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Top 100 Food Trends in 2018

From DIY Produce Kits to Commuter Breakfast Cups

— January 13, 2019 — Lifestyle
These 2018 food trends showcase a wide range of elements that indicate how the food, restaurant, and hospitality industries are innovating. With options ranging from health to pure indulgence, this list highlights some of the ways in which food is being celebrated and reinvented for the modern world.

23andMeis perhaps best known for providing a breakdown of a person's genetic composition, but the personal genomics and biotechnology company also introduced a new set of analytics that allows users to determine what foods will work best for them. This program aims to prioritize healthy eating in a more personal and tailored way. The program essentially shows users how their bodies can metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Also included on this list is an experimental dining experience created by Samsung and Michelin-starred restaurant Ya Ge. Designed to showcase the new Sunrise Gold Galaxy S9+, the dining experience utilized Samsung's VR, AR and AI technologies as a tool to make the meals fully immersive. Each of the courses featured on the tasting menu was paired with a piece of Samsung tech designed to match the delicious food.

To learn more about food trends for the year ahead, check out Trend Hunter's 2019 Trend Report.
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Activity
Freshness
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DNA-Based Eating Plans
DNA-Based Eating Plans
23andMe Helps Users to Understand How Their Bodies Metabolize Ingredients
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99
Convenient Healthy Protein Shakes
Convenient Healthy Protein Shakes
PROTYGO is a Ready-to-Drink & Nutritious Protein Shake
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98
Non-Chocolate Chocolate Bars
Non-Chocolate Chocolate Bars
kAAKAO Uses Cocoa & Dates in the Making of Its Revolutionary Product
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97
Tinted Matcha Powders
Tinted Matcha Powders
Matcha.blue Offers Blue, Pink and Red Matcha as an Alternative to Green
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96
Donut Personalization Stations
Donut Personalization Stations
The Krispy Kreme Customized Donut Machine is in Birmingham
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95
Small-Batch Artisanal Chocolates
Small-Batch Artisanal Chocolates
Honest Chocolate Favors Organic Ingredients & Traditional Methods
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94
Ingredient-Focused Snack Packaging
Ingredient-Focused Snack Packaging
The 'Fruity' Organic Fruit Snack Focuses on Freshness
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93
Next-Gen Donut Shops
Next-Gen Donut Shops
Dunkin' Donuts' Concept Store Features Mobile Pickup and Drinks on Tap
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92
Vibrant Aesthetically Pleasing Burgers
Vibrant Aesthetically Pleasing Burgers
Paternoster Chop House Offers Celebratory Beautiful Burgers
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91
DIY Dessert Kits
DIY Dessert Kits
Red Velvet NYC Makes It Easy to Whip Up Gourmet Indulgences at Home
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90
Rotisserie-Focused Restaurants
Rotisserie-Focused Restaurants
Chef Boris Ginet is Elevating Fast-Casual Dining at Risbo
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89
Reinvented Junk Food Spots
Reinvented Junk Food Spots
Junked Food Co Offers Unique Iterations of Classic Snack Foods
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88
Lightweight Grill Accessories
Lightweight Grill Accessories
The Outset Grill Prep Station Combines All Grilling Needs into One
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87
Autonomous Grocery Delivery Cars
Autonomous Grocery Delivery Cars
AutoX Drives a "Mobile Shelf" to Customers on the Spot
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86
Elegant Non-Dairy Collections
Elegant Non-Dairy Collections
'Cocot' Sets Itself Apart as a High-End Dairy Alternative Brand
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85
Diverse Plant Protein Beverages
Diverse Plant Protein Beverages
The Bolthouse Farms 1915 Organic Range Has Been Updated
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84
Tech-Infused Fine Dining
Tech-Infused Fine Dining
Samsung and Ya Ge Teamed Up for a Technological Dining Experience
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83
Burger-Inspired Soda Cans
Burger-Inspired Soda Cans
DPZ&T Created an Anniversary Can for McDonald's Iconic Big Mac
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82
Breakfast Chain Food Trucks
Breakfast Chain Food Trucks
The Waffle House Food Truck Brings the Restaurant to Consumers
