It’s the start of a new year, and we’re all making resolutions. Maybe you’re looking to kick a habit, reach some personal goals, or take on a new challenge. Today, we bring you our Top 5 Foodie Resolutions to make 2015 all the more adventurous, healthy, and delicious!
In 2015, let’s resolve to…
1. Experience new flavors.
One of the surest ways to branch out from your ordinary dining habits is to step outside of America. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to try out foods from other cultures without traveling any farther than your supermarket. Like last year, the year 2015 promises to feature more Asian foods, with more options than just familiar Chinese and Japanese fare. Other trendy flavors we anticipate include smoked foods and drinks, heavier use of bitters, and more complex sweet-hot combinations like jalapeno and honey to usurp the popularity of simply hot flavors like sriracha. Check out more about 2015 flavor trends here.
2. Learn more about your food.
Everything we eat has a story. Many folks are gaining new depths of appreciation for the agricultural origins, craftsmanship, and local distinction that go into making various foods special. Maybe one of your favorite food is particular to a certain region, represents a family’s heritage, or is created with time-honored techniques. Learning more about your food and what makes it unique will enhance your enjoyment and give you valuable information to share with others.
3. Indulge in a treat once in a while.
As important as it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, an occasional indulgence can keep us motivated and serve as the perfect accompaniment to a celebration. Sometimes a classic donut, a sample from the dessert menu, or a spoonful or cookie butter is just the simple pleasure you need to brighten your day. Stick to something small and satisfying once or twice a week, and you won’t risk wrecking other resolutions to be fit and healthy!
Making eating an occasion for a social event allows the people you care about to participate in and increase your enjoyment of food. If you prefer to go out, restaurants continue to offer more convenient options for small bites and shareable dishes.
At home, perhaps consider hosting a party that’s both educational and entertaining, such as a special food and drink pairing or a gourmet tasting. Social sharing of food provides a uniquely fun atmosphere for getting to know people better as well as having a memorable dining experience.
5. Keep up with food trends and culinary innovations.
Throughout the year, we’ve spotlighted people who are making exciting advancements to the culinary scene in all sorts of ways. Checking in with what the current trends are and what the next ones are projected to be takes the foodie lifestyle to a whole new level. Also, many celebrity chefs are active on Twitter with fresh insights, recipes, photos, and inspirations for followers.
No matter what your foodie future looks like, we wish you a Happy New Year!