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FOOD TRENDS: A pig improvement; Artisanal vs. local; private label boom

Reported by wsj.com: “This is the beginning of a lard-type fat revolution in this country,” said Heath Putnam, whose company Wooly Pigs was the first U.S. importer of highly prized Mangalitsa pigs from Hungary. See the pig: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704717004575268624163815934.html?mod=dist_smartbrief Reported by Reuters: Eating processed meat increases the likelihood of heart disease, while red meat does not … Continue reading

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Homer’s grill tips; Top Chef winner hits street; 2,500-calorie pasta; grocery store restaurants growing

Homer Simpson’s grilling tips reported by Parade Magazine: – “I find that a half pound of meat really wakes up a veggie burger.” – “Grill up some vegetables for the vegetarians in your life, like my daughter, Lisa. It’s easy. But remember, no matter how you do it, veggies taste bad.” Reported by dailycamera.com: Season … Continue reading

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New age stroganoff; inhomogeneous distribution is sweet; goey, musky natto

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff Reported by the Wall Street Journal: Natto is the latest fermented Japanese food to try to find its way to the U.S. There were 14,000 Japanese restaurants in the U.S. in 2009, according to the … Continue reading

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2010 FOOD TRENDS: The Nick Cage Diet; 9.3 billion burgers; Home-aged whiskey

Reported by NDP: According to NPD’s CREST® service, which continually tracks consumer usage of commercial and non-commercial foodservice, reports that total servings of burgers in 2009 were 9.3 billion, an increase of 800,000 servings since 2005. Six out of ten burgers move out of quick service restaurants. Actor Nicholas Cage’s diet tips, as reported by … Continue reading

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FOOD TRENDS: Meagan Fox is no chef; The power of Doritos; Of hot dogs and celery juice

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff .The Nibbles Food Trend Blog had 1,024 page views in April. The menu by chef Rick Bayless for the state dinner honoring Mexico as reported by the White House: -Jicama with Oranges, Grapefruit, and Pineapple … Continue reading

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FOOD TRENDS: Lardo love; Too much food info? New cruciferous: broccoli spigarello

“Every day that you don’t have (lardo) in your life is a dark swamp of ignorance.” – Anthony Bourdain Reported by the Associated Press: Welcome to the era of the menu as a spreadsheet. More restaurants, either by mandate or by choice, are bombarding diners with calorie counts and other information. The disclosures on menus, … Continue reading

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Austin’s big food spenders; spud rings beat fries; Morton’s banks on burgers

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff .The Nibbles Food Trend Blog had 1,024 page views in April. Reported by walletpop.com: As a follow up to the Top Spending U.S. Cities report recently issued, Bundle.com has compiled the data to find the … Continue reading

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FOOD TRENDS: Aniston poo-poos ga-ga goo diet; Bayless bashes French chefs; Kombucha makeover

Reported by People magazine: Jennifer Aniston was reportedly the latest celeb to try “The Baby Food Cleanse,” created by trainer Tracy Anderson, which entails eating 14 servings of pureed food each day followed by a healthy dinner. “Sorry, but the last time I had baby food, I believe I was 1,” says the actress, 41, … Continue reading

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Arab-Israeli humongous hummus battle; Eateries becoming power plants

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff The Nibbles Food Trend Blog had 1,024 page views in April. Reported by ABC News: More than 300 chefs set the new record for hummus, which the Lebanese say is their national dish despite Israeli … Continue reading

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2010 FOOD TRENDS: Pineapple pizza?! Young foodies can’t cook; dining with allergies

Reported by: http://slice.seriouseats.com/ “Pineapple combines sweetness with a little sour zestiness, making it perfect for pizza. Put it on a pizza without any meat, and the bubbly cheesiness wraps around the little chunks of pineapple like a wonderful tiki appetizer. Add thinly sliced ham and then you have a little salty burst of flavor, before … Continue reading

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Chicken breasts a distraction; Coupons rising at Whole Paycheck; Gum wars

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff Reported by CNNMoney.com: KFC’s much publicized launch of the Double Down — bacon and cheese served between two chicken breasts, hold the bread — was significant because the move is designed to refocus customers on … Continue reading

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U.S. FOOD TRENDS: Food porn genesis; false intolerance; foodie exclusivity; hard-wired fast food desire

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff Reported by the Edmonton Journal: The popularity of cooking shows and superstar chefs, the food-porn phenomenon that so dominates pop culture these days, doesn’t surprise Guy Fieri. “I think that we’ve taken a generational jump. … Continue reading

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Denver pie revival; Simulated ketchup chips; $2 billion online

Reported by Amanda Faison in her May 4 Table Talk blog for 5280 magazine in Denver: Trendspotting: The Rise of Pie While cupcakes are still hot commodities (ahem, the Denver Cupcake Truck), we’re turning our sights to the next trend in pastry: pie. This homey treat is gaining traction across the country–and Denver is no … Continue reading

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2010 CULINARY TRENDS: Huitlacoche a super food? Curried oatmeal; Keller a winner

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff Reported by AP: For years, scientists have assumed that huitlacoche (WEET-LA-KO-CHEE) — a gnarly, gray-black corn fungus long-savored in Mexico — had nutritional values similar to those of the corn on which it grew. But … Continue reading

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2010 Dining Trends: Pepperoni robots; Kefir rising; less food safety anxiety

Reported by John Lehndorff: Two things I love – salume and robots – come together in this video that manages to be simultaneously appetizing and mesmerizing and has a great soundtrack. Pizza anyone? PS: The best pepperoni I’ve ever tasted is made by Denver’s Il Mondo Vecchio. http://gizmodo.com/5528743/salami-sorting-robot-automation-at-its-most-delicious Reported by Natural Foods Merchandiser: The Sterling … Continue reading

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2010 FOOD TRENDS: mammalian lacteal secretions; milking sturgeon; chardonnay soda; the gourmet foodscape

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff Reported by theglobeandmail.com: Are you a culinary populist or an elitist? If you’re a foodie, chances are you’re a bit of both. Food is often considered an equalizer that crosses cultural and class boundaries. Paradoxically, … Continue reading