This Pop-Up Restaurant Exclusively Serves Airline Food


By Cooking Panda

When most people think of airplane food, the words “haute cuisine,” “gourmet” and “fine dining” probably aren’t the first terms that come to mind.

In fact, one of the most exciting things about flying for me is getting those little Lotus cookies that Delta hands out for free with the beverages, but I would hardly call those a meal — just a delicious snack to tide me over until I can grab some real lunch at my final destination.

However, a pop-up restaurant in London’s Soho is looking to change that perception, apparently, as it opened on April 24 and offered a menu that featured exclusively airline food to its patrons.

And here’s the kicker: The reason the eatery decided to feature only food that you get during your flight is because reportedly, the results of a survey of 1,000 U.K. adults showed that British people believe that the meals they chow down on while flying are terrible — like, way worse than the meals served in subpar school cafeterias and the mush that is served at hospitals.


The Sun reports that the menu at the restaurant is cheekily named “This Is How We Fly,” and was devised by chef and restaurateur Peter Gordon in an effort to show off just how fresh and satisfying the on-board fare of Air New Zealand truly is.

Aha! So this is all beginning to make sense now. This isn’t just any pop-up restaurant; it’s a pop-up restaurant sponsored by Air New Zealand.

“When you’re sitting on an airplane you want food with fresh ingredients and great texture that’s going to awaken your taste buds and really excite you,” Gordon told The Sun. “The food served on board Air New Zealand uses the finest, fresh ingredients that are simply bursting with [flavor].”

Adds Jo Copestake, Air New Zealand’s general manager in the U.K. and Europe: “At Air New Zealand we make a virtue of flying long-haul so serving great food is just one element of the in-flight experience.

“The research findings are interesting but I suspect they just haven’t travelled with us — flying should be enjoyed, not endured.”

Would you be willing to give airplane food a shot if your preferred airline offered a pop-up to try and woo you? Or will you steadfastly be packing your meals?

Source: The Sun / Photo Credit: Pexels

Tags: Air New Zealand, Airline Food, Airplane, london, pop up
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Gordon Ramsay To Turn Food Waste Into Amazing Meals


By Cooking Panda

Yas, Gordon, you cranky ol’ chef, you!

In a totally amazing and inspirational move, Gordon Ramsay, along with fellow Michelin-starred British chefs Tom Kerridge and Clare Smyth, has decided to cook with Dan Barber, a New York Michelin-starred chef, at a pop-up restaurant that aims to use food that was destined for the trash to make amazing, delicious meals and even high tea.

The pop-up is going to be called wastED London, according to Bloomberg, and is expected to run from Feb. 24 to April 2, 2017. The menu will feature quirky but delightful dishes from $18 and up that are designed specifically to remind diners that food waste is a huge issue, and one that we have the power to counteract, with a little practice and dedication.

Barber is well known in upstate New York for his restaurant called Blue Hill at Stone Barns; people wait months to eat at his restaurant, which was named best restaurant in America 2016, according to Bloomberg. Therefore, expectations are high for this new London venture, which will be held on a rooftop site at a department store called Selfridges.

“It’s all very exciting,” Bloomberg reports Barber as saying in an interview. “To put together a menu in a different city is to be forced to learn about its history and its agricultural realities. And the food scene in London is very vibrant.

“I am in favor of expanding the definition of what is waste food. We get to choose what’s for dinner when really we need a pattern of eating that supports a landscape.”

wastED London is expected to serve an a la carte menu, and the offerings could range from your standard fare to things that are a little less customary — think bruised vegetables, or even live ants, fish heads, stale bread, or other items that don’t sound immediately appetizing but can transform into something delightful with a little attention and love.

Interested in trying your luck to book a seat at the restaurant? Tickets are expected to be hard to get, but you can try and secure a reservation online here.

Sources: Bloomberg, wastED London / Photo Credit: Daniel Krieger for Bloomberg

Tags: dan barber, food waste, gordon ramsay, pop up, wastED
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There’s A ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Pop-Up Restaurant Coming!


By Cooking Panda

Do you have a thing for clever burger puns and the misadventures of a certain quirky, off-kilter animated family? Head on over to Los Angeles’ Chinatown on Dec. 1, where you’ll find a Bob’s Burgers art show and burger collaboration.

