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.
We were recently very lucky to have some time to sit down with Gutavo Stecher, a graphic designer and branding consultant from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has designed iconography for the Argentinean Bicentennial and a variety of brands.
For the past couple years, Consumer Eyes employees have been donating their time to Literacy Inc., a NYC-based organization that holds a variety of literacy-themed events for children around the city. Focusing on grassroots development, they take advantage of existing community spaces and resources to help turn neighborhoods into reading-friendly environments.