2015 food trends

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Looking back at last year’s post about 2014 food trend predictions, some where right on!  They knew Sriracha was going to be huge and it was!  It turned into a stout, has anyone actually tried this?

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They were also off in some ways.  In July, a new look on saturated fats made everyone gasp and rethink what we have thought to be true the past 50 years.

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Next year, here is what is in store- according to Finedininglovers.com

  • Matcha tea.  I discovered my love for matcha this year at a local coffee shop and have been making iced lattes with it often before work.  It gives you a more gradual caffeine boost instead of all at once.
  • Bone broth for healing.  I have made a batch once at home to help with my back and it was tasty!
  • Smoky flavors.  We have a new spot in town that would be perfect for this!
  • Kalettes.  A cross between kale and brussels.  Hmm, haven’t ever seen this yet!

Here is the complete list!

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What do you think will be big in 2015?

Weekend things

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I just love these sunrises.  They never fail to make me stop and appreciate the beauty of them!

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Latest cooking creations…

I cooked this steak for the first time, and it was delicious!  I used KC strip and red wine to reduce.

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These waffles which turned out tasty (I opted to use 2 eggs and added a little regular flour instead of the full almond/coconut combo and they turned out great)

This is currently cooking in the slow cooker!

I tried a new(er) place in Westport called Julep.  It opened earlier this summer around Kentucky Derby time and is known for being a whiskey bar.  However, that is not all they serve.  They have a small wine/beer list as well as other cocktails that don’t all include whiskey.  With the help of my waitress, I ordered a warm cocktail that included Tequila, honey cinnamon, pumpkin and hot water.  It tasted just like hot holiday tea.  If you get the chance, try this cute, quaint place!

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I’ve been watching videos about steaming milk and have tried tea drinks as well such as Chai and London Fogs.  Which is perfect for this weather because, snow.

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And all the people were like,

What are you cooking lately?

Friday faves

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Happy Friday!  Here are some of my favorite things from the past week

1. Smoked salmon from Fritz’s.  Oh my goodness.  I thought I preferred the thinly sliced, Trader Joe’s version, but this is a whole new level.  It isn’t dry in the least and the only word that can really do it justice is succulent.  YUM.

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2.  Brunch. Yes this is a repeat offender pretty much every weekend I don’t work, but I love it!  I tried a new place, Summit Grill and Bar (formerly Remedy) and they did a great salmon salad.  (Maybe salmon should be an item of it’s own..)  Allen got the Irish breakfast which consisted of different types of sausages and eggs.  I learned “White Pudding” is in fact a sausage, who knew.

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3. Dean & Deluca.  My mom and I went to lunch there yesterday and Ric, the owner was so kind.  He let us try many samples (another favorite!) and was just so welcoming and engaging in conversation.  We ended up settling on the basil pesto chicken salad, haricot vert, shrimp, orzo salad and marinated mushrooms.

4. Holiday Botique.  Mom and I had last been in either 2010 or 2011, when we saw Hope from Days of Our Lives.  This year, we didn’t have any celebrity spottings but we did manage to get some goodies!

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I loved the art from Carly, the owl wreath, and I got an owl candle warmer :)

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I also found a new scarf, KC shirt, and a waistband that will actually fit my big phone. And I may have been really excited to hear Christmas songs.

5.  Seasons changing.  As much as I hate the cold, there is something exciting about the way the seasons change, opening up room in your life for other changes.  I just wish the colorful leaves would stay around even longer.

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What are some of your favorites this week?