Trends we spotted | Week 4


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 the loss of the third Michelin star by L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, Restaurant Paul Bocuse and the most expensive bottle of gin ever is made by Skully Gin!

The Fairmont in San Francisco created a temporary and controversial solution for their very busy breakfast buffet and you’ll be able to enjoy ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ in London as well!

Karma the food rescue app, will install 100 communal smart fridges across Sweden, the UK and France. And in New York, the meat-free sushi restaurant ‘Beyond Sushi’ is expanding., they will open their 7th location.

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Most expensive bottle of gin ever made by Skully Gin

The Dutch label Skully Gin contacted 13 international artists to design 13 different bottles of gin, the “Skully Art Collection”. From the 13 artist Belgian jewelery designer Jochen Leën created the most expensive bottle! He chose to immerse a rare tourmaline gem in the gin, the bottle costs € 4,700,000,= and is  the most expensive bottle of gin in the world. In fact, it is the most expensive bottle of liquor from every category.

A solution for very busy conference breakfast buffets? 

A temporary move at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, those willing to have breakfast at the lavish hotel will have to pay the standard $50-per-person and an 18% service charge and in addition  an extra $30 for every minute spent beyond the 90-minute reservation. The rule is implemented in response to the demand brought on with the arrival of an annual four-day Conference.

Sleep amongst art in the ever-changing Swedish Icehotel

Check out the beautiful images at the website of Luxuo. It shows why the Icehotel in Sweden remains popular! Here you can experience the cold in an ever-changing landscape of art crafted from ice and snow. The Swedish Icehotel, two hundred kilometers north of the Arctic Circle is a travelodge and art exhibition melded into one.

Karma, a Swedish ‘food rescue’ app will install 100 communal smart fridges across Sweden, the UK and France.

Currently, restaurants and supermarkets can sell their surplus food through Karma’s app, but dealing with Karma customers can be time-consuming and requires extra staff training. The new initiative means that suppliers can leave surplus food in a communal fridge, and Karma customers can then unlock the fridge themselves once they have purchased items through the app. A trial in Sweden found that the self-serve smart fridges increased the amount of rescued food by 68%. More at the website of Trendwatching!

You’ll be able to enjoy ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ in London as from February 

As of February 14th you’ll be able to have Breakfast At Tiffany’s!  London’s café in Harrod’s is the first Tiffany’s cafe in Europe, and is set to mirror the style and service of the original, on Fifth Avenue in New York. They will serve croissants, truffled eggs Florentine, caviar, pancakes and Faroe Islands-smoked salmon. More and images at the website of Secret London.

Meat-free sushi restaurant ‘Beyond Sushi’ in New York is expanding

The popular meat-free sushi restaurant which first opened in 2012 in Union Square as a grab-and-go storefront — is expanding. Husband-wife ownership team chef Guy Vaknin and Tali Vaknin are getting ready to unveil their 7th location as a full-service restaurant on the Upper East Side in New York, complete with cocktails. Within the next two years, additional locations will be coming to Williamsburg and the Upper West Side. We don’t have many meat-free sushi restaurants in the Netherlands so ‘Beyond Sushi’ might be inspirational!

L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, Restaurant Paul Bocuse loses its third Michelin star

The restaurant of famed French chef Paul Bocuse, who died almost two years ago, has lost the coveted Michelin three-star rating it had held since 1965. The Michelin Guide told the Agence France-Presse that the quality of L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or near Lyon, “remained excellent but no longer at the level of three stars”. The restaurant was closed this January till the 23rd for renovations.

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