Five inexplicable food trends

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 1st August 2013:

In the world of food, there are some pretty bizarre crazes.

We’re certainly not the most adventurous lot here in the UK but even we’ve had our share of sniffable asparagus, breast milk ice cream and, most recently, edible insects trying to make it on to our dinner tables.

Some of these food trends are avant garde, others are ahead of their time but often they are just plain silly.

When it comes to food trends though, it’s some of the most mainstream ideas that I find truly unfathomable. Will someone please explain to me why these trends are so big?

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Italians do it better – Pret a Diner is back

Published on BespokeRSVP on 15th May 2012:

“Italians do it better” by Pret a Diner launched in Mayfair last week with a bang. Though the invite did not say so, the dress code was definitely Italian chic: think Dolce & Gabbana with added stars and sparkles – the likes of Chris Eubank and Zafar Rushdie came along for the bash.

With Giorgio Locatelli at the helm sending out plates of delicious Italian in the restaurant, created by him and five other Michelin-starred Italian chefs, the food was positively nourishing. The canapés sent round ran along the lines of mini-burgers, pasta and scallops just to name a few. Fashionistas might worry about the calories but you’ll definitely be in need of some carbs after sipping the potently easy drinking cocktails at the bar run by 69 Colebrooke Row. Cocktails aside, Moët & Chandon flowed alongside Martini Royales making grooving to the beats of the DJs a whole lot smoother.

Pret a Diner: Italians do it better launch, Mayfair

There’s rumours of there being some 14 floors in the building and more bar space than you can shake a stick at. Well, there is definitely a gallery, an all-Italian restaurant and a few bars along side space for live music.

During the run of the pop up, dinners will be a set menu designed by either Giorgio Locatelli (traditional) or one of the guest chefs (the modern take). Fish burgers, gnocchi and fritto misto are just the sort of things you might find on the menu. The 69 Colebrooke Row pop up will have classics from its Islington namesake such as Death in Venice as well as cocktails with an Italian twist like Sicilian Sour.

Basically, prepare yourself for a night of heady Italian.