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8 Worst Food Trends of 2011

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8 Worst Food Trends of 2011

By Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Experience Life

What can I say? It was a good year, it was a bad year, it was a year. But, 2011, there are also some parts of you I’d just like to forget. Like these eight annoying food trends whose time, I hope, will soon pass:

1. Artificial Truffle Oil

You know truffles, yes? They’re the rare, incredibly costly “fruiting body” of an underground mushroom that French and Italian chefs have swooned over for generations. You’d think that truffle oil had some relationship to them, right? Wrong. Most commercially available truffle oil is made by adding chemical fragrance compounds to olive oil — musky, mushroomy, rancid-smelling, sweet-and-sour, nasty fragrance compounds. Ubiquitous on gastro-pub French fries, on fancy-restaurant brunches of shirred eggs, and all-too-often added to finish innocent fresh-mushroom dishes, truffle oil has become the Axe body spray of ambitious chefs who are also lazy and have no palate. There is nothing worse than ordering an honest mushroom pizza and having it show up reeking like a skunk that took a maple syrup bath.

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8:33AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

I really enjoyed the comment about adamantium claws! That being said, I really enjoyed and appreciated the views expressed. I personally, hate that they inject solutions into chicken and meats at the store.

6:57PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

Thank-you for the informative article!

8:42AM PST on Jan 23, 2012


3:34AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

Always amazing me about how many people are just in it to make as much money as possible. Fake organics? Genetically modified foods? Wanting to spray Round Up (which I won't even use in my yard) all over a field of plants? Regardless of whether these plants were going into livestock or humans - its disgusting. I don't know how people don't understand that this is not okay. My questions - would you want someone to do this to your children/your mother? That should be their deciding factor.

8:24PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Brilliant. Thanks!

6:13PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

ahh yes fake organics. Remember the government protected term is 'certified organic' the term 'organic' though doesn't mean shit except for they didn't qualify to be considered 'certified organic'.

8:49AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

thanks for sharing!

7:43PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Two words: eye opener!

2:47PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

wow.. the over-consumption just appalls me to no end! thanks for the awareness :)

5:51AM PST on Jan 19, 2012


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