"More cool than gruel," is how porridge, or oatmeal, is now seen in the U.K. In Scotland, the Golden Spurtle was awarded last week to the winner of the World Porridge Making Championship (it was won by a doctor from Aberdeen). But London wanted in on the porridge action too, and ran another Porridge Championship.
Artisanal cola isn't necessarily a new thing, but now the heavyweights are getting in on the trend.
PepsiCo recently launched a new line of "kola" which it is marketing as a small-batch artisanal product under the name Caleb's Kola. Caleb Bradham, was the founder of PepsiCo, and now the namesake of this line.
Have you guys noticed how big-name chefs seem to be flocking to open chain restaurants? Of course, it's not exactly new (hello, Wolfgang Puck Express at the airport! And thanks!) but there's something about this that feels... different. Eater takes a closer look at what's going on with this sudden tidal wave of fast food love.