Dubbel Dubbel Toil and Trouble | #PumpkinRescue campaign after Halloween

7-11-2019

  • credits Maria Sokor - Dreamstime.com

15 million pumpkins were carved but not eaten last Halloween – symbolic of a systemic food waste epidemic. Toast Ale, Hubbub and Brewdog Tower Hill Outpost want to change that. The 4th of November they brewed seasonal beer that tackles seasonal food waste as part of Hubbub’s annual #PumpkinRescue campaign.

Although Halloween isn’t that big yet in the Netherlands we have a lot of pumpkins as well. We already loved the idea of Toast Ale and their initiative for the pumpkin ale, Dubbel Dubbel Toil and Trouble, is another food waste initiative we love to write about!

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BYOC | Duebest sustainable, Fair-Trade reusable cutlery

5-11-2019

  • BYOC - Duebest wants you to Bring Your Own Cutlery - sustainable & Fair-Trade
  • BYOC - Duebest wants you to Bring Your Own Cutlery - sustainable & Fair-Trade
  • BYOC - Duebest wants you to Bring Your Own Cutlery - sustainable & Fair-Trade
  • BYOC - Duebest wants you to Bring Your Own Cutlery - sustainable & Fair-Trade
  • BYOC - Duebest wants you to Bring Your Own Cutlery - sustainable & Fair-Trade

Bring Your Own Cutlery (BYOC), an idea by Duebest, a brand on a mission to end single-use plastic utensils starting with Fair-Trade reusable cutlery to launch on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Duebest is a new Brooklyn-based brand that starts their sustainable initiative by selling their sleekly designed fork, knife, spoon, and chopstick sets. All made from sustainably sourced teak wood and hand-crafted by Fair Trade artisans in Bali. The set comes in a compact fabric case and retails for $35. Exclusive glass straw upgrades are available for $5 more.

With a couple of days to go, you could still back their Kickstarter goal!

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The Borough Market Kitchen in London | New communal dining space

5-11-2019

  • The Borough Market Kitchen opens in The Borough Market
  • The Borough Market Kitchen opens in The Borough Market
  • The Borough Market Kitchen opens in The Borough Market

The Borough Market Kitchen will open Monday 18th November at the same day the Borough Market celebrates 21 years as a central pillar of London’s food community. The Borough Market Kitchen will be their new communal dining space, in which they will welcome over 20 food traders dedicated to cooking with the best of the market’s seasonal produce, with familiar favourites such as ‘Arabica’ and ‘Horn OK Please’ sitting alongside newcomers including ‘JUMA Kitchen’ and the all new ‘Batera pintxos bar’ from ‘Mimo London’.

So if you’re going to London in the Christmas season, you’ll have another hip place to have lunch!

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The Rooftop Winter Cinema at the Berkeley Hotel in London

4-11-2019

  • The Rooftop Winter Cinema at The Berkeley hotel
  • The Rooftop Winter Cinema at The Berkeley hotel

Overlooking the rooftops of Belgravia and Knightsbridge, and with sweeping views of Hyde Park and Winter Wonderland, The Berkeley’s rooftop garden will once again transform into a twinkling festive forest cinema. Guests will snuggle into wooden huts laden with blankets to watch Christmas classics on the big screen whilst warming up with a menu of alpine and winter favourites and flowing Laurent-Perrier champagne for a touch of extra sparkle.  Screenings of festive favourites like ‘Home Alone’ and ‘The Holiday’ at the Rooftop Winter Cinema will take place from 15th November ~ 31st December 2019. Reservations will open today, November 4.

Great idea for other hotels with rooftops in the holiday season! Even cinemas could work together with restaurants to surprise their guests with the combination of watching a great ‘holiday season’ movie while enjoying a great meal.  

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Amsterdam Noord has its own sustainable YOTEL for techsavvy travelers

4-11-2019

  • Yotel Amsterdam Cabins - credits Ashkan Mortezapour Photography
  • Yotel Amsterdam Cabins - credits Ashkan Mortezapour Photography
  • Yotel Amsterdam Cabins - credits Ashkan Mortezapour Photography

Today, Monday 4 November YOTEL, the innovative global hotel brand for smart, techsavvy travelers, will open its doors in Amsterdam Noord. Complete with an all-day dining concept, a stunning deck and a one of a kind outdoor cinema, the 202-cabin hotel offers a slick experience enhanced by clever use of technology and sustainable design at a surprisingly affordable price. The brand’s first hotel in mainland Europe, YOTEL Amsterdam Noord is at the epicentre of the up-and-coming Buiksloterham neighbourhood, built on the sunny bank of the Tolhuis Canal. Home to start-ups and creative businesses, the area is also brimming with hip bars, experimental festivals and modern architecture, making it an ideal base for modern travelers.

We wrote a couple of articles about YOTEL and this brand is expanding in a fast pace, next year they will open their first YOTELPAD, YOTEL’s name for condo, which will open in Park City (ski resort in Utah), followed by Mammoth (2021, ski resort in California) and Miami (2021). These pads will be located in city centre and resort locations.  Guests will be welcomed in private PADs which are the epitome of efficiency.

