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Why There Aren’t More Food Emoji to Choose From

by in News, January 3rd, 2017

Why There Aren’t More Food Emoji to Choose FromYou’ve just welcomed the new year by sending everyone you know a celebratory emoji depicting a bottle of bubbly popping its cork (approved as part of Unicode 8.0 in 2015) or two Champagne glasses clinking (approved as part of Unicode 9.0 in 2016). Yet you find yourself perpetually yearning a new emoji, something new and different with which to let your food-nerd flag fly.

Breakfast fans have a bacon emoji, a pancakes emoji and — for those who take it continental — the croissant emoji. But where is the waffle emoji you crave? It’s enough to make you send out an unamused face emoji (approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010)!

The food-emoji approval process is something of a mystery for the lay-texter or tweeter, but in a “brief history of food emoji,” NPR’s The Salt blog provides or steers us toward a few insights. Among them:

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Will Tea Be Hot in 2017?

by in News, December 30th, 2016

Will Tea Be Hot in 2017?No one knows exactly what the coming year will hold, but food experts have their suspicions — and a group of them are predicting that 2017 may be a big year for tea.

Green tea, for example, may be particularly hot. It has just landed on a list, based on a national survey of 1,700 dietitians conducted by food and health PR firm Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian magazine, of the top 10 superfood trends set to take off in 2017. Green tea’s rise reflects a trend toward more “mindful eating” and the consumption of foods with “health-promoting qualities,” Today’s Dietitian Mara Honicker said in a release about the survey.

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McDonald’s Wants to Be Your New Starbucks

by in News, December 29th, 2016

McDonald's Wants to Be Your New StarbucksIf Starbucks took fancy Euro-esque coffee options to main-street America, and Dunkin’ Donuts, with its 59 cent espresso shots and two-buck-and-change cappuccinos and macchiattos, brought them to the dollar-doughnut-loving masses, who will bring them to the Big Mac-and-fry eaters of the world?

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By the Numbers: Small Beer’s Big Year

by in Drinks, News, December 28th, 2016

By the Numbers: Small Beer's Big YearIf you’re a beer drinker and variety is your thing, you’re in luck. You could now drink a beer from a different American brewery every single day for more than thirteen and a half years (13.5 years!) and never have to return to the same brewery twice.

That’s because, according to a recent report from the Brewers Association, a trade association focused on small and independent United States brewers, the number of breweries in the U.S. has climbed, as of the end of November, to a record-setting 5,005.

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Burger King Israel Offers Magical Doughnut Burger for Hanukkah

by in News, December 23rd, 2016

 

By Lauren Haslett

If you were hoping for a little Hanukkah magic this holiday season, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that one of the world’s biggest fast-food giants is a brand that’s trying to make some. According to Consumerist, Burger King Israel is attempting to take a trendy, once hard-to-find food item and take it main stream at its locations in that country – BK Israel will sell doughnut burgers this December 25-January 1.

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This Candle Will Make Your House Smell Like Fried Chicken

by in News, December 22nd, 2016

This Candle Will Make Your House Smell Like Fried ChickenScented candles that smell like vanilla or rose petals, pine needles or apple pie, lavender or luxury perfumes are for chumps. A candle that releases the aroma of fried chicken? That’s a candle a fried-food lover can really warm up to. And now, thanks to the chicken-centric KFC powers that be, it is, yes, a thing that exists.

KFC New Zealand recently offered up a limited-edition KFC Scented Candle (complete with Colonel Sanders’ smiling face on it) on Instagram as a reward to lucky contest winners. To enter, KFC Scented Candle cravers had to share ideas for KFC merchandise by commenting on KFCNZ’s Instagram account.

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Food Network Kitchen Foretells the Trends to Look For in 2017

by in News, December 21st, 2016

Merriam-Webster may have just selected “surreal” as the 2016 word of the year, but the forward-thinking Food Network Kitchen team says the key word for the culinary world in 2017 – the taste of the year to come – is “surprise.”

“Whether it’s hidden flavors or textures, jolting temperature shifts or cultural crossovers, surprise is poised to be the flavor of the moment. This plays to our sense of adventure and toys with our expectations,” the team writes in its 2017 food-trend forecast. “It charts a new direction in novelty: a move beyond the mash-up to something both more subtle and exciting. Surprise plays it close to the vest, offering one thing to the eye or the mind, and another to the palate.”

“Surprise” could mean a collection of candies hidden inside a piñata-like cake and other “inventive fillings,” or it could mean taking something you’d expect to be sweet and making it savory (or vice versa), such as “savory funnel cakes” or “fish sauce caramel.” It could be combining the tastes of different cultures in unexpected ways (tofu Caprese!) or unusual mass-market efforts like Green Giant’s “cauliflower rice.”

Here are some other food trends the Food Network Kitchen prognosticators foresee in 2017 (and just for snicks, here are last year’s predictions): Read more

These ‘Bacon & Eggs’ Kicks Are Like Breakfast for Your Feet

by in News, December 20th, 2016

These 'Bacon & Eggs' Kicks Are Like Breakfast for Your FeetPutting your feet into a couple of fried eggs with a side of crispy bacon in the morning doesn’t sound as good as eating those things — at least at first. But a new pair of breakfast-inspired sneakers may just change our minds about that.

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This Record-Setting Ice Cream Cone Has 121 Scoops

by in News, December 19th, 2016

This Record-Setting Ice Cream Cone Has 121 ScoopsOne hundred and twenty-one scoops of yummy ice cream piled on a cone and ready for gleeful consumption may seem like a gelato lover’s unrealizable fantasy. But thanks to the fast scooping, artful packing and impressive balancing skills of an Italian man named Dimitri Panciera, that dream is now a reality. A Guinness World Record-setting reality, that is.

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That’s Amaro: The Old-School Italian Liqueur Getting New Attention

by in Drinks, News, December 16th, 2016

That's Amaro: The Old-School Italian Liqueur Getting New AttentionWhat’s amaro? No, it’s not what you get when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie. That’s amore. (Thanks, Dean!)

That bitter liqueur your old-school Italian relatives used to drink after a big meal? Yes, friends, that is amaro — and NPR’s All Things Considered reports that it’s getting an “American revival.”

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