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The Urban Grocer

Caitlin spends her days scouring the globe for the world's coolest food finds. She is the founder of online food pop-culture mag, The Urban Grocer, and is a food writer, blogger, producer, television presenter and supper club chef. She lives between Europe and NY with her husband and their dog, Taco.

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Ampersand the Conery: tasty gourmet Ice Cream Cones

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Thursday 28 March 2013

The humble ice cream cone. Since making its debut at the St Louis World’s Fair in 1904, it hasn’t changed all that much. Ampersand the Conery are looking to change that. This fledgling food startup is, in their words, “re-imaging the cone.” The vision is to create a more dynamic, ice cream cone market. One where flavours […]

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Truth Coffee in Cape Town

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 27 March 2013

Smitten. That’s what we are for Cape Town’s Truth Coffee. Blame the stripped away industrial interior, the long hanging lights, the beautiful vintage detailing on the coffee bar, and the heavy wooden communal tables, anchored with piping. The ruby red stools, the pops of color, and the grand silver roasting machine help too. Through and […]

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Sleek Mexican Taqueria at San Pedro, just outside Monterrey

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Thursday 21 March 2013

Step into most Mexican taquerías and sophisticated is not the first word that comes to mind. Delicious? More often than not. But taquerías are indoor/ outdoor spaces where the smell of pork roasting on a spit and plastic cups of hotter-than-thou salsas count as ambience. Taquería Canalla in San Pedro, just outside Monterrey, is looking […]

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The Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar in Melbourne

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 12 March 2013

Reason number 88790 why being in Melbourne right now would be dreamy: The Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar, a lush, jungle-esque plantation popping-up in the city’s center. On March 1, Melbourne launched its annual food-frenzy, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. This year boasts everything from the infamous world’s longest lunch to master classes from iconic […]

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Now you can create a Gummy Bear replica of yourself

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 1 March 2013

There was the gummy bear chandelier and the gummy bear dress, which wowed us with their off-the-wall foodie WTF. Nothing, however, could prepare us for this latest gummy creation: a jelly replica of you. Now on offer in Japan, men can create spitting images of themselves in gummy form thanks to Tokyo’s FabCafe – the same café-cum-design-studio that […]

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LeVeL33: the world’s highest urban craft-brewery

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 February 2013

The concept is intriguing. LeVeL33 is, after all, self-proclaimed as the “world’s highest urban craft-brewery.” The sweeping views of Singapore’s Marina Bay aren’t too shabby either. But it is the beer that we’re after. Here they freshly brew their own series of blond lager, pale ale, stout and porter. All are housed in contemporary copper […]

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Lily Vanilli’s Bakewell Tart: creative baked goods

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 19 February 2013

Remember that anatomically-correct heart shaped cake? Well, Lily Vanilli strikes again! In this playful short, the queen of creative baking displays her visual artistry with an animated bakewell tart recipe. Word on the street is, she’s got a new book too.

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Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl comes with a built-in iPhone dock

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By The Urban Grocer in New Products on Tuesday 19 February 2013

With my husband and I separated by a literal ocean for the past two months, I immediately clicked with this Anti-Loneliness Bowl. Yeah, the name kind of stings but the idea is a brilliant one. If you can’t get to your date for some reason this week, why not send them this ramen bowl with […]

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Longtable: dishes that mimic vinyl records

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 8 February 2013

Wicka wicka! Bring out your inner DJ and set your (turn) table with these envy-inducing plates. Hailing from Italy, Longplate is a series of cleverly designed dishes that mimic vinyl records. Stylish illustrations are splashed across the plate’s center with sayings like Nice to Meat You and My Bloody Entrecote. Though the collection certainly eggs […]

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House of Wine’s Wijnhuis: an initiative to help raise funds for the homeless

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 7 February 2013

Good wine in a good house for a good cause. From the creative mind of one Dutch wine expert and a group of local savvy designers comes Wijnhuis: a new initiative to help raise funds for the homeless. Color screen-printed labels adorne the bottles, which are tucked inside a die cut “house” made of old […]

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Pärlans Konfektyr candy shop in Stockholm

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 23 January 2013

Feeling nostalgic for Scandinavia circa 1930? Look no further than Pärlans Konfektyr: a vintage candy shop in Stockholm that hand makes its sweets within the setting of a superbly old-fashioned boutique.

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Rooftop-parking garage in Melbourne transformed into veggie plots

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 23 January 2013

From Brooklyn to Hong Kong, Durban to Melbourne, urban gardening is on the rise. Adding a bit of green to the concrete jungle, clever urbanites-turned-green thumbs are creating hidden spaces to nurture and grow everything from vegetables to chickens to beehives. Pop Up Patch in Melbourne is one of our favorite projects to come out of this movement.

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Ignacio’s Mostly Latin Lunch: short video by Todd Selby

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By The Urban Grocer in Video on Wednesday 23 January 2013

From lifestyle photographer, illustrator and food creative, Todd Selby, comes this charming digital short. In the film, New York-based Chef Ignacio Mattos creates a Latin lunch for his friends and family at this home in Brooklyn. It’s a sweet snapshot of one chef’s every day life in New York. [Ignacio’s Mostly Latin Lunch, A Selby Film. Presented by T, The […]

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Casa del Agua in Mexico

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Tuesday 22 January 2013

I have lived in and loved Mexico City. It’s a thrilling metropolis, underrated completely and with energy and imagination unlike any other. But when in Mexico, you don’t drink the water. It’s one of those ‘rules’. And that is precisely part of what makes Casa del Agua – literally house of water – so intriguing. Ironic even. The water at this Mexico City boutique is bottled, of course. Rainwater is collected through a teak patio and garden then filtered and purified on site a thousand different ways (including running over stones with the words “love,” “respect” and “gratitude”) until it reaches its “highest potential.”

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Jazz City Milk Bar, Sydney

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Friday 18 January 2013

Dessert bars. I’m convinced that they’re the understated trend to come in 2013. And one hot spot that is leading the pack is Sydney’s Jazz City Milk Bar. Decked out in checkered floors and retro signage, this inventive dessert bar comes complete with Bazooka Joe Bubble gum and banana splits. Here, you chill out and fun. But that doesn’t mean the food is pedestrian. Choose a malted milkshake in flavors like passionfruit, peanut butter, and raspberry (respectively, of course).

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