Trends we spotted | Week 33
At Horecatrends 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 café in Australia charges 18% ‘gender tax’ to highlight pay gap and Fried Fried Chicken Chicken beer, which contains a small amount of real fried chicken.
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Pop-up pug café is coming to London
A temporary pop-up pug café will open at The Book Club in Shoreditch, London. The Pop Up Pug Café has already appeared in Brighton and Guildford, and now it’s east London’s turn to host these adorable snub-nosed hounds. The idea is to create a space where the pups will be treated like royalties. Aspiring dog owners are welcome too. It’s £5 entry for those with a pug and £10 for the pugless, with some of the dosh being donated to The French and Pug Dog Foundation.
Café in Australia charges 18% ‘gender tax’ to highlight pay gap
A café in Melbourne, Australia, is giving its male customers a side of gender equity with their lattes. At Handsome Her, men are asked to pay an 18% premium to “reflect the gender pay gap.” Men earn an average 17.7% more than women for full-time work in Australia, a government report found. Men are not obligated to pay the tax although no one declined paying the 18% yet.
Fried Fried Chicken Chicken beer
Chicken and beer is a classic combination, but The Veil Brewing Company has taken the idea a step further by combining both into a single product. This week they announced the debut of Fried Fried Chicken Chicken beer, which contains a small amount of real fried chicken. Fried Fried Chicken Chicken is available in limited quantities and retails at $18.50 per four-pack. The beer is also available on draft at the Veil’s Richmond taproom.
Using molten glass to cook a fish
On the website of Foodbeast we saw this video in which a tarbot was baked using 1150 degrees-hot, molten glass. The hot liquid encases the fish completely, creating a shell that doesn’t allow any of the juices to escape. After 20 minutes the glass cracks and dinner is ready.
Nobel Rot | A rotting apple as a dish
Mugaritz, the acclaimed Basque Country restaurant known for its $200+ modernist tasting has added an unlikely new dish to its 2017 menu: a moldy apple. The course is called Noble Rot, and it has made a huge splash on Instagram. By releasing a fungus on the apple and allowing it to mature for a few days, the apple becomes more fresh. Check out the link for the full article and visuals.
Moving hotels are reshaping the megabus industry
Sleeping in a bus doesn’t get any more comfortable than this. A new concept bus dubbed ‘Cabin’ is preparing to hit the road with an original double-decker design outfitted with up to 24 sleeping pods, a lounge space, restrooms, and Wi-Fi. Cabin’s co-founder and CEO Tom Currier describes the experience as a ‘moving hotel,’ since “buses have such a negative brand perception.”