Bay Area LIFE: The latest food trends

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Every year, new food trends emerge delighting the taste buds of foodies everywhere and 2016 is no exception. Food Writer, Susannah Chen, sits down with Lizzie Bermudez to taste and see some of the hottest trends in packaged and takeout foods. Together they sample everything from dairy-free cheeses to gourmet jerkey to wine in a can.

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Meat Snacks/Gourmet Jerky:
- Perky Jerky in Turkey: no nitrates or MSG; preservative- and gluten-free
- Krave Artisanal Cabernet Rosemary Beef Jerky: small-batch, rated by the Global Animal Partnership
- Little Red Dot Lemongrass Beef Bak Kwa: Southeast Asian street snack. Made using 100 percent vegetarian-fed cattle
- Organic Prairie Mighty Bar in Cranberry and Sunflower Seed: made from 100 percent grass-fed, organic beef

Poke Bowls:
- Limu and Shoyu: ahi poke bowl with pole-caught yellowfin tuna, limu, poke sauce, masago, onion, sesame and avocado
- Also available at Poki Time, Poke Delish, and Poke Bar in San Francisco and Pokeatery in San Mateo, Go Fish Poke Bar in San Jose

Plant-Based Drinking Water:
- Byarozavik Birch Tree Water: popular in Eastern Europe; a natural diuretic loaded with calcium and magnesium
- WTR MLN WTR: rich in antioxidants; Beyoncé is an investor
- Happy Tree Maple Water: actually maple sap; high in electrolytes and vitamin B; popular in Korea

Canned Wine:
- Underwood Pinot Gris: Oregon
- Presto Italian Sparkling Wine: Italian cuvée
- Lila Wines Provenal Rosé, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Italian Pinot Grigio

Gourmet Dairy-Free Cheeses:
- Kite Hill Soft Fresh Truffle Dill and Chive: Kite Hill is based in Hayward; it's available at Whole Foods across Northern California
- Kite Hill Soft-Ripened: similar to a brie or camembert
- Annie's Non-Dairy Spread: made with cashew, sesame and pimento; based in Santa Cruz

Fancy Toast
- Seed + Salt Avocado + Chimichurri Toast
- Seed + Salt Almond Butter + Chia Jam Toast
- Seed + Salt "Cream Cheese" + Sunflower Sprouts Toast

Also available at The Mill, Trouble Coffee, Jane and Philz Coffee in San Francisco and tons of local coffee chains and neighborhood cafes.
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