For those of us who watch food culture obsessively, it's easy to forget that beneath the constantly churning waves of blog-worthy trends and counter-trends there lies a mainstream that changes at a far slower pace. While hotter, spicier foods of all kinds are hardly news in the foodie sphere, we're seeing some signs that the broader American palette has started taking to the heat in a big way.
In the world of countertop drinks appliances, there are two clear leaders: in one corner, we have Sodastream, the undisputed champ of home soda making. In the other, Keurig, which has beaten back all other challengers to its proprietary-coffee-pod-system crown. So far, the two have grown their share in their respective markets without clashing.
Double rainbow, KFC Double Down, Double Double Animal Style… America loves all things double at the moment.
Among foodies, pizza tends to conjure images of the kind of artisanal pies dished up at shrines to bubbly crust and leafy green toppings, like New York's Roberta's and Motorino. But conventional, classic pizza - the kind that's more Ninja Turtles than Alice Waters - is hot right now, particularly among millennials.
Last week, we finally received our order of Soylent V1.1 (shipped, we presume, from a space station somewhere in the future) and today we sat down to give it a try. Soylent is a meal replacement, somewhere between a Jetsons-style meal-in-a-pill and the diet shakes of the early '90s. While a Soylent-only diet is possible, and it's that usage that has captured the media's imagination, the product's designers intend it to be used whenever eating a proper meal isn't possible.
Brooklyn's foodie scene just keeps growing; what started as a few farm-to-table restaurants and underground dining clubs has grown into an entire ecosystem. No other place is so closely watched by the big tastemakers - which is why we went to this year's Future Food Expo, part of Taste Talks, keen to interview the latest startups.
In your estimation, how often do low- and middle-income consumers cook at home? A recent study, published in the sociology journal Contexts examined that question in depth, and had some interesting findings. Vox interviewed one of the scientists behind the paper, and the resulting article is absolutely worth reading in full.
Digital Rights Management, or DRM, has long been a hot-button issue in the digital realm; it may not have begun with Napster, but in the post-Napster era we've watched a constant race between users attempting to open up information to the world and content owners trying to keep it locked down. And as our everyday objects become more technologically advanced, we've seen a trend toward DRM popping up in some unexpected places.
Everywhere you look, it’s prime time for foods on sticks – corn dogs at the State Fair, kebabs on the backyard grill, paletas at the Brooklyn Flea. But leave it to the Japanese to combine two great skewered foods in a way that only they could want to eat: Yakitori Popsicles.
Electronic Dance Music is hot. Outdoor music festivals are hot. Sriracha is hot (and also hot). It was inevitable, we suspect, that at some point someone would attempt to merge all three - and now it's happening, at the Electronic Sriracha Festival taking place in San Jose this August. Attendees can enjoy 3 stages of electronic music, dozens of acts, and over 120 Sriracha-enhanced dishes.