food & beverage

“You are what you eat” is more relevant than ever, with food and drink options becoming more and more personal. This gastronomic intensity can be attributed to the idea that our food and drink habits say more about us than simple taste preference. Whether vegetarians, fast-food fanatics or grass-fed loyalists, our culinary identities have become a big part of who we are in society and as people. With cultural, ethical, religious, economic and even locale influences dictating what and why we eat and drink, there are more ways to define our culinary stances than ever before. Social media has also intensified this area in our lives, allowing niche food followings to gain mass awareness, and providing a platform for the world to discuss (and Instagram) one of its all-time favorite subjects.

This edition’s terms reinforce how keen people (including kids), and even brands, are on their culinary ties. From vacations, love connections and hobbies based on food practices, we are demonstrating an intensity toward food and drink like never before.


Alcoholic pizzas (n.)

New pies offered by a Boston-area chain that are made with enough alcohol to necessitate the 21+ age regulation.

For more information on alcoholic pizzas, check out this article in The Huffington Post.

Brokavores (n.)

Locavores so dedicated to supporting local food and drink, they are broke due to the associated expense.

Food fascism (n.)

Dictating food/beverage-related restrictions based on personal preference or doctrine.

Examples: soda tax, Label It Yourself (#LIY) campaign

Go-go gourmet (n.)

The movement toward providing gourmet-type foods in on-the-go environments, such as the airport.

For examples of go-go gourmet, check out Skytrax.


Twinkiepocalypse (n.)

The fear and national stockpiling of Twinkies when Hostess declared bankruptcy and halted the snack’s production in the fall of 2012.

Twinkies and other Hostess brands were purchased out of bankruptcy in early 2013, and hit the shelves in July.