Instagrammers ditch stuffing and gravy for the likes
The classic Christmas dinner plate is the latest casualty of a modern-day desire to document what one eats online, according to new research commissioned by the American Express Shop Small campaign. Nearly 80 percent of those surveyed said they shared photos of their December 25 meal on social media (delaying kick-off by up to seven minutes), with ‘Instagrammability’ now a major consideration when choosing what to serve. Sweet potato, red cabbage and rainbow carrots are in, with almost half of those aged 23 to 38 surveyed admitting they would leave off the stuffing, gravy and even turkey to make their plate more photogenic.
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- Alex Peffly and Z He, the team behind popular Chinatown and Soho restaurants Bun House, Wun’s Tea Room, and the jianbing street food stall Pleasant Lady, have opened a new bar and “community hub” called Glass House, on Brick Lane. It hopes to service a day-time working crowd in the spirit of a cafe, before moving into a bar in the evening.
- Nothing stays still in London’s food halls: Harts Group closed its Pastorcito taco site at Elephant and Castle’s Mercato Metropolitano over the weekend after four months trading to focus on the restaurants in its portfolio, including Borough Market’s El Pastor, and explore “other opportunities more akin to these”, while Som Saa is looking into the possibility of expanding into grab-and-go in a bid “stand alongside industry friends like Bao, Padella and Flat Iron”. [Big Hospitality]
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