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In a TripAdvisor survey, America ranked second for most consistent tipping while on vacation.
Compared to other countries, Americans are pretty generous with tipping.
There are many ways Americans stand out when traveling abroad, but this is a new one.
TripAdvisor recently released a survey that put Americans at second place behind Germany for always leaving a tip.
The survey polled more than 9,000 participants from the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, and Brazil. Of the 1,600 American surveyors, 57 percent said they always leave a tip on the road.
In comparison, only 23 percent of the Italians polled tip every time, which is the lowest score of all the countries. At the top of the list, Germany hit 69 percent. Russia came up at third, with 53 percent. Brazil, France, Britain, and Spain all fell between 35 and 40 percent.
“Tipping is a cultural norm in the states, and U.S. travelers have a tendency to take their customs on the road whether they are on American soil or traveling abroad,” Brooke Ferencsik, TripAdvisor’s director of communications, told BBC Travel.
Food-waste study reveals trends behind discarded items
Americans throw out a lot more food than they expect they will, food waste that is likely driven in part by ambiguous date labels on packages, a new study has found.
"People eat a lot less of their refrigerated food than they expect to, and they're likely throwing out perfectly good food because they misunderstand labels," said Brian Roe, the study's senior author and a professor agricultural, environmental and development economics at The Ohio State University.
This is the first study to offer a data-driven glimpse into the refrigerators of American homes, and provides an important framework for efforts to decrease food waste, Roe said. It was published online this month and will appear in the November print issue of the journal Resources, Conservation & Recycling.
Survey participants expected to eat 97 percent of the meat in their refrigerators but really finished only about half. They thought they'd eat 94 percent of their vegetables, but consumed just 44 percent. They projected they'd eat about 71 percent of the fruit and 84 percent of the dairy, but finished off just 40 percent and 42 percent, respectively.
Top drivers of discarding food included concerns about food safety -- odor, appearance and dates on the labels.
"No one knows what 'use by' and 'best by' labels mean and people think they are a safety indicator when they are generally a quality indicator," Roe said, adding that there's a proposal currently before Congress to prescribe date labeling rules in an effort to provide some clarity.
Under the proposal, "Best if used by" would, as Roe puts it, translate to "Follow your nose," and "Use by" would translate to "Toss it."
Other findings from the new study:
- People who cleaned out their refrigerators more often wasted more food.
- Those who check nutrition labels frequently waste less food. Roe speculated that those consumers may be more engaged in food and therefore less likely to waste what they buy.
- Younger households were less likely to use up the items in their refrigerators while homes to those 65 and older were most likely to avoid waste.
Household food waste happens at the end of the line of a series of behaviors, said Megan Davenport, who led the study as a graduate student in Ohio State's Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics.
"There's the purchasing of food, the management of food within the home and the disposal, and these household routines ultimately increase or decrease waste. We wanted to better understand those relationships, and how individual products -- including their labels -- affect the amount of food waste in a home," Davenport said.
The web-based pilot study used data from the State of the American Refrigerator survey and included information about refrigerator contents and practices from 307 initial survey participants and 169 follow-up surveys.
The researchers asked about fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy -- in particular how much was there and how much people expected to eat. Then they followed up about a week later to find out what really happened. The surveys also asked about a variety of factors that may have influenced decisions to toss food, including date labels, odor, appearance and cost.
An estimated 43 percent of food waste is due to in-home practices -- as opposed to waste that happens in restaurants, grocery stores and on the farm -- making individuals the biggest contributors. They're also the most complicated group in which to drive change, given that practices vary significantly from home to home, Roe said.
"We wanted to understand how people are using the refrigerator and if it is a destination where half-eaten food goes to die," he said.
"That's especially important because much of the advice that consumers hear regarding food waste is to refrigerate (and eat) leftovers, and to 'shop' the refrigerator first before ordering out or heading to the store."
Roughly one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption -- approximately 1.3 billion tons annually -- is lost or wasted, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The organization estimates the annual dollar value of that waste at $680 billion in industrialized countries and $310 billion in developing countries.
This study looked at refrigerated food because that's where most perishable foods are found in a household and where the bulk of efforts to encourage people to waste less food have been focused. In addition to better understanding food waste patterns, the researchers wanted to help identify opportunities to design policy or public messaging that will work in driving down waste.
