NEW Fast Food: 500 cal.and transparant

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What is it?
A big hit in America. The ‘Energy Kitchen’ is started from the belief that healthy and good taste can go hand in hand when it comes to fast food. Healthy tasty burgers and wraps. At ‘Energy Kitchen’ stand alone dishes with 500 calories on the map. Everything is healthfully prepared: grilling, baking or steaming. It is one of the fastest growing chains in New York and is’ ranked in the top 10 most promising franchises for 2011.

Why is it Cool?
‘Energy Kitchen’ strife to transparency and therefore chooses deliberately open kitchens, no hidden additives or calories. Each product is stated exactly how many calories it contains. And the information is both in-store and on the internet. This is different than the meals of McDonalds or Burger King. The real food industry behind McDonalds is a big scandal, because the animals are treated terrible en the ingredients are unacceptable and they don’t want that anyone to now. The transparency of ‘Energy Kitchen’ is a big improved in the fast food industry, especially according to American standards.

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Easy, Healthy and Delicious

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What is it?
‘Bilder & De Clercq’ is the new food initiative of Amsterdam and finally makes cooking simply delicious. They are a Foodshop furnished to recipe. They provide recipes and all the ingredients needed to prepare these dishes, in exactly the right amounts, clearly presented on the table. ‘Bilder & De Clercq’ stands for convenience, inspiration, time savings, seasonal and regional gourmet recipes with a twist. They make it possible for the citizens of Amsterdam in a simple and fast way an original, tasty and healthy dish on the table. With Bilder & De Clercq is the dilemma ‘What shall we eat tonight? “A thing of the past!

Why is it Cool?
This is a very good concept because it just responds to the costumer needs and trends. The consumer wants to eat healthy, without to much effort and it must taste good. And a lot of people just don’t know what to make with those three ingredients! And the society is getting more and more busy so there is just no time left for dinner. Having no time but wanting a health and delicious meal is the problem of a lot of people. So ‘Bilder & de Clercq’ is the solution for this problem, it is innovative because they are the first shop with this kind of concept. I’m nog sure if the prices are also acceptable, but if that is so, i want that shop around my corner!

Food From The Hood

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What is it?
Food From The Hood is a project where young people are made aware of the interests of honest food and locally grown food. During a Food From The Hood project, young people themselves along the peasants and the pastures so they can see where the food comes from and teach them the benefits of organic food. They make a video of every project day, so they have a nice memory of that day.

Why is it Cool?
This project is a very good initiative because young people learn the benefits of honest en locally grown food. More and more people want to know where their food is coming from, because the prefer a higher quality and honesty about what we eat. A good way to learn people the benefits of honest food is to start learning the young. Adolescents is the phase where people are the most influential. The project is a transparent way to show young people the agricultural environment.

ManMAN Beautycare

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What is it?
ManMAN Beautycare is a beauty salon only for man in the middle of the city Amsterdam. They are the first and only male beauty salon in the Netherlands. They opened their door’s in march 2012. They have been in the media a lot and is a big success! They wanted to create a place where the man at ease and undergone a treatment that suits them. Also the eradication is manly, without fuss and with a straight language where the male approach comes back.

Why is it Cool?
ManMAN Beautycare is the first male beauty salon in the Netherlands. They were thinking about the needs of the dutch man because they think man should have the same beauty offer as woman. Skincare is very important for everyone. There are a lot of male products on the market but the proper guiding is missing. More and more man are take interest in beauty care and it is great that the offer is growing with that. ManMAN Beautycare is the place where man get the best suited treatment but still treated like a real man!

‘Dresses’ & ‘Skirts’ Category on Luisaviaroma.com MEN

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What is it?
Luisaviaroma.com is an online fashion webshop in the high segment. They sell the latest fashion from the biggest designers and from creative avant-garde designers. Luisaviaroma.com do worldwide shipping and have the opportunity to sell pre-orders and limited editions. The visitor numbers has increased over the past 6 years, because of the developing of online shopping.
I spotted that they have a separate category ‘Dresses’ & ‘Skirts’ on the MEN’s section.

