I’m not ready to come to terms with the end of summer. I feel like I’ve hardly done (or eaten) anything super amazing. However, the rest of you folks have been having a feast-filled summer apparently. Let’s take a look at some of this summer’s hottest food trends and their tasty vegan counterparts. Clearly, I have some catching up to do!
Food Trend #1: The CRONUT
Hailed as the best thing the French have given NYC since the Statue of Liberty, this lovechild of the crossaint and donut took the food world by storm. Did you know there is even a blackmarket demand for them, with pastry chefs offering to recreate the delicacies via Craigslist ads??
Food Trend #2:Southeast Asian Eats
Thai food has become almost as ubiquitous as Chinese food on the streets of NYC, but this summer saw a boost in popularity for some other Southeast Asian cuisine like Vietnamese, Filipino and even Laotian! Some of the dishes are far from vegan (hello, fermented duck eggs…eek!), but others are easily veganized, i.e. this Filipino Lumpia, which is similar to an egg roll. Who doesn’t love fried finger foods?
Food Trend #3: Sriracha
Tying in to the Southeast Asian theme, this magical sauce from Thailand found itself on everything from cupcakes and ice cream to garlic bread and spaghetti.
Food Trend #4: Crazy Tater Tots
This summer, Americans went crazy for tater tots. We stuffed them, we smothered them, we devoured them with joy. Fillings ranged from bacon and cheese to Oaxacan red chiles and mole sauce. The vegans, never to be left behind, came forward with their own take on the craze, a Loaded Baked Tater Tot Dip!! Hubba-Hubba!! Recipe link:
Food Trend #5: The Slushy…Grown Up Style
Like the tater tots, this food trend calls upon our nostalgia. Too bad we won’t remember anything in the morning, since the slushies of 2013 are all boozed up!
In San Francisco and NYC, La Mar Cebicheria (http://www.lamarcebicheria.com/new-york/) served up the “Dark and Stormy,” a fruity-spicy rum filled concoction. Meanwhile, The Tippler in NYC kept things interesting with a “Lushie of the Day,” like the gin based “Snowgroni.” 7-11 ain’t got nothin’ on these!
Strawberry rhubarb Slushy Recipe link.