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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.
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 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.
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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).
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!
I have a couple of desert tortoises who have been living in the burrows underneath our sheds for the past 8 years. Most of the year, they're in sort of a hibernation, but once the temps reach the 90s (in May), they'll come out for food every other day until they go back to "hibernation" in September . . . and nothing is more satisfying to a tortoise's belly than fresh crunchy kale.
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 )
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.