Bob, Tina and the rest of the Belchers are coming to the City of Angels, where they’ll stay until Dec. 10, reports Eater Los Angeles. We hear that the actual Bob’s Burgers artists will be showing off their art in Chef Alvin Cailan’s restaurant and “concept shop” Unit 120’s dining room space, while you’ll have the option to pick up one-off burgers from a daily guest chef. While the artwork is going to be the event’s focus, and you won’t have the full-on restaurant experience, we can’t imagine anyone not getting excited to try out some creatively named, punny creations that use a few odd ingredients here and there. And we’re pretty sure that Unit 120 is going to have some delectable culinary treats in store for us, considering Cailan’s excellent history of supplying us with top-notch burgers, just like he did with restaurateur Jeremy Fall, who started Easy’s at Unit 120, which became so popular that he’s now preparing to set it up in a proper brick and mortar establishment.

If you can’t make it out to Los Angeles but want to eat some of Bob’s uniquely titled creations, stock up at the grocery store and check out the Bob’s Burger Experiment blog, where Honda engineer Cole Bowden has done the dirty work for you and turned all the best burger puns into actual recipes and given them a taste so you don’t have to go through the whole process of making shrimp gumbo, only to find out that it’s actually disgusting stuffed into a hamburger.

If you’re not sure where to start, why not try the Bruschetta-bout-it Burger, which is an angus beef patty topped with bruschetta, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and mozzarella cheese on toasted French bread? It’s Bowden’s favorite.

“I remember biting into it and being like, ‘Yes, I can make burgers,’ ” he told NPR.

Sources: Eater, The Bob's Burger Experiment, NPR / Photo Credit: Bob's Burgers (Restaurant)/Facebook

Tags: Bob's burgers, food event, food exhibition, Food News, los angeles, pop up
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You Can Create Your Own Break At This New Kit Kat Chocolatory


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Need a break?

We all do, sometimes. Kit Kat knows that, and for a long time has been suggesting that breaking yourself off a piece of a Kit Kat bar is a sufficient way to take a breather and enjoy yourself in the midst of a long and endless work day.

However, what if you could do more than that? What if you could savor your break time not just by chowing down on a Kit Kat — but by doing it at a Kit Kat cafe?

You’ve probably guessed it, but from Oct. 5 to Nov. 8, you will be able to do just that at the new KITKAT Chocolatory, a pop-up opening at The Street in London.

Per Metro, fans will be able to design their own premium Kit Kat bars, complete with customizable packaging.

You’ll be able to choose between milk, white and dark chocolates, and then add three toppings from 16 different selections, to really create your own perfect, harmonious break.

After you’re done at the Create Your Break station, you’ll then be invited to use the Chocolatory’s touch screen to customize your fancy packaging.

Even cooler is that your bar will be ready to take home and snack on within an hour, because there will be expert chocolatiers on site to tailor-make your personal creations for you.

The pop-up will also feature weekly Special Edition Kit Kat flavors alongside the Create Your Break station for fans to sample.

“Consumers are going to be given the opportunity to create their interpretation of a confectionery icon,” Andrew McIver, managing director of Nestlé Confectionery in the UK and Ireland, told Metro.

“The Create Your Break, Special and Signature Edition KITKAT bars elevate the brand into a brave new territory and offer fans the opportunity to try unique, exciting and delicious products.”

The KITKAT Chocolatory’s hours begin Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at The Street, Westfield Stratford City, London. Create Your Break bars cost the equivalent of about $9.10, while Special Edition bars next to the station cost approximately $4.50.

Source: Metro / Photo credit: Kit Kat via Metro

Tags: chocolatier, create your break, kit kat, london, pop up
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Londoners Can Now Buy Salads Out Of A Refurbished Red Phone Booth


By Cooking Panda

This week in adorable pop-up news, London-based entrepreneur Ben Spier has rented out one of those iconic, disused red telephone boxes for $29 a month — and converted it into a tiny salad bar, according to Eater.

