Trends we spotted | Week 30
At horecatrends.com 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 a whiskey made of green crabs and train trips are getting more and more popular, we spotted the Costa Verde Express. A train trip from Basque Country to Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia in Spain.
Inspiration spotted on Instagram, the cutest tea room in Paris, Long & Tea. For if you’re going to Paris and love sweet treats! And the ‘Classic Root Beer Float’ by Afters Ice Cream, would you like to try your beer will a scoop of ice cream and whipped cream?
Some news from London: Barrafina is opening their fifth location in London, Barrafina Borough Yards. The serve authentic regional dishes from around Spain and they also have a location at Coal Drops Yard, great place to eat before you take the train back to the mainland! And the ‘Emo’ makeover for Wendy’s Logo at a new location in Camden is great! Check it out in the article.
Saudi Arabia plans to build a hyper-futuristic city in the desert that it calls NEOM. They unveiled a PR video of THE LINE part of the NEOM project. THE LINE is only 200 meters wide, 170 kilometers long and 500 meters above sea level. We wonder which hotel chains we might spot in this city!
CITY ID continues European expansion with acquisition in the heart of Dublin. And ‘Bij Jef Restaurant & Hotel’ on Texel, a member since 2017 of Relais & Chateaux, was awarded five stars, the highest number of stars possible, by Hotel Stars. They are now not only the only restaurant near the Dutch Wadden Sea with a Michelin star, but also the only five-star hotel there.
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A whiskey made of green crabs
Green crabs pose a problem to coastal ecosystems. One New Hampshire distillery has a tasty solution. New Hampshire’s Tamworth Distilling — working with a team from the University of New Hampshire — have created Crab Trapper, a green crab-flavored whiskey. More details in the article at Food and Wine, link in the title.
Long & Tee, the cutest tea room in Paris, with trompe-l’oeil desserts!
In the 9th arrondissement of Paris you can find ‘Long & Tee’. Since 2019, this shop specializes in Chinese desserts, tea and personalized cakes and invites you to a gourmet break at snack time. In the heart of Long & Tee, beauty and goodness become one. On the spot, you will be able to taste some cute things, such as creative trompe-l’oeil pastries. Check out the images of the mango mousse in the shape of cheese with the famous Tom & Jerry in the article at Paris Secret, link in the title. If you love trompe-l’oeil desserts this is a place to visit!
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Costa Verde Express | Train trip from Basque Country to Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia
Costa Verde Express, is accepting 2023 bookings for two exciting routes through what’s known as Green Spain. During each of the six-day expeditions, riders will get up close to Spain’s diverse landscapes, including the mountains of Picos de Europa National Park and the rugged, untamed coastline. The train will be making stops in Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque country. More details in the article at Robb Report, link in the title. The Costa Verde Express is a brand of Nattivus.
Train travelling is getting more and more popular, even the expensive trips! A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the legendary Orient Express. Almost 140 years after the first Orient Express luxury trains changed rail travel forever, the legend continues. Orient Express, artisan of travel since 1883, announces the return of its legendary train and a new and unique format, next year.
Classic Root Beer Float by Afters Ice Cream
We never spotted an ice cream soda with ice cream and whipped cream floating in root beer, did you? We wonder if people enjoying a root beer would love and ice cream soda like this?
Afters Ice Cream opened in 2014 in Fountain Valley, California and now has over twenty-five successful locations in Southern California with several additional planned openings in the near future. They specialize in handcrafted ice cream and their signature ice cream, a stuffed warm donut called the “Milky Bun” by CEO, Scott Nghiem. And of course this root beer float!
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Barrafina is opening their fifth location in London | Barrafina Borough Yards
This weekend Barrafina opens their fifth location in London, Barrafina Borough Yards. The original site is on Soho’s Dean Street, there are two in Covent Garden, Adelaide Street and Drury Lane, and a fourth in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross.
Each restaurant has an open kitchen, a beautiful marble-topped bar where guests can sit and watch the chefs at work and stylish red leather stools. The a la carte menus comprise authentic regional dishes from around Spain and there is also a daily changing specials menu unique to each restaurant. The succinct wine list features the finest Spanish sherries, Cavas and wines.
They also have a location at Coal Drops Yard, great place to eat before you take the train back to the mainland!
‘Emo’ makeover for Wendy’s Logo at a new location in Camden, London
A special street art mural for the new Camden location in London. An ‘Emo’ makeover of the Wendy’s logo with the red pigtails. The Wendy’s opened back on June 28, but photos of Emo Wendy have emerged as a social media meme in the last few days.
Great idea for the opening of a restaurant of a chain? We think so and it goes viral!
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THE LINE in Saudi Arabia | Hyper-futuristic city
Saudi Arabia plans to build a hyper-futuristic city in the desert that it calls NEOM. Below you can watch a pr video of THE LINE part of the NEOM project. The designs of THE LINE, a civilizational revolution that puts humans first, providing an unprecedented urban living experience while preserving the surrounding nature. The initial idea and vision of the city that redefines the concept of urban development and what cities of the future should look like, was announced January last year.
The designs of THE LINE embody how urban communities will be in the future in an environment free from roads, cars and emissions. It will run on 100% renewable energy and prioritize people’s health and well-being over transportation and infrastructure as in traditional cities. It puts nature ahead of development and will contribute to preserving 95% of NEOM’s land. THE LINE is only 200 meters wide, 170 kilometers long and 500 meters above sea level. THE LINE will eventually accommodate 9 million residents and will be built on a footprint of 34 square kilometers, which is unheard of when compared to other cities with a similar capacity. More details in the press release, link in the title. Interesting development, we wonder which hotel chains will participate in this city!
CITY ID continues European expansion with acquisition in the heart of Dublin
City ID, the fast-growing apart hotel group from Amsterdam, announced the acquisition of a property in Capel Street, Dublin. This purchase is the latest addition to the portfolio and is part of the wider growth strategy in Europe. The acquisition in the heart of Dublin follows the three locations in the center of Amsterdam and the newest location in Victoria, Central London. Together with pension fund APG and Aware Super, City ID is implementing its strategy of international growth. The aim is to invest more than €1 billion over the next five years to accelerate international growth in major European cities.
City ID is known for modern full-service hospitality and authentic design apartments where both international and local guests are connected to local life. The acquisition fits perfectly with the vision: to create buildings with a special and rich history, paying homage to the environment and becoming one with the neighborhood. Located on the corner of Capel Street and Little Strand Street, the apartment hotel will feature 104 spacious apartments with fully equipped kitchens and living areas, ideal for short and long stays.
5 stars by Hotelstars Union for the suites of Michelin-starred restaurant BijJef on the Dutch island Texel
Bij Jef Restaurant & Hotel, a member since 2017 of Relais & Chateaux, the global association for small-scale top restaurants and top hotels, has reached yet another impressive milestone. The exclusively suite hotel of the Michelin-starred restaurant was awarded the highest number of stars by Hotel Stars. With this international recognition, Bij Jef Texel has once again acquired an extra reason to visit them and Texel. The island now not only has the only restaurant on the Wadden Sea with a Michelin star, but also the only five-star hotel on the Dutch Wadden Sea.
The assessment has been done by Hotelsterren. Hotelsterren is an initiative of the Dutch ‘Koninklijke Horeca Nederland’ and is a member of Hotelstars Union. The holder of the European Hotel Classification is Hotelstars Union which have all official classification data of accommodation providers at its disposal.