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Coronavirus boosts cloud kitchens as foodie Asians order in

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Singapore’s Ebb & Flow Group took an unusual route to creating one of its most popular food items: analysing more than 200,000 data points to predict customer preference and potential demand.

The result, launched shortly before the coronavirus sent the city into lockdown, was Wrap Bstrd – wraps with fillings such as chicken satay rice and beef bulgogi, borne from the insight that customers preferred Asian flavours in a fuss-free fashion.

“We were able to combine advanced behavioural data capabilities and pattern analyses with the expertise of our chefs to create a brand and menu that was specifically tailored for our customers,” said chief executive Lim Kian Chun.

“It is Singapore’s first food and beverage brand that is driven entirely by insights derived from artificial intelligence,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Ebb & Flow Group is one of a growing number of companies operating restaurant kitchens known as “dark”, “cloud” or “ghost” kitchens, which have no physical presence, and offer delivery-only services from a centralised location through a mobile app.

Often operating out of warehouses and semi-industrial buildings on the outskirts of cities, dark kitchens allow for burgers and biryanis to be made in the same location, and delivered directly to consumers ordering online.

While food delivery was already on the rise in recent years with aggregators such as Zomato, Uber Eats and foodpanda, coronavirus lockdowns and concerns about eating out have precipitated a boom in these services lately, analysts say.

“The cloud kitchen model was already gaining momentum, now it is at a tipping point for the model to be fully utilised because of the shift to at-home consumption,” said Ali Potia, a partner at consulting firm McKinsey.

“We are now starting to see data-driven menu design and pricing for greater personalisation. It

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Wellness Home Design Tips For Weight Management During The Pandemic

Hundreds of headlines blare daily warnings about the dreaded “Covid 19” pounds packed on during these long pandemic months. Americans are locked out of their local gyms and yoga studios, locked down in their homes, and locked away from friends and family members for support. What isn’t locked down are the refrigerator and pantry, and comfort food eating is on the rise. What impact is this having on your health, and what can you do about it?

Weighing In

First, the good news: “Much like the myth of the ‘Freshman 15,’ which has been disproven through numerous studies, the ‘Covid 19’ phenomenon is more myth than reality,” declares Jennifer Lombardi, a certified eating disorder psychotherapist at Kaiser Permanente’s Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program in Sacramento.  That doesn’t mean there is not a problem though.

“Since the shelter-in-place orders took effect across the country, what we have seen is a significant spike in both disordered eating and diagnosable eating disorders. As a clinician in this field for more than 17 years, I have never seen [this] level of critical acuity, and I hear the same sentiments from my colleagues across the country,” Lombardi shares, referring to the scope and severity of the problem.

“With the pandemic, we have the perfect storm: isolation, change in structure and routine, and boredom,” she observes. “For those who have already been struggling with depression and anxiety, these factors can be the tipping point.” For some individuals, she notes, bingeing and mindless eating follow.

What can you do? “For individuals struggling with their relationship with food, one of the first recommendations is to take a step back and observe what has shifted and when. 

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Why the Balmuda Toaster Is a Game-Changer in My Kitchen

Sleek and minimalist in design, my Balmuda toaster has become a fixture in my home. Within minutes, croissants get warmed to buttery perfection, flaky on the outside, soft and doughy on the inside. Bagels get crisped without getting burnt and leftover pizza is revived to its original fresh-baked status. This is all due to Balmuda’s innovative steam technology, designed in Japan by Gen Terao. The key to its technology is a small teaspoon of water deposited into the toaster, where it begins to envelop around the dish, whether it’s a pastry, piece of toast, or fried chicken (I’ve honestly tried everything)—the water helps seal in moisture and flavor. 

I’ve tried many toasters over the years, as well as my fair share of toaster ovens and regular ovens. My main qualms have always been the lack of consistency in settings which prevents me from achieving the perfect “toast” each and every time (and instead comes with the risk of a burned, inedible mess). With the Balmuda, there are four easy visually-cued settings to choose from (i.e. a croissant or baguette image) as well as three oven settings, should you need the toaster to cook heftier items like lasagna. On the right side, you can select the time frame (up to 15 minutes) though most items can be warmed within just three to four minutes. Unlike traditional ovens, there’s no time wasted to “preset” either. The Balmuda heats up instantly. 

