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Google Is Coming to Count the Calories in Your Instagram Food Pics

by in News, June 20th, 2015

Google Is Coming to Count the Calories in Your Instagram Food PicsYour days of sharing and gaping at food photos on social media while remaining blissfully unaware of how many calories are lurking in those beautiful meals may be numbered. Google is working on an artificial intelligence tool that will analyze your food pictures and estimate how many calories are being served up on your plate.

The tool, Im2Calories, which was unveiled at a “deep learning” summit in Boston last month, will cast an eyeball (or whatever the high-tech AI equivalent of an eyeball is) over that grainy Instagram photo (high-res not required) of your burger, breakfast or baked good — along with accompanying sides — and use algorithms to calculate the number of calories you’re about to enthusiastically consume, Popular Science reports.

Terrifying, perhaps, but that may be part of the point. Im2Calories’ creator, Google research scientist Kevin Murphy, says his aim is not to shame people, but rather to inform them so they can make decisions about the foods they eat (and feel compelled to share on social media) with complete caloric information.

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Designer Creates Unusual Art from Everyday Foods

by in News, June 19th, 2015

Designer Creates Unusual Art from Everyday FoodsBroccoli can be beautiful and sweet. An orange can be lovely and reassuring. In the hands of Danling Xiao, foods like these are all that and more: Two small florets become a couple of hedgehogs hanging out. A simple citrus yields a doorway that opens onto a floating peel staircase and becomes a lesson in unrushed romance.

For the past three years, Xiao, a Sydney-based designer and digital strategist, has been transforming food into art and posting photos of her charming creations on Instagram. She calls her project Mundane Matters, but the images of, just for instance, a bench crafted from a zucchini, a cauliflower sheep and a toaster made of bread (how meta) are really anything but mundane.

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Mindy Kaling Puts Her Fast-Food Fandom Where Her Mouth Is

by in News, June 17th, 2015

Mindy Kaling Puts Her Fast Food Fandom Where Her Mouth IsMindy Kaling has a new project: She’s collaborating with Los Angeles-based Umami Burger — on a new burger, natch

“In the greatest collaboration since Jared and Subway,” she recently quipped/announced on Instagram, “I am curating a burger for @UmamiBurger that will debut in September” — perfectly timed, she notes, for the launch of her TV show “The Mindy Project” on Hulu and the release of her second book, “Why Not Me?” due out September 15.

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I Scream, You Scream … for a Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich

by in News, June 16th, 2015

I Scream, You Scream … for a Ding Dong Ice Cream SandwichEveryone loves an ice cream sandwich. Vanilla ice cream nestled between two soft-crisp chocolate cookies dotted with a grid of small holes (why do those wafers have holes in them, anyway?) are surely among summer’s greatest pleasures.

Now the menu mavens at Carl’s Jr. have added a new dimension to your regular everyday ice cream-sandwich deliciousness by introducing a new version in which “hand-scooped” vanilla ice cream is sandwiched between two halves of a Hostess Ding Dong.

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Dominique Ansel’s New Innovation: Burrata Ice Cream

by in News, Restaurants, June 15th, 2015

Dominique Ansel's New Innovation: Burrata Ice CreamReady to salivate? Three words: burrata ice cream. The Italian-cheese-inspired soft serve is one of two flavors just introduced by mash-up master Dominique Ansel at the walk-up ice cream window of Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York’s West Village.

The creamy Burrata Soft Serve — which Ansel calls “a new alternative to vanilla” — comes in a homemade “honey tuile cone” with a whole-strawberry confit inside and is topped with balsamic caramel and fresh micro basil. “The flavors are simple and subtle, but so, so good,” DAK’s Instagram page boasts.

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Avocado Toast Is New York’s Most-Popular Food. What’s the Top Dish Where You Live?

by in News, June 14th, 2015

Avocado ToastNew Yorkers love their avocado toast. Kentuckians crave country ham. Indianans apparently have an abiding love for lemon rice soup. (Pucker up and slurp.) And Californians, it seems, cannot get enough Chinese chicken salad.