Established in 2011, Spier’s Salads is a family-run business that has been selling hearty food (“Strictly no limp lettuce!” promises the website) to hungry Londoners at catered events and from a homemade cart at farmers markets, according to Tech Insider. Now, however, Ben Spier has taken his business to the streets.

Two days a week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30-2:30) curious diners can find Spier in Bloomsbury Square, a park in central London, serving his food out of his red booth-turned-salad-shop.

The menu, which the website claims changes with the seasons (rather than with fads or trends), features five types of hearty salads. Each dish is comprised of organic, locally-sourced ingredients, and served in bio-degradable and recyclable packaging. 

“We want to look after ourselves (most of the time) but we want to have a good meal too, not an expensive, limp, miserly portion of leaves which leaves us hungry and disappointed,” reads the website.

The salad boxes are priced by container size rather than weight, and cost on average between £4.25 and £7.50 — around $6-$11 U.S.

“I chose to sell from the phone box, because they’re beautiful London icons which are used — a perfect brownfield redevelopment,” Spier told Tech Insider.

As it happens, Spier is just one entrepreneur among many who have converted the historic red boxes into various shops.

According to Tech Insider, The Red Kiosk Company works with the “Thinking Outside The Box” charitable trust to refurbish the unused icons. After the boxes attain a retail license, the Red Kiosk Company can then offer them out to different entrepreneurs.

Spier’s particular box has been gutted and remodeled to fit in a mini-fridge and custom shelves. The Red Kiosk company also had power installed.

According to Metro, phone boxes around the U.K. have been converted into coffee shops, mini souvenir shops and candy floss shops as well.

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Sources: Eater, Spier’s Salads, Tech Insider, Red Kiosk Company / Photo credit: Spier’s SaladsSpiersSalads/Twitter

Tags: pop up, salad, telephone box
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Cadbury Is Launching A Chocolate Pop-Up Spa In London


By Cooking Panda

If you love chocolate so much, then why don’t you… bathe in it?

We all have our culinary vices. While some of us go for salty snacks to satisfy a craving, others will opt for a tart option, or even tuck into a savory meal. However, if you’re anything like me (and, apparently, the average citizen of the United Kingdom), when a craving hits, it’s usually for chocolate.

According to statistics compiled by Euromonitor and published by Statista in 2015, the United Kingdom is tied with Ireland for having the third highest rate of chocolate consumption per person than any other country. In fact, the average U.K. citizen reportedly consumed about 16.3 lbs of chocolate per year in 2015.

With those kinds of numbers, perhaps it’s no surprise that a lucky few U.K. citizens are being offered the chance to indulge in chocolate on a whole new level.

This May 5, beloved British confectionery company Cadbury is opening a pop-up chocolate spa on Bateman Street in London’s Soho district, in order to celebrate the launch of its new Dairy Milk Medley product.

“The Lounge is the ultimate pampering experience for Cadbury lovers as it communicates the joyful and luxurious experience that comes from tasting the delicious soft [center] and quality ingredients of Cadbury Dairy Milk Medley,” Cadbury told Metro.

According to YPlan, attendees will be offered a variety of treatments that are meant to replicate the experience of eating one of the new, decadent bars.

“With a choice of a head massage, hand massage, or luxury manicure, you’ll feel more pampered than a panda in a petting-zoo,” reads YPlan’s event description.

The 18+ lounge will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 5 only, and while the spa will be free to enter, those interested in attending the event are required to register for a ticket on a first-come-first-served basis through YPlan.

This is not the first time Cadbury has launched a pop-up to support one of their products. The Cadbury Dairy Milk Medley Lounge comes to London on the heels of their successful seven-week Creme Egg Cafe pop-up earlier this year, as documented by Event Magazine.

But don’t worry, latecomers and out-of-towners. If you’re unable to snag a ticket to the event, there’s no need to fret. The Cadbury Dairy Milk Medley bars have reportedly already hit the market, and are available in stores now.

Sources: Metro, Euromonitor via Statista, YPlan, Event Magazine / Image credit: Cadbury/Metro, Euromonitor via Statista

Tags: cadbury, cadbury dairy milk, chocolate, pop up, spa
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May The Fork Be With You At London’s New Star Wars Pop-Up Restaurant


By Cooking Panda

Use the fork, Luke…

Good news, Star Wars fans — a few months from now in a galaxy far, far away (you know… the one across the pond), a Star Wars-themed diner called “The Fork Awakens” will avail itself to hungry Londoners for one week only.

