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Trends reflect our mood in food

Got local?

The National Restaurant Association predicts "sustainability" and "local sourcing" of food will be top trends for 2010.

What is a locavore? Someone who champions food grown on small, family-owned, environmentally responsible farms, usually within 100 miles of the city.

Here are some other food trends to look for in the coming year:

* Brussels sprouts. Those Thumbelina-size cabbages kids love to hate are turning up everywhere.

* Meat chic. With the smash-hit success of "Julie & Julia," is it any surprise that Julie Powell is putting forth yet another chapter of her life as a foodie? This time, she's channeling her inner butcher. "Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession" chronicles her sizzling affair, which then led to a stint learning the ins and outs of butchering.

* RIP Gourmet. The shockwaves continue to reverberate after Conde Nast pulled the plug on the country's 70-year-old food magazine. Save those November 2009 issues. They're sure to be a collector's item one day.

* Food-centric apps. So you're at a restaurant, you've ordered a thick, juicy steak and you're not sure what wine goes with it. Try the Nat Decants Drink Matcher, a $2.99 application that you can download to your iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve. There are apps out there to help you pair wine, count calories, find recipes, make restaurant reservations or figure the tip.

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