Washingtonian Magazine's food writers put together a list of restaurant trends they're sick of. Not just tired of these trends, but sick of them. What caught my eye was an Italian dish named Cacio e pepe. The article does not explain why they're fed up with these items, but oddly enough the latest issue of Food Network Magazine (March) has a story "Crazy for Cacio e pepe."
Here is how the Food Network story begins: "Dishes that date back to ancient Rome aren't typically considered trendy-and yet Cacio e pepe has emerged as America's new favorite pasta dish." Has it emerged in St. Louis? I don't know, we haven't seen it on menus when we've gone out to eat Italian, but we haven't been everywhere.
This dish is in essence pasta tossed with pecorino or parmesan cheese, olive oil and black pepper. Also some cooking water added to thicken the cheese and olive oil into a creamy sauce.
Maybe DC restaurants get the trends much sooner than the rest of us and have been on every menu and that's why they're sick of Cacio e pepe. This is one of those meals which would be very easy to make at home.
Some of the other things on the "sick of" list I've never heard of. We just aren't as cool as the east coast.
Here are a couple of examples:
Pig Ears! Hey, we know pig ears around here, they're for dogs.
Wagyu and caviar Heh
Hen eggs Aren't most eggs hen eggs?
And here is their list of DC restaurant trends they love