Thursday, July 29, 2010

Death to Cupcakes

Well, Yahoo! has proven to be a great source of inspiration for this blog already.

Shine from Yahoo! posted a headline that read:

Cupcakes and 6 Other Food Trends that Have Lost Their Cool

Besides cupcakes, the other 6 offenders to make the list are:

-Tuna Tartare
-Bubble Tea
-Truffle Salt
-The Communal Table
-The Chipotle Chili
-Lava Cake

Now, let's dissect

The boom of cupcakes just recently struck me. I think cupcakes are a great idea - sometimes you just want a little taste of a sweet and these will fulfill that craving while allowing you to limit your intake. With shows like "Cupcake Wars" and "DC Cupcakes" rising up, I find it hard to believe that cupcakes are on the downward slope already... but I guess only time will tell.

Tuna Tartare:
Shine is definitely giving too much credit here - call me an inexperienced eater if you like, but I don't see tuna tartare as this booming trend... unless TLC has produced a show called "Top Tuna" or "Tartare Wars" that I didn't know about...

Bubble Tea:
I never liked this stuff. Not that I eat boogers, but the bubbles always remind me of slimey boogers creeping up the straw - totally ruined the flavor of the tea for me, regardless of how delicious it was.

Truffle Salt:
I don't even know the difference between truffle salt and iodized salt so I can't comment on this one.

The Communal Table:
1. This is not a food trend
2. If this "trend" fades, how else are restaurants going to seat large parties so that people can fight over the how much they owe on the communal check?
3. Aren't all tables for more than one communal? Are we going to get rid of tables all together then?

The Chipotle Chili:
I enjoy spice and chilis, but I can get behind this one. This chili has boomed recently and has been used in a lot of trendy dishes. A lot of chefs on TV (like the ones from Top Chef) have used this a lot recently, and I wouldn't be surprised to see this one go to the back burner for a while.

Lava Cake:
For the health of Americans, let's hope this trend dies, and dies hard. An order of lava cake can cost you up to 1500 calories and 74 grams of fat. 74 GRAMS OF FAT! Even if you split this with a friend, that is just too much! Luckily, restaurants have moved on to the dessert shooters which still pack a caloric punch, but are easier to regulate and definitely don't pack in nearly as much fat and calories.

Are there any other food trends out there that you think are going to die out soon? Any trends you see on the rise?

To read the full article from Shine, click


Sam the G said...

Good points. But please don't let Chipotle go - I love it. Well maybe you can replace Chipotle with Chinese Garlic.
A trend I think you will see is the move to Tapas style serving; the small plate. Based on the recent economic downturn and the need to bring in customers, this suits the diner and the restaurants well.

Jill said...

I agree with your opinion about tapas. I think in the past 10 years tapas has really boomed and with the economy it will pick up and become even more popular - small plates are the best - its almost like a healthier buffet - you get to taste a little of everything but you have way more control over the portions of it which is nice.