What’s the most-popular food in your state? Foursquare has come up with an interactive map of the most-popular food and drink in every U.S. state (plus the District of Columbia, where a lot of people are seriously into Ethiopian food). The mobile app’s data crunchers factored in menus, tips, ratings and other criteria, and then teamed up with Mapbox to turn it into a clickable state-by-state guide to the particular taste preferences of each and every state. The map also includes information about the best places to eat a state’s favorite food.

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Millennials Eat Out More — and Spend More When They Do — Than Non-Millennials

by in News, June 13th, 2015

Not only do millennials — that is, people born between 1980 and 2000 — eat out more than non-millennials, but they also spend more money eating out: Millennials spend about $174 per month dining out in restaurants, on average, according to a new infographic from the marketing agency Restaurant Marketing Labs, whereas non-millennials spend only about $153 per month.

Furthermore, 87 percent of millennials say they’re willing to splurge on a nice meal out, even if money is in short supply. How do these millennials, who make up a startling 25 percent of the population (or more) and have a spending power of $2.45 trillion (whoa), choose where to dine? Restaurant Marketing Labs says they’re looking for a restaurant that is “convenient … yet healthy,” “fun & exciting … yet natural and unprocessed” and “high-quality … yet affordable.”

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Tell All Your Friends: Jennifer Aniston Is Working on a Cookbook

by in News, June 12th, 2015

Jennifer AnistonWill Jennifer Aniston’s recipes become as iconic as her “Rachel” hairstyle? Will she prove to be as talented a cook as she is an actress?

We may soon find out, because Aniston recently revealed that she’s working on a cookbook — one tailor-made, perhaps, for those who enjoy tasty food yet yearn be celeb-skinny.

“I would like to do a lifestyle thing, for people who struggle with dieting,” the actress said in an interview with cosmetics guru Bobbi Brown for Yahoo Beauty. “I could just make anything for a diet taste delicious.”

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Anne Burrell’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift-Approved

by in Food Network Chef, News, June 11th, 2015

Anne Burrell's Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift ApprovedMuch like Mom’s meat sauce and Grandma’s brownies, chocolate chip cookies are a personal food choice — everyone has a favorite recipe and everyone believes that one to be the best. For Taylor Swift, it seems as though her pick for chocolate chip cookie recipes comes from Food Network’s own Anne Burrell.

Anne Burrell's Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift Approved
Just today @taylorswift13 tweeted at @chefanneburrell, telling her, “Your chocolate chip cookie recipe was a real turning point in my life.”

Anne Burrell's Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift Approved
Anne was quick to reply to Taylor, as she thanked the music star and proposed getting together in the kitchen one day. “We can make them together or anything else you want together anytime!!!!” Anne tweeted. “I’m a HUGE fan of yours!!!!”

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A Cotton Candy Frappuccino? Yes, and a Red Velvet Cake One Too

by in News, June 11th, 2015

A Cotton Candy Frappuccino? Yes, and a Red Velvet Cake One, TooAs the weather warms, the drinks we crave cool. It works the same every year. But this year, when we trade our steamy cappuccino for a resolve-meltingly chilly Frappuccino at our local Starbucks, we’ll have a few new options — six of them, actually.

In honor of the Frappuccino’s 20th anniversary (I know, it doesn’t look a day over 19), Starbucks is debuting six new fan-recipe-inspired flavors: Caramel Cocoa Cluster (coffee, toffee nut syrup, milk, ice, dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, mocha sauce), Cinnamon Roll (coffee, cinnamon dolce syrup, white chocolate mocha sauce, vanilla bean, milk, ice, whipped cream, cinnamon dolce topping), Cotton Candy (vanilla bean, raspberry syrup, milk, ice, whipped cream), Cupcake (vanilla bean, hazelnut syrup, milk, ice, whipped cream), Lemon Bar (lemonade, vanilla syrup, milk, ice, whipped cream, caramel sugar) and Red Velvet Cake (mocha sauce, raspberry syrup, vanilla syrup, “Frappuccino chips,” milk, ice, whipped cream).

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