Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas.
Bare neon bulbs. Simple wooden furniture. And a menu featuring tagliatelle with lobster and truffle oil, smoked reindeer and pickled blackberry, and a panettone bread pudding.
At first bite, pop-up restaurant Deluxe seemed like any other Shoreditch hot spot. But for unsuspecting diners, the bill came with a little surprise: the revelation that every dish had been made with ingredients from budget supermarket Lidl.
It’s all part of the chain’s continuing marketing effort to be seen as the source of quality, good-value food – particularly from its new higher-end Deluxe range. Only Christmas sales will tell if bargain-priced reindeer will float anyone’s boat…
‘This is one small step for ice cream and one giant leap for moustached-kind.’
To celebrate the stratospheric success of Movember, protein ice cream brand Wheyhey sent its last tub of limited-edition banoffee ice cream into space, complete with a pink ‘tache.
After making its way back to earth four hours later, the ice cream was ‘revived’ and the brand’s founders Greg and Damien grabbed a spoon to tuck in. (No reports as to whether they’re still alive.)
See the whole epic journey here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifMOZQkuUvk
Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. This one’s a Black Friday cracker.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s a mannequin drone. Obviously.
Instead of just splashing SALE signs across stores for Black Friday, fashion brand Camisaria of Colombo took to the skies of Sao Paulo to show busy office workers what was on offer.
With the strapline ‘Colombo Black Friday. Truly Surprising’, outfits zipped by the windows of skyscrapers, saving people a hasty lunchtime dash to the shops. Now that wouldn’t be distracting at all in your monthly sales meeting…
How cool is that? In a recent collaboration, premium whisky brand Chivas Regal 18 commissioned Italian design house Pininfarina to create a limited edition ice press for the on-trade. The press, which produces ice teardrops bearing the brand’s ‘18’ mark, will be gifted to the world’s most exclusive watering holes.
The A-list includes venues such as London’s Connaught Bar, which recently hosted a special Chivas event to celebrate the introduction of the ice presses. For the occasion, the Connaught’s Head of Mixology, Ago Peronne created three brand new Chivas cocktails. Everything over ice, naturally.
Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Courtesy of Santa’s Elmwood elves.
For some of us, Christmas represents a once-a-year opportunity to place extreme demands upon the National Grid. House exteriors are strung with cascades of Christmas lights, while illuminated reindeer frolic in the garden, looked on by inflatable glowing Santas. In the West Yorkshire village of Saltaire however, residents have joined together and taken a rather more restrained approach.
Saltaire’s distinctive arched windows are being used to display festive scenes, effectively creating a living advent calendar across the village. One new window will be revealed each day from the 1st to the 24th of December, and shops and businesses in the area will be adding to the spectacle with windows of their own. The windows will remain illuminated until Twelfth Night, 5th January, and then like magic they’ll disappear for another year.
As a World Heritage site, Saltaire’s residents are accustomed to visitors peering through their windows. Whether they’re prepared for people knocking on their doors and demanding chocolate is another matter.