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Sustainability, sourcing top restaurant trends

Sustainability, sourcing top restaurant trends

Local sourcing of meat and seafood tops the list of predicted trends for 2014, according to U.S. chefs.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Shoppers holding back a bit on holiday spending

Shoppers holding back a bit on holiday spending

U.S. shoppers say they're being cautious with their holiday spending this year despite recent signs of economic growth.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
'Webrooming' beats 'showrooming' this holiday season

'Webrooming' beats 'showrooming' this holiday season

"Webrooming" -- researching a product online before going to the store to make the actual purchase -- appears to be the shopping trend to watch this season, according to retail analysts who say brick-and-mortar retailers are finally getting the hang of e-commerce.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
iPads, tablets among top toys for 2013

iPads, tablets among top toys for 2013

Here's hoping Santa gets a big Christmas bonus this year to cover the cost of the tech toys that are topping holiday wish lists this year.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Food tracing a growing concern for global food supply

Food tracing a growing concern for global food supply

Food traceability is a growing concern for both businesses and consumers who want to know exactly where their food is coming from, but the path of the global food supply is a winding one and the increasing complexity of the world's food system can make it difficult to trace products back to their source.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Fast-food wages costly to taxpayers

Fast-food wages costly to taxpayers

While low prices for hamburgers and fries at U.S. fast food restaurants may appear to be good for consumer wallets, the low wages paid to fast-food workers means taxpayers end up paying billions of dollars to cover workers' basic needs, researchers say.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Millennials pushing hotels to get up to speed

Millennials pushing hotels to get up to speed

The social media-savvy of today's 20- and 30-somethings is driving changes at major hotel brands and shaping the way hotels approach their design and develop guest amenities, travel experts say.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Sniffing out the meaning in 'Sell by' dates

Sniffing out the meaning in 'Sell by' dates

Hold on before dumping that gallon milk down the sink; just because it's past the "sell-by" date doesn't necessarily mean it needs to be thrown out.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Patience is a virtue when to comes to shopping sense

Patience is a virtue when to comes to shopping sense

Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to making smart financial decisions, and taking time before pulling out the wallet can make acquisitions feel worth the wait, University of Chicago researchers say.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Kale pops, mixology top specialty food trends

Kale pops, mixology top specialty food trends

Bacon -- by itself, mixed with chocolate or any other concoction -- is still a force with which to be reckoned in the foodie world, but specialty foodmakers are betting their spin on healthier products such as kale, chia seeds and seaweed will take grocery stores by storm in the next year.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Off-the-beaten path saves money, offers fresh view

Off-the-beaten path saves money, offers fresh view

Hotels in hip, culturally diverse neighborhoods and stylish cabins in rustic locales offer travelers this summer the opportunity to approach popular tourist destinations from a different perspective.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Digitizing eating out

Digitizing eating out

Choosing a restaurant used to be a simple decision: fancy or casual; Italian, Chinese or American; kids or no kids; friends or alone; pile into the car; go.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Summer travel trends

Summer travel trends

Spring has gotten off to a shaky start, what with April floods and May snowstorms, but travel experts say it's time to put away the snow shovel and start getting serious about summer vacation planning.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Tracking those calories

Tracking those calories

I always seem to be on a diet -- some days more than others, admittedly. But I've always been stymied when it comes to how many calories I can consume without getting depressed at the next morning's weigh in.
MARCELLA S. KREITER

Biz travelers like Starbucks, Subway, McDonalds

Business travelers get their morning lattes from Starbucks, their lunch from Subway and their dinner meal deals from McDonald's, a report by Certify, a provider of expense management and travel booking software, indicates.
It's not easy being green

It's not easy being green

U.S. consumers say they like the idea of eating organic and living a greener lifestyle, but they want to make sure the benefits are worth the extra cost.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Safer spring cleaning

Safer spring cleaning

Open the windows and shake out the rugs: It's time for spring cleaning.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Banks more willing to approve short sales as foreclosure push declines

Banks more willing to approve short sales as foreclosure push declines

U.S. banks appear increasingly willing to accept short sales -- selling a home for less than the balance on its mortgage -- rather than taking possession of a property, a report by online real estate tracking firm RealtyTrac indicates.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

The call of the cubicle

Men and women who prefer working from home are feeling the heat as the decision by U.S. Internet giant Yahoo to ban telecommuting focuses renewed attention on the work-at-home culture.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Wedding budgets blossom as economy improves

Wedding budgets blossom as economy improves

Wedding budgets that could break the bank appear to be back in vogue, U.S. wedding experts say.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Ireland embraces global family for St. Patrick's Day and beyond

Ireland embraces global family for St. Patrick's Day and beyond

Famine, poverty and the desire for new opportunity sent millions of Irish from their homeland in the 19th and early 20th century. Now Ireland, hit hard by the global recession, is hoping descendants of those early emigres will return home this year for a visit.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Recession good thing for housewares; industry more focused -- Reynolds

Recession good thing for housewares; industry more focused -- Reynolds

It sounds counterintuitive, but the Great Recession actually was a good thing for the $305 billion housewares industry.
MARCELLA S. KREITER

Putting a price on love

Love may be priceless but the cost of romance is on the rise, U.S. retail analysts say.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Travelers screaming for travel, romance and better loyalty programs

Travelers screaming for travel, romance and better loyalty programs

Travelers are more interested in value and past experience than hotel and airline points when it comes to making reservations, a travel industry survey suggests.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Chia seeds fueling 2013 specialty food trends

Chia seeds fueling 2013 specialty food trends

If the prognosticators at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco are correct, which they've proven to be in the past, prepare to be presented with plenty of opportunities this year to indulge in chia seeds, broccoli-flavored tea and chocolate-covered bananas.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
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