Trends we spotted | Week 18


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At 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 Dutchman wins the 10th Bacardi cocktail competition, McDonald’s tests international menu items in the USA and we’re wondering whether the Dutch McKroket will be on their menu! And a look inside the cafe located in Pinterest’s San Francisco headquarters.

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Silent cafés | Ssssst

Café Adem Inn in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is advising their customers to put their phone in a safe when visiting the café. In addition to their menu, silence is served. No loud noises, no wifi, just enjoy a consumption and the silence around you. Adem Inn is a quiet café with room for reflection, although you’ll hear some music in the background and talking is allowed.

Dutchman Eric van Beek wins 10th BACARDI® Legacy cocktail competition

Dutch bartender Eric Van Beek was named 2018 Bacardí Legacy winner with his Cariño cocktail. His winning cocktail triumphed in a very exciting finale that was held in the Museo Numismático Nacional in Mexico City for 400 guests. Van Beek’s winning creation, called Cariño, is a shaken cocktail combining Bacardí Reserva Ocho rum with Yellow Chartreuse, Greek yoghurt, vanilla syrup and lemon juice. The recipe of the Cariño:

2 parts BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho | 1/5 part Yellow Chartreuse | 1 1/5 part Greek yogurt 4/5 part of vanilla syrup 2/5 part lime juice | Preparation: shake, serve over a large piece of ice cream | Glass type: Coupette.

NextGen Cup Challenge

Starbucks and Closed Loop Partners and its Center for the Circular Economy have announced the NextGen Cup Challenge. This groundbreaking industry consortium will develop recyclable and compostable cup solutions as the first step in the development of a global end-to-end solution that will allow cups around the world to be diverted from landfills and composted or given a second life.

Each year, an estimated 600 billion paper and plastic cups are distributed worldwide. The NextGen Cup Challenge will bring together entrepreneurs, industry, and recyclers to identify and commercialize the next generation of recyclable and/or compostable cups.

McDonald’s tests international menu items in the USA | Would our McKroket be on the menu?

A new Chicago flagship restaurant offers meal options from worldwide locations and uses social listening for feedback. Fast food outlet McDonald’s opened a new location that gives diners the chance to experience some of the restaurant’s worldwide specialties without ever having to venture outside the United States. Their recently opened Chicago chain is part of the company’s ongoing initiative to modernize their restaurants and their customer’s dining experience. Among the staples on offer are the McSpicy Chicken Sandwich from Hong Kong, a French mozzarella salad and a barista bar resembling those in the company’s Australian branches. These international items will be available to customers on a rotating basis alongside regular favorites such as the classic chicken nuggets and fries or the Big Mac.

Marriott International gets into Airbnb territory by adding 200 vetted private UK homes to their Tribute Portfolio brand

Tribute Portfolio Homes is a new home share offering from Marriott International, launched in partnership with Hostmaker, a London-based homestay property management company. It still 1s a Beta experience; they would love your feedback to make the experience even better. Every property within Tribute Portfolio Homes is vetted and reviewed by hospitality experts. Properties meet rigorous safety, security and design standards before they are accepted as part of Tribute Portfolio Homes. They have partnerships with local property management experts, like Hostmaker, who provide 24/7 support. They also strive to make travel easy and stress-free through offering 24 hour in-person check-in; high speed wi-fi; premium bed linens and fluffy white towels – all expertly laundered; full-sized bath amenities; cooking essentials; and child-friendly items, such as high chairs and travel cribs. Staying with Tribute Portfolio Homes allows guests to earn with Marriott Rewards or SPG.

Edition Hotels ditch plastic in eco-conscious movement

Ian Schrager’s luxury hotel chain EDITION Hotels, co-owned by Marriot, is cutting down on the most environmentally damaging resource: disposable plastic. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, they’ve pledged to be disposable plastic free — leading the hospitality industry in a plastic free movement. ‘Stay Plastic Free’ is their initiative, aimed to make the luxury chain disposable plastic free by the end of 2019. Sparking a movement among hoteliers worldwide, this campaign is spearheaded by EDITION’s vice president of brand experiences, Ben Pundole.

A look inside the cafe located in Pinterest’s San Francisco headquarters

Susan Kare, the woman behind the Apple Macintosh’s smiling computer icon, has lent her decades-long visual expertise and creative savvy to a new cafe located inside Pinterest’s San Francisco headquarters.

Kare, a UI and graphic designer, has worked for Pinterest since 2015. She also sits on the design team of the newly-opened cafe called “The Point.” Inspirational images in the article of Business Insider.

Alston superstore founders launch the Karaoke Hole

The founders of East London nightlife institution Dalston Superstore are to open a new karaoke dive bar, The Karaoke Hole, on 24th May. Tucked away on Kingsland High Street in the heart of Dalston, The Karaoke Hole will play host to professional drag queens and brave amateurs alike, stepping into the limelight on the bespoke, disco ball-clad stage complete with strategically-placed wind machines allowing every performer to unleash their inner RuPaul. Karaoke seems to become more popular, we recently wrote about the opening of the Duke of Tokyo, a Japanse karaoke bar in Amsterdam that opened in April this year.

Mount Everest is getting another pop-up restaurant

A group of chefs is attempting to set a world record for the highest ever restaurant pop-up – 11,600 feet to be precise, at Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas. The group of four chefs, which includes Indian chef Sanjay Thakur, who has competed in both the Bocuse d’Or and S.Pellegrino Young Chef competitions, will be setting off on an eight day trek from the town of Lukla, Nepal at the end of May, foraging all the way – an they’re looking for 10 intrepid diners to join them!

“The biggest challenge of course will be the altitude, which will affect everything,” says Thakur. “Flavour [perception] will be decreased, so we will be designing a menu of extraordinary dishes accordingly, where spices will have the upper hand.”

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