Photo: Courtesy of Balmuda

Six months ago I moved into a new apartment in Brooklyn during the Coronavirus pandemic. When I started to decorate my new space, creating a simple, minimalist home was top of mind—I only wanted key essential items on my countertop. The Balmuda sits in a compact 8.2 inch by 14.1 inch space, and its chic white shade and

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The Best Prime Day Kitchen Deals & Home Deals To Get Right Now

Amazon Prime Day has become something of a national holiday, and for good reason. With incredible deals on ties, tea kettles, tricked-out tablets and everything in between, there is plenty to celebrate and a little something for everyone. And when it comes to home cooks and armchair interior decorators, the two-day sales event offers some of the best Prime Day kitchen deals and Prime Day home deals — a chance to stock up on highly coveted culinary gear (juicers! air fryers! espresso machines!) and useful home goods at a fraction of the regular listing prices. 

Whether you are a casual internet shopper or someone who thinks of Prime Day as a competitive sport, we are here to help you navigate the savings. Below are some of the best Prime day kitchen and home deals live so far, but be sure to check back for more as we update over the course of the two-day sale.


Best Prime Day Kitchen Deals

AmazonBasics Microwave bundle with Echo Dot

AmazonBasics Microwave bundle with Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

For just $60 you can get this compact microwave – Echo Dot bundle, which syncs up to function by voice commands (yes, a voice-controlled microwave). Perfect for a dorm room or apartment, reviewers like its somewhat quirky capability, but acknowledge that it’s maybe not the most necessary function.


Instant Pot Ultra 3 Qt 10-in-1 Multi-Cooker

If you don’t have an Instant Pot already, now’s the time to get one. This three quart model is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker and cake maker all in one. Plus it sautés, steams and warms too. And it’s currently just $50 during Prime Day.


Calphalon Cookware

Calphalon 10 Piece Tri-Ply Cookware Set, Medium, Stainless Steel

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AD’s 2020 Great Design Awards: Kitchens

For people all around the world, the home has never been closer to the heart. And the heart of the home? It’s the kitchen. So show yours some love. As inspiration, AD has rounded up the best new products on the market. (Think smart appliances, stunning surfaces, and vibrant accents galore.) To the winners of the 2020 Great Design Awards, chef’s kiss….

Free Spirit

Today’s country kitchen rewrites the rules with bohemian flair and urbane sophistication; shown is a California home designed by Studio Shamshiri with a La Cornue range

Free Spirit

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Stephen Kent Johnson

Code Red

Cherry, currant, or crimson—these vibrant accents steal the show; pictured is the Hamptons kitchen of Kate Rheinstein Brodsky

Code Red

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William Abranowicz
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David Anderson
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Ty Mecham/Food52

Hands-off Approach

Touch-free taps in fine forms and finishes make a splash

Brizo Odin Smarttouch Pull-down Faucet with VoiceIQ; $1,167. brizo.com
Brizo Odin Smarttouch Pull-down Faucet with VoiceIQ; $1,167. brizo.com
Grohe Ladylux L2 Smartcontrol Faucet; $800. grohe.us
Grohe Ladylux L2 Smartcontrol Faucet; $800. grohe.us
Kohler Co. Graze Touchless Pull-down Faucet; $953. kohler.com
Kohler Co. Graze Touchless Pull-down Faucet; $953. kohler.com

Idea Flow

Even as the world shut down, Waterworks kept pumping. This September the luxury kitchen-and-bath brand cut the ribbon on its newly expanded New York City flagship, a three-story showcase with 4,000 additional square feet. Customers will now find lighting and surfaces intuitively arranged by color, workstations for designers to meet with clients, 12 streamlined metal finishes, and a range of new products, like the Dash and Foro faucets. Of course, at 12,500 square feet total, the space offers plenty of room to socially distance. waterworks.com

A Waterworks showroom vignette

A Waterworks showroom vignette

Waterworks Dash One Hole High-profile Bar Faucet; $1,540.

Waterworks Dash One Hole High-profile Bar Faucet; $1,540.

Waterworks Foro Two Hole Gooseneck Kitchen Faucet; $3,000.

Waterworks Foro Two Hole Gooseneck Kitchen Faucet; $3,000.

Jolts of Energy

Far from just drips, the best new coffee and espresso makers showcase fabulous blends of form and function

Cuisinart Coffee Center; $200. cuisinart.com
Jonathan Adler for Keurig Limited Edition K-Mini Brewer; $100. keurig.com
Jonathan Adler for Keurig Limited Edition K-Mini Brewer; $100. keurig.com
CAFÉ Appliances Specialty Drip Coffee Maker; $388. cafeappliances.com

Open Call

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