Trends we spotted | Week 40


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 ‘Blue caviar’, a cannabis restaurant with licence opened in Los Angeles and London’s Cocktail Week 2019 that starts today, October 4.

A new Korean restaurant will open this November in London. Seoul Bird, from the world-renowned Korean American chef Judy Joo. And the Borough Market celebrates 21 years with the launch of the Borough Market Kitchen, a new communal dining space housed in Jubilee Place.

Have you already heard about OmniPork a vegan substitute for pork meat? We didn’t but this Asian concept is looking to expand beyond Asia into the UK.

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Blue caviar?

Yes, there actually seems to be blue caviar or also known as the sapphires of the ocean. It’s the roe of wild scampi, caught in the deep ocean of Western Australia. As indicated in the video (link via title) of Fine Dining Lovers it does taste fresh like the ocean and has a firm texture that pops in your mouth.

OmniPork | plant-based pork substitute

This week we were discussing why we spot so many vegan burgers, vegan chicken etc. but hardly any substitute for pork meat. So we went looking for it and found a couple of articles about Omnipork. One of the articles is from the website Foodnavigator in which they state that this Hong Kongese plant-based pork substitute, Omnipork, is looking to expand beyond Asia into European markets, beginning with the UK.

OmniPork is all-purpose, plant-based with ingredients like shiitake mushrooms, peas, non-GMO soy and rice. One new vegan product that we expect to be seeing at the European market soon!

Judy Joo announced to open ‘Seoul Bird’ in London

This November, Judy Joo, the world-renowned Korean American chef, will open Seoul Bird, her new restaurant specialising in crispy, double fried, Korean-style chicken. In the heart of Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, Seoul Bird’s menu will emphasise the bold flavours and considered cooking that Judy is known for. Judy says, “The Korean way of cooking is so generous and hospitable – Seoul Bird is my interpretation of true Korean comfort food, from shatteringly crunchy fried chicken to warming, spicy gochujang sauces. I can’t wait to bring my favourite flavours and a big taste of Korea to Westfield!”

Borough Market celebrates 21 years with launch of the Borough Market Kitchen

This November, Borough Market will celebrate 21 years as a central pillar of London’s food community by introducing The Borough Market Kitchen, a new communal dining space housed in Jubilee Place. The Borough Market Kitchen will welcome up to 25 food traders dedicated to cooking with the best of the market’s seasonal produce, with familiar favourites such as La Tua Pasta and Horn OK sitting alongside newcomers including Mei Mei by chef Elizabeth Haigh and an all new Pintxos bar from Mimo London. Confirmed traders at The Borough Market Kitchen:

Stands: Brindisa Kitchen, Horn Ok please, Juma Kitchen, La Tua Pasta, Mei Mei by Elizabeth Haigh,

Mimo Pinxtos Bar, Oroshi, Padre and SHUK. Stalls: Applebees Fish, Gujarati Rasoi, Joli, Khanom Krok,

Nana Fannys, Pochi, Rudie’s Jerk Shack, Scotchtails, The Bath Dairy and The Black Pig.

Lowell Café | America’s first-ever licensed cannabis restaurant

Lowell Farms: a cannabis café opened last Tuesday, October 1. Situated on the east end of West Hollywood, this opening represents a first in the hospitality industry. Lowell Café is America’s first licensed cannabis consumption lounge and restaurant where diners can eat a meal while consuming cannabis or eat cannabis-infused edibles on the premises. Andrea Drummer is Lowell’s veteran cannabis chef, with seven years experience preparing cannabis-infused meals throughout Los Angeles. Lots of images of this cannabis restaurant at the website of Los Angeles Eater via the link in the title.

London Cocktail Week 2019 | A special blend of pop ups & experiences

It’s London Cocktail Week’s 10th edition this year. It will take place from today (October 4th) – 13 October across London. With The Cocktail Village with over 40 pop up bars, streetfood and DJ’s, a silent disco whisky-tasting and something called a ‘gin sauna’. The Pop Ups that take place across London with for example an espresso martini experiment in Covent Garden; a ‘tini martini’ gin townhouse in Shoreditch (where you’ll be treated to a long lineup of mini cocktails); and a glow stick-laden UV party at a Shaftsbury Avenue cocktail joint. And there are Cocktail Tours, read more at the link in the title to the page of The Nudge.

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