Gaijin Noodle and Sake House in San Diego

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By Lauren Turton in Cool Travel on Wednesday 4 July 2012

Downtown San Diego is a host to many fabulous restaurants and bars. Just off of Market Street (which is the main road of the Gas Lamp Quarter) is 4th Avenue where you will find an Asian-themed establishment called Gaijin Noodle + Sake House. In Japanese, the word ‘gaijin’ means ‘foreigner’ and this is what Gaijin […]

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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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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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See-through potato chips, a DIY guide

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Friday 22 June 2012

We love our junk food. Now junk food takes on an artsy hue in the form of… see-through potato chips. That’s right, you can make your own too when you follow this Instructables guide. Empty calories have officially taken on a new meaning.

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The Secret of Macarons by José Maréechal

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By Linnea Vestre in New Products on Wednesday 20 June 2012

Have you ever tried to make macarons, failed completely, and sworn to yourself that you will never try to do such a foolish thing again? I did. Then I found this book, and every little page was another surprise. Every step is described carefully and, if read thoroughly and followed carefully, they are a foolproof […]

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Salt and Fat: contemporary fusion cuisine in Queens

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By Stephanie Theodore in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 June 2012

Dinner at Salt and Fat may not necessarily be part of anyone’s diet plan, but oh my! It is dangerous and delicious. One starts with an amuse-bouche of popcorn flavored with bacon fat, and continues through a variety of tweaked classics of American, Asian, and contemporary fusion cuisine. Korean BBQ pulled pork sliders and the […]

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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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Eat My Chair! mini-furniture food mold

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By The Urban Grocer in Architecture on Thursday 7 June 2012

It’s hard to obey your mother’s wishes to not play with your food when cheeky new kitchen tools seem to pop-up everyday. So what have they thought of next? Only the most adorable mini furniture food mold, Sapore dei Mobili.

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Hubbub connects Londoners with local food boutiques

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By The Urban Grocer in New Trends on Thursday 7 June 2012

The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. Once upon a time, these guys ruled. Then came supermarkets and giant supermarkets and now, somehow – in a welcomed twist of fate – we’re circling back to placing value on the artisanal, on craftsmanship, on small boutiques with specific specialties turning out exquisite foodstuffs. It’s a byproduct of the culinary new wave and it’s one we’re thrilled about. Even mega store Target in the US is getting in on the action. And over in London, there’s Hubbub.

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Edible sell a real chocolate covered scorpion

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 7 June 2012

A few weeks ago we covered a gold laced, champagne lollipop from Edible: a boutique food brand focused on opening up the minds and palates of those in the west to some of the world’s most exotic culinary delicacies.

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Bee Local: artisan honey out of Portland

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 7 June 2012

From bottle cap gardens to rooftop chicken coops, it’s clear that urban farming is on the rise. And now, we’re turning the spotlight on another city-based project: small-scale beekeeping from Bee Local.

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Salt made from real tears

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By Samantha Dalrymple in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 2 June 2012

We all shed tears from time to time, but Haxton Street Monster Supplies has created a range of products that processed different ranges of tears to create salt. They combine centuries-old craft with the freshest human tears, which are gently boiled, released into shallow crystallization tanks, then harvested by hand and finally rinsed in brine. […]

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People’s Pops: frozen fruit pops in New York

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By Leah Piepgras in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 31 May 2012

I LOVE People’s Pops. I just had the most amazing frozen fruit pop ever in New York. I am not usually a fan of popsicles (overly sweet/sticky), but these were unlike anything I had ever had. They take fresh locally grown fruits and combined them with herbs and spices. For example, roasting the apricots before […]

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