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Our Top Food Trend Predictions for 2014

2013 was a year full of food crazes. We’re still reeling from the Siracha excitement! Whether you craved sweet, spicy, natural or crazy food combinations, 2013 was the year to find it. But we’re guessing there’s even more food fun in store for the future.

2014

The National Restaurant Association and restaurant-research firms have shared what they think we’ll all see on our plates this year. Now it’s DietInReview.com’s turn to predict the biggest food trends of the upcoming year.

Locally Sourced Food
Though there’s still no real standard for what makes something local, we expect that people will still place the origin of their food as a top priority in 2014. More restaurants are promoting local ingredients and more consumers are demanding local meat, fish, and vegetables.


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Seven Ways to Avoid Binging at a Buffet

Cooking over the holidays has most of us to closing our home kitchens for a few days to recuperate. If you’re still entertaining family and friends, hitting up the local buffet may seem like the best way to keep everyone fed without spending an arm and a leg. Buffets are also great for New Year’s hosts who want to set up a variety of food options for people to munch on as they count down the last hours of 2013.

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Whatever your reasoning may be, buffets seem like an answer to many holiday eating conundrums. However, they can create more problems than they solve, especially when it comes to your waistline. We’ve got tips from Brian Wansink, PhD, of the Cornell Food and Brand lab, as well as ideas of our own to help you navigate buffet-style eating.

Choose a smart seat
Where you sit can have a big impact on how much you eat. By sitting with your back to the buffet, you are less tempted to go up and grab another dish. You also may want to consider choosing a booth over a table. Wansink found that slimmer individuals tend to go for booths. This creates a more comfortable seating arrangement like what you would find at a sit-down restaurant, and can discourage you from eating more than one plate of food.


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Our Favorite Vegetarian Restaurants in Albuquerque

When the state question is about your preference of chile, you know you’ve come to a good place to find great food. What you may not know is Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of the most vegetarian-friendly places you can eat in the entire country. Whether you’re looking for traditional New Mexican cuisine or something further outside your comfort zone, Albuquerque won’t leave you disappointed.

Most restaurants use the freshest ingredients they can find to ensure each dish, meatless or not, is full of signature ABQ flavor. With a host of nationally recognized vegetarian-friendly restaurants, the city is bound to leave meat eaters wanting to eat their veggies – and then some!

Enjoy our picks for coolest vegetarian restaurants in Albuquerque, New Mexico – and be sure to tell them we sent you!

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Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café

A local vegan restaurant specializing in Indian cuisine, Annapurna’s specializes in Ayurvedic vegan fresh food. It’s all organic and made from local ingredients. Each dish is meant to target six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent, which means every vegan and vegetarian dish is bursting with flavor. Desserts abound, too, even featuring a vegan sweet potato pie. And if you need a more centered take on happy hour, join them for Chai Daily Happy Hour.

Yelp Rating – 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Our Favorite Vegetarian Restaurants in New Orleans

Vegetarian eating in the Big Easy is easier than you might believe. In what other city could you find a restaurant with a vegetarian menu perfect for date night and a place where even veggie eaters can satiate their hot dog cravings? From fancy to fast, New Orleans offers some of the freshest vegetarian food on the Mississippi.

Each restaurant on our list has its own feel while remaining true to the heritage and personality of the city they call home. So next time you’re taking it slow in NOLA, check out some of the best vegetarian food the city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for lunch, dinner, or a mid-afternoon pastry, New Orleans is definitely the spot for vegetarians to indulge.

Enjoy our picks for the coolest vegetarian restaurants in New Orleans, Louisiana – and be sure to tell them we sent you!

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City Greens

Serving up salads and wraps in a city known for its rich cuisine is daring, and it’s exactly what City Greens is doing. Customers create their own wrap or salad filled with pretty much anything they can think of. We’re especially fans of the Raw Shaved Salad with beets, Brussels Sprouts, and fennel. City Greens also posts where each of their ingredients comes from, so there are no surprises about what’s in your meal, proudly alternating the menu by seasonal availability.

Yelp Rating – 4 out of 5 stars
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Our Favorite Vegetarian Restaurants in Madison

In a state known for cheese, the likelihood of finding a decent vegetarian restaurant is non-existant. Isn’t it? That’s not the case in Madison, Wisconsin, home of Camp Randall Stadium, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, and a surprising vegetarian dining scene.

Diners who love their veggies will be happy with the variety of food they can find in Wisconsin’s capital. With everything from burgers to baked goods available, the hard part of vegetarian dining in Madison isn’t trying to find a restaurant, it’s deciding which one to try first.

Enjoy our picks for the coolest vegetarian restaurants in Madison, Wisconsin – and be sure to tell them we sent you.

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The Green Owl

“Vegetarian cuisine for people who love food” is their motto, and The Green Owl certainly delivers. One of the only exclusively vegetarian restaurants in Madison, The Green Owl serves up meatless dishes like the popular BBQ Jackfruit sandwich, using the fruit as a substitute for the traditional pork. The restaurant also hosts specialty dinners like a vegan Thanksgiving.

Yelp Rating – 4 out of 5 stars
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