Predicting food trends is a strange world to get into, and one that most food journalists steer clear of, partly because of the risk of making yourself look a bit silly (‘So, you're trying to tell us that this is the year the electric toothbrush is finally going to find immense popularity as a cutlery item? Right.') and also because you have to stick out a long way before anyone will believe you. Still, for every article assuring us that burrata is set to take over the world, there are some more sensible pieces of advice being offered. For example, we're told that in the year 2009 certain types of food are going to become more popular outside of their native countries. Scandinavian and Japanese cuisines are two examples, in that they travel well and appeal to a lot of tastes, and also come with a very wide dish price range-essential now that not everyone can afford to go crazy on a meal out. Another widely roaming foodstuff is anything related to the aperitivo, about which I've already raved in this column many times. At the risk of repeating myself, the fact remains that it's a completely genius idea: Want to sell people a beer? Want them to stay in your bar for a while? Why not give them some free food? As you explore Tuscan towns and cities, it's possible to find great variation in the quality of available snacks-at best, a delicious array of fresh and preserved local delicacies, at worst a curly-edged bit of bread with some warm mayonnaise on it-but in this instance it's not the food itself that matters, it's the concept.