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Fall Food Trends 2019

Autumn is the home of comfort foods and of course, dishes focused on the pumpkin. But the fall season is so much more than just that and new trends are coming to your dinner plate. Here's what's up and coming and delicious as the weather cools down and the leaves turn orange and brown.


Purple is the fresh color this fall. It features everything from cabbage, cauliflower, beets, potatoes, concord grapes, and even red onions. Head out to the supermarket, break out your reusable shopping bag and start cooking.


Tea trumps coffee all over the world. And here in the U.S., people are finally jumping on the leafy bandwagon. Tea is now just as common as your favorite coffee brew, so look out for local tea bars, nitro tea on tap or even tea cocktails.


Bisque is no longer just shellfish-based soup, like shrimp or lobster. These days bisque means any pureed soup that features a smooth, creamy consistency. Bisque is a blended, vegetable- or seafood-based soup, and it is experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity.


Healthy ice cream is here with new ingredients and flavor combinations that are expected to create waves. Consumers will be consuming pints that are made with avocado or tahini, as well as adding in creative ice cream mix-ins, such as artisanal cheese.


Lots of drinks are on tap these days – not just beer and soda. There is everything from wine to kombucha to batch cocktails to cold brew coffee. Does being on tap make them yummier? Who knows? But it certainly has a cool look.


There are plenty of new options for obtaining your daily fat intake. New flavors of ghee, coconut butter chocolates, and variations of jerky are moving on the scene.

Seaweed is a delicious superfood and is chock-full of nutrients and antioxidants. As well, kelp and algae are also becoming more and more popular because they're super healthy, grow fast, and even absorb carbon. Start your greens love fest in these ways: pickle it, add it to poke bowls, or turn it into a tasty, vinegar-infused salad.


Fall will see a boosting of products with nutrient-dense powders, including mushroom powders, maca root, and turmeric.


Portuguese food is a mouth-watering European treat that is gaining renown. The cuisine features yummy local ingredients, such as fresh seafood, savory pork, and delicious dairy, not to mention the extraordinary wines. This fall, you should expand your knowledge of Portuguese food by trying sardinhas assadas, a platter of freshly grilled sardines, cozido à portuguesa, a platter of slowly boiled meats, sausages, and vegetables or açorda, a dish made with day-old bread and poached eggs served in a herbed broth.


We all love sweetness, so natural sugar replacements, like honey, fruit and coconut sugar are becoming more and more up and coming.


Smoky flavors are more than just barbecue these days. Try this flavorful concept on your vegetables, pasta, and even your cocktails. Smoke adds a savory taste to veggie dishes and is great as temperatures drop and the craving for cozy food is on-trend.


Tahini has been showing up on more and more dessert menus. Tahini features a nutty, creamy flavor that is perfect for both sweet and savory meals – but it's the sweet side that is making an appearance. You can combine sesame paste with Japanese foods like matcha or red bean, or replace it for peanut butter in recipes like cookies.


Wild greens are here, like dandelion and sorrel. As well, you will see more unusual citrus fruits, like the kumquat, instead of traditional lemons and limes.

Sour beers have a sharp tang that plays well with hearty fall foods. Try it to see whether it's for you!


Do you love crispy, crunchy foods? We'll soon see more puffed, crisped and popped foods such as pasta, seaweed or rice.


Sandwiches are having a moment, especially vegetarian versions. There is everything out there from deep-fried cauliflower to pickled vegetables to loads of condiments. Vegetarian sandwiches are for everyone these days – even if you like meat.


CBD products in every shape and form are joining the ranks of the many that are already here. Be on the lookout for CBD-spiked sparkling water, gummies and even coffee.

Scandinavian desserts are all over the place at local bakeries. Try the cardamom, cinnamon, and turmeric buns, or the tiger cake and almond danishes. It's Nordic pastries heaven.

Orange wines are a hot new trend. Orange wines are white wines which are made like red wines – where the juice is fermented with grape skins. And while the wine itself is not new – it goes back centuries – wine lovers are just now discovering it.


Udon is fall's newest "it" noodle. It's thick, chewy, and delicious. Udon noodles are usually served hot in the winter and cold in the summer, with a dipping sauce. This fall, use them instead of egg noodles in classic chicken noodle soup, or as a base in a stir-fry.

Brands are inventing brews that'll put you to right to bed. "Sleepytime" is a burgeoning tea category with key ingredients like valerian, lemon peel, and chamomile. Other tinctures are on the rise, too. There's Som Sleep, a melatonin-spiked sleep drink, moon milk, and a DIY herb and spice warm milk mixture.


Alternative flours are becoming more popular because of their unusual flavor. Try them out with chestnut flour pancakes, fruit-filled buckwheat cookies, rice flour-based sweet potato cake, almond flour-based Paleo pancakes, and waffles, or cricket flour cookies.


The global mezcal market is growing. What started as small brands that were pushing their way into U.S. liquor stores is now space for household spirits to join in.