Why is it Cool?
I have never seen these category’s on a online shop at the MEN’s section before. So it is really innovative and it is a huge development into male fashion. I’m not saying that they are the ONLY online shop that sell men’s dresses and skirts, but giving them a own category is a unique and big step I think. Because this way indicates that Luisaviaroma.com is planning to sell more of these products into these category’s. That’s promises a lot for the future..Bring the MEN’S SKIRTS on bitches!!

As Broad Shouldered Like a Men

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What is it?
At the Pre-Fall 2013 Woman’s Collection you see a lot of coats with a very masculine look; large, long and broad shoulders. And what I found the most striking were these jackets on the pictures. Left is Louis Vuitton and right is Rebecca Minkoff. The jackets have very broad shoulders what looks like male shoulders.

Why is it Cool?
We all know the ‘Power Shoulders’ what we have seen over the last 2 years. But the rest of the clothes with that kind of shoulders were tight, what gives it a real feminine look. But these kind of jackets are wide throughout, what gives it a real masculine look. And broad shoulders are a beauty ideal for men, so this looks like a inverted world. Women with this androgynous look radiates power what is a little feministic :)…

BB Cream For Men

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What is it?
BB Cream is a day cream and a light foundation in one product. This moment it is very popular product among women and every cosmetics brand had it in his assortment. So Skin79 has came with the BB Cream for Men. It cares for the skin, reduced impurities, makes the skin firm and healthy again, protects against harmful UV rays and prevents skin aging.

Why is it cool?
BB Cream is a real women product and Skin79 is the first and only brand at this moment who has BB Cream especially for men! You see more and more men using make-up, so it is great if the cosmetic assortment for men is also growing with that development. Why can only women use a light tinted skin caring cream after a late evening!? And I think men must need it more often than women if we are talking about hangovers ;)…

How To Wear: The Sweater Of You’re Boyfriend

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What is it?
This is an article which’s shows the trend of masculinity of the woman’s fashion. It’s gives you the inspiration to wear a men’s sweater, or the sweater off you’re boyfriend 😉
They gives options how to wear the men’s sweater on a fashionable way.

Why is it cool?
Wearing a sweater by both sexes is multifunctional! It is a real development in fashion and the way of expressing yourself. Now a days it is getting more normal to wear masculine fashion for a woman. These kind of tips inspires woman who want to wear men’s clothing..So come out of you’re comfort zone and GO ANDROGYNE!!

Restaurant and Nursery ‘De Kas’

What is it?
‘De Kas’ translated ‘The Glass House’, is a restaurant build into a glass house. ‘De Kas’ believes that food tastes best when it is prepared with the freshest ingredients, grown and harvested with respect for nature. They have their own greenhouses, garden and fields. They grow seasonal vegetables and herbs. What they don’t have themselves they get from local environmentally responsible farmers. Besides the Restaurant that can offer 100-140 diner-places they have a Garden Room and a Terrace. The interior is modern with a touch of natural materials.

Why is it cool?
I think that I don’t have to explain why it is cool 😉 The opportunity that you can eat into a glass house, in the middle of the fields, eating diner that could not be prepared with more fresh ingredients than you get there is fantastic! Straight from the land, prepared by a top-chef is the best way to eat real food! Because u know that the food is fresh and that it is been organic grown by the restaurant himself, creates a truly experience while eating there. This is the only restaurant in Holland that is like this way and is on a top 10 bizarre restaurants of the world what it makes real authentic. U know I am a big fan of organic food, and this is the best way to taste en experience fair and real food.

Bistro St. Sjaak

 

What is it?
Bistro St. Sjaak is a bistro in the centre of Tilburg. It is open now for almost 5 months. The owner has completely stripped the old place and created a hole new bistro. The kitchen is French and on the menu u can find Frog Legs whit Gruyere-sauce to Oysters and Steak Tartare to Bouillabaisse. There is also a special wine list, next to the 4 house-wines. The prices are average and the also have a 3-cource menu for just €27,50.

Why is it cool?
Tilburg knows a lot of eating cafe’s and fancy restaurants. So there was not really something in between with the prices. So Bistro St. Sjaak is authentic because it has created a place to eat with the coziness of a cafe but with the service like a restaurant. The interior is chic but also modern and hip, and when it is full of people it gets really cozy. The service is really good and the staff is friendly and relaxed. U get bread and homemade spread for free. So you get a restaurant feeling but pay less for the food that is simple but from a good quality.