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Move Over, Avocado Toast! Avocado Chocolate Bars Are the New Trendy Bite.
Avocados are delicious. Chocolate is also delicious. But do they belong together? Apparently so. A hybrid treat featuring both ingredients — an avocado chocolate bar — finally exists as a result of a collaboration between Compartes chocolatier and the California Avocado Commission. All the avocados used in the chocolate bar are locally sourced from farmers markets to guarantee they are fresh, organic, and sustainable. The chocolate used in this bar is white chocolate.
May 1, 2019
Here’s a Map of Popular Brunch Foods in Every State
If there’s anything better than breakfast and lunch, it’s the merger of the two: brunch. The meal — its name is a portmanteau of “breakfast” and “lunch” —originated in England in the late 19th century and became popular in the United States in the 1930s. It further gained momentum after World War II when there was decline in churchgoers. Now, it’s a weekend staple.
May 1, 2019
Here’s Why Everyone Is Freaking Out About Cloud Eggs Right Now
If you take your food advice from Instagram trends, then there's only one way to prepare your eggs right now.
May 1, 2019
Nutella’s First Cafe in the United States Is Coming to Chicago
A sweet treat is headed to Chicago: a standalone brick-and-mortar Nutella restaurant. Ferrero, the company behind Nutella, is opening the first owned and operated Nutella Café in Millennium Park featuring the cult favorite hazelnut spread. “It’s designed to make you feel like you’re actually walking into a jar of Nutella,” Angela Baird, the director of operations at Brand Innovation Group, tells The Chicago Tribune. “Everything screams ‘Nutella.
May 1, 2019
Here Are the Top Trends on Pinterest for Foodie Travelers
A major part of any travel experience, along with exposure to a new culture and seeing new sights, is food. Local cuisine, and their take on global cuisines, can be an experience in itself for those traveling the globe. Now, a new report from Pinterest is shedding light on food travel trends based on the activity of users on the platform.
May 1, 2019
This Is How Many Avocado Toasts It Costs to Buy a House
An Australian real estate mogul had some choice words about why millennials can’t afford buying a home. While speaking with Australia’s “60 Minutes” on Monday, Tim Gurner singled out avocado toast as one of the culprits. “When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each,” he said. “We’re at a point now where the expectations of younger people are very, very high.
May 1, 2019
10 Questions We Have for the Person Who Invented the Avocado Latte
Hide your avocados because someone out there is using them for lattes. Melbourne’s Truman Café reportedly offers an avocado latte, as spotted by PopSugar. Social media footage shows a barista creating a latte in the skin of an avocado — most of the flesh is scooped out, but there’s still some left (likely to protect bare hands from the heat). One one hand, it does seem a great way to repurpose avocado skin, which ends up in the garbage regardless.
May 1, 2019
Extra Crispy’s Bacon Critic Has Chosen the Best Bacon in America
Like most things in life, not all bacon is created equal. Some offer better flavors and others are easier to cook with. Extra Crispy’s bacon critic, Scott Gold, took one for the team and sampled a plethora of bacon to decide the best bacon in America. No “best bacon” list is complete without name dropping the worst.
May 1, 2019
Those Viral Pink Pineapples Aren’t What You Think
Del Monte Fresh Produce has been playing around with a strain of pineapples since 2005 that changed the fruit’s color and flavor. Their patented work has manifested in sweeter pineapples that are also pink in color. The genetically engineered pineapple received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last December and is now making its presence known on social media. Grown in Costa Rica, the pineapples have been named Rosé Pineapples by the company.
May 1, 2019
The Biggest New Trend in Breakfast Is French-Inspired
For close to a decade now Greek yogurt has been king of the dairy aisle. In fact, the creamy, thick yogurt reportedly accounts for nearly 50 percent of yogurt sales in the United States. But the next time you head to the grocery store, you might want to try something new. There’s another type of yogurt that’s about to change the way you do breakfast. First off, the previous uptick seen in the Greek yogurt industry is reaching its saturation point.