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81
Portion Control Serving Tools
Portion Control Serving Tools
Ponsawan Vuthisatkul Designed the Six-Piece 'New Normal' Collection
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80
Gamified Cooking Books
Gamified Cooking Books
Jenn Sandercock's Cookbook Boasts Highly Engaging Edible Games
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79
Eco Food Delivery Boxes
Eco Food Delivery Boxes
Landpack GmbH is Replacing Styrofoam with a Straw and Hemp Alternative
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78
Egg White Chips
Egg White Chips
Quevos Makes Protein-Rich Chips with Just Four Natural Ingredients
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77
Injectable French Toast Bites
Injectable French Toast Bites
The Lost Bread Serves This Dessert Dish with Injectable Syrups
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76
Salad Vending Machines
Salad Vending Machines
'Shake Salad' Targets Busy, Health-Conscious Consumers
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75
Multi-Colored Restaurant Designs
Multi-Colored Restaurant Designs
The Piada Restaurant Serves High-End Food in a Unique Space
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74
Immersive Drink Branded Activations
Immersive Drink Branded Activations
Gatorade's SXSW Activation Features AR Tech and Secret Rooms
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73
Hybrid Chocolate Cookie Treats
Hybrid Chocolate Cookie Treats
The Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Sandwich Merges Favorite Treats
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72
Indulgent Plant-Based Protein Bars
Indulgent Plant-Based Protein Bars
TRUWOMEN's Bars are Powered by Plants and Inspired by Desserts
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71
Robotic Burger Joints
Robotic Burger Joints
San Francisco's 'Creator' Offers $6 Burgers Made by a Robot
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70
Ultra-Playful Poke Restaurant Branding
Ultra-Playful Poke Restaurant Branding
Yeye Design Gives Molo a Colorful and Unusual Aesthetic
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69
Accessibility-Focused Healthy Meals
Accessibility-Focused Healthy Meals
7 Pack Aims to Enhance the Allure Around Nutritious Meals
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68
Ice Cream Coffee Shops
Ice Cream Coffee Shops
OddFellows Opens 'Coffee & Cream' — a Shop Dedicated to the Popular Combo
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67
Fashionable Cafe Popups
Fashionable Cafe Popups
La Boutique's Jardin De La Boutique Activation Partners with Bhava Cafe
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66
Commuter Breakfast Cups
Commuter Breakfast Cups
The CrunchCup Helps to Make Eating Breakfast Faster and Easier
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65
Mood-Boosting Prebiotic Powders
Mood-Boosting Prebiotic Powders
Uplift Food's 'Daily Uplifter' Supports Good Gut Health and More
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64
Edible Burger Billboards
Edible Burger Billboards
Deliveroo Will Be Making a Food Billboard of Meat and Veggie Burgers
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63
Whimsical Fairy Tale Bars
Whimsical Fairy Tale Bars
Brooklyn is Set to Host an Alice in Wonderland Pop-Up Bar on a Bus
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62
Sustainable Food Printers
Sustainable Food Printers
The Conceptual Bouchee Capsule Food Printer Uses Mealworms and Seaweed
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61
Cookware-Inspired Meal Packages
Cookware-Inspired Meal Packages
Super Sun's Ready-to-Eat Meals are Sold in Heatable Packaging
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60
Impressive Modern Italian Restaurants
Impressive Modern Italian Restaurants
Brunetti Restaurant Offers Every Aspect of Italian Cuisine
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59
Avocado-Peeling Tools
Avocado-Peeling Tools
Joseph Joseph Released the 'GoAvocado' for Safe Avocado Peeling
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58
Clever Photochromic Packaging Designs
Clever Photochromic Packaging Designs
Cheetos' Packaging Strategy is Interactive and Entertaining
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57
Glitter-Infused Pizza Creations
Glitter-Infused Pizza Creations
DagWoods Pioneers Glitter Pizzas with Its 'Magical AF' Food Item
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56
International Fast Food Menus
International Fast Food Menus
The McDonald's HQ Restaurant Offers Exclusive International Items
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55
Designer Avant-Garde Pop-Up Cafes
Designer Avant-Garde Pop-Up Cafes
The Hermes Cafe is Enhancing the Retail Experience
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54
