Phil, the AccorHotels bot | Available on Google Assistant
AccorHotels counts among the first apps available in France on the Actions on Google platform, which lets brands create applications – known as “Actions” – for Google Assistant. Since October 26, it has therefore been possible to interact with Phil, the AccorHotels bot, using Google Assistant. A simple instruction – “Ok Google, I want to talk to AccorHotels” – and the conversation starts on smartphones (Android and iOS), the hands-free smart speaker Google Home or any compatible device.
Cocktail Barbera Tonic | Carucci, il Chinato Italiano
Greenflash Wine introduces a new cocktail in the Netherlands: Barbera Tonic. This tough mix originates in the Italian region Piemont. The basis of the traditionally made Chinato is the Barbera d’Asti D.O.C.G. The Barbera Chinato is a delicious aperitif drink, but really surprising ‘in the mix’ with tonic or ‘G&T’. This creates a refreshing, dark red cocktail in the style of an Aperol Spritz.
Long Stay Short | Hostel 2.0 or poshtel
Long Story Short is a new hostel in Czech Republic, but it is hard to tell that it is a hostel. The industrial look and original design give the hostel a modern an exclusive appearance. Nevertheless, is it possible to have a relatively low priced overnight stay in a dorm or private room. A perfect example of the current trend in the hostel industry where luxury is getting a higher priority.
Terroir | Learn all about making wine through this computer game
Terroir is a computer game in which you learn how to make your own wine. During the game you are responsible for the entire process, from harvesting your grapes to the sales process. Although you will not immediately become a true wine maker after completing your first barrel of wine! The game will help you understand what’s going to happen when you’re making wine.
Self-exploring wine bar concept, ‘By The Glass’| Rayleigh & Ramsay in Amsterdam
With the opening of Rayleigh & Ramsay in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has a unique wine-café, which focuses on independent wine exploration. The concept is similar to Vagebond Wines in London. They offer as many as 100 wines within eight taste profiles per trial cap, half a glass or a whole glass. Prices range from € 0,70 to € 15,-. The wines are presented in wine dispensers from which the guest can ‘tap’ with a pre-paid card. All wines can be evaluated and ordered online. Next to London and Amsterdam, this concept can be found in Riga, Geneva and Mauritius as well. Advisor and wholesaler of this concept is the Dutch organization By The Glass International.
Trends we spotted | Week 44
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 the Michelin stars for restaurants in New York and a journalist of Robb Report tried a cup of coffee of $ 55!
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Restaurant Under | Europe’s first underwater restaurant
At the most southern point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly, Snøhetta has designed Europe’s very first underwater restaurant, dubbed Under. With its immediate proximity with the forces of nature, the restaurant, which will also function as a research centre for marine life, is a tribute to the Norwegian coast and to the province Lindesnes, to the wild fauna of the sea and to the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip. The architect firm assures that Under will be fully integrated into the environment.
Cheese Tea | Very successful in China and invading the U.S.
Okay, you say cheese tea? You really mean cheese and tea in the same cup? Yes, tea topped with cheese! Spotted and originated in Guangzhou, the capital of China’s southern Guangdong province at HEYTEA tea house. The concept has spread from the street stalls of Taiwan to China, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and even to New York’s Flushing neighborhood, where Happy Lemon serves the tea in four flavors, including chocolate. In the video above Jenny Zheng, from the in Los Angeles based, Little Fluffy Head Café, explains the idea behind the cheese tea.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island | Introduces an Instagram butler and an InstaTrail
At the Conrad Rangali Hotel, guests can hire an Instagram butler to help them make the perfect photos, you know those kind of images that makes your homefront jealous! The Conrad Rangali Hotel is located on the tropical island of the Maldives and initiated this in the context of their ‘Stay Inspired’ initiative. Instagram worthy pictures are becoming increasingly important and we spotted several hotels in the past responding to this fact. They all respond to the need for that one image taken from the right angle and at the right time. With the Instagram butler, it must be possible to take images of the beautiful beaches and evenly beautiful sunsets of the Maldives.
Wonderball tables | Interactive table tennis
Bounce, the home of Ping Pong in London, launches a digital evolution of Ping Pong for the ‘social gaming generation’. The Ping Pong bar recently added Wonderball tables to their locations which makes ping pong available for everyone. The future meets the traditional world and combines technology with the old school table tennis.
Le Compostier | A worm hotel for restaurants
One of the first worm hotels of Le Compostier was recently placed at Restaurant As in Amsterdam. In the worm hotel, chefs can compost vegetables and fruit at their own location and use the compost directly in their own garden. This way kitchens from restaurants become circular.
Trends we spotted | Week 43
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 a secret coffeebar in Brooklyn with a Dutch password and Cédric Grolet from the Le Meurice restaurant in Paris has been picked as the world’s best patissier.
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Whisky Christmas Ornaments | One for the tree, one for me
As the classic song goes, ‘Christmas time, whisky and wine!’… or something along those lines! Christmas is approaching fast and The Lakes Distillery is lifting the spirit this Christmas with Whisky ornaments or ornament filled with The Lakes Vodka or Gin. Spirit baubles as decoration for your Christmas tree, to open after Christmas dinner! Great way to serve drinks in bars and restaurants this holiday season.
