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Google Adding Resturant Wait Times

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 Google will now include a pop-up box that appears when you click on a time frame in the popular times’ chart. The box will provide a live or historical data labeled as “busy,” “usually busy,” “usually not busy,” etc., along with the wait time.

Below the popular time’s chart, there’s also a section that helps users plan their visit by offering info on the peak wait times and duration. (e.g. “People typically spend 45 mins to 2 hr here.”)

The new wait time feature will be supported on nearly a million sit-down restaurant listings worldwide, initially in Google Search.

Google is at least partly challenging existing apps like NoWait, which is handy for seeing restaurant wait times.  NoWait also lets you put your name on the list for those restaurants that don’t take reservations Google’s app doesn’t.

You can view the times in the restaurant listings on both mobile and desktop. It will then come to Google Maps to Android, at which point it will expand to include grocery stores, the company says.

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Photographer: PAOLO TERZI Fotografo, Modena

A re-interpreted crab cake at Osteria Francescana, ranked No. 2 this year.

The Top 50 (Last year’s place in parentheses)

  1. Eleven Madison Park, New York (3)
  2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy (1)
  3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain (2)
  4. Mirazur, Menton, France (6)
  5. Central, Lima (4)
  6. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain (10)
  7. Gaggan, Bangkok (23)
  8. Maido, Lima (13)
  9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain (7)
  10. Steirereck, Vienna (9)
  11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York (48)
  12. Arpège, Paris (19)
  13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris (58)
  14. Restaurant André, Singapore (32)
  15. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy (17)
  16. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil (11)
  17. Le Bernardin, New York (24)
  18. Narisawa, Tokyo (8)
  19. Geranium, Copenhagen (28)
  20. Pujol, Mexico City (25)
  21. Alinea, Chicago (15)
  22. Quintonil, Mexico City (12)
  23. White Rabbit, Moscow (18)
  24. Amber, Hong Kong (20)
  25. Tickets, Barcelona (29)
  26. The Clove Club, London (26)
  27. The Ledbury, London (14)
  28. Nahm, Bangkok (37)
  29. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy (39)
  30. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain (21)
  31. Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris (72)
  32. Attica, Melbourne (33)
  33. Astrid y Gastón, Lima (30)
  34. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands (38)
  35. Septime, Paris (50)
  36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (45)
  37. Saison, San Francisco (27)
  38. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain (16)
  39. Relae, Copenhagen (40)
  40. Cosme, New York (96)
  41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai (42)
  42. Boragó, Santiago (36)
  43. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy (84)
  44. Brae, Birregurra, Australia (65)
  45. Den, Tokyo (77)
  46. L’Astrance, Paris (57)
  47. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany (35)
  48. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin (34)
  49. Tegui, Buenos Aires (68)
  50. Hof van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium (53)

Menu Trends

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Fresh, natural and simple are the culinary words of the day. As consumers are taking a greater interest in ingredient lists of packaged food – the shorter the better, the more pronounceable the better – chefs and restaurateurs also look for minimally processed ingredients for their menus.

 grains

Quinoa is ubiquitous these days, but it’s starting to cool off as a hot trend. Its cousins in the ancient grain family are picking up that heat, though. Amaranth, spelt, farro and sorghum may be coming soon to a grain bowl near you.

  • Vegetarian and vegan cuisines

After a few years on the rise among hot menu trends fueled by an increased focus on health and nutrition, vegan and vegetarian cuisines are becoming less trendy. They are not going anywhere, though, as they are gaining momentum as permanent features on restaurant menus. Simultaneously, veggie-centric cuisine continues to heat up, indicating that plant-focused diets are increasingly embraced by both chefs and consumers.

  • Underused meats are on the outs

Meat cuts like chicken feet, pig ears, tongue and oxtail had their moment in the sun as far as being trendy, but the skies are now partly cloudy. And speaking of underused proteins, insects continue to hold the number-one spot on the yesterday’s news list in the What’s Hot in 2017 report.

 

The Culinary Forecast & Whats Hot

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Popular Giant Soup Dumpling

 

 

Qihui Guan age 63,  spends dozens of hours making the enormous soup-filled dumplings that are making New York foodies tremble with desire. “Demand is booming and we can’t keep up! The response has been overwhelming,” only  25 of them are cooked in a day and not a single one more. The soup filling takes eight hours to prepare, while the casing takes two. You can find excited New York couples waiting in line every day so that they too can take a selfie while sipping on the dumpling. And just one hour after opening, it’s all sold out.Located in the East Village New york

 

 

Restaurant & Hotel Dining Trends 2015

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Baum+Whiteman of Brooklyn NY creates high-profile restaurants around the world for hotels, restaurant companies, museums and other consumer destinations. Based in New York, their projects include the late Windows on the World and the magical Rainbow Room, and the world’s first food courts. They have provided

Current trends 

Technology is dictating the dining experience. More restaurant companies experiment with tablets … letting guests order food and drink from their tables; play games while they’re waiting; then pay with smartphones … meeting a waiter when an order is delivered, or when it’s time for a refill from the bar, or for upselling desserts. Restaurants with reservations backlogs are inching toward tech-enabled pay-for-tables systems … with people buying “tickets” for dinner like seats on an airplane. Often non-refundable. Restaurants get paid before dinner; even before buying food … enhancing cash flow and cutting out excessive inventory because they’ve always got a guaranteed house-count.

