With 3 restaurants in PE, Bocadillos is quickly becoming one of the best places to eat in Port Elizabeth.
Not only do we spend many hours designing a delectable menu for our diners, we also make sure that we keep up to date with the latest food trends.
So, we take a look at 5 of the most unexpected food trends for this winter, as well as the rest of the year, based on global research and reports.
5 food trends for 2019
As we all know, the world of vegetables is on the rise, leaving meat off many plates this winter. What’s more interesting is the type of vegetables that are being favoured today.
We are looking at root veggies such as turnips, celeriac, radish, wild yam, sweet potato, fennel, carrots, turmeric and beetroot to name just a few.
Turmeric and beetroot in particular, are even being used as infusions for warm and hearty lattes and of course fresh juices for those who don’t mind a cool beverage in chilly weather.
Although often high in carbohydrates, root veggies are also high in antioxidants and low in calories. Bulbous veggies grow under the ground and absorb water and nutrients to feed to the rest of the plant during colder months, making these veggies nutritional powerhouses.
These veggies can be used from root to tip and are perfect for hearty stews and spicy curries to keep you warm from the inside out.
Fermenting for the win
Although we have always known the major health benefits of good bacteria, the way we can get our daily dose has become a lot more exciting than swallowing a capsule every day.
Sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, miso, kombucha and tempeh are all examples of fermented food and are rich in probiotics which can help with weight management, the digestive system and most importantly, the immune system.
Miso and tofu are key ingredients for a delicious bowl of ramen which has quickly become one of the trendiest foods around today. Add some mushrooms and leafy greens and you have a bowl of nutrition in just a few easy steps.
Grains are great
With a rise in gluten and wheat intolerance, alternative grains have really gained popularity. Not only are they healthy, they are versatile too – they can be used in salads, as a pasta or rice replacement and even as a cereal or porridge.
These grains include quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), sorghum, millet, oats, buckwheat, amaranth and teff.
Plant based protein
One of the biggest trends this year is the plant-based diet. Even consumers who are not completely vegetarian or vegan are opting for more plants on their plates.
A common question is whether or not plants can provide us with enough protein, and the answer is absolutely.
Black beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas, chia seeds, almonds, quinoa, seitan, leafy greens and hemp seeds are all extremely high in protein and the perfect ingredients for warm, comforting meals this winter.
This also highlights the general trend of finding alternatives to everything, whether it be bread, meat, milk or indulgent snacks – we are all looking for a healthier way to satisfy our cravings.
Sustainability is sexy
Here, we don’t focus on one type of food, but rather an umbrella of elements which all point towards sustainability.
From paper, stainless-steel and glass straws to nude (packaging free) grocery stores which require you to bring your own jar or container to fill, reusable shopping bags, bamboo coffee cups, biodegradable cleaning materials, eco-bricks and compostable vegetable trays.
Whatever it is, sustainability is the word on everyone’s lips and it’s all about reducing waste.
Restaurants are supporting sustainable fishing practices and even buying their fresh produce from local farmers.
The global trend of less waste and more conscious consumption has penetrated the homes and lives of a large majority of the population, making it easily one of the biggest trends of the year.
Consumers are choosing to support companies who employ a greener way of providing their product or services, which can only mean good things for the environment.
Bocadillos Restaurants in PE
We have two restaurants in Walmer Port Elizabeth and a new branch in Fairview. We support sustainable practices by only using biodegradable straws and takeaway boxes while avoiding polystyrene packaging as far as possible.
All of our daily food waste is donated to Love Story which is a relief organisation that aims to provide food, education and support to the poverty stricken community in Port Elizabeth.
Furthermore, we fully believe in a healthy way of living and encourage our diners to do the same.
Therefore, we take pride in offering our diners a variety of options and alternatives to accommodate every palate and diet preference while never compromising on taste or nutrition.
To make a booking at one of our branches, contact us today.