For the First Time, DoubleTree by Hilton Reveals Official Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe so Bakers Can Create the Warm, Welcoming Treat at Home
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MCLEAN, Va. - For the first time ever, DoubleTree by Hilton is sharing the official bake-at-home recipe for the brand&rsquos beloved and delicious chocolate chip cookie, so at-home bakers can create the warm and comforting treat in their own kitchens.
The warm chocolate chip cookie welcome is synonymous with DoubleTree hotels worldwide, and travelers look forward to receiving one, fresh from the oven, upon their arrival.
DoubleTree cookies have a passionate fan following and a long history. More than 30 million are consumed every year, and the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie even became the first food to be baked in orbit during experiments aboard the International Space Station.
Copycat recipes have been shared online for years, but only now has Hilton released the official version to create at home.
&ldquoWe know this is an anxious time for everyone,&rdquo said Shawn McAteer, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. &ldquoA warm chocolate chip cookie can&rsquot solve everything, but it can bring a moment of comfort and happiness.
&ldquoWe hope families enjoy the fun of baking together during their time at home, and we look forward to welcoming all our guests with a warm DoubleTree cookie when travel resumes.&rdquo
Click here for the recipe in metric units.
DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe
½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks)
¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 2/3 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl.
With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds. Don&rsquot overmix.
Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.
Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour.
Cook&rsquos note: You can freeze the unbaked cookies, and there&rsquos no need to thaw. Preheat oven to 300°F and place frozen cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.
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Study finds most Americans think minimum wage is too low, many support $15 per hour
(WBTV) - A newly-released study reveals most Americans think the federal minimum wage ($7.25) is too low and many support raising it to $15 per hour.
Global market research firm Ipsos released a study, which polled more than 6,000 Americans on their knowledge of and opinions on the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
The study revealed majority of Americans agree the federal minimum wage is too low and should be increased to at least $15 per hour.
- Eight in ten Americans (80%) say the federal minimum wage is too low. This consensus was seen across all genders, generations, education levels, races, income levels, and regions of the country.
- Among those surveyed who hold an opinion on the federal minimum wage, two-thirds support increasing it to $15 per hour. Even when including undecided respondents on the matter, more than half (56%) support a $15 per hour minimum wage.
- The majority of Americans also believe raising the minimum wage would have a positive impact on employees in general (70%), the country (55%), their community (54%), and the economy (54%).
In 2018, Amazon raised its starting wage for all U.S. employees to at least $15 an hour, and now well over half of all Amazon front-line employees in the U.S. earn more than $15 an hour.
This Amazon/Ipsos poll was conducted Jan. 28-Feb. 8, 2021 by Ipsos using the probability-based KnowledgePanel.
This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 6,354 with a boost for hourly workers and state boosts in Florida, Minnesota, Washington, Arizona, Georgia. The survey was conducted in English and Spanish.
The data were weighted to adjust for gender by age, race/ethnicity, education, Census region, metropolitan status, household income, and party identification. The demographic benchmarks came from 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) from the US Census Bureau.
Pampered Chef Study Finds Americans Are Cooking More but Hungry for Relevant Mealtime Solutions
This added stress has not impacted Americans’ resolve to cook. In fact, the study reported that one in five participants said they would always make time to cook, even if it created more stress and overwhelm.
“Mealtime is that daily reminder of when expectations meet reality, and while the act of cooking is not the most challenging responsibility in our daily lives, we heard loud and clear that fitting it into our increasingly overwhelming schedules is a struggle,” said Pampered Chef Chief Marketing Officer Terry Haley.
Continuing to cook in the midst of this tension has left many Americans seeking mealtime solutions or help with the preparation and planning process. Almost 60% of participants said they are craving inspiration in the kitchen, 63% say they lack confidence in their cooking abilities, and 64% said they are either on the lookout for meal hacks or simply ordering takeout.
Cooking responsibilities are usually relegated to one member of the family, the study found, with 80% of households having a primary cook who does not share responsibilities with other family members. Women are feeling more stress than men, with a quarter of women saying that meal preparation and planning has become a chore, versus only 8% of men. And Americans with children under the age of 18 report—not surprisingly—that they are struggling more in the kitchen and twice as likely to feel stressed by cooking than those with older children.
A lack of resources and training is contributing to this cooking fatigue. Half of respondents say they were taught to cook but 16% said they had no instructions or kitchen mentors to serve as role models.
In response to this data, Pampered Chef is now employing an Inspiration Hub, where consumers can find recipes, timesaving tips and product recommendations, and a cooking persona quiz so home cooks can discover their mealtime preferences, improve their kitchen confidence, and find personalized resources and support.
“The goal with our new content is to ultimately support home cooks, providing tailored tools and tricks that help people feel more confident in the kitchen, so they can focus on what they love most about mealtime: enjoying delicious food together with family and friends.”
The objective of cooking and time spent in the kitchen was clear among participants, with 70% pointing to “providing a healthy, nutritious meal and enjoying a meal while connecting with loved ones” as the most enjoyable part of the cooking process. But regardless of resources or training, someone will still have to do the dishes—the chore that 42% of participants said was their least enjoyable task.
Study Reveals The Most Common Items that Go Missing at Home
Forgetting stuff is easy. We’ve all spent mornings frantically searching for our keys or worse, left our phones or wallets behind somewhere. But what’s the real cost of being forgetful? According to the “Lost & Found” survey released by Pixie, a location app for iPhones, Americans collectively spend a whopping $2.7 billion dollars every year—two thirds of us spending up to $50 yearly—simply replacing the items they can’t find. And that’s not all, the everyday items we often misplace and more importantly, the amount of time we spend searching for them is pretty startling, too. Read ahead for a breakdown of Pixie’s more interesting discoveries.
Which items go missing the most:
Not so surprisingly, Pixie’s survey shows that more the 45% of us lose the remote controls to our TVs at least once a week—with 71% of us losing them monthly—making them by far the most misplaced item in the survey. Next come phones (33%) car and house keys (28%) glasses (27%) shoes (24%) and wallets and purses (20%), which means at least one in every five Americans misplaces something important every week!
The average time spent searching for misplaced items:
Believe it or not, Pixie’s research reveals that Americans spend an average total of 2.5 days a year looking for misplaced stuff. That’s nearly half a workweek we lose just searching for things. But time lost isn’t the only costly consequence of being forgetful. The study also shows that 60% of people have either been late to work or school because of lost items, followed by 49% who have missed appointments or meetings, and even 22% who’ve missed flights, trains, or bus rides. Turns out misplacing things can be more than just expensive it’s a major time drain too.
The objects people spend more than 15 minutes looking for:
Of all the everyday items that frequently go missing, it seems that some actually take longer than others to locate. According to Pixie, the average search for a misplaced item takes about five minutes and twenty seconds of our time, but there are things that people spend a lot more time looking for. In fact, the study shows that there are several objects people spend more than fifteen minutes of their day trying to find, including: house keys (21.3%) wallets (20.2%) umbrellas (19%) passports (18.9%) drivers licenses (18.8%) and credit and debit cards (18.7%). That’s a whole lot of time and energy wasted on searching for stuff we need.
Caroline is a writer living in New York City. When she’s not covering art, interiors, and celebrity lifestyles, she’s usually buying sneakers, eating cupcakes, or hanging with her rescue bunnies, Daisy and Daffodil.
Here’s how to calculate how much you should weigh
Every January, New Year’s resolutions emerge and the most common ones revolve around getting in shape.
The Statista Global Consumer Survey revealed the two most popular goals for the new year are to exercise more and eat healthier.
Doing both can help you trim your waistline, but how do you know how much you should weigh?
Medical News Today has several methods you can use to work out your ideal weight, which varies from person-to-person.
BMI measures body fat based on height and weight in adult men and women, according to the National Institutes of Health. BMI is broken down into four categories:
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
- Overweight = 25–29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
The NIH has a calculator you can use to measure your BMI. There’s also a weight and height chart you can read to learn where you fall in regards to your body mass index.
Your waist-to-hip ratio is the proportion of your waist circumference compared to your hip circumference, the University of Alabama, Birmingham reported. It is calculated by dividing your waist circumference by your hip circumference.
You can use a measuring tape to measure the distance around the smallest part of your waist, which is usually just above the belly button. You can also use a measuring tape to measure the distance around the largest part of your hips, which is typically the widest part of the buttocks.
The results can show abdominal obesity measurements. According to the World Health Organization, abdominal obesity is greater than 0.85 in women and greater than 0.9 in men.
The weight of your fat divided by your total weight equals your body fat percentage, according to Medical News Today.
Total body fat includes essential fat, which is necessary to survive, and storage fat, which is fatty tissue that protects internal organs in the abdomen and chest.
The most common method of measuring body fat is via a skinfold measurement, which pinches the skin using calipers.
The American Council on Exercise recommends the following body fat percentages:
6. Follow the #1 rule of kindness: Don’t judge.
My favorite Instagram accounts are the ones that—at least occasionally—show how much work went into taking that perfect photo. Or, even better, the ones that show how that living room or person actually looks in normal, everyday, unstaged, unlighted life.
