Connecting Where We Shop to How We Vote

We can see the connection between shopping and voting when we look at retail establishments in down-home zones and upmarket bubbles.

Looking at Our Restaurant Anxiety

As COVID-19 intensifies our restaurant anxiety, an entire dine-in industry is experiencing cataclysmic upheaval.

Where a Vegan Sausage Won’t Become a Vegan Tube

Vegan names that include “burger” and “sausage” have led to a controversial decision from the European Parliament.

The Trouble That Is Brewing for Tea Drinkers

A small innovation that made a big difference, the teabag has remained pretty much the same for more than a century.

Why Champagne Is Like OPEC

With champagne sales plunging because of pandemic lockdowns, growers and Houses like LVMH are behaving somewhat like OPEC.

What the CPI Is Hiding

A Consumer Price Index (CPI) that went up by just .6 percent during the past year hides a much larger increase in some grocery prices.

Why McDonald’s Likes the Drive-Thru

Because of the role it played in the U.S. and globally during pandemic lockdowns, McDonald’s drive-thru has become more important.

How Covid-19 Affects the Cost of Living

Because a Covid-19 basket of goods and services has a different inflation rate from the CPI basket, the cost of living might not be what we think it is.

How a $350 Meal Became $35 Takeout

A Chicago restaurant’s pandemic takeout plan transformed the limitations of the lockdown rules into a creative opportunity.

A State-by-State Look at Quarantine Takeout

Ranging from tacos to dumplings to General Tso’s chicken, our state-by-state quarantine takeout preferences are different.