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Bar Luce_Milan

Each year we head to Milan for ‘Il Salone del Mobile’. Besides a shit load of design, great food and interesting talks we always visit the wonderful Fondazione Prada. Always , really always good & surprising expo’s to discover while strolling around in-between the buildings and posing in front of the shiny gold leaf wall. Rem Koolhaas, of OMA, was the star architect working together with Miuccia Prada on this special project. But the most important place to visit is the magical, unique pastel painted Bar Luce. Don’t be mistaken: this is not an evening bar but a breakfast/lunch & apero venue straight from the world of Mary Poppins. To set things right straight away: this is not a fairytale but a creation by cineast & movie director Wes Anderson, famous for movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and my fav The Royal Tenenbaums. Imagine: color-blocked Formica tables, whimsical wallpaper, a perfectly modish WC, and there’s even a Steve Zissou–themed pinball machine. In the counter & bar only very Italian drinks_think campari, espresso and amaretto_and over the …

Huel up your body!

Being professionaly focusing on food trends and all kind of food related innovations, sometimes you discover a new kind of food product that asks further investigation. Let me introduce Huel, a brand new food replacement in the market. I was in London when the team behind Huel give me some samples of their product: a white attractive, ûber neutral pouch, very low but strong branding in a black Helvetica typo and  the product itself has a velvety powder-ish feeling.     What is this Huel hype all about? Well, Huel is a nutritionally complete powdered food that contains all the proteins, carbs, and fats you need, plus at least 100% of the European Union’s “Daily Recommended Amounts” of all 26 essential vitamins and minerals . It’s been formulated by a renowned nutrition expert James Collier who has 25 years of experience working in nutrition and dietetics, so not a rookie would I think. Huel is 100% vegan (better for the environment and animals), super convenient, high in protein (148g per 2000 calories) and fibre (35g), contains just 4.6 grams of sugar per 2000 calories (no …

Toast ale beer

Toast ale, bread waste beer

Toast Ale made entirely from surplus bread that would otherwise by thrown away by bakeries, delicatessens and supermarkets is the brainchild of Tristram Stuart – who has linked up with Hackney Brewery to produce the new ale. Stuart hopes Toast ale will help to offset the 24m slices of bread currently thrown away every day by UK households. According to official UK figures, every year about 15m tonnes of food is wasted. At home and in the commercial sector bread is the most wasted food item.

The Butcher’s Gin.

When I last visited the food fair Tavola for a client (and some extra food inspiration), I got intrigued by this exceptional product. A gin -nothing special so far_ but based on a secret herb mix, used to marinate meat, that needs to be served with the gin. That’s more like it! I started talking with De Laet & Van Haver and they explained the how and the why. Legendary butcher Luc De Laet from De Laet & Van Haver created a couple of years ago a special raw beef preparation Secreto 07. This beef is a Rubia Gallega ribeye marinated by hand to make sure every spot is covered with a secret mixture of herbs, spices & enzymes, placed on shelves in a cold storage unit at 2° at low humidity. According to the similarities between marinating the raw beef and the maceration process during the production of gin grew the idea to develop a gin based on the herbs and spices (we know that in the mix there is definitly juniper, cardamom, coriander, orange …