Brought to you by immersive dining pundits Barrel and Forks (the same folks who organized the aphrodisiacal Casanova Dinner) the pop-up (which is set in Darth Vader’s kingdom) “will take Foodtroopers into an immersive journey through time and space, with many familiar encounters and interactive adventures along the way,” according to Barrel and Forks’ website. 

For around $80 (or £55 in London), diners will receive a welcoming “jedi lightsaber” cocktail in the canteen, and nosh on “hutt dogs and special spacefood” while meeting galactic adventurers and interacting with rebel spies.

Keeping in line with pop-up restaurant tradition, the certified menu and exact location of The Fork Awakens won’t be revealed until 48 hours before the event takes place. However, organizers warn patrons to expect “strong drinks, hot tunes and occasional outbreaks of shocking violence.”

If this sounds up your alley, you can register to become a member of the fork alliance online; you will then receive an ID home one month before the June 23 event, which will grant you access to the 4-course interactive meal and galactic spectacle. Until then, keep yourself busy by speculating over potential menu items.

Padawonton appetizers? Obi Wan Unagi sushi rolls? How about a soothing glass of AT-ATea? And as for dessert: Do or donut. There is no pie.

May the fork be with you…

Sources: Barrel and ForksMashable / Image Credit: Barrel and Forks

Tags: food puns, london, pop up, star wars
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London’s First Nude Pop-Up Restaurant Launches This Summer


By Cooking Panda

To dine, or not to dine … naked? That is the question — if you find yourself eating at The Bunyadi, the new clothing-optional restaurant launching in London this summer, that is.

“Enter a secret Pangea-like world, free from phones, electric lights and even clothing (optional) and revisit the beginning where everything was fresh, free and unadulterated from the trappings of modern life,” the folks behind The Bunyadi write on their website.

We know, we know … “Say no more!” some of you are probably thinking. Your plane ticket is already booked, and your shirt is halfway off, making its sorry way to the floor.

But just in case you still have questions — “How exactly is this going to work?” was my first one — here’s an overview of the restaurant’s plan.

First things first: Let’s discuss the layout.

The establishment will reportedly be split into two sides, with meal-goers asked to enter a changing room and remove all but a provided gown (lockers available).

Once situated on their respective side, diners can choose between a vegan and non-vegan tasting menu of wood-flame-grilled meals served on handmade clay crockery.

The cutlery will also be edible (!), and the ingredients will be home-grown. According to Country and Townhouse, the spatula used to cook the meal will be “a piece of tree branch.”

Most importantly, the bar is strategically situated in the non-naked partition. Gown-wearing diners who are feeling feisty — perhaps after nursing a spirit or two — are welcome to travel through the hallway (demarcated on the restaurant’s floor-plan as the “Path to purity”) and break bread with their liberated brethren on the “Naked and Pure” side, should they choose.

“We have worked very hard to design a space where everything patrons interact with is bare and naked,” says Seb Lyall, founder of the company that brought The Bunyadi to life, according to a press release. “The use of natural bamboo partitions and candlelight has enabled us to make the restaurant discreet, whilst adhering to the ethos behind it. No doubt, this has been the most challenging project for us yet, which makes us very excited about it.”

The Bunyadi is the latest effort from Lyall, who appears to be somewhat of a novelty eatery entrepreneur. Last year, he made headlines for his controversial owl bar; however, he and his team are also the people behind the popular Breaking Bad-themed pop-up bar, ABQ. 

If this sounds like an experience you want to partake in, make your way over to central London in June 2016; the pop-up will run for approximately three months, and the restaurant has a capacity of only 42 patrons.

As of April 20, over 5,800 people are on the waiting list, so come prepared to wait. You know the drill: Be polite, don’t cut in line, and keep your shirt on. 

Or, you know. Don’t.

Sources: The Bunyadi (2), Country & Townhouse / Photo credit: The Bunyadi

Tags: london, novelty restaurant, nude dining, pop up, the bunyadi
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