The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends of 2013

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Except the cronut. We love the cronut. (Photo: Tejal Rao)
Here are thirteen food trends that have become ubiquitous and shed the sheen of novelty -- now they're just dull and sometimes annoying, in spite of an exciting debut.

(To keep things interesting, we've included a few food trends we hope continue into 2014 and beyond. See if you can identify which trends or innovations were welcome additions in 2013.)

The Cronut Craze
By his own account, Daniel alum Dominique Ansel opened a bakery because he saw gaps in New York's pastry offerings, and he was eager to expand the sweet horizons of his fellow New Yorkers. After capturing a loyal local following with his freshly baked treats, he began thinking about how to elevate the doughnut; two months of experimentation begot the Cronut, which he unleashed upon the city back in May. Twenty-four hours later, the mania began -- and with it came lines so long you'd think the guy was giving out money. If mimicry is the highest form of flattery, Ansel had fervent admirers: Knockoffs proliferated so quickly he was forced to trademark his invention's name; that fans still flock to his tiny shop daily for one of 450 treats is testament to the staying power of the original. Ansel is a pastry genius, and he's humble about his success -- so we'll happily ride his train until it leads us to the next mania-inducing snack, which will almost certainly come out of his tiny kitchen. As for the knockoffs? We'll be happy to see those die. And we wouldn't mind if the food tourists took interest in some of the baking wizard's other projects, thereby dispensing with the insane wait. -- Laura Shunk

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Mark Manger
"Put an egg on it!"
Putting a Fucking Egg on Everything
This season on Top Chef: New Orleans, editor of Food & Wine magazine Dana Cowin declared that -- along with kale and bacon -- she is completely done with the "eggs over everything" trend. The chefs sighed, heartbroken, while we found ourselves yelling back at the screen "Thank GOD somebody finally said it." We get it, chefs: It looks pretty, the yoke adds a dollop of fat and flavor, and there's a long list of classic dishes that call for a barely cooked egg -- atop pizza and classic steak tartare; dropped in soups, rice bowls, and congees. But it's gotten a little fanatical. Just about anything can be ordered "sunrise" style these days, and eggs are showing up on all three courses of our meal. It's boring us to tears.

With apologies to Dr. Seuss, the extent of our frustration can really only be expressed in rhyme:

"Do you like sunny eggs on ham?"
I do not like them, Sam I am.
I do not like them on my lox.
I think I need an egg detox.
See Sam, this trend, it has to die.
I don't want runny cum on rye.
It's pretty in a picture, true,
But quickly turns a dish to glue.
Just cut it out! This has to stop.
Runny eggs turn food to slop.
I do not like them on a salad,
They are not for every palate.
A salad ought to be refreshing.
Please, God, just give me normal dressing.

Not a la carte or with fixed prix,

We're sick to death of eggs, you see.
'Cause eggs are served not here or there.
Eggs are on everything, everywhere.
-- Jessica Lussenhop


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ms_rezai
ms_rezai

@hello_bob_burns if someone gives you something with an egg on it (especially poached) I will gladly eat it in your stead.

Peter Giannakas
Peter Giannakas

Mac & cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, everything pork, bourbon, mason jars... Crap food that you can make at home for $2 and going to restaurant and paying $12

Jason Reyes
Jason Reyes

Todd Reynolds, Putting an Egg on Everything: maybe a trend for round-eye America, but this is part of the essential Filipino cuisine.... that and rice... and heart disease... Erin Ingram would argue for never too much Sriracha #srirachaandtimmyforlife

Zed Zardoz
Zed Zardoz

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-ae-puts-duck-dynasty-star-on-hiatus-following-antigay-comments-20131218,0,5254867.story#axzz2nvB2nEwW Why was he blacklisted? What horrible thing did he say? "He also said a woman's vagina was 'more desirable' than a man's anus." So, saying that the vagina and not the man's fecal hole is complementary to the man's penis is grounds for being banned from the media. Liberal logic. Those who praised mass killers Stalin and Mao in the 50s were wonderful people and should have been free to serve in government and all elite institutions. They were saintly victims of McCarthyism. But if you believe the male anus isn't a proper sex organ, you must be banned from the media. The guy also "referred to gay people as 'homosexual offenders' who would not 'inherit the Kingdom of God.'" So what? Christians don't believe everyone goes to heaven. They believe pagans will burn in hell. So, why not ban ALL Christians for their 'anti-pagan bigotry'? Why is it okay to believe pagans won't go to heaven but it's not okay to believe homos won't go to heaven? Buttfuc*arthyism is 100x worse than McCarthyism ever was. You are banned for the simple belief that the anus is for defecation of feces than for sex. That is now the great thought crime of the century. We must all force ourselves to believe that fecal penetration has equal value as real sex involving proper organs. But can anyone name a single person or any life form that was created by fecal penetration? Can you name the health benefits of having one's penis smeared with fecal matter or having one's rectal tissue torn by penetration? Why is it that those who engage in fecal penetration have 7x he chance of getting anal cancer? But even conservative media will not defend freedom of speech that's critical of homos since American conservatives are slavish to Jewish power that is allied with homosexual groups. Also, conservatives are whores to money and suck up to those with cash, and homos have lots of cash.

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