Trends we spotted | Week 28


At or we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

With this week links to articles about naughty treats, like dick- and vagina shaped waffles, spotted at La Quequetterie in Paris and Zizi Factory in London. And Ralph’s Tavern in Worcester, Massachusetts accepted Monopoly money!

The recently opened Restaurant Matū in Beverly Hills exclusively offers 100% grass-fed Wagyu beef, not a steakhouse but a real steak restaurant! And a great ad from Visit Norway: ‘You don’t need to be a billionaire to visit space’.  

The Uffizi museum has moved to Elba Island, with their first exhibition is about artworks that narrate Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. A celebration of the bicentenary death of Napoleon by the Uffizi Diffusi project.

Happy hour at the SPA at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas is a bit different then you might expect, inspiration for wellness centers. And opening later this year in Barcelona, the three-story restaurant Jacqueline, concept inspired by the muse of Picasso. We’re curious!

Eco-luxury oasis 1 Hotel Toronto will open in downtown Toronto on August 4. The mission-driven, sustainable, luxury hospitality brand is now accepting reservations. And an article about foraged cocktails, rewilded bars turning to nature for their cocktail inspiration. With inspiration from Visit Sweden.

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Paris has discovered naughty treats like dick-shaped food and so did London

Check out all the images in the article at Paris Secret, link in the title. La Quequetterie is an initiative of the Venezuelan entrepreneur Taziana Jurdi. She opened her first restaurant Fuumi Sushi Burrito back in 2016 in Paris. She opened la Quequetterie in June 2020.  But we also spotted Zizi Factory in Covent Garden in London that is serving up sexy French waffles in dick- and vagina shape.  These kind of sweet treats will be a big success in the right light district in Amsterdam as well. Check out the embedded video at Instagram by Zizi Factory, text continues below the video.


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Ralph’s Tavern in Worcester, Massachusetts accepted Monopoly money

Ralph’s Tavern in Worcester thinks it deserves a space on the city’s Monopoly board. To achieve that they invited guests to use Monopoly money between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on June 23 as part of a campaign to land the bar on an upcoming Worcester edition of Monopoly. The new version will feature 34 Worcester locations on the board, and Scot Bove, the owner of Ralph’s Tavern, hopes his Tavern is one of them. More at, link in the title.

Restaurant Matū exclusively offers 100% grass-fed Wagyu

Recently opened restaurant Matū (pronounced “mah-too”) in Beverly Hills, exclusively offers 100 percent grass-fed Wagyu. At the restaurant, the beef is primarily served in a multicourse tasting menu, a riff on a traditional omakase meal, so diners can experience different cuts in a variety of preparations without having to order full, isolated steaks for the table. It is not a steakhouse but a steak restaurant, the co-founder Jerry Greenberg even states that they don’t know of any other restaurant in the world that is serving this kind of beef in this format. Interesting article at Robb Report, link in the title.

The Uffizi Diffusi project | The Uffizi museum has moved to Elba Island, artworks narrate Emperor Bonaparte

This art show is the first exhibition to be opened as part of the Uffizi Diffusi project. The Museum’s Director Eike Schmidt: “We are celebrating Napoleon’s bicentenary by uniting the collections of the Galleries with the artistic wealth of the region”. Sculptures, paintings, and artworks are collected at the exhibition Nel Segno di Napoleone (In the name of Napoleon): The Uffizi Diffusi at Pinacoteca Foresiana in Portofferaio, to celebrate Napoleon Bonaparte on the bicentenary of his death. The art gallery has been opened to visitors starting July 9th 2021 and will be present until October 10th 2021. The Uffizi Galleries concretely inaugurate the large-scale dissemination plan across Tuscany presented in the past weeks. The exhibition also provides an opportunity to reopen to visitors the cultural space of the Pinacoteca Foresiana, inside the prestigious historical De Laugier barracks in Portoferraio, after last year’s shutdown due to the pandemic. Another great exhibition for those traveling in and to Italy and Elba.

A happy hour at the SPA at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas is a bit different then you might expect!

