staff is of all backgrounds and languages. Lots of attention for details, like for example you will find a list of amenities you can have brought to your room; things like razor kits, shampoo and oh, the declaration of human rights. Yep – this is not your 13 in a dozen type of hotel. At the wellness you can enjoy new age spa treatments and there is a co-working space in the hotel. As for their food & beverage: they have two restaurants, American Son and Kintsugi, both run by their chef Tim Ma. At American Son you’ll find an American melting pot menu, they use a lot of vegetables and local products. In season some vegetables are even harvest from the rooftop garden of the hotel. At the menu of Kintsugi are third wave coffee, Ayurvedic beverages, and experimental healthy pastries, plus comfortable seating areas and countertops to work from, and a selection of periodicals.

Katherine Lo has next to their other hotel in Hong Kong plans for Eaton hotels in Seattle and San Francisco. I truly hope she will pull this off and prove once and for all that it is possible to have an ethical and profitable business, because I think the world could use that! And if anyone can do it, it would be a girl that was surrounded by the knowledge and wealth of the Langham imperium growing up. I have stayed twice at Eatons by now and really enjoyed it! ^Leonie van Spronsen 

Trends we spotted | Week 41

12-10-2018

  • Trends in het kortTrends in het kort

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, amongst others, about a ‘Gin Palace’ in Scotland, Indian ice cream balls and The LoL PARK esports stadium in South Korea. We also spotted an article with great design images of a hotel in a former sugar factory and you will be able to buy low-calorie boozy push-pops ice creams at restaurant Paddlefish in Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Click on the title if you would to read the full article. Enjoy reading!

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Inspiration from Bergen, Norway | Hotel Norge by Scandic

12-10-2018

  • Hotel Norge entrance - credits Wouter van der Sar for concreteHotel Norge entrance - credits Wouter van der Sar for concrete
  • Café Norge - credits Wouter van der Sar for concreteCafé Norge - credits Wouter van der Sar for concrete
  • Hotel Norge, lobby check in - credits Wouter van der Sar for concreteHotel Norge, lobby check in - credits Wouter van der Sar for concrete
  • Hotel Norge the escalator - credits Wouter van der Sar for concreteHotel Norge the escalator - credits Wouter van der Sar for concrete
  • Hotel Norge the lobby - credits Wouter van der Sar for concreteHotel Norge the lobby - credits Wouter van der Sar for concrete
  • Hotel Norge, lobby bar- credits Wouter van der Sar for concreteHotel Norge, lobby bar- credits Wouter van der Sar for concrete
  • Café Norge - credits Wouter van der Sar for concreteCafé Norge - credits Wouter van der Sar for concrete
  • Restaurant Nova at Hotel Norge - credits Wouter van der Sar for concreteRestaurant Nova at Hotel Norge - credits Wouter van der Sar for concrete
  • Room hotel Norge - credits Wouter van der Sar for concreteRoom hotel Norge - credits Wouter van der Sar for concrete

Hotel Norge in Bergen has been around since 1885 and this summer reopened their new, modern home for travellers with a curious mind. The hotel embraces Bergen’s history and combines it with an international and contemporary lifestyle. Check out the video underneath the article and spot the special features of this hotel such as the giant eternal sun in the lobby which can be seen as the heart of the building, the escalator tunnel, the amfi staircase in café Norge and their own fragrance ‘the escapist’. Inspiration from Bergen in Norway, with a touch of Amsterdam as concrete was involved in the design.

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