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food trends for 2008......

I'd like to see more -local foods please, prepared simply....

less- crusted, oversauced, and overembellished to cover up the poor quality of the ingredients.

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  1. Shocks! And I'm looking forward to sushi w/ white truffles...

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    1. re: RicRios

      I find the lack of white truffles in the midwest disturbing...

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    2. I would like to see a renewed interest in happy hour. Not your typical happy hour. Maybe more at home. I love little appetizer plates - like tapas - with unique flavors. Grape truffles - grapes enrobed with bleu and goat cheese and rolled in pistachios.

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      1. re: eatmyfood

        I too would love to see the resurgence of cocktail hour at home. I guess with people commuting longer distances it's more difficult these days. But maybe as a weekend thing.

      2. I'd like for vegetable dishes to get more attention, not just as an alternative for vegetarians. The return of the cocktail - the real kind, not these appletini things. Also, simple dinner parties, where you have a couple friends over for a family-style meal, without raiding five gourmet shops and taking half a day off work to figure out wine pairings.

        I'd like to see less: $30+ entrées in restaurants; food snobbism of any kind; cupcakes (didn't their 15 minutes expire, like, three years ago??)

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        1. re: piccola

          Here here, I third the vote for better vegetable appreciation and I'm all for the end of the cupcake craze...when the icing outweighs the cake by 2:1 that's just wrong :)

          1. re: piccola

            Here here!! I sometimes fret for weeks over a dinner party and spend way to much $$ trying to impress on a complex dish! Not doing it anymore! I probably put the pressure on myself. I think that is what is keeping people from getting together anymore afraid that they will not live up to the expectations of today. But I do know a few friends/aquaintances who I would not invite for dinner just for that reason. Snobbery.
            We can't afford to eat out anymore as much as we liked. I would like to see smaller portions at restaurants WITH the smaller price attached.

            1. re: chocchipcookie

              Ditto on the smaller portions and prices. One of my favourite restaurants in Montreal serves three sizes for the entree - it satisfies everyone and avoids wasting the extra food.

              1. re: piccola

                What resto in Montreal? I'm in Calgary now but back to Montreal a few times a year and I'd love to try it :)

                1. re: maplesugar

                  It's called Spirite Lounge, on Ontario St. But keep in mind the decor is, uh, special - and so is the service. In other words, not a date place.

                  1. re: piccola

                    Thanks heh I googled it and it sounds, um, special heh I wonder if the decor has changed since the review I read.... it mentioned blue leopard and tassled pillows. The you must eat everything rule is funny...I wish it worked in my house ;) I'll check it out but I think you're right, it probably won't be on date night.

          2. A second vote for the glorification of vegetables--not just for vegetarians.

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            1. re: Non Cognomina

              I just checked this book out of the library: 366 Delicious Ways to Cook Rice, Beans, and Grains. It's amazing (but no pictures!).

              .. I may be behind the times as I know grains were going strong again last year, but haven't caught on completely.

              http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0452...

              I am not vegan (or even vegetarian) , but this is my favorite new cookbook: Veganomicon (they even made it on NPR - uber trendy). http://www.amazon.com/Veganomicon-Ult...

            2. having discovered last week that tempura is incredibly easy, if messy, to make at home, that will be a personal food trend in my house...