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These Food Trends That You Did For The IG Posts Should Be Left In The 2010s Where They Belong

Trends, by definition, come and go, and they affect every aspect of our lives, from our hairstyles to the way we decorate our living rooms. But just like perms and mullets, there are certain trends from the food world that were a little outrageous and/or ridiculous. We rounded up the trendiest food fads of the decade so you can remember all the random meals you shared on your social media #foodstagram. 

Sushirrito

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Why limit yourself to tiny sushi rolls, when you can indulge in an entire burrito filled with all the typical sushi fixings. Plus, it’s far more convenient to trot around with a compact burrito than with an entire tray of sushi + chopsticks.

Acai bowls

As the food trends of the 2010s have taught us, people love bowls, superfoods, and yogurts. So it should come as no surprise that when the Brazilian sweet treat that features a smoothie-like base topped with fresh fruit and nuts hit the U.S., it became an instant favorite. Not to mention, the visual presentation is Instagram-perfect.

Quinoa

Rice is so 2008. This Peruvian whole grain, complete-protein swap can be found starring in Buddha bowls, oatmeal-inspired breakfasts, soup recipes, and even rice pudding remixes.

Avocado Toast

Someone put avocado on bread and deemed it a standalone meal called “avocado toast.” Innovation. Bonus points for showy garnishes on your avocado toast such as crispy prosciutto, a fried egg, Everything Bagel Seasoning, or apples and blue cheese. 

Burrito bowls

With the nationwide take-over of Tex-Mex eateries, like Chipotle and Moe’s Southwest Grill, the prominence of the burrito bowl hit an all-time high in the mid-2010s. Featuring all the fixings of a typical burrito, the bowl is an option you can feel good about because it ditches the tortilla wrap for a lower-carb alternative.

Cronut

Do you remember when New York went crazy for the cronut? This hybrid croissant-doughnut was invented (and trademarked) by Dominique Ansel at his bakery in New York, proving so popular that people started recreating them across the country —and the whole world for that matter.

Kombucha

Kombucha is a probiotic drink that’s having a bit of a moment. In grocery stores and Whole Foods across the nation, you can choose from about a dozen different brands and flavors, all of which have an artisanal quality that whispers “you are SOOOOOO taking care of yourself… you are.

Kale chips 

They’re crisp, green, salty, taste freakily like salted potato crisps —and they’re made from kale, the super trendy member of the cabbage family renowned for its high nutrients and celebrity fans.

Cauliflower pizza crust 

Cauliflower happens to tick more than a few of the boxes that characterize eating in the 2010s: it’s gluten-free, low in calories and carbs, and also works well as a meat substitute. In addition, the vegetable offers a hefty dose of fiber, it’s inexpensive, quick to cook and is versatile. Someone finally found how to put the bland cruciferous to good use.

Zoodles

Zucchini was just the beginning. As a result of this growing food trend of the 2010s, we’re spiralizing a true alphabet of produce, including apples, beets, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, turnips, and of course, zucchini.

Matcha everything

Food-forward Instagrammers are increasingly as likely to snap a picture of a matcha latte (using the hashtag #matcha, of course) as they are a cappuccino, and they can now do so at specialty matcha cafés cropping up across the country, from New York to California to Hanoi. Said cafes serve everything from croissants to cakes to cold-pressed juices, all infused with the magical green powder.

Tea-toxes

If you were on Instagram in 2013, you are probably aware of the ‘teatox’ trend. It comprised of two and four-week programs which allegedly used the ‘power of herbal teas to help you lose weight’, by supposedly ‘ridding the body of toxins’. A fancy way to describe a good old laxative tea.

Charcoal ice-cream

There are two kinds of food that exist solely to be Instagrammed. There’s the gregarious type, prefixed by “unicorn,” striped through with bright colors and dusted with glitter. And then there is its grim cousin, which exists in simple, stark monochrome. Over the last few years, the trend for black food has been growing. From black-bun burgers to black cheese —the most successful midnight-hued food fad was the activated charcoal ice-cream.

Pumpkin spice everything

Starbucks launched its iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte is 2003, and it started a craze that’s carried over into this decade. Today, you can find all sorts of pumpkin spice foods in the fall, like Pumpkin Spice Cookies, classic Pumpkin Spice Bread and even pumpkin spice toothpaste, no joke.

Rainbow desserts 

Rainbow-colored food really peaked in popularity during the late 2010s. Images of brightly colored milkshakes, bagels, and even grilled cheese sandwiches filled social media feeds. The color-dye trend garnered a title in tribute to the food’s whimsical appearance: unicorn food.

Poké bowls

In the ’90s, it was sushi, then came the poké. Someone put Hawaii’s poké in a bowl and it spread far and wide overnight. Yet another food bowl obsession for us to Instagram the hell out of.

Paleo

Eating old school—we’re talking hunter and gatherer old—was big news in the 2010s. Eliminate dairy, grains, legumes, and processed foods and sugars, and you’ll shed weight because you’re filling up on fiber, fat, and protein, say Paleo diet devotees.

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

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