Pannenkoekenhuys ‘t Noorden | Has his own ‘kids-sharing-books-station’

28-9-2017

The Dutch ‘Nationaal Fonds Kinderhulp’ (National Child Support Foundation) thinks that all children should be able to read. Therefore, they initiated the National ‘Kids-sharing-books-day’ on October 4th. Everywhere in the Netherlands children books will find their way to multiple ‘kids-sharing-books-stations’. This day is initiated to stimulate reading amongst children, since reading is very important   for the development of every child. read more

Hurts Donut Company | Scary clown delivers… donuts

28-9-2017

  • ClownHurts Donut
  • ClownHurts Donut

Inspired by Pennywise, the scary clown from Steven King’s IT movie, used by multiple locations of Hurts Donuts, to do scary clown deliveries as part of their services. Your donuts brought to you by a delivery guy dressed up as clown and with creepy smiles. He even has the popular red balloons with him!  The movie was released on the 7th of September in the Netherlands, making Pennywise a popular topic in conversations. But to use Pennywise the way Hurts Donuts did? Scary but an effective marketing stunt…. read more

Treck Hostel | Indoor Camping

27-9-2017

The weather in countries like the Netherlands and Belgium is unpredictable, even in the summer months of July and August it can rain for a number of days. That’s not what you hope for when you’re on a camping trip with friends. The Treck Hostel in Belgium has the solution: a camping in a an old industrial building with a roof upon you head. read more

Themed bars | 10 TV shows inspired bars

26-9-2017

  • Throne Room - photo credit Farrah Skeiky Dim Sum MediaThrone Room Game of Thrones Bar - photo credit Farrah Skeiky Dim Sum Media
  • Dracarys - photo credit Farrah Skeiky Dim Sum MediaDracarys Game of Thrones Bar - photo credit Farrah Skeiky Dim Sum Media
  • ABQ Bar - Photo Credit Toby Keane PhotographyABQ Breaking Bad Bar - Photo Credit Toby Keane Photography
  • ABQ Bar - Photo Credit Toby Keane PhotographyABQ Breaking Bad Bar - Photo Credit Toby Keane Photography

Hotels, cafés, bars and restaurants with a specific theme, we do spot it more often. Whether it’s a pop-up concept or a permanent location, it’s always fun to see the weird themed bars created by entrepreneurs. A popular theme for a bar nowadays are inspired on TV shows, sitcoms or series, for example recently we wrote about bars named after series like ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Game of Thrones’. We created a list of 10 themed bars inspired by TV shows.

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BookDinners | New Dutch reservation platform for restaurants

25-9-2017

  • Bookdinners

KHN (the Dutch entrepreneurial organization for Hotels, Restaurants and Cafés) announced a business initiative: a new reservations platform for and by restaurants: BookDinners. At this platform, restaurants will be in charge of their online relation with their guests, the guest data and the marketing activities. Restaurants participating will do this for free until mid-2018 and early 2018 BookDinners will be launched towards the Dutch consumer. read more

Trends we spotted | Week 38

22-9-2017

  • Trends in het kort

At Horecatrends 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 new truffles species that are discovered in Thailand, let’s hope they won’t be as expensive as the real deal!  And about a new product in the Netherlands: Meat Your Veggies, part vegetables, part meat. Who knows, maybe they can persuade meat lovers to eat less meat!

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Eating a Golden Calf | This is possible at STAN & CO

22-9-2017

  • STAN & CO

From the 20th of September, Utrecht will be the centre of Dutch Film Industry, during the ‘Nederlands Film Festival’. Restaurant STAN & CO, located in Utrecht, launched its own opening night at the 20th of September. They have created a special film menu which is offered during this Film Festival. The menu includes a ‘Golden Calf’ (the Dutch equivalent of the Oscar) as one of the main courses. Besides that, they’ve designed 3 cocktails which are linked with the movie industry: ‘Popcornstar Martini’, ‘Soldaat van Oranje’ (from the movie ‘Soldier of Orange’) and ‘Gooische vrouwen’ (a Dutch comedy/drama along the line of ‘Desperate Housewives’ or ‘Sex and the City’). When showing a movie ticket, guests will get two cocktails for the price of one. read more

