Drink, Lifestyle

Crap Classics

This piece was written by Julian for Imbibe.com, featuring Opinion section. ‘You’re a bartender?’ ‘Yeah…’ ‘What you having?’ ‘Not sure… What do you recommend?’ … Wait for it… There it is. The bartender’s handshake. I’m not talking about a shot of Fernet, nor tequila, I’m not taking about an actual beautifully intricate secret handshake that’s taken years […]

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Design, Food, Props

Wood Bored: Adding Something Extra

If you are a burger, cheese or charcuterie lover, you may have noticed that the wooden board has become a ubiquitous part of your restaurant experience. It’s hard to find a somewhere that doesn’t use a board for at least one menu item these days: a few weeks ago I looked on in wonder as my […]

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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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Drink, Lifestyle

RAW Natural Wine Pop-Up

Wine: at its best an incredibly complex, evocative liquid to behold, and deliciously old news that we have celebrated for millennia. That said, as we enter the midst of what is arguably the most excitingly progressive era for drinks of all time, the same can now confidently be said for coffee, cocktails, spirits, sodas and […]

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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

Is Craft Beer Really Selling Out?

IT’S A SELL OUT! Words resounded by much of the UK craft beer scene last year when Meantime and Camden were absorbed by beer giants SAB Miller and AB InBev respectively, before the two giants then went on to merge into the largest beer company in the world. Let’s be honest though, Camden and Meantime […]

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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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