It's hard to see past the perfect storm of shopping, gift wrapping, holiday cooking, and deadlines, but the end of the year is fast approaching! Another year gone, a fresh start colored with promise and possibilities awaits us on the other side...
In the spirit of new beginnings, we've focused on what we can do without this upcoming year. Here are five 2013 food trends we're tired of! Sure, we loved them but it's time these followed the cupcake craze and made way for a host of all new delicious obsessions.
Yes, pumpkin spice lattés taste like autumn leaves, back to school shopping, and cozy nights by the fire, but Pumpkin Spice, you outdid yourself. And not in a good way. Cupcakes, cocktails, candles, moisturizers and everything in between...it's always about you.
So, while it was fun while it lasted Pumpkin Spice, our time has passed. We should see other people. And, if we're being honest, we've had a couple of coffee dates with Gingersnap Creamer.
Let's not make this awkward, okay?
Part croissant. Part doughnut. We know, you're a mutt. But, you're a mutt that's gotten entirely too much exposure. People have been lining up around the block of Manhattan's Dominique Ansel Bakery for hours just to sample one (or two, the buying limit) of you Frankenpastries. The "cronut craze" is so intense that people are selling you on the web for hundreds of dollars.
On the plus side though, the good people behind the cronut joined forces with Shake Shack for a one day only Cronut Concrete Sale, the proceeds of which went to help the New York Police Department and Madison Square Park Conservancy. Good deeds aside, Cronut, you gotta go! You're cramping our style. We're a bit more modest and under the radar. There's a whole world of sinfully sweet hybrids in need of our attention. Flan Ice Cream? Sweet Potato Pie with Churro Crumble? Dulce de Leche everything?
Thanks for the memories, Cronut. You were a great one-timer.
Don't get us wrong, we love your salty sweet goodness as much as the next bunch, but too much of a good thing can quickly become a very bad thing. We jumped ship when pastry chefs started scouring the world for the rarest Himalayan salts with which to top their freakishly expensive bite-sized caramels.
Frankly, Salted Caramel, you're starting to act like you're the new chocolate and peanut butter and, as we all know, chocolate and peanut butter is (and will always be) the new chocolate and peanut butter.
Sure, people have been filling their watermelons with vodka since fraternities had jocks, but not until recently have people been turning to tequila as their choice spirit for infusion combinations. While we've had our share of incredible tequila infused cocktails, we're tired of paying more for crappy drinks made with cheap tequila just because they have the word infused in the description. Yeah, we know your game...
Garlic infused tequila? No, thanks... But, hello habanero infused mezcal...
We know, Quinoa, this was your year. Declared by the food powers that be and everything! Quinoa burgers. Quinoa Salad. Quinoa muffins, cakes, and ice cream. Like the Spanish saying goes, se encuentra hasta en la sopa. Literally.
You've cropped up on every menu, at ever restaurant, everywhere. We saw you. And while we love your powerhouse nutritional qualities and filling whole grain texture, enough already! We're ready to branch out and try something new. Have any hot Andean cousins to introduce us to in 2014? We're single... and available.