One of the best ways to navigate a new place is by following the food. Find good food, and you’re probably in a cool spot. Bad food, and you’re probably in a mall or an amusement park. No thank you. This idea resonates both at home and on your travels. As you start to travel as a foodie, you’ll probably start to notice some trends. We’re over kale and anything wrapped in bacon (however, regular bacon is just fine, thank you). Below, food trends we dig.
The buttery alternative to mozzarella, born in a little town of Southern Italy called Gioia del Colle. Burrata is actually the shell of fresh mozzarella, filled with the curds and cream. It’s name translates to “buttery” or “buttered” in Italian. It’s all that and more. When it’s on the menu, we dive in unrelentingly.
Gone are the days when you leave a restaurant wishing you ordered your neighbor’s entree. Small plates have cured your jealousy and indecision. Just get a bunch of stuff to share. We’ve all said it- “If we’re still hungry, we’ll just order more!”
Every time we order a charcuterie plate, it’s when we’re not starving and just want a few bites of something delicious. And then, we eat the entire plate, order more for our friends who stared as we shoved prosciutto down our throats, and continue to eat more even after we’re unbearably full. Cured meats, pâte, and pickled anything… we love you.
Donuts/Cronuts (basically, any fried dough will do)
Obviously these have always been delicious, but it’s now trendy to eat donuts again. This time around, there’s less frosting and more random, dare-we-say gourmet accoutrements, thanks to über popular donut shops like Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, Hypnotic Doughnuts in Dallas and The Donut Plant in New York. We especially dig the late hours that Chicago based Glazed and Infused offers.
Coffee By Day, Wine and Beer by Night
Cool coffee shops everywhere are extending their hours and obtaining liquor licenses to appeal to happy hour and cocktail lovers. With the cozy, intimate feel already in place, these cafes invoke the same feelings of a wine bar or a tasting room at night. And we dig.
Artisan Fast Casual
Doesn’t matter what city you’re in; this concept is hot all over the globe. According to FastCasual.com, it’s the fastest growing segment of the restaurant industry. Pizza, burgers, sushi, tacos, Indian Food, sandwiches… name any food type, and there’s a fast casual restaurant or franchise popping up to create a healthy, on-the-go option. Said to be started by Steve Ellis & Chipotle in 1993, the fast-casual concept touts fresh ingredients, quick turn-around, and customization. It’s even developed in recent years to meet the new surge of dietary restrictions and food allergies. Add in the growing doubt related to fast-food chains and their unhealthy choices, and this is a segment that’s sure to continue growing. Once again… we dig it.
The smaller, spicier version of your favorite Mexican dish. We’ll try almost any variety, but the most simple ones are usually the best (marinated flank steak, onion, cilantro, guac and a sprinkle of Cotija cheese). Read about a few local street taco faves here, here and here.
No longer just for the ladies, Rosé is now the drink of choice for all trend setters. According to Decanter.com, “Several market observers have said rosé wine is becoming increasingly popular with men, earning it the ‘brosé’ nickname in some circles.” Our favorite at the moment is the Triennes Rosé, but we’ll willingly try them all. Even Branjegina’s Miraval Provence Rosé. (We really wanted this one to be average, but it is DAMN good).
Community tables, farm dinners, eating at the private homes of locals… we dig all of these trends. Breaking bread with friends and family is great, but not always possible. Today, replicating that type of intimate dining experience- either at a restaurant or while traveling- is possible. We recently learned about the company, EatWith, that facilitates communal dining experiences in over 200 cities around the world. Definitely worth trying on your next trip- especially if you’re on a budget or are looking to meet locals!