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Rooms with a spectacular view | The underwater Reefsuites on the Great Barrier Reef

1-11-2019

  • Underwater Reefsuites on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Underwater Reefsuites on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Underwater Reefsuites on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Underwater Reefsuites on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Underwater Reefsuites on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Underwater Reefsuites on the Great Barrier Reef

Cruise Whitsundays has announced the opening of Australia’s first underwater Reefsuites on the Great Barrier Reef. Guests will be able to stay overnight in one of two underwater Reefsuites from this summer. Each private Reefsuite showcases spectacular panoramic views of the reef’s marine life, including tropical fish, turtles and manta rays. Guests can choose between premium king or twin single accommodation below sea level, complete with private glass en suite. The full Reefsuite experience includes a return cruise out to the reef, all meals and beverages, a selection of marine activities and overnight accommodation.

This article is for all Dutchies dreaming about warm destinations for the holidays while it’s raining cats and dogs outside this weekend! You can now register your interest or book a room for this once-in-a-lifetime experience at cruisewhitsundays.com.

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Trends we spotted | Week 44

1-11-2019

  • trends we spotted this week

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, among other links to articles about the Michelin stars for 2020 in the USA, a list of the 14 restaurants with 3 stars. And following California, New York will also ban Foie Gras by 2022. 

A cool promotion for a ski Area! A huge ski helmet was spotted in Rotterdam, you could interactive experience the famous Austrian ski area Ischgl in wintertime here! And Stella Artois launched a ‘black lager’ for the winter season on Halloween. 

We know who’s going to design the Christmas tree of the Claridge’s hotel in London! We still think it’s a great opportunity for local designers and hotels to seek some free publicity. Most certainly if you give a party the day you will light the tree some hotels combine this with a donation to a local charity.  

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Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is rebranding The Marker Hotel in Dublin

31-10-2019

  • Front view of the new location of Anantara hotels, Resorts & Spas in Dublin
  • the Marker Hotel in Dublin - Corner suite
  • the Marker Hotel in Dublin - rooftop bar and terrace
  • the Marker Hotel in Dublin - Spa pool

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will make its debut in the upcoming months in Ireland with the rebranding of The Marker Hotel in Dublin, one of the Irish capital’s most modern and luxurious buildings, member of ‘Leading Hotels of the World’. The addition of the property in Dublin will represent the expansion of the luxury brand’s footprint into northwest Europe for the first time.

The Marker Hotel in Dublin is set to become the Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas brand’s first urban hotel in northern Europe.

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Starbucks Launches Bar Mixato in Shanghai | New mixology offering elevates nighttime experience

29-10-2019

  • Bar Mixato in Starbucks Reserve Roastery Shanghai
  • A Matcha Drama at Bar Mixato
  • A Nitro Coffee Martini at Bar Mixato
  • Bar Mixato in Starbucks Reserve Roastery Shanghai

Starbucks Launches Bar Mixato in the Starbucks Reserve Roastery Shanghai. New mixology offering elevates nighttime experience at China’s coffee wonderland by blending specialty coffee craftsmanship with cocktail artistry. This will further elevate the multi-sensory experience of China’s coffee wonderland, and include a novel nighttime third-place experience that will enthrall coffee lovers and bar-goers alike. Bar Mixato features a full bar menu, which includes the global debut of 11 innovative coffee- and tea-based cocktails specially created and available only at the Shanghai Roastery. Classic cocktails, Italian aperitivo, wine, draft beer and mocktails are also available, as is a thoughtfully curated selection of complementary food choices that customers can pair with their favorite cocktails. The menu will be refreshed quarterly based on the flavors of new Starbucks Reserve coffees.

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Limited edition pumpkin buns at Bun House in London for Halloween

29-10-2019

  • Limited edition pumpkin buns at Bun house in London for Halloween
  • Limited edition pumpkin buns at Bun house in London for Halloween

This autumn Bun House, the Cantonese-style steamed bun specialist, will celebrate Halloween with its new limited edition pumpkin buns. For one week only from Thursday 24th October, the spooky buns will be available at Bun House’s Chinatown home and Wembley’s Box Park.

They simply look marvelous these pumpkin buns for Halloween. Inspiration for other restaurants or bakeries!

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Pop up Grand Kobel in Vienna | In a forgotten Viennese ballroom

28-10-2019

  • Pop up Grand Kobel in Vienna by Barbara Eselböck and Alain Weissgerber of restaurant Taubenkobel
  • Pop up Grand Kobel in Vienna by Barbara Eselböck and Alain Weissgerber of restaurant Taubenkobel
  • Pop up Grand Kobel in Vienna by restaurant Taubenkobel

Restaurant Taubenkobel, located on Lake Neusiedler in Austria, has an annual tradition of creating a pop-up in and around Vienna when it becomes quieter on the lake. In recent years they have held these pop ups in a train hangar (Lokvogel, 2018), in an old post office (Brieftaubenkobel, 2017) and this year the pop up takes place in an old ballroom in the former Donauhof Hotel in Vienna’s 2nd district. Restaurant & hotel Taubenkobel is a member of Relais & Chateaux and chef Alain Weissgerber has 18 out of 20 points in the Gault Millau of 2019.