The Spa at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, has debuted new happy hour specials, available daily from 2 – 4 p.m. The Spa offers three unique, alcohol-inspired treatments available exclusively during daily happy hour. Treatments are served with a curated wine for guests 21 and over. They offer a ‘Wine Down Recovery Facial’ – a wine-infused facial features Texas grapes and bamboo polish, finished with a whipped peptide mousse. Served with white wine or rose. Or a  ‘Champagne Cocktail Hydrating Body Scrub’ – with notes of crisp champagne pop as skin is polished by a raspberry and vodka sugar scrub paired with a warm cascading water treatment designed to release toxins and gently slough away dead skin cells. Served with a mini bottle of champagne. Or a ‘Blushing Rose Relaxing Massage’ – a custom cocktail of organic agave oil and wine-infused recovery serum offers the most decadent massage, delivering antioxidants, hydration and relaxation. Served with rose wine. More at the press release, link in the title.

Opening later this year in Barcelona | The three-story restaurant Jacqueline

Another opening later this year to look forward to if you live in or nearby Barcelona or if you love to visit this city, restaurant Jacqueline! It will be a three-story restaurant in Barcelona which is inspired by an abstraction of Picasso’s atelier and portraits of his muse and second wife, Jacqueline Roque. The Madrid office of the Rockwell Group mixed crafted, clean art nouveau details with spontaneous, graphic, and surreal imagery. We’re curious!

Eco-luxury oasis 1 Hotel Toronto will open in downtown Toronto this August

1 Hotel Toronto is a mission-driven, sustainable, luxury hospitality brand which is now accepting reservations for its soon-to-open retreat located in the heart of Toronto beginning August 4, 2021. This is the first location in Canada for the award-winning, nature-focused hotel brand founded by hospitality visionary Barry Sternlicht, CEO and Chairman of Starwood Capital Group. The iconic King Street West property was acquired and redeveloped as a luxury lifestyle destination by Mohari Hospitality, a real estate investment company founded by the entrepreneurial investor Mark Scheinberg. The design was developed in collaboration with SH Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Starwood Capital Group, and famed architect and designer David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group.

1 Hotel Toronto will feature 112 guest rooms including 21 suites, offering city and iconic skyline views. Guests are immediately connected to the natural environment through the light and airy design, from sustainably sourced wood furnishings to a property-wide water filtration system. As a mission-driven hotel, 1 Hotel Toronto will have an on-site organic composter that can reduce 12,000 pounds of organic waste to under 1,000 pounds of compost per month, ultimately avoiding landfills and used to feed over 2,500 plant varietals on property and in local parks. The hotel will also be host to a ‘Bee Hotel’, designed to attract native bees and pollinators by building a habitat uniquely designed for their nesting preferences. With well-being and comfort in focus, additional signature amenities include heated floors, in-room plants, organic cotton linens, yoga mats, and signature organic bath products. More at the press release at the website of PRNewswire, link in the title.

Foraged cocktails | Rewilded bars turning to nature for their cocktail inspiration

Innovative bartenders and craft-kitchen connoisseurs are adding foraged greenery to their food and drink menus. Sweden is turning the forest into a bar. On June 15, Sweden announced their Drinkable Country program, where beverage experts will serve drinks crafted from local, in-season ingredients. The “world’s largest outdoor bar” consists of 16 tables spread throughout Sweden’s countryside where visitors are encouraged to live by their tradition of Allemansrätten: the freedom to roam. Together with local guides, guests can collect berries or greens to mix into their drinks. And more examples from London and Hong Kong in the article of +Wunderman Thompson, link in the title.

Visit Norway | You don’t need to be a billionaire to visit space

Exploring Norway feels like being on a mission in space! As some billionaires are in a race to be one of the first ‘tourists’ in space,  the ultimate space race, Visit Norway has an ad promising you a likewise experience in Norway. Norwegians love to compete so they just could not resist entering the ultimate space race. They know space in Norway. The view, the feeling. And they also know that you don’t need expensive, fast flying rockets to take you there. Sometimes they just walk to space, they climb, and other times a skylift does the hard work for them. But the feeling of space is always there. And the best thing is, they are more than happy to share it with visitors from all over the world. Norway is space and it is ready to be explored now when it is possible to travel again. More at the website of Visit Norway, link in the title. Great ad! 😉

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