May 1, 2019
QVC Slated to Acquire Longtime Competitor for $2.1 Billion
QVC and HSN are longtime rivals. They’re basically McDonald’s and Burger King in the television shopping industry. And now they’re about to become one entity. Liberty Interactive, the parent company of TV shopping network QVC, announced Thursday that it will acquire the Home Shopping Network. This could literally change how you shop on TV forever. We’re hoping this means much more of David dancing around in his kitchen, and even better deals on cookware.
May 1, 2019
Häagen-Dazs Has Alcohol-Infused Ice Cream, but There’s a Catch
Häagen-Dazs is getting in on the liquor-infused ice cream action with a new line of treats: Häagen-Dazs Spirits.
May 1, 2019
Trader Joe’s Debuts Naturally Flavored Sparkling Waters
If you’ve walked into a Trader Joe’s then you’ve likely been met by a bubbly employee with a mysteriously high energy level. Now the supermarket is bringing bubbly to its shelves in a different form: sparkling waters. Trader Joe’s already carries the Spindrift brand, but the new line (called Trader Joe’s Naturally Flavored Sparkling Waters) comes in four flavors: pineapple, island colada, grapefruit, and cranberry clementine.
May 1, 2019
Trader Joe’s Is Now Selling Cauliflower Crust Cheese Pizza
Cauliflower crusts are all the rage these days. They’re made from vegetables, after all, and are a low-carb option for those looking to cut back or who can’t eat gluten. Trader Joe’s brought a pre-made cauliflower pizza crust to its supermarkets earlier this summer, which quickly gained cult-favorite status, and now they’re going the extra mile. The grocer is back with a ready-to-bake gluten-free cheese pizza featuring a cauliflower crust.
May 1, 2019
German Supermarket Clears Shelves to Make a Statement on Racism
A Germany grocery store has made a strong statement on racism and xenophobia by modifying their supermarket’s product lineup. Edeka, one of Germany’s largest grocers, recently pulled all foreign food items from the shelves at their store in Hamburg. The stint lasted one day, but it showed consumers how limited their culinary choices would be if diversity were eliminated from the food world.
May 1, 2019
Starbucks U.K. Just Released a New Latte and We’re Very Jealous
A trending latte is now going mainstream across the pond. Starbucks is selling the popular turmeric latte, also called “golden milk,” in 200 stores across Britain starting August 28. As the name of the beverage suggests, it’s going to have an added ingredient that will offer an extra kick of flavor: turmeric. Starbucks describes the drink as a “warming latte made by steaming milk with aromatic turmeric powder and spices poured over an espresso.
May 1, 2019
Starbucks’ Online Store Is Closing This Weekend, but Not Before a Big Sale
Update: We’ve updated this post to share our favorite picks before the store closes this weekend. If you’re a frequent shopper of the Starbucks online store, then I have some bad news for you. The coffee franchise’s e-store — which sells everything from mugs, coffee brewers, and espresso makers to coffee, tea, and beverage syrups — is closing its doors forever as of October 1.
May 1, 2019
Le Creuset U.K. Releases Limited-Edition Pink Ombré Cookware
Le Creuset comes in an array of shades, making it perfect for people looking for specific colors for their kitchen. Now, if you live in the U.K. (or just happen to be visiting there at this exact time), there’s a new delicious color available: Berry, which is basically an ombré pink. The color is the latest addition to the brand’s Taste of the City Collection. It’s not a shocking addition, considering the growing popularity of the “millennial pink” color.
May 1, 2019
Aldi’s Wine Advent Calendar Is Everything You Need This Holiday Season
A traditional advent calendar keeps a daily countdown exciting with chocolates or confections, and sometimes even beauty products and trinkets. But for wine-lovers, there is a new option in town this holiday season that promises to shake things up: Grocery chain Aldi has a booze advent calendar that houses six bottles’ worth of wine. The wine advent calendar is one festive box of 24 mini bottles of wine including red, white, rosé, and fizz.
May 1, 2019
Halo Top Rolls Out 7 Non-Dairy Vegan Flavors
Rejoice with me!
