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Global Q&A: ‘What’s the latest food trend where you live?’


Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 30, 2013 Last Updated: January 30, 2013
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Food trends around the world range from the very healthy natural foods to the not so healthy fast foods—possibly a reflection of different lifestyles. Epoch Times reporters from Sweden to Australia revealed these trends when they asked locals:

What’s the latest food trend where you live?

Maria Muller, Lund, Sweden (The Epoch Times)

Maria Muller, Lund, Sweden (The Epoch Times)

Lund, Sweden

Maria Muller, 48, Proofreader

To cook real food like in the old days, with fresh and good raw ingredients, locally produced and with no additives. For example, to make your own sourdough bread, make your own juice, and your own marmalade.

Shalini Chabria, Bangalore, India (The Epoch Times)

Shalini Chabria, Bangalore, India (The Epoch Times)

Bangalore, India

Shalini Chabria, 21, Post Graduate Student in Food Science and Nutrition

Bangalore has a combination of people from both North, as well as, South India with the current trends being focused on having a healthier lifestyle. For the people from South India, fermented food products continue to be a major food trend with various varieties being developed; whereas for the north Indian population, we see them transitioning to include oats, and multigrain products in their diet.

Sandra Kahawand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (The Epoch Times)

Sandra Kahawand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (The Epoch Times)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sandra Kahawand, 21, Student and Part-time Piano Teacher

I think the latest food trend in Dubai is probably the fast food chains. Like when people go to food courts they tend to run to Burger Kings, or McDonald’s, or whatever else, but other food stores are more or less empty in comparison.

Deco Bancillon, Distrito Federal, Brasília, Brazil (The Epoch Times)

Deco Bancillon, Distrito Federal, Brasília, Brazil (The Epoch Times)

Distrito Federal, Brasília, Brazil

Deco Bancillon, 28, Journalist

I believe the coffee shops became part of the gastronomic tour of Brasilia. Over the past two years, good coffee shops in town have more than tripled in number. … We’re very passionate about coffee, as in my case. I believe that in a few years, Brasilia will have at least a good coffee shop on every block of the Pilot Plan, which is the heart of the federal capital.

Héctor Ruti, Puerto Montt, Chile (The Epoch Times)

Héctor Ruti, Puerto Montt, Chile (The Epoch Times)

Puerto Montt, Chile

Héctor Ruti, 26, University Student

Well, here it is summer, so the trend is vegetarian meals. In my case, because of the little time I have to eat, I eat pasta, because it is faster to do.

Marita Papadaki, Athens, Greece (The Epoch Times)

Marita Papadaki, Athens, Greece (The Epoch Times)

Athens, Greece

Marita Papadaki, 30, Civil Engineering

The latest food trend where I live is pasta.

Bridget Amiet, Sunshine Coast, Australia (The Epoch Times)

Bridget Amiet, Sunshine Coast, Australia (The Epoch Times)

Sunshine Coast, Australia

Bridget Amiet, 21, embarking on Hair Dressing Traineeship

The latest food trend is probably kebabs, because [people] can grab them along the beach and sit, and enjoy themselves, or pasta dishes. A lot of people like to go out and have pasta, steaks, and those sorts of things, good meals. Personally, I love going out and trying out different foods. Other people might be more interested in KFC and Maccers [McDonald’s] because it is cheap and easy.


Look for the Global Q&A column every week. Epoch Times correspondents interview people around the world to learn about their lives and perspectives on local and global realities. Next week’s global question: “What’s your country’s biggest foreign policy threat?”

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