There are new ways for you to get your food – without leaving your house. Starbucks is testing delivery through Uber Eats, and KFC and Taco Bell are working with GrubHub.

Za'atar is a popular Middle Eastern spice mix that consists of oregano, thyme, sumac, ground sesame seeds, and salt—and you're going to see a lot more of it.


Best Pumpkin Foods For Fall

There are dozens of ways to get your pumpkin fix. Here are a few ideas from The Food Network.


If you love pumpkin, you'll want to make a few stacks of pumpkin spice waffles. Canned pumpkin puree keeps your batter moist while whole-wheat flour gives it a hearty lift. www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pumpkin-spice-waffles-3690362


You can't get enough of baked pumpkin doughnuts! Use a whole can of pumpkin puree and 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice to infuse these treats with the signature flavors of fall. Coat yours in a yummy mixture of sugar and cinnamon. www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/valerie-bertinelli/baked-pumpkin-doughnuts-3514394


Bake a batch of these good-for-you whole-grain pumpkin scones. Add pumpkin puree, rolled oats and whole-wheat pastry flour together to make the fiber-rich dough and a handful of cranberries for a refreshing burst of sweetness. www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/whole-grain-pumpkin-scones-3362537


Pumpkin Polenta with Vegetables is a filling dish with everything you need after a long day spent apple picking or racking leaves with the entire family. Combine it with a can of pumpkin puree, and top with oven-roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and shaved Parmesan for added richness. www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/pumpkin-polenta-with-vegetables-3364169


Best Local Restaurants For Fall

Here are some amazing places to grab a meal right in our neighborhood during this time of the year.


The Rabbit Hole Café is an adorable hole-in-the-wall restaurant with an Alice in Wonderland theme. This is your local, organic cafe. Stop by for a quick breakfast wrap, like the Mushroom & Brie Egg Wrap or just order a cup of coffee. www.rabbitholefoods.com


Chatsworth's Munch Box has been around for 62 years. This bright yellow food stand has fed generations of diners weekly with its straightforward menu of chili cheeseburgers, fries, and comfort foods. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Munchbox/111410628899826


Cruise down Burbank Boulevard to experience heaping plates of chilaquiles and pancakes from Sherman Oaks staple Nat's Early Bite. Come for breakfast favorites, and don't forget to order a delicious house-made muffin. www.natsearlybite.com


The Harvest Kitchen & Bar at Hyatt Westlake Village is the best spot for a delicious brunch. The Harvest Kitchen & Bar is a ‘farm-to-table' concept, with seasonal fruits & vegetables, fresh ingredients made from scratch and yummy classic California Cuisine. www.westlake.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/harvest-kitchen-and-bar.html


Regional Chinese cooking is found at Northridge's Szechuan Place, where American Chinese classics come served along with more traditional Sichuan fare. www.szechuanplacela.com


Ladyface Ale Companie is the first Micro-Brewery in Conejo Valley. Ladyface cooking is inspired by French Brasserie, with small plates for both lunch and dinner, as well as Belgian Brews. Sit indoors in the Euro-style atmosphere or outdoors on the patio with a view of the Ladyface Mountain. www.ladyfaceale.com


You don't have to make the drive to Thai Town to find extraordinary Thai fare thanks to Lum Ka Naad. The northern and southern Thai specialties served here are super spicy! www.lumkanaad.com


A deli institution, Brent's has the best sandwiches around with locations in Northridge and Westlake Village. www.brentsdeli.com


For dinner check out The Grill on the Alley. The Grill is an All-American Steakhouse. There's a view into the kitchen, where talented cook roast steaks over the fire. Start with the Seafood Platter and the Grilled Wedge Salad. The steaks are delicious with delectable sides to go with. www.thegrill.com


North Hollywood's Cilantro Mexican Grill makes the best meat burrito around. Enjoy the craftsmanship of chef Adolfo Perez, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate with a corporate chef background who makes our Mexican-food dreams come true. www.cilantromexican.com


Reseda's Vinh Loi Tofu is a hit with an extensive menu of Vietnamese classics prepared without animal protein. Any dish containing the signature made-from-scratch tofu is a crowd-pleaser. www.vinhloitofu.com


Upon entering Cavaretta's, your senses will be assaulted with the tantalizing scent of meatballs. This go-to Italian deli offers a wide assortment of classic sandwiches and the best cannolis. www.cavarettasdeli.com


Skaf's is a North Hollywood gem is a mecca for Lebanese favorites, like garlicky falafel, hummus, and shawarma. www.facebook.com/pages/Skafs-Grill-Inc/113616105334250


Mastro's Steakhouse offers impeccable service and outstanding food. Everything on the menu is delicious but favorites include the Black Truffle Gnocchi with King Crab, Bone-in Filet, Grilled Halibut, and the Butter Cake. www.mastrosrestaurants.com


Happy autumn – and happy eating!

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