Food Trends 2011/2012

Throughout 2011 and continuing into 2012 during my food explorations I noticed small changes of trendy eats on the food scene. Here are a couple of my observations plus a few to sprinkle on top.

Kimchi – a spicy sauce and cabbage mixture, great for crackers, or in stir fry or just a great hor d’oeuvre.

Cupcakes – this one has been around for a while, but people are trying to get more and more creative, how about asian inspired cupcakes, adding fillings are on the up and up as well.

Pickled vegetables – pickle anything and as much as you like. Why not. Everyone else does it.

Pies – Four and Twenty Blackbird is still one of my favorites even though it’s 3$-$6 a slice. Their creativity in flavors are great but their crust is event better. Pie is becoming the new cake.

Chicken & waffles – I have yet to try this interesting mix in savory and sweet, but it seems like a good idea, definitely one worth trying sooner rather than later.

Macarons – In cute little cafes, high end boutiques, pop-up shops, a french brassiere, or even its own space. Macarons are making a run for it, and leaving its trace all over NYC. These are the cute colorful ones, not the coconut glob looking ones, I swear they’re 2 different things. Right?

Oysters – a lot of restaurants are bringing back the dollar oyster happy hour. I didn’t know so many people liked this slimy things so much, but I guess it’s worth money for the restaurant because people are slurping them up.

Salted Caramel – I’ve seen salted caramel cookies, salted caramel ice cream, salted caramel chocolates, salted caramel frosting, salted caramel anything. If you pick a food, I’m sure some form of salted caramel is a part of it.

The “secret” bar/speakeasy – tons of bars have secret entrances, through a phone booth, in the back of a barbershop, a random door in the back of n antique shop or even down a dark alley. I just wish there were more exciting places like these that you can’t find!

Can’t think of any others right now, but please comment and add a few!

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