May 1, 2019
Get $1 Kale at Whole Foods for World Vegetarian Day
World Vegetarian Day falls on October 1, and this year Whole Foods Market is getting in on the fun. To celebrate, the high-end organic supermarket, which was recently acquired by Amazon, is going to retail organic bunches of kale for $1. And this offer won’t be limited to World Vegetarian Day — it’ll be valid from September 27 to October 3, while supplies last. Get your kale while it’s hot (and cheap), people!
Sep 28, 2017
Williams-Sonoma Is Hiring Seasonal Work-from-Home Jobs
During the holiday season, retailers hire temporary workers to meet the increased demand from consumers. But most of these jobs require you to physically be present at a brick-and-mortar store dealing with customers face to face. If your dream job is one with a remote work policy and little in-person human interaction, then there’s one company you need to check out for a holiday season job: Williams-Sonoma.
Sep 27, 2017
Ikigai Is the Japanese Way of Life That Promises Happiness
The Danish term describing the concept of coziness — hygge — embodies a feeling of warmth, and it was the “it” phrase for the end of 2016. At the start of this year, hygge faced fierce competition from lagom, yet another Scandinavian buzzword. Now there’s a new lifestyle concept from Japan: ikigai. At its core, ikigai is the exact opposite of hygge.
Sep 22, 2017
Albertsons Is Investing in Changing the Way You Grocery Shop
How we grocery shop is changing, and Albertsons Companies — one of the largest grocery retailers in the United States — is trying to adapt. On Wednesday, the company (which owns the likes of Safeway, Kroger, Food Lion, Ralphs, and Winn-Dixie) announced its acquisition of the popular meal kit company Plated. While talks for the deal reportedly began months ago, Albertsons made the official announcement this week.
Sep 21, 2017
This New Drink from Starbucks Might Be Better than a PSL
With the popularity of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, one would think the first day of fall (September 22) would be the day Starbucks brings the cult-favorite drink back to the menu. But the PSL made its debut earlier in the year, on September 5. To celebrate fall, Starbucks is launching two items in its brick-and-mortar stores that line up with the vibe and feel of the season, and we think you’re going to be very excited about both of them. The first is a Maple Pecan Latte.
Sep 21, 2017
Twitter Is Not Happy About This Meal Prepping Idea
Food stylists know a thing or two about how to present a meal. And there’s some merit to the notion of focusing on how food looks: Some research has found that the way food is presented can make it more (or less) appetizing for the individual consuming it. Last week, food stylist Dominique Eloise Alexander, author of Jar Food: Recipes For On-the-Go, shared her tips with The Independent on how to make your lunch delicious and fun to look at (read: Instagram-worthy).
Sep 21, 2017
How You Taste Food Changes When You’re in a Relationship
It’s no secret that people change when they’re in a relationship. Being close to someone makes you alter your behavior, daily patterns, and even habits. And there’s no shortage of research hinting at the fact that couples become increasingly similar throughout a relationship — some even say couples start looking alike. Now, a new study published in the journal Appetite has unearthed a thing or two about the dining habits of couples.
Sep 20, 2017
Aldi’s Wine Advent Calendar Is Everything You Need This Holiday Season
A traditional advent calendar keeps a daily countdown exciting with chocolates or confections, and sometimes even beauty products and trinkets. But for wine-lovers, there is a new option in town this holiday season that promises to shake things up: Grocery chain Aldi has a booze advent calendar that houses six bottles’ worth of wine. The wine advent calendar is one festive box of 24 mini bottles of wine including red, white, rosé, and fizz.
Sep 19, 2017
How Hurricane Irma Impacted Florida’s Crops
Hurricane Irma left a lot in devastation: people were stranded and homes, businesses, and farms were destroyed. The latter leaves the future of produce especially vulnerable. Gene McAvoy, a specialist on vegetable farming at the University of Florida, told NPR that orange and grapefruit groves that were approaching harvest were impacted, as the storm left “50 or 60 percent of the fruit lying in water [or] on the ground.
