Be Gorgeous, Drink, Lifestyle

Small Town, Big Ideas

Recently I was in the beautiful city of Gdańsk, where I had been asked by Better Bar Show to do a presentation on what I actually do for a living. The specifics were left up to me, so I spent a while pondering what I was going to talk about exactly… drinks technique? A room […]

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Design, Food, Props

Bowls: Inspired By Nature

I can only apologise. A little while ago I discussed the fact that #WeWantPlates, when in actual fact it would appear that #WeWantBowls. According to The Guardian, trend forecasters WSGN have recorded that bowl sales now represent 40% of new crockery purchased, with the plate now at 8%. Instagram friendly vessels as they are, bowls are […]

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Be Gorgeous, Food, Lifestyle

Insights from Google: Growth Drivers

Last week, I went along to a discussion hosted by The Caterer in collaboration with Google. After a thorough perusal of the buffet breakfast, I sat down to listen to Harry Walker of Google share insights relating to the casual dining industry. Perhaps this will come as no surprise, but Harry began by emphasising the […]

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Food, Lifestyle

The Food Market Trend? It’s Urban Guilt

I grew up in little suburb of Sydney, Australia. 10 minutes in one direction and you would hit the beach, 15 minutes in another and you would hit farmland, and within 30 minutes you could be in the heart of the city. I only drank coffee from independent cafés; I bought meat, fish and produce […]

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Food, Lifestyle

Living with the Humblebrag

When I was around 18 years old, social media was really starting to take off with the emergence of Facebook and Twitter (RIP MySpace). It was also around this time that the first iPhone was released. I feel guilty saying it now (Apple, I love you!), but for the first couple of years I didn’t […]

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Drink

Tiki and Speakeasy: Bar Swings and Roundabouts

“Swings and roundabouts” my hairdresser used to say during my yearly moan-fest, also known as getting my hair cut. I’d bitch about the year’s greatest injustices, friends and enemies, and my haircut. “It’ll grow out” he’d whisper, inspecting his handiwork whilst I peered myopically at the mirror. We all know that trends are just that: […]

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Lifestyle

Room Service: Where’s it Going?

As guests look for more personal and authentic experiences, what’s the future for room service as we know it? It isn’t exactly breaking news that the traditional model of room service is changing. It was in 2013 that Hilton New York Midtown decided to drop its traditional room service model for a ‘market’-style lobby offer. […]

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Lifestyle

Creating Guest Stories Through Spaces

Storytelling is an important aspect of guest experience that many hotels overlook. Guests want to tell stories, and they need to experience things in order to do that. Its about creating emotional stories that stay with the guest – so much so that they tell everyone their friends family colleagues and they return back time […]

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