At StockmanVerstraete we spotted this trend all ready a while ago: breakfast, as one of the main eating moment of the day, is getting more and more important in people’s life. People always loved breakfast, they sure do. But that’s not what this trend is all about. The game changer here is the fact that people start asking to have breakfast all day long and smart inspired entrepreneurs respond to that demand. Last year I went to New York on a food safari with a client, and I had breakfast at the fab bar Five Leaves in Brooklyn, a tip from my friend Niels, living in the neighbourhood. All the hippest breakfast dishes of the moment were served here and it was clear that something was going on. For example I had thick artisan sourdough bread toast, with vegetables and a poached egg and another toast with an entire Asian noodle dish dressed on top of it. We also had beautiful scrambled eggs with some parmesan cheese and truffle and the obligatory pancakes with maple syrup. …
Still in London for the food trend video, we went out to diner with the film crew but not without asking my friend Charles from The Food People where to eat. (Locals always are the best to give you insider info) He immediately recommended The Grain Store. Bruno Loubet, former head chef at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison, latterly the man behind the much-lauded Bistrot Bruno Loubet set up this visionary new concept with mixologist Tony Conigliaro. (Their first project together was The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell.) The Grain Store is the latest addition to the new cool London foodie quarter King’s Cross. ( From the new Kings Cross station only 5 minutes walk alongside beautiful decorated paneling hiding ongoing construction works in the area).
During my last trip to London (we were shooting a food trend video for a client), one of the film locations was Borough Market. This gourmet food market – up to 70 stalls and stands – brings producers/farmers from all over the country offering a range of fresh products including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. Located right next to the London Bridge, this cosy, crowded spot is a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat – chefs, restaurateurs, passionate amateur cooks and people who just happen to love eating and drinking.
When traveling and staying in Rotterdam, for me there was just one option, to be honest. I know, I lost my heart on Hotel New York, and if you’re looking for a cosy, warm and historical family hotel, it is still a great option. But, hey, we need to check out new things, and when I got an invitation to stay at the brand new Nhow hotel in Rotterdam (after our inspirational bike tour with Eastpak), I took this chance to explore new beds in Rotterdam.