Sep 15, 2017
This New Halo Top Ad Is Downright Creepy
Halloween is around the corner and Halo Top is here to creep you out. A new ad directed by Mike Dahlquist shows a 90-second clip featuring everyone’s favorite low-calorie ice cream, Halo Top. And it’s going to make you uncomfortable. Let’s just say the vibes are more sci-fi movie and less sweet ice cream commercial. The video begins with a mature woman dressed in white (think: hospital gown and less wedding) in a pale-hued room.
Sep 14, 2017
The One Book Ina Garten Can’t Get Enough Of
Ina Garten is a household name. She 10 cookbooks under her belt and a cult-favorite cooking show, The Barefoot Contessa. While Garten’s food expertise is renowned, the chef has book recommendations up her sleeve as well. While talking to Michael Ian Black for the podcast How to Be Amazing, the Food Network star revealed her book of choice: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. The 656-page biography chronicles the life of the Apple innovator.
Sep 14, 2017
Put a Quarter on Top of a Frozen Cup of Water Before a Power Outage
As the Carolina coast prepares for Hurricane Florence, those living in areas impacted have plenty of issues on their mind. Amidst debating evacuation plans, stocking up on emergency items, and generally preparing for the storm, there’s one food dilemma for those who plan to flee: Will the contents of their fridge be safe to eat when they return?
Sep 8, 2017
Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Officially Back at Starbucks for 2017
Fall has become synonymous with one particular squash-themed beverage: the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The Starbucks drink has spiked in popularity and each year fans eagerly wait to learn when the drink will make its debut. If you’ve been twiddling your thumbs waiting for your favorite coffee drink, then I have good news: Starbucks announced today that its fall menu has officially been released and it includes the Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL.
Sep 5, 2017
Take This DNA Test to Find Your New Favorite Bottle of Wine
Wine tasting is one way to see what blends you like. Another way? A DNA test. Now, thanks to a company called Vinome, you can use your DNA to navigate your way to the perfect bottle of vino. Vinome was founded by a team of genetic scientists and wine experts in 2015. Using genetic analysis, the company determines what bottles are best suited to your preferences.
Sep 1, 2017
This Is How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims with Food
Tropical Storm Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, hit Texas and parts of Louisiana this past week. In light of the deadly floods, people have been partaking in random acts of kindness. Like the Pizza Hut employee who delivered hot slices to those stranded and running out of food, or the Mexican bakers who were trapped and made hundreds of pan dulce for flood victims.
Sep 1, 2017
Watch the Trailer for Anthony Bourdain’s New Documentary on Food Waste
Food waste is a global problem. To spotlight the issue, Anthony Bourdain has a new documentary — Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste — focusing on the matter. Slated to have a theatrical and video-on-demand release on October 13, the 90-minute film is directed by Anna Chai (The Mind of a Chef and The Layover) and Nari Kye (The Mind of a Chef and No Reservations), and produced by the team behind Bourdain’s popular CNN series Parts Unknown.
Aug 24, 2017
Watch Someone Peel a Hard-Boiled Egg with a Wine Glass
Hard-boiled eggs are notoriously hard to peel and everyone seems to have a tip or trick that works for them. Some have a three-step method involving ice water, others swear by adding a little baking soda to the water, and still others live by the standard crack-and-peel method. They’re tedious and there’s room for error, but every method eventually gets the job done. Now, a YouTube video has offered a different take: using a wine glass.
Aug 24, 2017
These Soothing Food Videos Want to Help You Relax
Experiencing food is a multi-sensory affair. It’s not just about taste and flavor profile, you know. Equally important are aroma, visual aesthetic, and the auditory experience. If you’re skeptical on the latter, then know that there’s an entire world for individuals with Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (or ASMR) who enjoy specific food sounds, and there are tons of videos to prove it.
Aug 23, 2017
Twitter Is Revolting Against This Strange Coffee Hack
Word to the wise: Think twice before airing your dirty food confessions on social media. Specifically, keep your off-beat food pairings off Twitter if you don’t want to provoke the wrath of food traditionalists. Case in point? Just ask Philadelphia-based sports writer Jim Salisbury, who confessed on the micro-blogging platform that he added mayo to his coffee. His supposed crime was that he admitted it was “not half bad.
