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I heard a show on the radio a while ago where the guy mentioned that he can't stand it that certain foods become trendy. He said that he would walk down the main street of a city and see cupcakes shops on every street.
I remember for a while that cranberries started showing up in practically everything, but that's died down a bit I think.
I also noticed that there are more places serving "Bubble Tea" now, than there really needs to be. Quinoa is starting to get on my nerves, as well.

My own personal favorite food to hate at the moment, however, is Kale.
Supposedly healthy and full of vitamins, but why couldn't they pick a more appetizing vegetable than that, to trumpet to everyone?
Kale chips, kale salads, kale smoothies, on and on.

So, with that in mind...

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What are your feelings about kale?
  Agree Somewhat agree No opinion Somewhat disagree Disagree
I don't know what it tastes like, and I'm not keen to find out
I've never had it but I am curious about it
I've eaten some and didn't like it
I've eaten some and did like it
I don't know where to buy it
I don't know how to prepare it "properly"
It's just another vegetable to me; neither good nor bad
I'm sick to death of seeing it everywhere and I want it to go away
The hype on it doesn't live up to the reality, for me
The hype is justified-- it's really good/ versatile
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I was into kale before kale was cool.
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I like kale smoothies and kale chips. I don't care for it in salads though. It's a bit too chewy for that.

BTW, quinoa is awesome.
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Kale salads are *amazing* as long as you have the proper dressing and enough of it.
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These food fads you see (chipotle raspberry suddenly in 5 different restaurants) are due to changes in supply chain, often due to a new technology in shipping and major distributors all get a new thing at once, so the restaurants all grab it.

On the other hand, where the heck do you live that kale and quinoa are new food to you? Is there like a Canadian food wasteland?
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Also, some kale is tougher than others. The complaints against kale I hear are mostly "it's too tough and chewy," with some people saying "it's too bitter." If you dislike the toughness, you could just try another variety. If you think it's too bitter, then go back to your iceberg lettuce, kale isn't for you.
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I had kale in my lunch today. I had no idea I was being trendy, I just try and eat some greens (kale, chard, collards, etc) every week and buy the kind that is cheapest or looks best.
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Kale is tough and can take a heating or two in a big batch of soup before it becomes mush.
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I can't say that I notice kale all that much.

However, we did have tons of Bubble Tea shops around here (Seattle, WA, USA) about 10 years ago. They sprung up like weeds, which was fine with me, as I love the stuff.

They apparently over-saturated the market and/or the fad died down, as most of the mainly bubble tea focused shops went out of business. Nowadays, the ID (International District, what used to be the less-PC Chinatown) is the only place I know of that retains multiple shops in close proximity. Most other surviving places are where it's available as a menu add-on at teriyaki places or similar.

Which is also probably just as well for me, as now I'm diabetic. cry
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I have nothing against kale.

This bacon thing though...it's a bit overrated.
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My father grew Kale when I was little. He also grew Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Spinach and rows and rows of Okra among the vegetables that seem to not be well known. Grew up eating all of them and really enjoy the flavor of most vegetables straight up.

I have eaten Kale, raw Okra and Spinach almost every day for the past 15 years steamed al dente with a little Soy Sauce drizzled on. Though, out of fairness, I tend to eat the exact same thing over and over for years at a time, breakfast and dinner (I don't eat lunch).

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JockiB wrote:
I have nothing against kale.

This bacon thing though...it's a bit overrated.


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Kale is great. It's easy to grow, and can be used for lots of things.

We like to make what I call "hippie chips." Tear kale into small bits and place on a cookie sheet. Lightly drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Put in the oven at whatever temperature my wife uses when she does this, and remove once slightly crispy. Delicious!
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Kale is another in the line of awesome veggies
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Drew1365 wrote:
But I did like the kale chips. Even if it did result in dark green poo.


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So . . . I can't say that kale is good for nothing. It seems to be good for beings with hard shells, limited attention spans, and s#@t for brains. ( grin )
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Koldfoot wrote:
rinelk wrote:
JockiB wrote:
I have nothing against kale.

This bacon thing though...it's a bit overrated.


Thumb for courage.


He just over cooks it.

Limp bacon. Limp bacon is the key to turning bacon doubters into converts.


That's what she said.

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I'm not a fan of those moments when hipsters shopping at Whole Foods drive the prices of certain foods beyond the range of reasonable affordability.

Once upon a time, tilapia was DIRT CHEAP. Now, I like tilapia. But for the price being charged today for it, I can get salmon, a fish I like more than tilapia.
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When I was a kid, kale was what poor people ate who couldn't afford real food. I secretly liked it, though. Sad to see it's trendy now. A few years from now people are going to look down on me for eating kale (again), but this time because they think I'm too late on a trend.
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The only way to eat kale:

Although I have to admit I sometimes make a smoothie with the leftover kale. I'm so hip.
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purplewurple wrote:
The only way to eat kale:

Although I have to admit I sometimes make a smoothie with the leftover kale. I'm so hip.



Next time get a can of this and toss in while you are cooking the kale down:

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I love all greens, I know I feel so much better when I eat them daily and maybe that's placebo effect, but whatever works!

I want to share an easy way to make kale chips in the microwave- doesn't work with curly kale, though.

I use collard greens for this and they are delish- even better than kale. Kind of peppery in flavor- yum!


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HamsterOfFury wrote:
...it's okale.

Fixed.
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