Check out the Top 10 Happiest Food Cities!

Did you know that 71.2% of top foodie influencers cause others to visit restaurants and bars? Ever wonder which restaurants and cities foodies love the most? Foodable labs analyzed a data set of 7.3 million food influencers to figure out which foodie cities are the happiest. Of those 7.3 million influencers, Foodable Labs looked at those who dine out at least eight times a month and search exclusively for “happy terms.”

Here’s what we found!

  1. San Diego - 91.56
  2. Scottsdale, AZ 91.31
  3. Austin, TX 91.08
  4. Kansas City, KS 90.76
  5. Palo Alto, CA 90.55
  6. Sarasota, FL 90.37
  7. Columbus, OH 89.37
  8. Boulder, CO 89.11
  9. Thousand Oaks, CA 88.62
  10. Portland, ME 88.51

See which restaurants ranked the highest across America at www.foodabletv.com/top-restaurants

 
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Foodable Labs Ranks Top Vodka Brands

Foodable Labs Ranks Top Vodka Brands

Did you know the name "vodka" derives from the Slavic word "voda"— meaning water?

The best selling vodka brand in the U.S. is Tito's Handmade Vodka, which is valued at $2.5 billion based on 2016 sales.

In October, self-made entrepreneur and founder of the brand, Bert "Tito" Beveridge, broke into Forbes’ 400 list of billionaires for the very first time at No. 324.

This inspired our sister data company, Foodable Labs, to further look into the vodka spirit segment to determine the best rated companies overall.

We looked at scores in the following categories: brand, flavor profile, and value. Let’s take a look at some of the top vodka spirits on our list.

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Top Spirits Brands Exploding on Social Media

Top Spirits Brands Exploding on Social Media

By Amelia Levin, Foodable Industry & Research Editor

We’re entering a new generation of spirits consumption and cocktail drinking. It’s all about marketing the craft, social media engagement, and heightened hospitality at the bar. And the cocktail-oriented consumers who partake in this elixir continue to create new and emerging trends.

Millennials are a huge driver in the growth of spirits consumption, which now rivals craft beer consumption. According to Foodable Labs research, 31.9 million Millennials consume nearly 3.8 spirits-based cocktails per month compared to 28.5 million who drink 3.3 craft beers per month. 

Enjoying cocktails with food is more of a thing, too; Foodable Labs reports that 8.7 million Millennials pair spirits with menus .085 times a month. Still, beer and food pairings reign, with 19.4 million Millennials pairing craft beer with menus at least 1.3 times per month.

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Ketel One’s Master Distiller Talks Family Roots and the Rise of the Brand

Photo Credit: Ketel One Vodka

Photo Credit: Ketel One Vodka

It’s not often you hear a brand’s story straight from the founding family — especially when it comes to a historical brand like Ketel One. But in a recent article by Cool Hunting, Bob Nolet — the vodka brand’s current Master Distiller and 11th generation family member to hold the title — opens up about the Nolet Distillery’s roots and how Ketel One came to be one of the top vodka brands in the world. (Fun Fact: His father, who created the original Ketel One recipe, still conducts the daily tastings to ensure consistency.)

The idea that vodka could be a successful product came to Carl Nolet in San Francisco in the ’80s, his first time in the U.S., when he noticed that hotel bars in the area offered many vodka-based cocktails. After finding they all tasted a bit harsh, his mission became pretty straight-forward: to find a way to ease the taste of the spirit and to ultimately change the cocktail game. Read More

Vodka Builds Character and Welcomes New Flavor, Thanks to More Refined Production

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Foodable WebTV Network

As we get older, our palate adapts to new, more refined flavors. This couldn’t be more true in regards to alcohol. To each his own, but many of us appreciate more refined flavors and less sugar-masked ones. Take vodka, for example — the spirit does not have the best rep, but it’s so versatile (it lacks the depth of character that something like whiskey does, that’s for sure). At a young age, this may have been modified by purchasing flavored vodka — which, though strong alcoholic taste be more masked, it certainly does not mask a nasty hangover. But let’s put that behind us, once and for all — because now, industry players are becoming more refined in the actual production of vodka, leading to more natural flavors produced by the distillation and filtering processes.

Chopin, for example, has introduced a Single Series of four single-ingredient vodkas, which includes (one time) filtered harvested potatoes. According to the WSJ, these vodkas have a dark chocolate taste to them. Read More