This time of year brings lots of 2012 summations: what we wore, what we watched and most importantly for Short Order readers -- what we ate. And who better to speak to the food trends of the masses than the almighty Google?
The search giant's Zeitgeist wrap up of the year's search trends includes a lot of interesting info about about food-related topics. Check out what American eaters searched for in 2012, and our thoughts on said results, after the jump.
Here are the top five terms for a variety of food and drink categories (trending refers to search terms with the highest traffic over a sustained period year over year, and most searched is pretty self-explanatory.):
Trending: Food Delivery
Burger King Delivery
Nola Food Delivery
Healthy Delivery Options
Tomato Soup Delivery
This bodes well for the South Florida based burger chain's new venture (which the Short Order team tried out). But tomato soup delivery? Seriously, people? Is a can of Campbells so difficult to prepare?
Most Searched: Cocktails
Standard fare. Meet your average Ocean Drive drink menu.
Progresso Recipe Starters
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
Coleslaw Dressing Recipe
Slutty Brownies Recipe
Michael Phelps diet
Raspberry Ketone diet
Pink Method diet
Adriana Lima diet
Yeah, celebrity diets are popular as always. But newsflash for those who want the body of Michael Phelps or Adriana Lima: they get paid to work out. You don't. So yeah, replicating their diet probably isn't gonna do it. And besides, you can only eat so much Subway.
Most Searched: U.S. Restaurants in Zagat (Zagat is one of Google's newest acquisitions, so the restaurant listings are ranked through them.)
Well, we do have a Nobu branch here in Miami, so that's something. Otherwise, we're zero for five. Unsurprisingly, NYC pretty much dominates this category.
Most Searched: Food Companies
We can't hate. We're pretty big fans of Costco's baked goods (as is the VP, apparently).
Most Searched: Calorie Searches
Calories in an Avocado
Calories Burned Walking
Sadly, Americans still love their Mickey Ds. But at least avocado and vodka come up a close third and fourth. That gives us a little faith in humanity.
And lastly, when you narrow it down to the city view, Zeitgeist offers a list of Miami's most searched restaurants in Zagat.
Miami, FL Restaurants
Since these rankings are based mostly on out-of-towners utilizing Zagat's listings, this list doesn't come as any real surprise. But at least one is off the beach! That's a nice nod to the increasing significance of the downtown culinary scene. There's more to us than just South Beach, visiting foodies!
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