Food and fashion in 2009: Restos should satisfy palate and pocket, fashionistas will be wiser

Heading into the new year, while facing and fearing the effects of the global economic crisis, Filipinos are bound to see some changes in two of their favorite things: food and fashion.

Filipinos will no doubt continue to eat, drink, and be merry, but some feasting behavior will necessarily be affected by the uncertain times.

Comfort feeding

One trend that will become apparent is the popularity of comfort food. In times of stress, there is comfort in the familiar, and this applies even to food. When it comes to dining out, restaurants that serve feel-good dishes will see a surge in popularity.

“I believe that cafes and bistros will be the way to go. Simple great food that reminds people of home. Comfort food to take the stress of everyday problems away,” said Chef Bruce, resident chef of popular talk show “Boy and Kris”, and host of cooking show “Tablescapes”.

Diners will also tend to stick to their favorite restaurants, as well as their favorite dishes.

“Everyone who has tried my food always asks me to cook something that is different than the last time. But at the end of the day after the event… we always end up at the same Chinese resto,” according to Chef Bruce.

Edsa Shangri-la’s director for food and beverage Eddy Sarton also thinks that for the coming year, Filipinos will stick to what they know.

“I think the trends will remain the same as 2008… I think… that the Filipino diner is loyal to local cuisine and Chinese.”[Continue Reading...]

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