Purple Cheese-Topped Fries
Purple Cheese-Topped Fries
Cheese-Zu-Ka Launches the New Highly Instagrammable Food Offering
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53
VR Cooking Toys
VR Cooking Toys
'4D Chef' Shares Interactive Recipes in Augmented and Virtual Reality
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52
Experiential Colombian Restaurants
Experiential Colombian Restaurants
ElCielo Restaurant Spotlights Molecular Gastronomy and Mixology
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51
Frozen Sweet Potato Slices
Frozen Sweet Potato Slices
'Sweet PotaTOASTS' are Being Introduced as a Toast Alternative
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50
Furniture-Inspired Chocolate Advertisements
Furniture-Inspired Chocolate Advertisements
IKEA's Promotion for Its Dark Chocolate is Clever
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49
Automated Healthy Eateries
Automated Healthy Eateries
Amsterdam's 'Health Food Wall' Will Provide Takeaway Plant-Based Food
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48
Interactive Crunchy Chocolate Pop-Ups
Interactive Crunchy Chocolate Pop-Ups
Guests of the M&M Pop-up Voted on the Brand's Next Flavor
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47
Naturally Decorated Japanese Restaurants
Naturally Decorated Japanese Restaurants
This yakinku Restaurant in Tokyo Has a Cave-Like Interior
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46
Animated Preserved Food Packaging
Animated Preserved Food Packaging
NORD STREAM Offers a Modern Take on Preserved Seafood
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45
Conceptual Patterned Chocolate Bars
Conceptual Patterned Chocolate Bars
The Rico Chico Brand's Bars Feature Bold Colors and Patterns
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44
Edible Printed Sushi
Edible Printed Sushi
Open Meals Shared Pixelated 3D-Printed Sushi Rolls at SXSW
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43
Innovative Social Cafes
Innovative Social Cafes
Boxcar Social Cafe and Bar Offers Fine Food and Drinks in a Unique Setting
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42
Celebratory Fast Food Capsules
Celebratory Fast Food Capsules
McDonald's is Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Big Mac
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41
Pressurized Portable Coffee Makers
Pressurized Portable Coffee Makers
The 'SteepShot' is Simple with Just Two Components
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40
70s-Inspired Artisan Food Shops
70s-Inspired Artisan Food Shops
Sabah Has a Diverse Menu of Goods, Including Artisan Donuts & Pies
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39
Portable Camping Burners
Portable Camping Burners
nCamp's Wood Burning Stove is an Alumium and Durable Camping Accessory
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38
Vibrant Frozen Yogurt Shops
Vibrant Frozen Yogurt Shops
The House of Ice Cream's Design Blends Retro with Contemporary Designs
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37
Compostable Pizza Packaging
Compostable Pizza Packaging
The World Centric 'PizzaRound' Box is Made from Plant-Based Materials
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36
Fidget Toy Candies
Fidget Toy Candies
YOLO Candy's Fidget Pop Pairs Two Lollipop Flavors on a Spinning Unit
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35
Cauliflower-Powered Snacks
Cauliflower-Powered Snacks
From the Ground Up's Pretzels and Crackers Feature Cauliflower Powder
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34
Edible Sandwich Wrappers
Edible Sandwich Wrappers
KFC is Embracing the Zero Waste Movement with Edible Wrappers
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33
Grease-Resistant Burger Jackets
Grease-Resistant Burger Jackets
The Burger Jacket Keeps You and Your Food Warm Throughout Winter
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32
Automated Urban Micro Farms
Automated Urban Micro Farms
Babylon Micro-Farms Produces a Winning-Design for Small-Scale Farming
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31
Upcycled Polystyrene Furniture
Upcycled Polystyrene Furniture
Designer Andreu Carulla Partners with a Zero-Waste Restaurant
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30
Grocery-Hauling Car Concepts
Grocery-Hauling Car Concepts
The Robomart Brings Vegetables and Produce To Your Door
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29
Minimalist Energy Balls
Minimalist Energy Balls
'Basic Bits' Makes Simple Snacks with Wholesome, High-Quality Ingredients
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28
DIY Produce Kits
DIY Produce Kits
'Aggressively Organic' Aims to Make Indoor Farming Accessible & Affordable
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27
Hassle-Free Cooking Appliances
