Trends we spotted | Week 26


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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, among other links to articles about Life Kitchen, The first cooking school for cancer patients in the UK and the Seoul-based Hanwha Galleria shopping mall uses media art installed on its exterior to inform pedestrians of fine-dust levels.

 August 3, you can celebrate Pulitzer Pride in Amsterdam! They create a pontoon, with a cocktail bar and delicious Dutch food! Hotel Pulitzer also won Netherlands’ Leading Hotel 2019 at the World Travel Awards.

 Do you know which restaurants and chefs are on ‘The Best of The Best’ list of ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’? And Starbucks opened its third delivery-focused ‘Star Kitchen’ in Beijing.

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The first cooking school for cancer patients in the UK | Life Kitchen

The first cooking school for cancer patients, Life Kitchen, opened in the UK this month. One side effect of chemotherapy is altered taste: cancer patients often find that their sense of taste changes significantly, or may even temporarily disappear. The Life Kitchen’s three-hour classes teach attendees how to cook meals that are designed to be more enjoyable for those with an altered sense of taste. Classes are free to those suffering from cancer. Spotted via the daily dose of inspiration by Trendwatching.

As I know from my own experience that it’s awful to live on prefabricated, very sweet, drinks after cancer surgery, I think this is a wonderful possibility to learn more about adapting food to your possibilities! Back in 2012 we wrote about the Dutch initiative ‘Beleef je smaak’ (experience your taste), they provide recipes etc. for cancer patients.  ^Marjolein

World Travel Awards: Pulitzer Amsterdam wins Netherlands’ Leading Hotel 2019

Pulitzer Amsterdam is awarded as best Dutch hotel. The award was handed out for the 26th time at the World Travel Awards during the annual ceremony, this year held at Madeira. The World Travel Awards is considered to be one of the most prestigious admissions within the tourism branch. The international jury, consisting of travelling professionals and guests from the high-end segment,  rated the hotels on excellence and quality of products and services. Earlier, Pulitzer Amsterdam won an international admission, among which the well desired Gold List: 20 Best Hotels in the World 2018, AHEAD Sleeper Best Renovation & Restoration Award Europe and Travel + Leisure It-List in 2017.

South Korea mall uses exterior lighting to indicate the levels of fine dust pollution.

Spotted at the website of Springwise: The Seoul-based Hanwha Galleria shopping mall is using media art installed on its exterior to inform pedestrians of fine-dust levels. The feature shows red colour when fine-dust pollution  levels are high and green when levels are low. They already had installed a ‘animated led lights system’ which is being used in another way.

Pulitzer Pride

Saturday, the third of August the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade takes place right in front of the Pulitzer Amsterdam. In honour of the Canal Parade, Pultizer opens a 30 meters long pontoon at the Prinsengracht right in front of the Pulitzer hotel. From here guests will have the unique opportunity to watch the decorated boats passing by, and to celebrate you can be whoever you want to be and love whoever you want to love. There will be a cocktail bar at the pontoon and the will serve wines from Austria, from the wine estate Kracher. All kind of food will be served with a lot of Dutch specialties like our famous ‘bitterballen’ and apple pie.

Starbucks opened its third delivery-focused ‘Star Kitchen’ in Beijing

In 2018 we wrote in our “Trends we spotted” about the Starbucks’ cooperation with the Alibaba Group. Last week Starbucks, in partnership with Alibaba’s new retail driven grocery chain Freshippo, opened its third delivery-focused ‘Star Kitchen’ in China’s capital. Alibaba’s local-services division, handles the deliveries, which can reach customers in as fast as 30 minutes. Read the article to learn more about the cooperation and ‘Star Kitchens’.

‘The Best of The Best list’ next to ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’

Restaurant Mirazur in Menton has been announced as the number one restaurant at the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony in Singapore. Our Dutch restaurant ‘De Librije’ by Jonnie and Thérèse Boer finished on number 46. But more interesting, for the first time, the organization announced a new list: ‘The Best of The Best’ list with previous winners like, Massimo Bottura, Daniel Humm, Ferran Adria, The Roca Brothers, Thomas Keller, Rene Redzepi and Heston Blumenthal. It might be confusing but René Redzepi is on both list with Noma being on ‘The Best of The Best’ list and Noma.2 was ranked 2nd on the other list because it’s a new restaurant in a new location.

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