Category Food and Beverage

Cringeworthy Menu Descriptions at a Restaurant Near You!!

If you are anything like me, you always look at restaurant menus with interest.  Is that the hospitality manager in me or just my stomach talking? Well, the truth is probably a little of both… It’s worse if I am on vacation, as the most important decision of the day is where to go for […]

Hipster Culture is Killing the Hospitality Industry!

According to the dictionary, a hipster is a usually ‘a person who is trendy, stylish, or progressive in an unconventional way; someone who is hip’. The hipster subculture is stereo-typically composed of young adults who reside in gentrified neighbourhoods and are broadly associated with indie lifestyles, non-mainstream fashion, hold pacifist and green views, are often […]

Fresh talent, where are you?

Where are you, the talent of the future, the creative Pastry Chef, the out of box thinking chef or the hotelier that is more than just a number cruncher? Looking back over the past few years I can’t get past the thought that we are lacking fresh new talent, in particular in the culinary area. […]

The Restaurant and Hotel Guests from Hell!!

The internet loves a horror story. The pages of the Daily Mail are full of stories about our industry and the problems encountered on a seemingly hourly basis! Rude staff, foreign object in meals, woeful restaurant hygiene, bed bugs, why you should unpack your luggage in the bathroom (yes, really!) and many more… If you […]

Change your Diet – Improve your Sleep…

From almonds to cherries to oatmeal, some foods encourage (or work against) a night of sweet dreams. Tossing and turning. Long, sleepless nights. They’re draining, frustrating and well, exhausting – physically and mentally – and they’re usually unnecessary… Experts say poor sleep can be counteracted by minor dietary tweaks, in fact what you put in […]

Anti-Aging Super Foods for your Next Menu…

  The quest for youth is never ending –  here are some anti-ageing super foods from the fruit and veggie patch that you really should be adding to your next menu…   1. Blueberries Blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat to fight aging. With the highest concentration of antioxidants of all […]

8 Foods to help regulate your mood and stress levels…

    The hospitality business is well known for being a stressful industry, and keeping that happy smiling face even in adversity can be as simple as eating the right things. Here are some suggestions: 1. Fish like salmon are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that they may also help boost mood […]

Drink these wines at your (financial) peril!

Just in case there is one of these bottles hidden in the depths of your cellar somewhere, here are a few of the world’s most expensive bottles of wine … 1992 Screaming Eagle $ 80,000 At auction in ‘Napa Valley 2008’, a charity event, a lot of six magnums of Screaming Eagle were sold for […]