New flavors, new products, radical mashups pour out of restaurants and food labs … and “authenticity” not happening.  Ugly root vegetables. Celery root, parsnips and kohlrabi are grabbing attention in restaurant kitchens … fried, mashed, pureed, gratineed; flavored with cured pork or smoked honey … humble themselves, replacing potatoes. Seaweed is becoming increasingly popular. Consumers recognize it as a packaged snack and as a California roll’s wrapper. But chefs are adding it (often silently) to poaching broths, seafood sauces, even risotto, for its punch of umami and evanescent background flavor and dash of salinity. They’re inspired by a sustainable sea-to-table ethos … and also by new-Nordic cooks searching for food under tree stumps and boulders. More than a dozen varieties tickle the fancy of locavore chefs.

Chefs and big restaurant chains are experimenting with piquant honey: habanero honey, jalapeno honey and ghost chili honey, ginger-citrus honey … going on chicken-and-waffles, whipped into butter, mixed into salad dressings, snuck into sauces. Same thing with jams and jellies. Revered Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn spreads its already hot sopressata pizza with chili honey, getting lots of press for its efforts.

Health-crazed consumers gorge on fruit-flavored, yogurt unaware that they’re buying candy-level calories. Now comes vegetable yogurt . After launching flavors such as butternut squash, beet, carrot, and tomato, the Barber brothers, Dan and David, are being scrutinized by big yogurt manufacturers. A yogurt bar in Murray’s Cheese store in New York offers tomato yogurt and kimchee yogurt. Chobani, the biz’s big gorilla, has a cafe in SoHo … offering yogurt topped with hummus (see below), chickpeas, zaatar and olive oil; with spinach and garlic dip; and cucumber, olive oil and mint leaves. Such combos are standard in the Middle East; in the US this is a New York phenom since most of the country’s thickened yogurt is made there … but it’ll spread.

Google says that hummus has out-trended salsa, no small thing since salsa dethroned ketchup. The chick pea dip has become so Americanized … which means piled with flavorings … that the Subway is testing it as a no-meat option for its sandwiches. Another trend- they’re putting pork on just about everything. Drinks at trendy bars include beer with a bunch of sauces and spices.

Japanese snack foods; becoming popular. Shrimp-and-Mayonnaise or Avocado-Cheese Doritos; Lay’s Hot & Sour Fish Soup Potato Chips; KFC’s salty ginger-chicken chips; Pepsi-flavored Cheetos. Someone’s making anchovy-garlic chips … which gets you halfway to Caesar salad. Kirin is selling Salt & Fruit beverages, a combination of rock salt and fruit juices.

Toast is no longer just plain toast in some upscale restaurants. “Hand-crafted 12-grain bread sliced to order and bronzed over an oak fire, then spread with organic beach plum jelly harvested by genuine hipsters and topped with pink Himalayan sea salt ground a la minute”. Toast Ballard in Seattle has 13 offerings; Sqirl in LA gets $7 for Burnt Brioche Toast with house ricotta and seasonal jam. Perhaps the most Instagrammable is mashed avocado toast … NYC Cafe Gitane’s version with avocado, lemon juice, olive oil, chili flakes on a slice of seven grain toast is $7.25.

Adult Shakes- Ice cream & Liquor- Del Frisco in Atlanta offers walnut liqueur, creme de cacao and vanilla ice cream; Red Robin recently unleashed a bevy of shakes spiked with the likes of Blue Moon, Irish Cream, and a beer shake with stout and Irish whiskey. On a health food kick? Freestyle Cuisine in Lake Placid will sell you a shake blending avocado, vanilla ice cream, tequila and fresh lime.  Aging boomers and skeptical millennials alike are seeking drinks that seem  healthy and abandoning colas

…Little packets of flavor enhancers that fit in your purse now allow you to make everything edible taste like an exaggerated raspberry or a peach bellini. House-made soft drinks are hot among indie restaurants, slower elsewhere.  Mexican roadside joints in the southwest are making ton of money selling “aguas fresca” … basically DIY water and ice drinks with a large doses of fresh fruit and flowers. And watch Taco Bell as it tries to do to, or for, beverages what it did with doritos

Technology Plays a Larger Role In What Families Are Eating

 

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Restaurants are playing a key role in most family’s weekly – and sometimes daily – routine. When families either  dine out or order take out they can expect an increasingly healthier options with a side of technology.

As technology becomes a critical tool of convenience – the desire to use options like touch-screen ordering, smartphone apps and mobile payment when dining out is stronger than ever.

According to new research from the National Restaurant Association, 63 percent of Americans have recently used technology at restaurants, such as using a smartphone or tablet to order takeout or delivery, with even more saying they are likely to do so if these options become available. In turn, nearly half of restaurateurs plan to devote more resources to customer-facing technology this year. 

The National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot culinary 2014 survey revealed that locally sourced items, environmental sustainability and healthy kids meals will continue to be top menu trends for the year, reflecting consumers’ growing interest in what they eat and where their food comes from. To find restaurants that serve nutritious options for children, download the National Restaurant Association’s free Kids LiveWell app.

Eight out of 10 consumers say restaurants offer more healthy menu options now compared to two years ago, and seven out of 10 say they are more likely to visit a restaurant that offers healthy options.

 Environmental sustainability, local sourcing, health-nutrition, children’s nutrition and gluten-free cuisine topped the list for current food trends that will be the hottest menu trends 10 years from now. The five items that gained most in trendiness since last year in the annual survey were nose-to-tail/root-to-stalk cooking, pickling, ramen, dark greens, and Southeast Asian cuisine.

Nose to Tail – refers eliminating waste by cooking stalks, roots leave etc

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