Trending in food and life style

I think in trends.  I see things and think about where we are going.  I was at the Plaza and began to wonder who was interested in this room for the next generation.  Certainly not me. 

When we were in Israel, we had a travel agent who couldn't have been more helpful.  I never use one but I did in this circumstance because I wasn't so keen about landing in Egypt with no direction.  I cut the itinerary back significantly because what we really like to do is eat, walk, shop, see art and get a feel for the place.  There is no doubt a lot of history and plenty of things that we should see but at one point enough is enough.  I really believe that the more people travel, the more they want to be like a local.  You can see that changing as more travel sites pop up on the web and even the access that the  media provides around the latest restaurant…it is about lifestyle.

Food is changing too.  People want to know what they are eating and they want to be healthy.  It doesn't mean that people won't stop eating steak but they will be more cautious about where it came from and eat less.  Kind of like the Japanese have been eating for years.  Heavy on the vegetables, grains and salads with smaller amounts of fish, chicken and meat.  The explosion of small local purveyors of interesting products is changing the face of food.  Hundreds of years ago we paid a lot more attention to where our food came and food was an integral part of our daily lives.  Sitting down at the dinner table, having friends and family over.  We are beginning to return to those roots.

Look at some of the stuffy places like the Plaza although the food hall downstairs is a blessing to the neighborhood.  Do people who are getting married now or having events really want something that is so old and heavy?  I don't think so.  We have entered a new world.  We are more casual in our daily lives from the way we design our homes to the clothes we put on our body. 

The use of modern technology has allowed all of us to have individual brands.  It has also allowed us to connect with communities across the globe that we feel comfortable with.  It has created an uproar in countries that have been suppressed for decades.  It has created a world of entrepreneurs. 

Just an added note.  I was at an annual doctor appointment and next door happens to be a pediatrician office.  I just poked my head in and noticed that there were 4 men sitting in the office and one woman.  Each man had a stroller in front of them.  Perhaps real partnerships are at work in a very different way for this generation. 

Back to the way we live our lives.  I don't know who runs the Plaza but I think about the food, the way we live and conduct our daily lives and I think someone should truly change that carpet and update the room now. 

Comments (Archived):

  1. Sharon

    Thats funny. As I read your post, I realized I hardly ever take my kids to doctor/dentist anymore.  My husband does. Then when the doctor comes into the room, we facetime. I step out of my meeting, or where-ever I am.. and chat with the doctor (who uses my husband’s iphone) and he gets my input as well, and I hear what he has to say.  While my husband is happy to take the kids there etc, there are just some things that would never occur to him to ask the doctor– and he knows better than to come home with a prescription or diagnosis and not have asked the right questions. For our family, technology has made this arrangement possible.   I have always felt that even if there is more equality in the home in terms of making money, cooking, child-care; there is no substitute for mom (or Dad) We are different, and we each do some things really well.  Glad to know I’m part of a trend….

  2. Diane Ring

    I work at a travel company specializing in connecting travellers with the local & authentic and we’ve totally found that we are “on trend” as you put it.  We love being so too, as it encourages responsible tourism.  Though tech companies are doing a better job of connecting people with local contacts, there are still an endless array… and we find the trend of customized service is coming into play more and more.  I could go on about travel trends & tech forever if anyone is interested.  

    1. Gotham Gal

      niche, customization, etc. on target.

      1. Diane Ring

        Exactly! All about customization & crafting and the authentic. It’s an exciting place to be and we’re curious and excited by new ways in which technology can work with us, and not overwhelm.  Right now, we’re finding it difficult to narrow through the options and find quality. 

  3. Rohan

    ‘There is no doubt a lot of history and plenty of things that we should see but at one point enough is enough.  I really believe that the more people travel, the more they want to be like a local. ‘Cannot agree more. What I really like to do is feel the ‘energy’…Also depends on what kind of vacation (…I’d still see the pyramids in Egypt.. but that’s about it.

    1. Gotham Gal

      the areas around the pyramids are so filthy that it is kind of upsetting.

      1. Rohan

        You clearly haven’t traveled too much around asia, then? 🙂

        1. Gotham Gal

          ha. just thailand

          1. Rohan

            I’ll be inviting you to India soon.. 🙂 (estimated another year and a half!)

  4. awaldstein

    The empowerment of the artisanal and local through a real -time global internet is the change that most excites me in today’s commercial world.It’s as if the idea of a marketplace is a the new paradigm for a global local. How you eat and how you shop and consume most anything.This is a positive trend worth getting excited about. 

    1. Gotham Gal

      i couldn’t agree more

  5. rebeccastees

     So, I’ve been thinking about how to update the look………perhaps darker floors, less pattern and trees  (like the royal wedding)

    1. Gotham Gal

      most definitely less pattern!