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2011: Food Trends Predictions Rolling In Already

Spoiler alert: The restaurant and food trend reports for 2011 are landing in my in-box already. It's kind of like seeing Christmas decorations up before the summer is technically over. But who can resist a peek into the future? Both locally-based Andrew Freeman & Co. and Brooklyn-based Baum + Whiteman have unleashed their predictions (some spot-on, some pretty wacky). I figured the East Coast might have a different perspective so I took to it to see how Baum + Whiteman's applied to what's going on in SF.

Find a Fresh Look at the Nordstrom Summer Cosmetic Trend Show

Beauty junkies, take note: this Saturday marks your chance to find out about all the latest makeup, skincare and fragrance trends new for summer 2010 under one roof during the Nordstrom Summer Cosmetic Trend Show.

The one-day event at Nordstrom San Francisco offers the chance to update your look with the colors of summer and indulge in personalized makeup applications, skin care consultations and fragrance demonstrations from a team of beauty experts on hand especially for the event.

SF's Pretty Young Things: Meet 11 Fashion Forward Bloggers

Eclectic, thrifty, funky, vintage: Sprung from a city that revels in the idea of independence, the fashion scene here is proudly anti-fashion. Meet nine up-and-coming bloggers and two Web entrepreneurs who epitomize this sentiment every time they get dressed.

 


2010 Design Predictions: Oriental Rugs Return

Nesting has been in full effect since this stinker of an economy reared its ugly head a few years ago, but 2009 was when it really kicked into high gear. Like the resurgence of backyard gardens and heirloom crops in food trends, people are DIYing and looking for true value over cheap substance at home, as well.

San Francisco's Eat + Drink Trends for 2010

There’s nothing like the power of predicting the future. So here goes our stab at 2010's eat and drink trends (within our 7x7 square miles, of course):

More ramen.
Better ramen. And to go with it, ramen noodles. Katana Ya can not be our only hope. There’s already Shirohige Ramen truck, which has gotten mixed reviews, but a little bird told me that SF can expect to be seeing another very good ramen truck run by a total professional soon.

More rum. And with the opening of Smuggler’s Cove, I’m imagining we’ll see more cocktails on fire (had one just the other night at Heaven’s Dog, actually).

Classic Cocktails, Twitter Taste-Offs: The Drinking Trends of 2009

1. Cheap and Cheerful
The economy has got people drinking cheaper bottles of wine. But learning something along the way. As a sommelier in a high-end restaurant told me, “Maybe wine drinkers are learning that often what makes wine expensive is not only high quality, but things like fashion and availability.”

2. DIY Everything
Bartenders started the DIY trend a couple of years ago by making their own bitters. But now witness the portfolio of shrubs (syrups made from fresh fruit and vinegar) from Nopa’s Neyah White and the tonic water made with cinchona bark and assorted herbs and flowers from her backyard made by Pizzaiolo’s Cate Whalen. What’s next? Glass blowing?

Is Stealth Shopping the Next Style Trend?

In case you weren’t already painfully aware, conspicuous consumption is officially as dead, and, if you were painfully aware, the New York Times is here to remind us of that fact in a recent story by Ruth La Ferla. Slipping into its place? A curious notion we'll call stealth shopping. Big ticket items, the thinking goes, carry a degree of style stigma these days, so members of the haute set are heading underground, leaving the high street for private sales and trunk shows where their lavish purchases can be made among likeminded folk.

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