The end of the year for many people marks a time to think about resolutions or changes they hope to make in the new year. Yet for me, it kicks off the season of food trend predictions.

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There’s never a shortage of trend prognosticators, and I can’t get enough. Some people base their predictions on chef interviews and what’s trending on restaurant menus. Others use grocery retail sales, consumer surveys, online searches, social media mentions and even artificial intelligence to forecast what we’ll be eating and drinking in 2023.

I’ve tried to digest many of the published trend

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A fried chicken combo at Tori’s Place sits ready to eat on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. It includes three pieces of chicken, corn bread and green beans.

A fried chicken combo at Tori’s Place sits ready to eat on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. It includes three pieces of chicken, corn bread and green beans.

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I ate probably north of 150 Sacramento-area restaurant meals in 2022, from reservation-only dinners to grab-and-go sandwiches.

Many of those meals were reviews, which mean plucking several items off the menu to get as full as scope as possible. In all, I likely ate more than 400 dishes from local spots throughout the year.

When I look back on all that greeted my taste buds over the last year, these

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Eurostat released today the 2022 edition of Key figures on the European food chain, a publication focusing on the EU’s farm to fork chain. 

Key figures on the European food chain starts with an overview of agriculture and fisheries, and then moves on to the processing, trade, distribution and consumption of food and beverages. The publication concludes with a chapter on environmental issues related to the various stages of the food chain, including food waste. It also presents intuitive visualisations and innovative data presentations with the accompanying analyses. 



Most datasets included within this publication are presented until 2020 or 2021.

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Whether you need ramen or paper towels, a new grocery store is now open in the Old City for all the basics.

Red Panda Grocery is located at 123 S. Central St. in the former location of HenHoc Butcher Shop, which closed in April 2022. The small grocery store is owned and operated by Jesse Newmister, who also owns Kaizen two doors down. Plans for Red Panda were reported by Knox News in July 2022.

A fan of HenHoc when it was open, Newmister realized the need for a place for Old City residents to pick up the basics and

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Hong Kong Flower Lounge, known for hosting wedding and birthday celebrations inside its vast banquet hall, is set to close at the end of the month, as first reported by KTSF 26.

Manager Albert Yau told SFGATE that the Millbrae restaurant at 51 Millbrae Ave. would host its final service day on Dec. 31.

“The owner of the restaurant is going to retire,” Yau said.

“The landlord is going to remodel and rent it out later,” Yau added without sharing further details.

Hong Kong Flower Lounge is at 51 Millbrae Ave. in Millbrae. The restaurant is set to permanently close

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