Walk the Wok Goes Bicoastal for NYC and LA Food Trends

While everyone was enduring the Super Bowl pains here in Dallas, I was away in NYC and LA for work. Despite braving a blizzard and juggling time zones, I ate well.

Both food scenes were predictably different. I ate rich, fatty foods in the NYC winter blast, while in LA, I can't think of a meal that didn't involve fresh, beautiful produce. The great thing about New York City is that something new will crop up spontaneously and catch on fire for months. For instance, when I was in New York six months ago, Mario Batali's Eataly had yet to open, but upon my return, it seems as if European style food halls are the new thing in Manhattan. On the flip side of that, food trends are also extinguished pretty quickly, with the embers of the last fad struggling to make rent while fickle eaters ravenously seek out the next scene.

In Los Angeles, food trends tend to usually revolve around new health crazes, with tacos and sushi being the only foods with staying power. However, fans of Top Chef might be aware of a sensation called the "pop-up restaurant" being spearheaded in Los Angeles by Ludo Lefebvre. The eccentric French chef picks random eateries around the city to set up temporary fine-dining experiences with evolving menus.

The following is a compilation of interesting trends I noticed from my coast-to-coast trip. There's the good, and there's the bad.

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Kristy Yang
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