Trends we spotted | Week 25


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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 about functional candy, staying overnight at temples in Japan or Korea and creamart. The list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants is also published with images of dishes of all restaurants! If you’re in London this summer, check out their ice cream museum SCOOP! If you’re in New York at the end of June and you love pizza, check out Le Strade della Mozzarella. And an interesting read about Amazon’s Alexa that will butler at selected Marriott hotels as from this summer.

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

New Olive Garden meatball pizza bowl

New menu item at Olive Garden in the USA: meatball pizza bowl! The bowl is made out of pizza crust, it’s filled with a melted four cheese blend and baked until golden brown. Then its brushed with olive oil and filled with marinara and meatballs. Check out the video in the link in the title to see a video how it’s made.

Temple Stay at Japan or Korea

Staying overnight at a temple is an ideal way to experience Japanese Buddhism. Although Japan is known for its luxury hotels and sumptuous ryokan, there’s another, more humble way to experience the country’s hospitality, while also deepening your appreciation of its rich and fascinating culture. The practice is known as shukubo or temple lodging. A few things to keep in mind: you shouldn’t go into a shukubo experience expecting to be pampered. You’ll be comfortable, but not basking in luxury. Many temple lodging rooms don’t have private bathrooms, so shared facilities are to be expected. Depending on the location, WiFi may not always be offered, but then again, you probably came to a temple to get a bit of peace, so unplugging for a while isn’t the worst thing in the world!

Here you can find an English website at which you can find a temple to stay and a Japanese link to Terahuka or Temple Stay.

It’s also possible to stay at a temple in Korea.

Sweet Moment NYC |  Adorable Lattes or creamart

Japanese coffee art at the coffee shop Sweet Moment in New York City. They serve some adorable lattes, check out the video from Spoon University. They also serve signature desserts like BINGSOO, which is shaved ice that is fluffy and sweet melt away dessert. Or how about a Black Sesame Redbean, which is made of milk shaved ice cream with black sesame sauce, red bean, rice cake and white chocolate. So, if you’re travelling to NYC and have a sweet tooth, check out Sweet Moment at Mott Street and try their sweets or either their creamart matcha, creamart red velvet or creamart taro!

“Functional” candy? Special report from Confectionary News

The industry newsletter has a collection of articles on “functional” candy.  In this context, “functional” means the addition of something not originally present to enhance the food’s nutritional value. In the U.S., confectioners have to be careful not to violate the FDA’s so-called “jelly bean rule,” one that says you cannot add nutrients to foods (like jelly beans) just to make them appear to be healthy. But wouldn’t it be great if candy was a health food?  Spirulina chocolate? Some examples in this article.

SCOOP in London | The wonderful world of ice cream

The British Museum of Food returns with its first major exhibition, just right for the summer. Welcome to SCOOP: The Wonderful World of Ice Cream, a celebratory show that will explore the past, present and future of ice cream. No ordinary museum exhibit, SCOOP brings your favourite dessert to life in a total sensory immersion: expect ice cream weather, eat glow-in-the-dark ice cream, understand the neuroscience of the frozen treat and explore the dark side of desserts. When? July 3rd – 30th Sept 2018 at the Gasholders London on Kings Cross.

World’s 50 Best Restaurants | The full list 2018

Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy from chef Massimo Bottura is number one on the list for the second time. The first time was back in 2016. This year the awards ceremony was held Tuesday the 19th of June at Palacio Eudkalduna in Bilbao, Spain, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

You can check the whole list in the link of the title. But what we found more interesting is this article that shows pictures of dishes of all restaurants: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018: the list in pictures.

Le Strade della Mozzarella stops in New York

For an authentic taste of Italy in the Big Apple, head to Pizzeria Kestè in Fulton Street on 28 and 29 June where the third edition of Le Strade della Mozzarella, the haute cuisine congress dedicated to Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP and Italy’s finest food favourites will unfold.

Food lovers will be treated to two days of the finest slices of pizza as pizzaioli from Naples fly in to spin pizzas with home grown talent from New York and San Francisco. Check out the agenda at the website of Fine Dining Lovers.

Amazon’s Alexa will now butler at Marriott hotels Inc said on Tuesday that it has partnered with Marriott International Inc to help increase guest access to amenities with Alexa, through its voice-controlled device Echo, in an attempt to expand its presence in the hospitality industry. Alexa for hospitality would assist in providing services ranging from ordering room service to requesting housekeeping or calling the concierge for dinner recommendations without picking up the phone. The company said the partnership will start this summer at Marriott’s select properties and the service will be available by invitation to other hotel chains.

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