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Interesting Breakfasts from Around the World [infographic]

Breakfast Delivery

You've heard it all before: your morning breakfast is the key to success.

How Coffee Changed America [infographic]

How Coffee Changed America

If you live in the U.S., chances are the first thing you do in the morning is brew yourself a cup of coffee, or stop by your local coffee shop for your daily caffeine intake.

9 Popular Fall Food Trends For 2013


The world of food is changing very rapidly – but this is nothing new, and nothing negative by any means. Each season of each and every year, new food trends rise and fall like the winter wheat as various ethnic cuisines are fused by culinary geniuses. Some are here to stay, but many quickly die off into the night, never to enter into the mouths of trend-hungry consumers (think Blooming Onions) ever again. Who knows where food trends are heading this fall (I surely don’t know definitively), but here are 9 trends that are bound to appear somewhere during the autumn.

Beginner’s Guide to Sushi [infographic]


According to, there are over 3,846 sushi restaurants in the United States.

Top Ten Ice Cream Consuming Cities & States [infographic]

ice cream infographic

We have the pleasure of helping people cool off with ice cream delivery to homes and offices across different cities in America.

Top 11 Food Trends for Summer 2013

food trends summer 2013

Top 11 Food Trends for Summer 2013

You Are What You Eat

DiningIn Metropolis Cafe food
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“The way you make an omelet reveals your character.”
Anthony Bourdain  


33 Facts You Never Knew About Food

Masala Wok - Dallas, TX

Here are 33 facts you never knew about food: 

  1. There were no tomatoes in Italian food, peanuts in Thai food, or chili peppers in Indian food in the year 1450.
  2. Sauerkraut is so full of vitamins and probiotics that ancient sailors would eat it on long voyages to keep healthy.
  3. Over 90% of food allergies (especially in young children) are caused by dairy products, soy, shellfish, wheat, gluten, peanuts, or egg whites.
  4. Fish are freshest when the eyes look bright and clear, the body looks clean, and feels firm.
  5. Square watermelons are grown in Zentsuji, Japan. 
  6. Color affects the taste of food.Image: Masala Wok, Dallas
  7. Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs.
  8. Around 2/3 of the world’s eggplants are grown in New Jersey.
  9. You can still swallow food in zero gravity.
  10. The croissant was invented in Austria.
  11. Each American consumes an average of 156 lbs of sugar per year.
  12. Spices have numerous healthy properties; for example, turmeric is an antiseptic and a natural liver detoxifier.
  13. Naturally blue food does not exist.
  14. Carrots have 0% fat.
  15. Ketchup, one of the most popular condiments in the United States, is a half a billion-dollar industry.
  16. Sushi rice is considered an art by sushi chefs.Image: RA Sushi, Chicago
  17. Apples, not coffee, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
  18. Americans eat 35,000 tons of pasta each year.
  19. Japan is the largest exporter of frog legs.
  20. One of the world’s most expensive food items is made from bird saliva.
  21. The banana tree is actually an herb.
  22. Arachibutyrophobia is fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
  23.  The oldest known vegetable is the pea.
  24. Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb or finger into the mix to find the right temperature for adding yeast. Too cold, and the yeast wouldn't grow. Too hot, and the yeast would die. This thumb in the beer is where "rule of thumb" comes from.
  25. Italians do not put meatballs on spaghetti.
  26. Rice is the staple food for 50% of the world population.
  27. The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are, in order: burgers, steak, hot dogs, and chicken. Image: Weber Grill, Chicago
  28. Carrots were traditionally purple.
  29. Hippopotamus was the main ingredient used in the first soup.
  30. America’s best selling ice cream flavor is vanilla.
  31. There are over 7,000 types of apples.
  32. After Candy Corn, the leading Halloween candy best sellers are Snickers, Reese’s Cups, Kit Kat, and M&M’s.
  33. Over 10 percent of annual candy sales happen the days leading up to Halloween -- that is nearly $2 billion dollars in sales.      
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