Yesterday both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates campaigned in Indiana. By the day's end, Bernie Sanders had won over Democratic voters in the state while on the GOP side, Donald Trump emerged victorious. Sanders didn't leave the state before meeting with politicians and reporters at Peppy's Grill, a 24-hour diner in Indianapolis. It's not clear if he ordered the signature biscuits and gravy, but he certainly did fuel up on coffee while there.
In other news, Starbucks releases yet another new drink; American eating habits change more slowly than most people think; McDonald's new McMusic adventure; and more.
— Starbucks' newest drink is called a Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino and it looks like a milkshake topped with waffle cone bits. The company says it was inspired by the smell of waffle cones inside an ice cream shop to create the new drink, which blends waffle cone syrup, dark caramel sauce, coffee, milk, and ice. The beverage is then topped with whipped cream, waffle cone pieces, and more dark caramel sauce.
— A fascinating new story compares trendy food seen on magazine covers and Instagram to the most popular searches on Allrecipes.com, the world's most popular English language recipe resource on the web. Shocker: Americans are not actually eating rainbow food, kale chips, or bone broth for dinner every night, despite what the media may think. Writer Nicholas Hune-Brown notes, "The gap between the food we cook and the food we talk about has never been larger... For the most part, the hall of fame recipes [on Allrecipes.com] are dishes that don't require exotic, expensive ingredients. They're familiar. They're unpretentious. More than anything, they're a reminder that although the conversation about food moves at light speed, with new trends pinging across our social media accounts daily, our actual cooking habits change much more slowly. Tastes are passed down from parents, palates developed over lifetimes. Shifts happen over generations, not weeks."
— A dispatch from Dining on a Dime host Lucas Peterson:
"but you know what the funniest thing about Canada is"— Lucas Peterson (@lucaspeterson) May 4, 2016
"it's the little differences" pic.twitter.com/d4r3oLmveg
— McDonald's is getting into the music business... in the weirdest way possible. The company's Amsterdam division has released a new table placemat called McTrax. The new tabletop pad allows users to create music by tapping on it. Though it sounds odd, it's a fascinating use of technology. The paper the placemat is printed on contains a small battery and 26 circuits. To use it, diners place their phone on top of it and it wirelessly connects to the device, which can then be used to record the music created on the makeshift keyboard.
— A chef in LA is creating a full tasting menu of marijuana edibles... and charging diners who attend his pop-up as much as $500 a head. 23-year-old Chris Sayegh told Reuters it was more than a meal: "To me, this is a cerebral experience. You're eating with a different perception with each bite, with each course. You're literally changing your brain chemistry and you are viewing this food differently than you did five minutes ago, 10 minutes ago."
— Finally, watch how matcha is made: