Google released its top search trends of the year. Some charts were depressing, others were enlightening. Let’s dive in!
As for the most searched diets, old standbys like Atkins is still running strong as well as the newish kid on the block, Paleo. No mention of the soup diet, but that is expected to reach peak trend in 2015. My favorite diet, the no diet diet, is nowhere on the radar, perhaps due to the “no there there” aspect. ** Shrugs, reaches for more Belgium extra dark chocolate and a swig of red wine, breakfast is such an important meal. ** I was rooting for the Mark Bittman VB6 diet to make the chart. Or Michael Pollan’s manifesto but maybe it was too lengthy to type in the search bar: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
People wanted to learn how to make chicken, meatloaf, banana bread, pancakes and chili most of all. With the masses armed with recipes and home cook know-how, I will 86 those items from my menu…or in a brilliant strategic move, open a pop-up cafe that only serves those things!
Onto one of my favorite topics, drinks! Finally, a solid list but I do wish sangria was an m-cocktail to keep with the theme. I love crowdsourced emergent patterns. But maybe “molotov cocktail” would not have been the right one. “Mocktail” would have been good. Or my buddy the Manhattan. At EatsPlace we like to serve ours with house infused brandied cherries.
The beer category reads like a college drink list so I’ll liken it to the experience of hooking up with your RA in freshman year: breaks your heart just a bit, even though you expected it to. I love all of our local breweries in Washington DC!
In the category “Places on Google Maps”, the good news is top searches included three food places. Four if you count Walmart, which was in the most searched of all. And that leads to the bad news: top searches were for Walmart, Starbucks, Target and McDonald’s. Local businesses of course will not trend on a national level, but what about looking up a National Park? Or find out where the farms, farmers markets and CSAs are in your town? Because who can’t figure out where Starbucks or McDonalds are? They’re literally everywhere.