Food Fads of 2013

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For foodies, viral video fans, or those who just love a good 2013 wrap-up – here is a wrap-up of some tasty 2013 food fads.

Cronuts

Of course this had to be on the list. If you don’t know what a cronut is – wow. Just…wow.
The croissant/donut hybrid started off in a bakery in he Big Apple, stomping out other popular fast food breakfast options. The brilliance behind a butter croissant inside of a donut became the one food everyone wanted and would wait HOURS in line for.

Vegan Hotspots

If going vegan wasn’t enough of a trend, high-end vegan spots were all the rage in 2013. Whether it is for your health or for the animals, if you’re getting on the vegan train you’re sure to have plenty of shops and restaurants to make it work.

Seaweed

Many have likely tried this as it was wrapped around your favorite sushi roll. Yet in 2013, seaweed stepped away from the rice and fish to appear in salts, crackers, butter, bread, pasta, soup, and even french fries. It also showed off its various forms like green kombu and  dried black hijiki.

Juices

Celebs were all over this 2013 diet fad to slim down for the red carpets. My mom was all over this trend by buying a huge juicer for the kitchen and my dad looking at it like it was The Terminator – terminator of eating his precious sweets that is. Plenty of controversy surrounded the idea of juicing or “healthy” juices. Personally I enjoy a good smoothie over just juice…

Bacon (yes, still)

Like Cronuts, this could not NOT be on the list for 2013’s food fads. Bacon has been dominating food trends as it has made its way from the plate to clothing, backpacks, music, bandages, sodas, memes – you name it, bacon is on it. From its salty and fatty taste to odd pop culture qualities, bacon has made a lasting impression in the world of food trends. We’ll see if it can keep up with what arises in 2014.

Korean Flavors

It started with a little kimchi here and there plus a successful Kogi truck by Chef Roy Choi in L.A., and by 2013 Korean flavors went mainstream. You may not know the names yet but the flavors are probably familiar. For example, there’s kalbi which is a barbecued beef seasoned with sesame and soy. There’s also Gochujang, a red pepper paste (K-version of Sriracha) popular with Korean cooking. Along with these tastes, All-You-Can-Eat Korean barbecue restaurants are surging. From my time living in L.A.’s Koreatown for two years, I can say it got pretty easy to live on bulgogi.

Tiny Desserts

From tiny cakes to shot-glass style sweets, this trend has spurred pastry chefs to create mini desserts as tasty and grand as their larger counterparts. What I loved most about this trend is instead of filling up on one amazing dessert at an event or restaurant, you could try a multitude. These worked out great for those on diets who wanted to have a cheat or some guilty pleasure but not go overboard.

LET’S DISH…

  • What were your fav food fads of 2013?
  • Did you ever try a cronut or these other fads? Love ’em, hate ’em?
  • Why is bacon still so popular? Seriously?
  • What do you think will be a food fad in 2014?

Sharareh

Sharareh Drury is an award-winning journalist in Chicago. She's a foodie and traveller, loves to tell stories, and is always hungry for adventure and a flavorful dish to go with it.

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    • Oh bacon donuts!! I’ve had that before in Little Tokyo in L.A. It was bacon and maple I think – very odd to look at but tasted all right!

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  1. Interesting. I hadn’t heard of most of these. Was aware of the cronut, but I have yet to actually have one (not sure you can even get one in NC?). With you on the tiny desserts. I’d much rather have small desserts and have a couple different ones than settle on just one. Now, I’m hungry. 😉 Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a great week!

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    • I believe the “original” Cronuts are in NYC but they don’t seem too hard to recreate. That may be a futue project of mine in the kitchen!
      And yes, tiny desserts are a great way to sample different items than just going all out on one slice of cake. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. We don’t have Cronuts here either, but I’ve wanted one ever since I saw it on the Food Network. I hope Tiny Desserts aren’t just a 2013 fad, I’d hate to see them go. #SITSBlogging

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