Food Trends That Jumped the Shark
I adore food. If you break down my daydreaming it’s something like 40% hunting, 40% food and 20% miscellany. But I also dread food trends that have gone too far. Lately I have noticed a bunch of them and I thought I would provide a brief list here. Kazzy also added a few items. Note: I am not saying these things aren’t delicious or should never be eaten, only that maybe they need to be dialed back a bit.
Pretzel Rolls/Buns (Mike)
I love, love, love soft pretzels and so when I started seeing pretzel rolls I happily jumped on board. Two years later my local gas station carries turkey sandwiches on pretzel rolls in its cold case. This is simply a bridge too far.
Frying Everything (Mike)
I like state fairs but the frying everything trend has gone too far. It’s become shock-food and rarely ever tastes as good as it should.
Meat on Top of Meat (Mike)
The other night we were at dinner with friends and I ordered a cheeseburger with foie gras on top (2 oz for an extra $7). This was ill-advised but I love foie gras and it sounded delicious at the time. The problem was that it was overpowered by everything else and so my $7 splurge was basically wasted. I have been seeing a lot of burgers topped with brisket lately and it simply grosses me out. Pick a meat and do it right. I will make an exception for bacon, however…
This was soooo 2013. Bacon on everything. Bacon in everything. I recently tried a chocolate bar with bacon in it. I also had a donut with bacon in it. Why do I keep falling for this? Now there is bacon beer. What the heck is going on?
Red Velvet (Mike)
When iHop starts serving red velvet pancakes, we’re in bad territory. I expect us to hit peak red velvet on Valentine’s Day and then a general malaise will set in.
Just stop it already. 99% of the time it distracts or detracts from the meal.
Some purees are good. Too much makes me feel like I’m eating baby food. Texture is important.
Been there. Done that. Over it.