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15.Flavor Watch: Play That Toum

Toum, a Lebanese condiment made with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt, holds all the markings of a potential hit on U.S. menus

16.Signature Flavor: Shawarma Show

Combined with the functional benefits of the traditional spices—turmeric, clove, fenugreek and cinnamon—this potato-based take on the shawarma can boast better-for-you benefits—as well as showstopping creativity

17.Flavor Find: World Bites

There’s a precision to the global mash-up at Nahita in Boston, where the pantry pulls strategically from Peru, Japan, Mexico and Turkey, staying true to authentic ingredients while combining them in new and intriguing ways.

18.On-trend: Tacos 3.0

With tacos, anything goes today. We’re seeing seriously inventive takes on classic proteins, while on the plant-based side, chefs are moving well beyond the perfunctory veggie taco.

20.Ramen Phenomenon

Ramen is on the rise, with ramen menu mentions up 46 percent over the last four years. We bring you ways to play with ramen textures, ramen-inspired cocktails, Ramyun, and global ramen mash-ups to inspire.

RECIPES

In this recipe by Chef Jennifer O’Brien, a whipped non-dairy crema is a decadent base for roasted vegetables. Roasted grapes add a pop of sweetness and pistachio clusters pack a satisfying crunch.
Created by Chef Jennifer O’Brien Sponsor: Bel Brands
Chef Jeffrey Quasha’s version of dal is richly seasoned with toasted coriander, mustard seeds and cumin seeds, layered with fresh ginger and garlic.
Created by Chef Jeffrey Quasha Sponsor: Bush’s Best

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