One of the least kind things you can do for yourself is expect your day to look like an Instagram account or a Pinterest image and to judge yourself by unrealistic standards. On certain days those photos are probably going to make you feel even more critical of yourself than usual. On those days, the kindest thing to do for yourself might be to take a pass on social media.
Even when cooking for one, Americans say leftovers are piling up in their fridge
NEW YORK — Is putting leftovers into the fridge a useless endeavor? New research shows the majority of leftovers Americans cook winds up in the trash uneaten.
It’s not for lack of trying however, according to the new study. In fact, 61 percent say they always refrigerate their leftovers, but never get around to eating them.
The poll of 2,000 Americans asked respondents about their cooking habits and being a solo chef. Researchers find 66 percent say when they cook for themselves, they always accidentally end up making enough food to feed a family. It’s no wonder then that three in five respondents constantly feel like they’re wasting food when they fly solo in the kitchen.
Cooking solo has pros and cons
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Gilbert’s Craft Sausages, the survey reveals the hardest part of cooking for one is having the self control to even do it. Nearly half the poll (48%) say they constantly struggle with the urge to order delivery or takeout instead of cook.
Respondents also admit they feel like their food never stays hot enough by the time they sit down to eat (43%) or they feel too stressed after cooking the meal to truly enjoy it (38%). Forty-six percent say finding healthy options for single serve, ready-to-eat meals is another struggle they often face.
Cooking for one isn’t all bad though, as 66 percent of respondents say this is the perfect opportunity for them to have creative freedom in the kitchen. Nearly three in four Americans (73%) agree that a top perk of cooking for just themselves is being able to make their food exactly how they like it.
Conversely, when they cook for others, 64 percent feel like they always have to adapt what they’re cooking to fit the tastes of others. Two in three (66%) prefer to try new recipes on themselves to see if it’s worthy of being presented to a larger group.
“Whether for those living alone or preparing a lunch for while working from home, the past year has brought new attention to cooking for one and the food waste that often comes with it,” says Chris Salm, founder of Gilbert’s Craft Sausages, in a statement. “Individually wrapped and healthy proteins, like our chicken sausages, are an easy way to add flavor to a dish or customize for different diet preferences and restrictions in a household, without resulting in a ton of leftovers that won’t get eaten.”
Forty-eight percent of Americans said get their recipe inspiration from online articles and blogs. Another 45 percent simply turn to good old-fashioned cookbooks.
Other places respondents find inspiration include family recipes and cooking shows (44%), Instagram and social media influencers (35%), and recommendations from friends (28%). Regardless of the recipe’s origin, the average home cook has five go-to meals they can whip up at any time.
“Solo diners shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste, health or flavor because of limited options,” adds Salm. “The last year has taught us that we each need to identify the cooking style and methods that work best for us.”
Phononic Survey Reveals Consumers’ Preferences for the Grocery “Store of the Future”
DURHAM, N.C.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Phononic, the global leader in solid state cooling that is breaking the boundaries of semiconductor innovation, today announced the findings of a study that revealed consumers’ grocery shopping preferences. Phononic surveyed 1,100 adults across the United States to understand the current retail landscape, and the services shoppers would like grocery stores to offer in the future.
“As eCommerce innovation continues to disrupt brick-and-mortar retail in response to consumers’ desire for a more convenient and personalized shopping experience, traditional retailers are adapting to stay relevant,” said Tony Atti, Founder and CEO, Phononic. “Refrigerators and freezers have long been warehoused in the back of the store, but cooling innovation will realize distributed solutions that feature healthier food options at checkout, more efficient store layouts and additional impulse purchases. By embracing new technology, retailers will improve consumers’ shopping experiences, and ultimately survive – and thrive – in this increasingly competitive landscape.”
The study revealed several common preferences among consumers, including the desire for increased convenience and more options for refrigerated and frozen foods, particularly at the checkout.
“With plant-based milks, there’s much more variability across types and brands than, say, canned tomatoes,” Bishop explains. “So we just cross-test recipes to the Nth degree.”
Curious to know the results? Almond milk, with its neutral flavor, is their choice for savory dishes. Oak milk tastes best in baked goods because of its higher sugar content, which also aids in browning those baked goods. If you want to use it to make ATK’s Carrot Cake Pancakes or Crunchy Cinnamon French Toast, you’ll have to buy the book.