Christmas tree filled with whisky Christmas ornaments
The range includes a selection of single 20cl baubles with exquisite ribbon, containing either The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Vodka or The ONE British Isles Blended Whisky. Also available are gift sets each containing six 5cl baubles filled with the spirits of The Lakes Distillery, with a whisky set, a vodka set and a gin set. The vodka and gin sets include an exclusive preview of the highly-anticipated flavoured vodka and gin liqueurs.
The Lakes Distillery baubles will be available from late September 2017 in retail outlets across the UK and on their website.
The Loop | Instagrammable ‘horchata and churros’
The Loop does sell churros in Westminster, California. They have an Instragram hit with their special horchata with a loop of churros. A horchata is a Spanish drink from the Valencia region, made of almonds, water and sugar, which creates a milk like substance. At ‘the Loop’ they added activated charcoal which creates a social media-friendly or instagrammable ‘horchata and churros’.
Ccasa Hostel | Container Urbanisme
For years, we have seen all kinds of examples of Container Urbanism. Student houses in Amsterdam, foodtrucks, hotels, markets that are made up of containers and hotels as well. The Ccasa Hostel in Vietnam is made up of three stacked shipping containers that function as rooms in the hotel. The recycled hotel was intended for backpackers more so than long-staying tourists and it provides a multitude of features that promote interactions much like hostels do.
PopPods | Powernapping in London
PopPods are the first space to nap, shower and relax, you can book your private pod to use for 30 mins or longer. Located at 12 Bache’s Street, N1 6 DL in London. PopPods opened in the beginning of October 2017 and this new sleep and relaxation experience is created by the startup Pop & Rest. Different studies show that a powernap improves performance and alertness. So if you’re just one day in London for sightseeing or shopping, stop by and take a powernap!
THIS IS HOLLAND | The ultimate flight experience in Amsterdam
The Ultimate Flight Experience opened her doors to the public on Thursday 12 October 2017. THIS IS HOLLAND offers visitors the chance to feel, see and experience The Netherlands in just one hour. During a 60 minute tour visitors will be presented with an inspiring story about the history of The Netherlands. The story is told and supported by different multimedia resources. The highlight of THIS IS HOLLAND is the Flying Theatre where the visitor will fly over 22 beautiful sites located in The Netherlands in a nine minute film.
Trends we spotted | Week 42
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 vegan foie gras in Belgium and a Bottle tap beer system.
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The Marvelmat | Some extra service towards your guest
Many dangerous and painful things can happen in a bathroom. At the moment you reach the age of 55, one slip can result in a bruising or fracture. The Marvelmat offers a solution to this problem. The mat gives you the highest level of safety and comfort during shower time. Hotels can add the hygienic mat to its amenities by using a small bag. It is a unique, patented, disposable and non-skid bathmat. Besides the regular design, a hotel can customize it with logo’s, pictures or texts, with the range of all colours available.
The Caveasy | Smart wine rack system
The first smart wine rack system, for all wine lovers who simply want to enjoy their wine, but also for the professional who wants to keep track on his or hers wine cellar. It’s a simple as this: take a picture of the label, put the bottle in your Caveasy One, and enjoy your wine at the right time. They’re crowdfunding via Indiegogo right now and it’s been backed for 105% with still a month to go!
Sushi Wedding Cake | By Jonatan Lopes, the Brazilian Sushiman
Sushi Wedding Cake | By Jonatan Lopes, the Brazilian Sushiman
Jonatan Lopes, the Brazilian Sushiman, creates the most beautiful Japanese buffets and Sushi Wedding Cake. We love the idea! Especially if you don’t have a sweet tooth and you’re going to get married, you might consider this savory alternative! Here is a video of the making of the Sushi Wedding Cake at the Facebook page of Tasty and if you want to see more work by Jonatan view than his Facebook.
The Greyston Bakery | With Open Hiring™ model will be coming to Amsterdam
Since 1982, when Zen Buddhist monk Bernie Glassman started the Greyston bakery in New York State, the company is a role model for companies who want to mean more for society. Greyston has an open hiring policy (Open Hiring ™), which is the most radical form of anonymous job application in the world. Since 1995 their products have been delivered to, among others, Ben & Jerry’s, the famous ice cream brand. At the end of last week, Greyston announced that they will open a branch in Amsterdam and introduce their thoughts and methods in the Netherlands. Social Investor Start Foundation has committed $ 500,000 to start the first preparations.
Sign Language Coffee Bar | Order in sign language
On the 19th of October the Sign Language Coffee Bar opens its doors at the Amsteldijk in Amsterdam. It is the first Dutch coffee bar where only deaf barista’s work and where you have to place your order in sign language.
McVegan | McDonald’s in Finland sells limited edition vegan burger
Five outlets of McDonald’s in Tampere, Finland have announced it’s trialing a new item on their menu – a vegan burger. They started selling the McVegan early October and it will be available until November 21. The McVegan has become an instant hit on the social media, with a lot of vegans asking McDonalds in their own region to trial this burger as well. The fans even urge McDonald’s to make it an item on the international menu.
Sweets Raku | Japanese pastry entertainment
In Las Vegas, the city of dazzling led illuminations and casinos, is a small dessertbar called ‘Sweets Raku’ located. This dessert bar is a world full of sugars and sweets. Chef Mio Ogasawara has chosen to adapt Japanese sweet desserts to suit the American palate instead of serving tasty savory Japanese dishes. The bar is a cozy sidekick of the popular Japanese restaurant Raku. Three reasons why you should go if you visit Las Vegas!