I recently shared the second of a three-part series about some
of the treats we are seeing in today’s world of food. You can go
back and try
the starters or mains—or
continue reading for dessert.
Dining in made easy
Contrary to what one might expect, many restaurants are making
it easier for us to stay in. By providing the DIY tools needed to
make a dish, the complete ingredients perfectly portioned and
packaged, or an idiot-proof recipe for success, restaurants and
food shops are helping us hone our cooking skills and confidence in
Order a ready-to-cook dinner-in-a-box
from Dubai’s Cook-a-Box.
Browse through Toronto-based Fresh’s
cookbooks for healthy inspiration.
Grab all you need to make a gourmet
feast at Melbourne’s Jones the Grocer.
Something for everyone
Gone are the days when your vegetarian friend was the only
exception at the table. Today it’s not uncommon to meet people with
myriad dietary requirements, from pescatarian to flexitarian,
locavore, and more, so restaurants and food shops with inclusive
menus and customizable options are leading the pack.
Savour a delicious, locally-produced
meal at Ubud’s trendy Locavore.
Enjoy a fresh and innovative vegan
feast at Montreal’s Aux Vivres.
Dubai’s Coco Yogo sells a range of
delicious, dairy-free coconut-based products.
No matter where you are in the world, food brings people
together. So why not spark a conversation, stir a debate, or
communicate an idea—while everyone’s at the table? Passionate
restaurateurs are finding ways to generate awareness about food and
other topics by featuring ideas and information as the centerpiece
of the meal.
Try a meal that's aware of its origins
at Amsterdam’s Go Slow Café, a project by Droog. (Photo
credit: Raphael Brion)
Participate in a debate over
Palestinian falafel at Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen.
Amsterdam’s Instock reduces
waste by serving meals made from supermarket
leftovers. (Photo credit: Ruben de
Keen to make some new friends, discuss a topic of interest, or
try a restaurant you haven’t been to before? Why not get out of
your comfort zone and book a seat for one at a sharing table—you
may find that being alone together is not lonely at all.
Airbnb now books travelers a seat at
locals’ dinner tables in San Francisco.
Eat With invites you to dine in
people’s homes all around the world, such as New
York-based chef Shuchi.
Extend your network while trying a new
venue through Restronaut, Dubai’s social dining
New formats for old favourites
There’s nothing like the unexpected, quirky, or novel to get
people talking. Our needs are also changing—we’re more
time-pressured, looking for convenience at every occasion.
Innovators are seizing the opportunity to create fun, yet practical
ways to enjoy the foods we love.
Devour gelato, sorbetto, or yogurt on
a stick from New York's Popbar, made fresh daily in its
Grab a jar of salad at the push of a
button from Chicago’s Farmer’s Fridge vending machines.
Amsterdam’s CHCO offers pure
indulgence in the form of the “Hotchocspoon” Deluxe.
The world of food is evolving every day, and these are really
just a taste of the innovative, interesting, and exciting things we
are seeing around the world. There’s so much more to discover—and
with this in mind, I hope these three courses have left you hungry
All images used courtesy of their respective authors. Permission