Sir Hotels | Instagram as City Guide

22-9-2017

  • Sir HotelsCity Guide
  • Sir HotelsCity Guide

Sir Hotels launched five city guides using Instagram, an innovative manner to inform guests about the city and its must-visit places and areas. Each of the hotels in the collection has its own Instagram account, which has been transformed into an easy-to-use city guide including local favorites and hidden treasures; Sir Savigny’s Guide for Berlin, Sir Nikolai’s Guide for Hamburg, Sir Joan Guide for Ibiza, and Two Guides for Amsterdam; the sophisticated Sir Albert in ‘De Pijp’ and the hip Sir Adam located in the A’dam Tower in Amsterdam Noord. read more

Red King Crab | Taiko’s Ingredient of the Year

21-9-2017

  • Taiko’s Ingrediënt van het JaarRed King Crab
  • Taiko’s Ingrediënt van het JaarRed King Crab

Taiko, the modern-Asian restaurant of the Conservatorium hotel in Amsterdam announced her new ‘Ingredient of the year’. It’s the Kamchatka crab, also known as the Red King Lobster. Chef Schilo van Coevorden has created a completely new Omakase menu with as special ingredient the Kamchatka crab, which you can enjoy until the 18th of September 2018. read more

Starbucks Roastery | Cold-pressed Americano exploration flight

21-9-2017

  • Flight of coffeeThe Roastery Starbucks
  • Flight of coffeeThe Roastery Starbucks
  • Flight of coffeeThe Roastery Starbucks

Starbucks unveiled Cold-Pressed Espresso this September, a new patent-pending cold extraction process that will serve as the foundation for a new menu of sparkling beverages that will debut at the company’s premium, Starbucks Reserve® Roastery in Seattle. They even serve a cold-pressed Americano exploration flight, a great idea to get people to taste the cold-brew coffees. We spotted the first cold brew coffee in 2014 and since it’s growing extensionally but is still rather unknown to  most of us. Great way to get familiar via a cold-pressed Americano exploration flight. read more

Ripple, plant-based milk | Will this change the dairy industry?

20-9-2017

Ripple launched a new line of dairy products in April 2016 powered by $44 million from Google and Silicon Valley venture capitalists. But what is Ripple? Milk made from simple yellow peas. It’s a plant-based milk, high in protein, low in sugar. Ripple has a good taste (it has a creamy texture which is something other dairy free products are missing, according to the company), it nourishes your body and leaves a small footprint on the planet. Ripple milk is nut-, gluten-, lactose- and soy-free and 100% vegan.  read more

Canadian Poutine | At Tante Nel during the second ‘Speakfrietje’

20-9-2017

On Friday September 29th, haute friture snack bar Tante Nel introduces the original Canadian Poutine in the Netherlands. During the second edition of the popular ‘SpeakFrietje’ get-together they will present this Canadian dish. We’ve been to Toronto a while back, saw some examples of the dish but it reminded us to much of the Dutch ‘Kapsalon’! We didn’t even include it in our ‘Fries with….’ article. But big chance that hasn’t been the original Poutine with the right cheese like Tante Nel is going to serve! read more

Will you join us for a glass of Sherry? | International Sherry Week

19-9-2017

From 6 until the 12th of November 2017 the fourth edition of the International Sherry Week will be hosted, an initiative of the Consejo Regulador Jerez-Xeres-Sherry, (the Sherry Wine Council) in Spain. Last year we wrote about this festival that is the highlight of many Sherry fans around the world. The International Sherry Week brings together thousands of sherry-lovers in a multitude of events organized in more than 25 countries every year. The last couple of years nearly 6,000 Sherry activities have been organized. The Sherry Wine Council invites you to join them for a glass of Sherry. read more

The Standard | #RingYourRep

19-9-2017

We spotted a YouTube video about a public phone booth, placed outside The Standard High Line hotel in New York City, here they connect you directly to your political representatives. #RingYourRep, free of charge. In all five hotels of The Standard you can dial direct to Congress in your hotel room. All to make your voice heard on issues that matter to you. Don’t text or Twitter but dial direct. read more

Pickled Fred in Shoreditch | Pickles and ferments are hot

18-9-2017

Opened this August: Pickled Fred in Shoreditch London. A brand new bar and restaurant with a focus on pickles and ferments. The food menu is Asian-inspired and is made up of snacks, small plates and flatbreads and they have an innovative cocktail menu. read more

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