Hassle-Free Cooking Appliances
The Suvie robocooker is the Answer for Convenient Home-Cooked Meals
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26
Indulgent Edible Billboards
Indulgent Edible Billboards
Galaxy is Launching an Outdoor Ad Made Up of Chocolate Bars
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25
Lifelike Dog-Shaped Desserts
Lifelike Dog-Shaped Desserts
J.c.co Art Kitchen is Churning Out Desserts That Look Like Real Dogs
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24
Stunning Personalized Birthday Cakes
Stunning Personalized Birthday Cakes
Adi Klinghofer's Cakes are Extremely Delicate and Delicious
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23
All-Chocolate Pizzeria Pop-Ups
All-Chocolate Pizzeria Pop-Ups
Cioccolato's Serves Chocolate Pizza in a Restaurant Made Out of It
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22
Day-Relevant Advertising Campaigns
Day-Relevant Advertising Campaigns
Mcdonald's Graphic Print Ads Celebrate Moving Day in Québec
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21
Whimsically Interactive Candy Installations
Whimsically Interactive Candy Installations
Candytopia is a Vibrant Real-Life Candy Wonderland
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20
Vending Machine Cafes
Vending Machine Cafes
Chef-in-Box's VendCafes are Disrupting the Industry in Singapore
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19
Personalized Lollipop Services
Personalized Lollipop Services
'Face Licker' from Firebox Turns Your Mug into a Sweet Treat
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18
Humorous Miniature Patio Sets
Humorous Miniature Patio Sets
Boston Pizza & john st. Equip the Pizza Saver with Matching Stools
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17
Creatively Textured Package Designs
Creatively Textured Package Designs
Charlotte Fosdike's Cacao Texture Has an Aura of Authenticity
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16
Zero-Waste Restaurant Barns
Zero-Waste Restaurant Barns
Overtreders W Borrows Construction Materials for This Structure
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15
Grab-and-Go Breakfast Kits
Grab-and-Go Breakfast Kits
Quaker's Morning Go-Kits Pair a Breakfast Bar with Yogurt & Trail Mix
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14
Fully Edible Food Packaging
Fully Edible Food Packaging
Roza Janusz Uses Scoby as an Alternative to Plastic Take-Out Boxes
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13
Globally Inspired Salad Jars
Globally Inspired Salad Jars
BOL Foods Makes Grab-and-Go Salads Inspired by International Cuisine
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12
Modernized Food Delivery Packaging
Modernized Food Delivery Packaging
Roll Club's Contemporary Packaging Helps it Stand Out
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11
Free-From Produce Lines
Free-From Produce Lines
Eden Green Technology's Crisply Makes Locally Grown, Fresh-Picked Produce
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10
Self-Heating Instant Noodles
Self-Heating Instant Noodles
The Self-Heating Hot Pot is Showing China's Advancement in Food
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9
Futuristic Fast Food Concepts
Futuristic Fast Food Concepts
McDonald's 'Experience of the Future' Eateries Are Now Open in Asia
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8
Florist Shop Restaurants
Florist Shop Restaurants
China's 'Nous' Restaurant is Hidden Behind One-Way Glass in a Flower Shop
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7
Bicycle-Mounted Barbecues
Bicycle-Mounted Barbecues
This Portable Grill Can Be Attached to Your Bicycle Handlebars
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6
Sociable Cooking Kits
Sociable Cooking Kits
Magda Sabatowska Designs a Product That Will Connect Isolated Individuals
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5
Portable Efficient Cooking Stoves
Portable Efficient Cooking Stoves
'Kombui's is an Adventurous and Compact Outdoor Cooking Set
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4
Classic American Diner Redesigns
Classic American Diner Redesigns
The Overeasy Diner in Singapore Underwent an Extensive Renovation
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3
Humorous Fast Food Commercials
Humorous Fast Food Commercials
KFC Tags Apple in This Incredibly Relevant Video on Twitter
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2
Illusory Gourmet Desserts
Illusory Gourmet Desserts
Ben Churchill's Dessert Art is Incredibly Realistic, Trippy & Delicious
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1
Hidden Vaulted Restaurants
Hidden Vaulted Restaurants
The Pauseteria Restaurant Has a Minimalist Interior and a High-End Menu
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