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Food Trends - January 21st 2014, 11:00 AM

Have you noticed any trends in food or restaurants? I've noticed that more people are choosing healthy snacks. They're swapping chips and sweets for healthier items like nuts, sun flower seeds, and low sodium snacks. I've also seen a few restaurants and eateries that are serving breakfast dishes, or breakfast like dishes, for lunch. But then, whever pigging out with family I tend to go for the more rustic, robust winter meals that I know will be more satisfying. Like beefy stew and suet dumplings. YUMMO!

I was asking one of my sisters who is Italian and she said that Italian food has never varied much because it's so beautiful when homemade from families' traditional recipes. Pasta, she said, has always been popular, though Italian housewives don't stay at home so much these days, but work in other places. Therefore the time they spent making fresh pasta has almost stopped because the women use dried pasta instead. Only Grandmothers continue to make traditional pasta and yeast-risen doughs by hand.

Mum says food trends in the UK have considerably changed since restauranteurs and brassie owners latched onto the cheapness of wonderfully tasting cheap cuts of meat, such as shoulder of lamb, brisket beef, chicken thighs where such meat tasted wonderful but were cheap to buy, thus keeping their profits high while satisfying their diners.

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Re: Food Trends - January 21st 2014, 01:23 PM

Here, in Indonesia, some fast food restaurants also provide healthier alternatives like fresh garden salad (with a large heap of dressing). Not only that, some famous chains like McDonalds for instance, have added new menus in accordance to Indonesian culture together with the original western foods like chicken porridge. Normally, they are only found at street peddlers.

Sadly, most people in my country still stick with the sweets and fries, me included.

Fresh veggies and fruits' price in my place is always unstable and truth to be told, they are quite expensive to afford for people with lower incomes. On the other hand, though, most people prefer instant noodles and fast foods since they are cheaper and more convenient. This mostly applies to college students who are far away from home.

Yes, some famous restaurants here in Indonesia are serving breakfast menus as well. For limited time, that is. I often see English breakfast set, fruit oatmeal, and omelette platters being listed on the breakfast menus.

I think our way of serving and eating food have changed tremendously for over the past few years. People stick more with quicker alternatives while the food businesses are implementing healthy choices in their menu.




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Re: Food Trends - January 22nd 2014, 06:45 PM

I've noticed a lot of people switching to things such as salads, and I agree with the thing about nuts! Some people at least try to be a bit healthier, but there will always be a lot of people (including myself) who like the junk food. It probably depends on the person and area, and KW is also right that fresh fruits/veggies are expensive and so lower incomes may not always buy them, and some people just don't have the time to sit down and make a healthy meal.


   
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