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Check out what’s intriguing today’s savvy shoppers.

SHOP & EAT

Eggs, check. Bread, check. Milk, check. Dry-aged, coffee-rubbed New York Strip with foie gras and balsamic salad, check. When we’re grocery shopping, we want to fill our bellies as well as our bags. Markets, grocery stores and big-box chains are offering eat-in restaurants, allowing shoppers to hunt, gather and savor, all in one place.

Going further than just made-to-order subs or personal pan pizzas, retailers like Whole Foods have everything from ramen counters to full bars, infused with ethnic and traditional inspiration every step of the way. In the mood for convenient reheatable meals, ready-to-eat items or a full white-tablecloth, five-star experience? Now, you can find all of those and more at your local grocery. For shoppers, completing our weekly list just got way more delicious.

Check out these new food spots popping up in grocery stores.

Manzo Ristorante

At Eataly, New York City

If you haven’t experienced the Italian behemoth that is Eataly, it’s reason enough to take a trip to either the U.S.-based Chicago or New York locations. With six full-service restaurants in NY, you can enjoy endless flavorful facets of Italian cuisine. Our pick is Manzo, offering up a white-tablecloth experience with magnificent meat-focused dishes made to fuel foodie shoppers. MORE INFO

 

Puckett’s Grocery

Nashville, Tenn.

Run by the same family since the 1950s, Puckett’s offers a taste of old-school Southern charm in their fun and funky retail shop, with new-school takes on Southern dishes and live music throughout the week. No wonder it’s a favorite spot for musicians, celebrities and us. MORE INFO

 

Bacchanalia

Inside Star Provisions Grocer in Atlanta

Imagine a delicious land where you can eat a prix fixe five-star meal as well as browse for premium groceries, cookbooks, tableware and more. This land exists, and it’s called Bacchanalia. Hidden in Star Provisions, patrons can enjoy food-forward shopping with a fine-dining experience. MORE INFO

 

Todd’s BBQ

Inside Mariano’s Fresh Market, Frankfort, Ill.

We love the instant gratification of ready-made barbecue. Why wait all that time to slow-cook brisket when you can enjoy it while you buy it? At Mariano’s Fresh Market, you can visit the grocery store and grab some fantastic Southern grub. With daily meats smoked in-house and a range of creative, bold sauces, take it home or eat in—either way, you can’t lose. MORE INFO

 

THE HEALTHY VENDING MOVEMENT

These days, eating is a marathon—we’re always on the run, even when we eat. And even though we’re busy, we are increasingly becoming more health-focused. That’s why whenever we see a fresh green salad offered up in a simple way, it’s a no-brainer. Enter the healthy vending movement. More than a vending machine, these better-for-you kiosks are providing a lifestyle touch point across our commutes, offices and airports. With $43.9 billion dollars spent in vending machines during 2014, this trend is spiraling higher and higher. Offering affordable, smart breakfasts, entrées and snacks, these few brands are doing vending the right way.

The Farmer’s Fridge Kiosk

Considered more of a “veggie machine,” this kiosk is visually gorgeous and extremely user-friendly with an intuitive touch-screen technology. The machines are made from reclaimed wood and recycled materials; and the food within is even more attractive. Offering freshly stacked salads, quinoa bowls and snack packs, each item lets you eat with your eyes.

 

Fresh Micro Markets

Based on convenience and fueled by freshness, micro markets are blowing up across the vending world. Serving up grab-and-go goodness with everything from fruit to protein snacks to entire meals, shoppers and commuters alike never have to wait for a whole meal. These unstaffed, fully automated retail health-food stores can be found in break-room environments, train stations and shopping centers.

 

Naturals 2 Go Kiosk

Consumers are leaving behind the typical 3 pm sugar-crash snacks and opting for more well-rounded, long-lasting fuel. The desire to eat clean has evolved how we impulse-purchase, and Naturals 2 Go stands out from the crowd of old-school machines with vibrant colors and fresh imagery. The machine also uses AirVend technology, which displays inventory nutritional information, providing customers the data they need to make healthy eating decisions.

 

CRAVE-INDUCING FASHION IS IN

Scent is tied to memory more than any other sense. So how do you make a consumer remember your brand? Create a clothing line scented like your product—boom. You’ve got an all-day reminder tied to your name. As science, art and food continue to fuse and intersect, food brands are partnering with high-end designers to create multilayered sensory experiences to pull shoppers into new worlds of texture, fashion and flavor.

The Sweet Smell of Success

oNotes is a company blurring the line between fashion, food and technology. Their sensory-driven product is being built into everything from silk to cashmere, and it is invisible. The tiny oNotes are blended into garment fibers, and release the essence of anything from bergamot to sandalwood—creating an enveloping olfactory feeling that can bring forth feelings of warmth, comfort, relaxation or pleasure.

 

Take a Whiff of Wonderful

BCBGMAXAZRIA and Magnum Ice Cream recently paired up with the oNotes technology to create a visually gorgeous, decadently scented wrap, featuring a pair of chocolate-scented oNotes. The resulting piece offers the rich, tart odor of cocoa, with a subtle nod toward vanilla that lets you wear it all day without being overpowered. The magnificent Magnum scent includes sandalwood, chocolate, Orris butter and resinoid. As foodies and fashion aficionados continue to collaborate, we’ll keep looking for deliciously scented frocks to show off our true flavor.

 

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