The Ten Most Annoying Food Trends of 2012: From Pork Belly to Lobster Mac and Cheese

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2. Molecular Gastronomy
This was a tough one to put on the list. I kept telling myself that molecular gastronomy is more a style of cooking -- a technique -- rather than a trend. But still, it has most definitely gained extra trendy points over the course of the last year. Diners see it as the "Cirque du Soleil" of food. It's weird, and mind boggling, and cool. But unless this is your niche, your signature way of creating and designing food, I think it's yet another marketing gimmick for restaurant goers. People went to El Bulli because this was Ferran Adrià's thing. People go to The Bazaar because this is José Andrés' thing. The same goes for Grant Achatz at Alinea in Chicago. But if all of a sudden a menu has traces of agar agar and maltodextrin, it seems like it's trying to keep trendy, rather than sticking to its roots.

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1.Truffle or Truffle Oil
The ultimate offender of menu porn. First came lava cake, then came pork belly and bacon, and now comes anything truffle related. Restaurants that think putting the word truffle on the menu will a) make something taste better or b) make something worth the surcharge of $20 are silly. The flavor profile of truffles have been completely thrown out the window, and now it's just a matter of making a dish decadent. Gold is also really decadent but usually when people see it on a dish, they think it's a waste. The same goes for truffles -- leave it to the dishes that deserve it.

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16 comments
Vanessa Ocker
Vanessa Ocker

I'm confused. Wasn't 2011 the year of the cupcake? I guess it overstayed its welcome (not that I'm complaining) also, you can never have too much bacon

foodnthought
foodnthought

Cannot get tired of pork belly {done right} quite yet... bacon done! unless it is on my chocolate dessert ;)

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

Mac & Cheese, lol, boiling water and cooking elbow noodles, then adding cheese whiz is pathetic. Anyone that would order that ? Really, Who would go out of their way to order it from the waitress ? Could anyone do it with a straight face ?

Alex Leon
Alex Leon

But I love bacon, pork belly, and truffles...so yeah, that shit ain't annoying.

Alex Leon
Alex Leon

Agreed with the $20 tapas nonsense. It's not being cheap when you refuse to pay 200% over cost of something you can make at home, better. Most of those places charge for service and ambiance. I'll eat in a dark room if its great....ambiance can go to hell.

Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

"Wow. Everyone likes these items. Therefore, I'll write an article about how I dislike them. Counter-culture."

Yaser Castro
Yaser Castro

Child please! Cupcakes and bacon will never go out of style.

Sean Drake
Sean Drake

didn't you just post an article about the best places to enjoy it???

Karina Tellez
Karina Tellez

I was never that into it and the ~obsession with it has only made it worse. Tired of mustaches too, although not edible.

juan
juan

so, why don't you just say... everything that pubbelly does?

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