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Remember me? The sun-dried tomato ...

If there ever was a food-fad on menus that burned ever so bright but flamed out so extravagently it was probably the sun-dried tomato.

At it's peak (circa 1980s/early 90s), you could find it in everything from the pedantic (pizza, pasta, sandwiches) to the exotic (remember crab cakes with sun-dried tomato paste or foie gras wrapped in sun dried tomatoes?) and to just the awful (sun-dried tomato ice cream!).

There are other fads that have come and gone, things like truffle oil, goat cheese, ponzu sauce, etc.

Some have had amazing staying power -- the most immediate that comes to mind is the omnipresent tuna tartar.

What do you guys think are food items that are well into their 15 minutes of fame?

I think pomegrenate is at about 13:45.

Kobe beef is at the 10 minute mark by my estimate.

But I do think that gelato has staying power.

And you?

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  1. Beets.

    Molten Lava Cake.

    Cupcakes.

    Raw.

    "Carpaccio" as the prep for everything

    Gourmet Burgers

    Fusion for things that shouldn't be "fused"

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    1. re: Emme

      Sorry, bub. Cupcakes will never die!

      1. re: budlit

        Foam is at 21 minutes and counting. Make it go away. It looks like spit and rarely serves a purpose.

        1. re: Frolic

          This post is years old. And yet...I feel the need to tell you that I love you.

      2. I think Meyer Lemons are on their last few seconds of fame. Pork belly isn't far behind (although it shouldn't be, that's tasty stuff.) I disagree with budlit. Once we discover how to change the specific gravity of Jello, foam will have no limits.

        1. hummous (especially that made out of something other than garbanzos)
          quesadillas
          childish desserts (cupcakes, hot chocolate, ice cream sandwiches, donuts)
          short ribs

          what's on its way back? I have this feeling about coconut...

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          1. re: scurvy

            depends where one eats, i suppose. i rarely encounter hummus (except at my felafel joint), and i can't remember the last time i had a quesadilla. then again boston has almost no mexican and only really crappy tex-mex.

            1. re: scurvy

              I was at Trader Joe's last night looking for a dip, and I believe there were 8 or 9 different kinds of hummus on that shelf. I had never noticed it before, but hummus was taking up almost all of the dip space.

              1. re: scurvy

                Hot chocolate, donuts, and ice cream sandwiches have been around forever. at least since I was born and i'm, umm, let's say 27 or thereabouts. And cupcakes, we have fought long and hard for our day in the sun, and we are here to stay. Tough cookies.

              2. More of a wish, but I think "Fruit flavored" waters and Vitamin waters and "Energy Drinks" (Red Bull, etc) are waning, as are light beers.

                At the fish market, I notice more old-school (no pun) fish like haddock and cod, and less tilapia....but this could well be a market availability thing.