How The Sound Of Your Food Helps It Taste Better


A new study has shown the sound that food makes when we bite into it can be linked to us enjoying the taste so much, Time reports. Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology at Oxford, attributes sound to perceiving the freshness of food.

According to Spence, sound is an indictor of texture which leads to identifying quality.

Picture foods like soft drinks, potato chips, mashed potatoes and fruit. Each has a signature sound when bitten upon. The study illustrates that sounds plays a role in helping us determine how delicious food is based off our initial expectations. If you’re biting into an apple, hearing a crunch will probably be more appealing than a soggy squirt.

There’s mention of the possibility of augmenting foods to boost sound and smell levels for older people who have diminishing senses so they can still enjoy the dining experience to its fullest. The study also notes that external sounds, such as music, is also connected to the way people enjoy foods.

Eating food is considered a multi-sensory experience. According to Spence, sound is the “forgotten flavor sense.”



New Sign Language Restaurant Only Takes Orders In American Sign Language


Brilliant idea alert: later this month, a new restaurant will be opening up in Toronto called “Signs” on 558 Yonge Street, which promises to be Canada’s first “deaf” restaurant where customers are asked to order their dinners using only American Sign Language.

Staffed primarily by deaf servers, the restaurant hopes to provide “a kind of community service for a deaf population that often struggles to find employment in a speech-oriented workforce,” reports The Star. The idea came to owner Anjan Manikumar while managing a Boston Pizza. After realizing one of his regular customers was deaf, he sought to learn American Sign Language (ASL) in order to provide a better experience for his guest.

At Signs, customers will have access to an ASL “cheat book” to help them order from Signs’s Canadian and international food menu, which includes everything from chicken salad to game. Rabbit, for example, looks like this. And while pointing is technically allowed, it isn’t encouraged, as the goal is that Signs provides a place where the deaf can feel welcome and the hearing are able to learn about the deaf community.