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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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Candy Land: 100% Chocolate Cafe, Tokyo

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

You know those trippy dreams where everything is made of chocolate and sweets? Well, Tokyo’s 100% Chocolate Café is the real life version. Step into this “contemporary chocolate kitchen” and it’s a virtual – rather, literal – smorgasbord of chocolate cakes, hot chocolate, frozen chocolate, chocolate bars, chocolate ice creams, chocolate pastries, and chocolate tastings. Fifty-six varieties in all fused with everything from milks and fruits to herbs and sweeteners, like honey, cheese, almond praline, and black pepper.

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The Pig and the Lady, Honolulu

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 4 July 2012

The Pig & The Lady in Honolulu is one stop that epitomizes the marriage of gastronomic traditions and contemporary flavors. Or so they say. To be fair, I’ve never been but the buzz about this place is hard to ignore. Conceived and led by Andrew Le and Martha Cheng, both Hawaiian-based chefs with a ton of street cred, The Pig & The Lady is a pop-up restaurant with an ever-changing menu, currently in residence during off-hours at Hank’s Haute Dogs.

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Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, London

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 4 July 2012

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies promises “quality goods for monsters of every kind.” But you won’t find them in a children’s book or a Harry Potter film. You will, however, find them in London. Curious?

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Tobacco-rolling inspired machine invented to roll sushi

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By The Urban Grocer in New Trends on Wednesday 4 July 2012

The Japanese have been eating sushi since the 1800s but the Germans have now made it efficient. From German design firm osko + deichmann comes this fantastic tobacco-rolling inspired machine that makes mastering your own Maki a whole lot simpler. Forget the bamboo mat and take to the machine where rice, fish, and seaweed are […]

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Cioccolato: a sweet shop in Mexico

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 4 July 2012

>Stark white sweet shops with a splash of color are trending in Mexico. First, there was the launch of the stunning patisserie, Theurel & Thomas, in Neuvo Leon. Now, there’s competition out of Monterrey. Enter Cioccolato.

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Beer plus Chocolate equals Brew Bar

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 4 July 2012

We’ve seen bacon chocolate, boozy chocolate, even salt and pepper chocolate. And now there’s beer-laced chocolate. Introducing the Brew Bar.

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Behind the scenes of staff meal at world’s top rated restaurant

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By The Urban Grocer in Video on Thursday 28 June 2012

Danish photographer and filmmaker Simon Ladefoged captures what the team behind the world’s top rated restaurant, Noma, cook for each other during the much-cherished staff meal. In this short video, viewers are offered a rare peak into the 37-strong band, what they cook, and their dinner conversation, which often revolves around, you guessed it, food.

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Grilled Cheesus: holier than Swiss

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 27 June 2012

It was a spring day in 2008. My sister and I spent the morning lurking around cheese shops in Los Angeles, hoping to get an insider-tip on where the magic was happening. A few twists through Griffith Park later and we were there: the Grilled Cheese Invitational. We screamed, we voted, we pushed our way through to free grilled cheese. Needless to say, I’m a fan.

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The Test Kitchen, Cape Town

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 June 2012

An air of culinary creativity is permeating the food scene in Cape Town, South Africa as inspired chefs reconceptualize the city’s dining culture. Chef Luke Dale-Roberts is perhaps the poster child for this movement. The mastermind behind the two-year old Test Kitchen, Dale-Roberts designed this space as a ‘creative hub’ for art, culture, and collaboration among his team of hot young rising chefs.

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36 proof Spodee: mulled wine meets moonshine

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By The Urban Grocer in New Trends on Wednesday 27 June 2012

Here’s one upside to a sulking global economy: the rise of prohibition cocktails, speakeasy bars, and underground restaurants. Less capital tends to spur unexpected creativity. So too does that depression-era nostalgia. To add to the list of trending booze and bites, is Spodee. If the old-timey milk bottle doesn’t convince you that it’s a throwback, well, its contents surely will.

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Boutique in Milan where fashion and food meat

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 June 2012

Only in Milan are cured meats sold beside designer clothes. But this is Italy, after all, where fashion and food rule. At Agua and Food Agua and More both passionate traditions are married in an innovative and unexpected boutique space. Against a backdrop of Fornasetti wallpaper and black-and-white film projections, men’s shoes sit beside salami, […]

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WTF: A dress grown from a bottle of wine

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By The Urban Grocer in New Products on Wednesday 13 June 2012

Food plus fashion is not new to us. From wedding dresses made of wedding cake, to eggplant espadrilles, to a beef jerky handbag, it seems like we’ve seen it all. And then, came this: a dress grown from a bottle of wine. 

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Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 12 June 2012

Coffee and doughnuts is a classic combination. But beer and doughnuts may take some adjusting to, until you realize that it is probably what you’ve always been dreaming of. And so Rogue Ales of Oregon teamed up with our favourite off-the-wall doughnut vendors in what can only be described as ‘a collision of crazies’ to create a beer that encapsulates North America: Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale. 

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An American food truck in Paris

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 9 June 2012

When another food truck slinging tacos and burgers hits the streets of New York or San Francisco, it can easily go unnoticed. But in Paris? Mon dieu! Oui, mesdames and messieurs, the food truck has crossed the pond and is now happily chugging along those infamous Parisian streets where baguettes and foie gras once ruled the day.

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Nine-hole golf course made from cake in London

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Friday 8 June 2012

‘Don’t lick the obstacles’. When said obstacles are London landmarks made to look like cake, following that rule is harder than it sounds. Welcome to the Big Rooftop Tea & Golf Party, a nine-hole, cake-based golf course now open for the summer and ready for putting on Selfridges’ rooftop.

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