Eye Sightings

The Consumer Eyes Blog

Category: Food & Beverage

Reconsidering the 80s at Oleanders

One of the most-hyped NYC restaurant openings of the summer is fast approaching, and what it isn't is as interesting as what it is. Reclaimed wood by the yard? Nope. Simple farm-to-table dishes that celebrate heirloom ingredients? Sorry. Prohibition-era cocktails? Nowhere to be seen.

Espresso Tonic

Over the years, we've seen a lot of different ingredients getting mixed into coffee. More often than not, these additions tend to be creamy and a little heavy, turning the regular cup of joe into a milky confection. But that trend looks to be reversing, with the discovery that adding a little tonic water to your espresso (or cold-brew!) yields a drink that's crisp and light, with a complexity that puts it on par with some of our favorite summer cocktails.

Feline (or Canine) Bonding Time

Today's animal lovers are looking for new ways they can share bonding experiences with their favorite dogs and cats. Luckily, there are a lot of new products and services that can help make those dreams come true.  

Share A Meal  

An Apple Before You Shop...

Our friend Brian Wansink, star of several of our Expert Eyes videos, has just released some new findings from his work at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. Did you know that eating an apple before shopping has been shown to make you buy 25% more fruits and vegetables? It's all about getting yourself in a healthy mindset before you start making all those little in-store decisions.

Heat Hits it Big

 

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.

Pressure Builds on Sodastream

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. 

12 Eggs, 24 Yolks

Double rainbow, KFC Double Down, Double Double Animal Style… America loves all things double at the moment.

Pizza as a Way of Life

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.

Sampling Soylent

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.

Eyes on Brooklyn for the Latest Food Startups

 

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.

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