The Best 2010 Food Trends Report Ever

Nobody likes to be caught with their pants down, thinking that sushi is cool when it’s clearly not anymore, or making a big deal about whoopie pies or, God forbid, cupcakes after the time to make a big deal about those things has passed. (Go ahead and flame us! We are so shallow!) But for those who would like to know which food trends are officially passé, which are about to be, and which are about to hit big, we’re here to give you the goods. Here's what you will, and won't, be eating in the new year.

2009 2010 2011
EARTHY FLAVORS
Herbs Flowers Trees
HOT PORK PRODUCTS
Pork belly Crispy pig ear Chinese sausage
POPULAR PASTRY GOO
Dulce de leche Marshmallow creme Curd
OLD-TIMEY DESSERTS
Fancy doughnuts Pudding Parfaits and trifles
EXOTIC CITRUS
Yuzu Calamansi Australian finger lime
NATURAL ENERGY DRINKS
Kombucha Coconut water Chia fresca
ASIAN-INSPIRED STREET FOODS
Korean tacos Bao buns Onigiri
ASIAN COMFORT FOOD
Banh mi Ramen Congee
BOOZE-SLINGER TERMINOLOGY
Mixologist: pretentious word for a bartender Cicerone: pretentious word for a beer sommelier Bartender
RUSTIC RESTAURANT DÉCOR
Communal tables made of reclaimed wood Wine and beer in Mason jars Hearth cooking
NEXT-WAVE COCKTAILS
Prohibition-era cocktails Tiki drinks Kitschy vodka drinks
BAR SNACKS
Kettle corn Fried shisito peppers Boiled peanuts
QUASILEGAL
Illegal beekeeping Underground sandwich-makers Cannabis catering