In a world in which food trends are moving from the leading edge to the mainstream faster than ever before, it can pay for big brands to work with the little guy. Venerable New York landmark Murray's Cheese has had a successful partnership with Kroger supermarkets for several years now, and booming hamburger chain Shake Shack has just announced that they'll be using Dominique Ansel's cronuts for a new cronut "concrete."
One of Europe's stranger desserts has arrived in New York City - "spaghettieis" traces its roots to 1960s Germany, where its popularity remains strongest. The frozen treat resembles a plate of spaghetti and marinara sauce, but the pasta is in fact vanilla ice cream that's been pushed through a spätzle press. Topped with strawberry sauce and grated white chocolate, the result is a pretty convincing simulation of spaghetti.
When you think of a Japanese-influenced burger, you might expect a Kobe beef patty-- but how about a ramen bun? Brooklyn chef Keizo Shimamoto has crafted two patties of ramen noodles into a bun-approximating shape, resulting in a burger hybrid that some are already calling the next cronut. At Williamsburg food showcase Smorgasburg, the line for his stand ran 500-deep, and photos of the trendy burger are flooding the internet.
One could argue that life has never, in the history of the world, been so convenient. Fresh Direct brings groceries right to our doors, Netflix beams movies straight to our TVs, and the number of reasons to ever leave the house at all are dwindling down dangerously close to zero.
It's hard to think of a food more steeped in American culture (and, perhaps, culinary values) than the hamburger. Last week, two of our most promising premium burger chains, Shake Shack and Five Guys, crossed the Atlantic and opened up shop in London, where the upmarket burger trend is already going strong. By all accounts, the burgers are nearly indistinguishable from those served at their stateside locations– Shake Shack even went so far as to import its famous potato buns from the States.
In the last decade, we've seen the Community Supported Agriculture concept move from the hippie fringe to the urban mainstream. CSAs have become synonymous with DIY culture, the farm-to-table movement, and the urban hipster.
If you live in a major city, chances are you depend on your phone to get around. And in a city like New York, where there's a good chance you aren't driving a car, it's even more of a challenge to keep that battery meter in the green throughout the day. Enter Brooklyn design firm Pensa, solar charger manufacturer Goal Zero and AT&T.
New York City’s largest hotel — the New York Hilton Midtown — will discontinue room service to its 2,000 guest rooms starting this August. This move follows the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, which eliminated room service back in October. As to why, according to a spokesman for the hotel chain, “Like most full-service hotels, New York Hilton Midtown has continued to see a decline in traditional room-service requests over the last several years.”
Summer 2013 may just turn out to be the summer of the bike.
The biking revolution has been gathering steam. In 2010, 3 times as many new bicycles (15 million) as new cars were sold in the US. Bicycling is now the second most popular outdoor activity, and between 1990 and 2009, the number of bike commuters rose by 64%. That number may be about to get another giant boost.