Trends we spotted | Week 7


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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 BeerYoga, DOT in Groningen, a Moët & Chandon vending machine and Amazon is testing delivery robots in Seattle. We spotted a new street food concept in Paris, Magnà Street Food sells ‘Rotolo’ and the ‘Portoglio’ pizza. And a link to an article about the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, in January they introduced radical changes in the voting system and judging panels. The 18th edition of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants will be unveiled on Tuesday 25th June in Singapore.

Wouldn’t you like to play a human snack claw machine? We would! And what we also like to try is the McFalafal, but you can only get it in Sweden at this moment. And how about a scoop of Hellmann’s Mayo ice cream, would you fancy that? 

Click on the title if you like to read the full article. Enjoy reading!

Amazon Scout | Delivery robots tested in suburb of Seattle

In January Amazon started to test autonomous package delivery with adorable little robot vehicles in a northern Seattle suburb, Snohomish County. The Amazon Scouts are six-wheeled, fully electric vehicles that move at ‘walking pace’, during the test only during daylight hours on weekdays while accompanied by Amazon employees for safety’s sake. Check out the video and an interesting article about the pros and cons of the use of these Prime autonomous vehicles at the website of Fortune.

McDonald’s introduced a vegan ‘McFalafel’ in Sweden

Recently McDonald’s Sweden added a new vegan option: the McFalafel. As the name suggests, it are falafels made with chickpeas and seasoned with cumin, parsley and garlic. A four-piece falafel Happy Meal comes with one of two dipping sauces – a vegetarian yogurt sauce or a vegan pepper dip.

The launch of Sweden’s first vegan Happy Meal, came weeks after McDonald’s UK launched their vegan Happy Meal featuring a vegan wrap.

Magnà Street Food | ‘Rotolo’ and the ‘Portoglio’ pizza

A video by À Table by Demotivateur about rolled and folded pizza! Magnà Street Food serves these specialties from Naples in Paris. Julien Serri, brought back from his travels two specialties from the streets of Naples: the rotolo pizza (or rolled up version) and the portoglio pizza (wallet) that the pizzaiolo folds in four, like a cone. It’s a bit more simple to make then the pizza in a cone we spotted back in 2012, Kono Pizza! Don’t you think? Magnà is located in the trendy 9th arrondissement, 48 rue Notre-Dame de Lorette.

Luxurious Moët & Chandon vending machine | At the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida

This vending machine has nothing to do with the old-fashioned vending machines hotels used to have next to their icemakers! The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Florida recently reopened after being shuttered by 2017’s Hurricane Irma, and right there in its lobby, between plinths topped with bouquets of hydrangeas is this very luxurious vending machine: A gold-rimmed 1,000-plus-pound Moët & Chandon dispenser filled with Imperial Brut and Imperial Rosé vintages in 200 ml bottles.

World’s 50 Best Restaurants | Radical changes for 2019

The organization behind the World’s 50 Best Restaurants introduced a raft of changes to the voting system and judging panels in January. In an announcement they revealed that anyone who’s topped the list before will now no longer be eligible for the list but will enter a Hall of Fame style list. ‘the Best of the Best’. At this list all those establishments that have been voted No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list over its 17-year history. So that means that the previous situation of places like Noma and El Celler de Can Roca topping the board year after year won’t happen again. And a couple of more changes in the article.

The Human Claw Machine | It turns people into snack grabbers.

A video from Thrillist Food and Drink about a human snack catcher! The ‘Oishi Snacktacular’ is held every year by the snack company Oishi, at a snack event in the Philippines. We think a human claw machine would be great at local funfairs as well!

Would you choose a scoop of Hellmann’s Mayo ice cream?

Another video by Thrillist Food and Drink, about Hellmann’s Mayonnaise ice cream! We don’t think we would take a scoop of it but for those who love mayo and ice cream, it might work! An idea of an ice cream shop in Falkirk, Scotland! According to the video it must taste like fat and cream, with a eggy, milky aftertaste.

Boeing 747 as attraction at the Corendon Village hotel in the Netherlands

For those who missed it: owner Atilay Uslu of Corendon created a lot of buzz last week with his ‘stunt’ to move a Boeing 747 from Schiphol to the garden of his hotel Corendon Village. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, February 10, 2019 the plane finished his last meters.

It’s going to be a big attraction for those who love to visit this plane! As an former stewardess I know how much fun it is to have pictures taken in the engine, maybe that will be possible as well! ^Marjolein

Bieryoga | Do you already know the beer + yoga hype?

We spotted this ‘hype’ on the Facebook page of News Monkey! It was first spotted in Berlin (2016) and soon (March 3) you can also attend an hour of beer yoga at the Palace Yoga in Groningen. You can already sign up via their Facebook page!

Their announcement: “In yoga you should always listen to your body. Sometimes your body wants a workout. Other times it wants beer. Why not both?!Join us on the first Sunday of each month for an all-levels 60 minute hatha yoga class followed by some beer to kick off your Sunday afternoon with a bit of balance! Don’t worry if you’ve never done yoga before – this class will be about having fun while making shapes with our bodies. Also don’t worry if you’ve never drank beer before – Baxbier has a wide variety of beers that you can try after the class, everything from blonde to porter to alcohol free!”

DOT in Groningen | Space & Sound

Nice article about DOT (the former Infoversum) in Groningen (The Netherlands) on the website of SIKKOM. There is now a restaurant in it and a dome-bios (a spherical bios). “With brutal 4K images of space, nature and artsy fartsy things combined with music. Often very instructive, sometimes just plain cool”, according to the journalist from SIKKOM. Read in the link what type of movies will be shown. These films are often accompanied by music, such as with the performance Space & Sound. This is a performance made in collaboration with Marlies van de Weijgaart, scientist at the RUG (University of Groningen). With music by Martin ter Braake (Battage, Hard Boss).




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