When people ask me what I will miss the most about Barcelona, I will tell them the food - don't even need to think twice about it. If there is one thing the Catalonians know how to do well, it's eat. The abundance of fresh, local meats, fish, cheeses and produce renders supermarkets full of … Continue reading Barcelona: A Culinary Wonderland
I spend a lot of time getting paid to study Consumer Culture. I look at consumption behavior as a part of human culture spanning the globe. There are developed markets and emerging markets, mainstream consumers and niches and there is one common variable that is absolutely certain: people don't just buy products, they buy Brands. … Continue reading Hocking Happy Memories: Feeding The Nostalgic Consumption Addiction
Last night my wife and I went out for an impromptu night of dinner and live music at a new spot that is, unexpectedly, a ten minute drive from our suburban home in "the south". It was a Southern Soul Food / Thai / French culinary theme with live Jazz in a venue chosen based … Continue reading Invitations to Church and Other Gestures of Friendship
What an interesting dilemma the folks at Chick-Fil-A have put consumers in. They have publicly expressed a very polarizing point of view on social hot-topic: Gay Marriage. In case you haven't heard: they are not in the equal rights camp. Rather, the CEO of the company has come out publicly on several occasions letting America … Continue reading Chic-Fil-A Doesn’t Want Gays To Get Married: But Can I Stil Eat Thier Sammiches?
If you are a practicing anthropologist, or just play one on TV, then you already know where the best seat in the house is at any restaurant or diner...it's at the counter, bar or near the kitchen (if it's an open format). It is the one space in the place of business where you can … Continue reading The Best Seat In The House
This weekend I went to the drive-in with a bunch of friends to do the "tailgate" and watch a movie-thing. If you looked through my cooler and bag of goodies you would have noticed that everything in that basket was purchased from whole foods...at three times the standard retail price...because everything in that bag was … Continue reading My Cheese Curls Are Organic
When looking at the developed world and our own American reality, it's safe to say that our social problems, while still prevalent and a focus of our day-to-day politics, pale in comparison to the third world and other not-so-democratic countries. But one thing we know for sure is that issues relate to food production and … Continue reading Putting your food where your mouth is: social food movements