I had been reading aloud the Top 100 Cultural Trends from Sunset Magazine. And they were all just so awesome I had to give up, and stop reading. The ideas vary from brilliant products (olive oil made locally and amazing cheeses) to perspective changing brilliance (Farmer's Market + Craigslist). Here are my favorite ideas:
What could be better than sitting in a bookshop cafe? Sitting in a garden cafe...or, rather, a nursery cafe.
Soft Serve isn't watered down flavorless ice cream anymore. But they neglected to mention my favorite soft-serve place, Pizzeria Azzuro in Napa.
I had "artisanal" vodka in California before I knew what that word meant. The rest of the west has caught up with a whole slew of specially made spirits.
Businesses run on bikes: coffee delivered. Soup too. And Pie! A well balanced days eating.
Clearly, the jam-it-yourself trend is close to my heart. I would kill to work for any of these new artisan jam companies.
The food truck crazy started, without a doubt, in the West. Portland is king (though CA has lots of wonderful options too).