From November 15 to December 21 you can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in Vienna and enjoy culinary delights at pop up Grand Kobel. For hospitality entrepreneurs, it is a cool idea to visit your guests with a pop up at a special location. In our opinion, pop ups from chefs from outside the region in the west of the Netherlands would also do great in Amsterdam or Rotterdam!

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Trends we spotted | Week 43

25-10-2019

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’.

With this week a link to an article about a Boba Cruffin, it is made in Toronto at Bake Code! And in Tokyo you can drink tea or coffee and in the meanwhile feed or cuddle a hedgehog!

In London, you can have your milk and a few other products delivered before 7 a.m. and Milk and More delivers with electric vans! We wonder whether we will get a milkman in the streets of the Netherlands again?

As of December 7th you can admire a “Gingerbread City” in London and in New York the new Conrad Midtown has created a toy paradise in one of their suites, in collaboration with FAO Schwarz.

The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residence will open in Dubai in 2020, some more details in an article, like for example which chefs will open a restaurant in this project! And KFC sold ‘seasoned tickets’ in the ‘American footbal season’. Something for soccer fans? Want to get a meal from the snack bar at every match of your favourite team or the national team? read more

Neo Fruit | A collection of artificially designed fruits made with 4D printers

25-10-2019

  • Neo Fruit - Designed by Meydan Levy - credits Bogdan Sokol & Shay Maman
  • Neo Fruit - Designed by Meydan Levy - credits Bogdan Sokol & Shay Maman
  • Neo Fruit - Designed by Meydan Levy - credits Bogdan Sokol & Shay Maman
  • Neo Fruit - Designed by Meydan Levy - credits Bogdan Sokol & Shay Maman
  • Neo Fruit - Designed by Meydan Levy - credits Bogdan Sokol & Shay Maman

Fruit can provoke emotions and desires, have a perfect natural packaging, use colours to indicate which minerals and vitamins they contain, what their flavour is, and how ripe or rotten they are. A whole world of visual, sensual, nutritional and practical experience bundled together in each fruit. The creator of Neo Fruit finds this full sensual eating experience is missing in food supplements produced nowadays. He created ‘Neo Fruits’, artificial fruit, produced with 4D printers technology, using cellulose, an organic material. Neo Fruits intends to offer a food of the future that considers shape and content as critical factor for the eating experience.

Designed by Meydan Levy, an industrial designer from Israel. And we spotted it through the event for Biodesign, the future of materials, manufacturing, architecture & fashion: #BiodesignHereNow by Open Cell. Would we be eating fruit this way in the future? Or take our food supplements? It most certainly looks more appealing than a powder or capsules!

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Carlsberg Green Fibre Bottle | latest update on their ‘paper beer bottle’

24-10-2019

  • Prototype of the Green Fibre Bottle with Carlsberg pilsner
  • Prototype Green Fibre Bottle with wood fibres
  • Prototype Green Fibre Bottle close up

During the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Carlsberg Group issued an update on its journey to create the Carlsberg Green Fibre Bottle, the world’s first ‘paper bottle’ for beer. Made from sustainably sourced wood fibres, it is both 100% bio-based and fully recyclable. The Group also announced it has been joined by other leading global companies that are united in their vision to develop sustainable packaging through the advancement of paper bottle technology.

These developments are a continuation of Carlsberg’s sustainable packaging innovation journey and a key part of its sustainability programme, Together Towards ZERO, including its commitment to ZERO carbon emissions at its breweries and a 30% reduction in its full-value-chain carbon footprint by 2030.

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Iconic Malibu dreamhouse of Barbie® on Airbnb

24-10-2019

  • Exterior of the dreamhouse of Barbie® at Airbnb
  • Living room in the dreamhouse of Barbie® at Airbnb
  • Bathroom in the dreamhouse of Barbie® at Airbnb
  • Bedroom in the dreamhouse of Barbie® at Airbnb
  • Walk in closet in the dreamhouse of Barbie® at Airbnb

Global icon Barbie just added ‘Host on Airbnb’ to her extensive list of careers and accomplishments! Later this month, Barbie will hand over the keys to her Malibu Dreamhouse for the ultimate fan stay. Located in the heart of Malibu and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the fabulous life-size Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse was be available to book on October 23 by one guest and up to three friends for a two-night stay. The one-time reservation will take place from next Sunday, October 27 to Tuesday, October 29.

Of course we have seen more hotel rooms that were designed for the ultimate Barbie fan or for fans of artists, etc. Airbnb regularly uses special, one-time locations that receive a lot of attention worldwide in the press. In addition, they often combine such a stay with a good cause, in this case “The Barbie Dream Gap Project GoFundMe initiative’. If you read this as a hotelier, which room could you regularly change and thereby create attention for your hotel?

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