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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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Tacofino Commissary in Vancouver

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 14 August 2012

Tacofino is a roving food truck that’s been winning over the hearts and stomachs of Vancouverites for years. With the success of their “fast slow” concept and Baja-inspired tacos – which have been called some of the best in British Columbia – Tacofino swung open the doors to a brick-and-mortar space last week. The menu and the interior are creative and hip, making Tacofino Commissary the newest hotspot in Vancouver.

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Luna 1878 Night Market in Melbourne

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By The Urban Grocer in New Events on Monday 13 August 2012

It may be hot and sticky where you are but in the Southern Hemisphere, winter is well under way. And ‘tis the season for mulled wine, comfort food, and hibernating beside a fire with a bowl of something steaming. To help lure Melburnians from underneath their duvets, there’s Luna 1878: a new night street market running weekly throughout August.

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Rooftop farm in Durban, South Africa

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By The Urban Grocer in New Eco on Saturday 11 August 2012

Bright green rows of organic vegetables cross lush herb tunnels and a bounty of indigenous plants. That’s not exactly your quintessential urban fare. But this thriving garden, bursting with flora and fresh veg, sits atop a booming tower in Durban, South Africa. The rooftop haven grew out of a project by Durban’s eThekwini municipality focused on transforming the inner city from a rundown, crime-ridden area into a welcoming and generous space. And how generous it is. Organic aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, basil, strawberries, and more are grown here then donated to kitchen soups, orphanages, and schools or sold to local kitchens. It’s a project that’s not only giving to charities but creating jobs too.

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Milkmade Ice Cream in New York City

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 11 August 2012

In early 2010, we featured a fledgling company that was dripping with potential. Milkmade was only six-months old at the time, its membership hovered around 50, and its ice cream delivery service was restricted to a handful New York City blocks. Cut to two years later and it’s fair to say that Milkmade is a sensation.

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The Hop-Pickle

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 10 August 2012

Moonshine ice cream. Mojito popsicles. Pinot truffles. We’re always up for booze-infused collaborations. And the latest to catch our eye is a top-notch mash-up of craft beer and pickles: the Hop-Pickle. Brooklyn Brine, an independent artisan company that’s passionate about ‘damn fine pickles’, teamed up with Dogfish Head Brewery to create this all-natural, purportedly earthy, hopped-up pickle.

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Joe and Seph’s gourmet popcorn

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 10 August 2012

British popcorn purveyors, Joe & Seph’s dare to challenge any preconceptions you’ve had of popcorn. Forget Cracker Jacks; leave behind those memories of stale movie theater popcorn smothered in fake butter. Joe & Seph’s is all-natural, air popped corn, coated in caramel and real butter then mixed up in a series of outrageous yet tantalizing flavors.

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The Piece Shiraz

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 28 July 2012

Stencils, tags, paste-ups, and vibrant strokes sprayed intensely across underground walls are a common city scene. Graffiti is the epitome of urban art and culture. It is not, however, what one would expect on a proper bottle of wine. That’s where South Australia’s Longview Vineyard comes into the picture.

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Tee Party! Meat Series t shirts by Yuko Sekine

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By The Urban Grocer in New Fashion on Tuesday 24 July 2012

Minced meat and bacon and salami, oh my! If butchery makes you swoon and carnivore is your middle name, then say it loud and proud with this latest collection of tees from Japanese artist Yuko Sekine. You can snag your own cross-sectioned smoked ham t-shirt here. Dodging vegetarians, however, is up to you.

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LA Creamery Artisan Ice Cream

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 21 July 2012

If you can’t bare the lines but crave a creative pint to dig your spoon into, then LA Creamery Artisan Ice Cream may be more your style. Delivered to your doorstep, this all-natural, organic ice cream collection has decidedly more adult overtones. Just check out their line of boozy ice creams in flavors like Chimay, Moonshine + Caramel Corn, Absinthe, and Tennessee Whisky.

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Cupcake ice cream sandwiches from Sprinkles

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 21 July 2012

The sun comes out, the temperature rises, and all of a sudden, everyone’s sporting an ice cream cone. But in cities where the sun shines on the daily, ice cream is more of an art to be perfected than a seasonal affair. Los Angeles is Exhibit A. Over in Beverly Hills, the fine folks that brought cupcake to its past glory, Sprinkles, have recently opened a white-tiled, neon-signed ice cream shop.

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The Gummy Bear Dress

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By The Urban Grocer in New Fashion on Thursday 19 July 2012

And then, there’s this: made from more than 50,000 Gummy Bears and weighing in at an impressive 220 pounds, this kaleidoscopic candy-meets-fashion creation was inspired by Alexander McQueen’s infamous Parrot Dress to celebrate the inaugural print issue of Twelv Magazine. Lady GaGa, eat your heart out.

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Cocograph: have your photograph and eat it too

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By The Urban Grocer in New Trends on Wednesday 18 July 2012

Marry Instagram with artisanal chocolate and out comes Cocograph. Founded by photographer-cum-artist-cum-baker Rae Vittorelli, Cocograph is a whole new way to have your old timey vintage photos and eat them too. Snap a pic, upload it to the website, choose from dark, milk, or white chocolate, and before you know it, your Polaroid-style image is […]

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Fiat’s 500L In Car Lavazza Espresso Machine

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By The Urban Grocer in New Products on Wednesday 18 July 2012

It’s official. The Italians have taken their love for espresso to a whole new level. Thanks to quintessentially Italian carmaker, Fiat, as of October you can freshly brew your own robust espresso in your car. Replacing the humble cup holder in between the driver and passenger seats, the Fiat 500L will boast a completely integrated Lavazza espresso maker. Fill the contraption with water, insert a Lavazza pod, and out comes fresh, Italian espresso.

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A food-focused journey through Vietnam

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 18 July 2012

From the Perennial Plate comes this food-focused journey through Vietnam. Warning: you’ll drool over your keyboard.

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Hidden Kitchen: craft beer and creative food in Ontario

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 July 2012

Canada’s Muskoka Brewery is putting a new spin on the pop-up trend with a funky craft beer and culinary collision. Known as Hidden Kitchen, this monthly six-course dinner pairs some of Ontario’s favourite craft beer with seriously imaginative food.

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