Aug 22, 2017
Amazon Might Be Testing Out Ready-to-Eat Meals
Amazon is a solid player in the grocery delivery service and, with its recent acquisition of Whole Foods, it is slated to become a major player in the brick-and-mortar supermarket scene too. Now the e-commerce giant may also be planning to tackle takeout. Motley Fool reports the company is testing ready-to-eat meals that don’t mandate refrigeration.
Aug 18, 2017
This Is What a Food Video Would Look Like If Quentin Tarantino Made One
I would bet you $10 right now that if you scrolled through your Instagram or Facebook feed you would probably find a video that depicted some sort of delicious recipe. It’s easy to get lost for hours down a YouTube rabbit hole watching someone decorate a cake or sling a pizza.
Aug 17, 2017
Here’s Why You Should Never, Ever Leave a Plastic Water Bottle in Your Car
If you’re guilty of leaving water bottles in your car, whether it be clutter or a backup source of hydration, then it’s time to quit the habit. Firefighters are warning drivers about the hazard that clear water bottles pose. Specifically, Oklahoma’s Midwest City Fire Department conducted a test to find that water bottles magnify sunlight. This can make it reach a temperature as high as 250°F.
Aug 17, 2017
Here’s Why You Should Never, Ever Leave a Plastic Water Bottle in Your Car
If you’re guilty of leaving water bottles in your car, whether it be clutter or a backup source of hydration, then it’s time to quit the habit. Firefighters are warning drivers about the hazard that clear water bottles pose. Specifically, Oklahoma’s Midwest City Fire Department conducted a test to find that water bottles magnify sunlight. This can make it reach a temperature as high as 250°F.
Aug 17, 2017
A TV Show About Julia Child’s Secret Life as a Spy Is Coming Soon
Renowned TV personality Julia Child is known for her cookbooks, delicious recipes for French food, and her talents as a chef. But a lesser-known fact about the culinary legend’s life is that she was a spy. Specifically, Child was an agent for a World War II-era intelligence agency called the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), which preceded the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Yeah, she was kind of a badass.
Aug 17, 2017
These Are the Countries That Drink the Most To-Go Coffee
Coffee consumption is on the rise around the world. In fact, the demand for coffee is being attributed to two factors: millennials are chugging more java and more countries are adopting a caffeine fix. “Coffee demand is robust and growing at about 1.5 percent per annum,” Carlos Mera Arzeno, a commodities analyst with Rabobank International in London, tells The Washington Post. But not all countries consume coffee equally.
Aug 15, 2017
Aldi’s New Partnership with Instacart Is a Total Game-Changer
When it comes to delivering groceries to homes, Amazon has a firm understanding of what works and what doesn’t. But the e-commerce company is going to face some fierce competition: Discount supermarket Aldi is slated to partner with Instacart, a grocery delivery company that allows consumers to shop for groceries online and then have them delivered to their door in a matter of one to two hours.
Aug 15, 2017
Halo Top Just Announced a Special New Flavor for Fall
It was only last week that Halo Top announced seven additional flavors to their roster. We were blessed with additions like “Pancake & Waffles” and “Rainbow Swirl.” Well, Halo Top has another pint up their sleeve, and I have a feeling you’re going to be very excited about this addition. Just in time for fall, the low-calorie ice cream brand is releasing a pumpkin pie flavor. Who needs a PSL from Starbucks when you can eat ice cream? No one, that’s who.
Aug 11, 2017
Starbucks Just Released Two New Pumpkin Spice Products
Do you hear that? That soft, but forceful whooshing sound? It’s the sound of summer coming to a close. You might be sitting beachside this weekend with a cold beverage, but Starbucks has other plans that involve cable-knit sweaters and cozy nights by the fire. It might only be the second week of August, but this week the coffee giant announced that two new Pumpkin Spice Latte products will be hitting grocery shelves near you.
Aug 11, 2017