Lately, when something cool is happening on the New York food scene, it usually turns out to be happening somewhere in the vicinity of Madison Square Park (at 5th Avenue and 23rd Street). The park is the annual home of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party – which brings together the country’s top pitmasters and over 100,000 die-hard barbecue enthusiasts every June – and every week seems to bring fresh proof that this unassuming corner of NYC is at the forefront of many current culinary trends.
There's no doubt we're living in high-tech times, and raising a next generation at home with touch screens, interactive media and virtual everything. Which makes it all the more refreshing to see that the most recent trend among pre-teens is the wearing, collecting, trading and sharing of... rubber bands.
In a world where everyone seems to have the same iPod, what’s a status-hungry, badge-seeking hipster supposed to do? Focus on how the music gets from iPod to ear.
It’s one of the enduring food stories of our time-- the reinvention of the once-humble cheeseburger. Every city now seems to be taking its own regional tastes and styles and exploring them in burger form.
It's said that during tough economic times people turn to classic comfort foods. If so, it looks like the culinary star of this downturn might just be the humble pancake, which is suddenly everywhere you look. Some of our recent pancake sightings:
Slappy Cakes: Make Your Own Pancake Restaurant
Back in 2000, a British graphic designer rediscovered a forgotten poster made during WW2. Before you knew it, the poster's slogan "Keep Calm and Carry On" found it's way to walls 21st century walls everywhere... not to mention mugs, tote bags, change purses and tee shirts. It seemed to crystallize a sentiment felt by a lot of people living through a tumultuous decade.
When it comes to vending machines, Japan has the rest of the world beat. The country boasts over 5 million (one for every 23 people!) selling everything from socks to noodles and more. Still, even in the United States, a new generation of machines is bringing a new level of customization and convenience to the vending category. Some of our favorites:
Customizable Coke and Ice Cream
For some reason, drinkers in the U.S. are suddenly blushing... at least when it comes to their choice of wine. Compared to France (where rosé wines, also known as blush or pink, regularly outsell white), American consumers have long viewed rosé as something of a poor relation to "real" wine. Which makes its current popularity all the more extraordinary.
It’s a simple idea – but one with multiple benefits. And one that can be applied across myriad categories.
Last week Amazon.com announced something new, and just in time for the holidays: Frustration-Free&trade Packaging. What that means is products that don’t arrive in impossible-to-open clamshells, or in plastic shrink wraps inside of trays inside of boxes all twisted together with wire ties.
It’s that time of year again. The beach has given way to the classroom. But the days of sending your child off to school with some freshly sharpened No. 2 pencils and a new three-ring binder are long gone. These days, progressive schools are turning to ‘smart boards’ as a teaching tool, and tech marketers are targeting returning scholars with a crop of fun and cool new technologies for use in the home or classroom. Here’s a roundup of just a few: