Fast food chains: Middle Eastern flavors takes root in Brazil; Jollibee expected to exert Filipino flavor

Fast food chains: Middle Eastern flavors takes root in Brazil; Jollibee expected to exert Filipino flavor

(Relaxnews) – A fast food chain in Brazil that sells traditional Middle Eastern snacks called sfihas, or open-faced meat pies, has been identified as one of the top 10 global foodservice companies that could be coming to an empty parking lot near you. According to a report released February 4 by Euromonitor, fast food chain Habib’s, specializing […]

07.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Starbucks launches augmented reality Valentine’s Day app

Starbucks launches augmented reality Valentine’s Day app

(Relaxnews) – Starbucks in the US has launched a new app that allows users to send and receive interactive Valentine’s Day cards that blow virtual kisses to loved ones. After downloading the Starbucks Cup Magic app, users can create personalized messages that come to life when recipients point their smartphone towards one of their limited edition […]

07.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Videos ·
Celebrity cook-off show attracts record-breaking audience for US food channel

Celebrity cook-off show attracts record-breaking audience for US food channel

(Relaxnews) – A record number of viewers tuned into the the Food Network last month, in large part due to a new celebrity cook-off show hosted by food TV personalities Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri. The series premiere of Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off helped attract a network average of 1.4 million viewers to the cable channel, […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Sunflowers and flax milked as latest non-dairy alternatives

Sunflowers and flax milked as latest non-dairy alternatives

(Relaxnews) – Almond milk may have been the fastest growing non-dairy milk alternative in 2011, but a raft of other dairy-free beverages are also set to squeeze into the market, including sunflower and flax-based milk. US-based Sunrich Naturals, for instance, recently launched a beverage made from sunflower kernels called Sōl, a non-dairy alternative that’s particularly rich […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Create your own wine label on Facebook

Create your own wine label on Facebook

(Relaxnews) – If you’ve ever fantasized about becoming a winemaker, a California wine company is launching a virtual contest that gives oenophiles a chance to create and market their own label. Crushpad, a custom crush facility for winemakers in Sonoma, California, announced the launch of a Facebook contest this week that allows ordinary wine lovers in the […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Promotions ·
Queen’s Jubilee and London Olympics to spotlight British cuisine

Queen’s Jubilee and London Olympics to spotlight British cuisine

(Relaxnews) – The celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and the summer Olympic games in London are poised to reignite national pride in all things British, including a renewed and rising interest in classic British cuisine. That’s the epicurean prognosis of trendspotting agency The foodpeople, which predicts that, like the Royal Wedding which put the UK […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Healthy snacking is hard to do: survey

Healthy snacking is hard to do: survey

(Relaxnews) – According to the results of a market research survey, consumers in the US say it’s hard to find healthy snacks around them. A month into 2012, when resolutions begin to dissolve and fade, a new Mintel survey released last week found that almost half, or 46 percent, of respondents said it’s difficult to […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Gourmet chocolate maker teams up with writer Nicholas Sparks in love story contest

Gourmet chocolate maker teams up with writer Nicholas Sparks in love story contest

(Relaxnews) – Like the sweeping love stories Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate, inspired by perhaps one of the most mythologized foods in literature, a confectionery brand has partnered with New York Times bestselling novelist Nicholas Sparks in a contest that seeks the sweetest love story. In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, when store shelves groan with heart-shaped […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Promotions ·
OpenTable releases top 100 most romantic restaurants in the US

OpenTable releases top 100 most romantic restaurants in the US

(Relaxnews) – New American cuisine came out on top this week in a list that names the most romantic restaurants in the US, in time for Valentine’s Day. According to the five million reviews submitted on user-generated online reservation website OpenTable.com, homegrown American cuisine that uses locally sourced ingredients led a list of the top […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Cookbook offers taste of Mandela’s table

Cookbook offers taste of Mandela’s table

(JOHANNESBURG-AFP) – Nelson Mandela’s personal chef of 20 years launched her first cookbook Thursday, giving the world a taste of some of the anti-apartheid hero’s favourite South African dishes. Xoliswa Ndoyiya’s “Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen” (the title means “home cooking” in Xhosa) features recipes such as umsila wenkomo (oxtail stew), umngqusho (maize […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Scientists breed antioxidant-rich purple ‘super tomato’

Scientists breed antioxidant-rich purple ‘super tomato’

(Relaxnews) – Researchers in the US have announced the debut of a purple “super tomato,” dubbed Indigo Rose, bred to contain higher than normal levels of antioxidants. Following on the veggie trail of the cancer-fighting “super broccoli” out of the UK last year, researchers from Oregon State University officially rolled out the new breed of […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Cooking conversions, owl cake pops and fried chicken top Tumblr food posts

Cooking conversions, owl cake pops and fried chicken top Tumblr food posts

(Relaxnews) – A poster on volume conversions for precision cooks that includes the number of dashes and drops which go into a teaspoon is the most popular food post on Tumblr this week. As of February 3, the visual aid guide generated the most activity from Tumblr bloggers for elucidating that one teaspoon equals either 60 dashes, […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Naturally sweetened chocolate creates sugar high at candy show

Naturally sweetened chocolate creates sugar high at candy show

(Relaxnews) – A sugar-free chocolate made with natural sweetener stevia received top honors as the most innovative confectionery product at the largest sweets fair in the world this week, signaling what experts say will become a wider, more popular trend in the chocolate industry. At the 42nd annual International Sweets and Biscuits Fair in Cologne, […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Shangri-La joins fight against shark fin soup

Shangri-La joins fight against shark fin soup

(HONG KONG-AFP) – Luxury hotel chain Shangri-La has announced it will stop serving shark fin at its 72 properties worldwide, as the campaign to protect the marine predators gains ground among Chinese consumers. The Hong Kong-based group said it would cease serving shark fin in all of its restaurants as well as accepting new orders […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Could chocolate help mend a broken heart?

Could chocolate help mend a broken heart?

(Relaxnews) – A major Swiss chocolate maker is hoping to give cardiovascular patients a good excuse to reach for a chocolate bar and is asking Europe’s highest food safety authority to approve a health claim linking cocoa flavonoids with improved blood flow. In an interview with online trade publication NutraIngredients.com last week, a company spokesperson […]

15.01.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Kitchenomics ·
Cooking apps gain credibility as new category at world cookbook awards

Cooking apps gain credibility as new category at world cookbook awards

(Relaxnews) – In a sign that the cookbook and publishing industry is beginning to take mobile apps seriously, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards has added a new category to its annual competition in Paris. For its inaugural year, four apps from France, Spain, the UK and the US have been shortlisted including Larousse Cuisine, from France; Wikitapas from […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Health & Fitness, Kitchenomics ·
Rising food prices in 2012 to impact consumer habits

Rising food prices in 2012 to impact consumer habits

(Relaxnews) – Rising food prices in 2012 will push consumers to tweak recipes that call for expensive meat and seafoods with cheaper filler foods like tofu and lentils, while supermarkets will offer lay-away plans for larger purchases like holiday dinners. Those are the predictions of California-based food marketing expert Phil Lempert, also known as the […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·