The 10 Biggest Food Trends Of The Year (So Far)


Shrooms, CBD, and oats

Let me start with this: There is no such thing as a new food trend. Sure there are new cooking innovations (see: smart kitchen gadgets), new manners of preparing the same foods we've always had in our fridges (cauliflower rice, kale chips), and the westernization of foreign staples (matcha, poke), but it's incredibly rare to encounter a food or beverage previously unheard of. But that doesn't stop us every January from anticipating what the new year will bring in terms of culinary wonders. (Spoiler: It's usually weirdly flavored lattes.) And these last six months have been nothing if not palate-titillating.

So, yes, while some of these "trends" have been around for years (I have been eating oats, bruised bananas, and mushrooms since, I don't know, I was introduced to solid foods?), 2018 saw their resurgence, for one reason or another, and their proliferation into the mainstream. So, get your appetite ready and start to meal-plan as you peruse our list of the biggest food trends of 2018 (so far), below.

Nettle: From Sfoglini's pasta to Pukka Herbs' teas, nettle (also known as that plant with the stinging leaves that we avoided at all costs as kids), is making its way into the food and drinks industry. For good reason! It's a natural allergy relief remedy, helps detoxify the body, and even reduces arthritis pain thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, if you've had Sfoglini's Nettles or a cup of Pukka Herbs' Cleanse tea, you know it just tastes really good.

Keto Diet: Arguably, the most popular way of eating this year (I don't have enough fingers to count the number of people I know who said they've adopted it), a ketogenic (keto for short) diet forces the body to go into a state of ketosis by reducing its carb intake and increasing fats to convert to energy (in place of carbs, which are the body's preferred fuel). The list of foods allowed includes olive and coconut oils; protein like meat, fish, and eggs; leafy green veggies, like kale and spinach; nuts, avocados, and whole milk. It's kind of confusing, because, like, how are butter and heavy cream better than chickpeas? But maybe it's just us? People who are doing it really seem to like it.

CBD-infused beverages: After the sudden popularity cannabidiol (CBD) has had in the beauty industry, the ingredient is now on its way to dominate the bar scene. Derived from the cannabis plant, CBD can help with everything from stress and insomnia to anxiety and pain (alas without getting one high). In NYC, Patent Coffee, the sister to our favorite speakeasy bar Patent Pending, offers a CBD Omija Berry Arnold Palmer and CBD Cold Brew with 15mg CBD oil as part of its menu. In L.A., Gracias Madre, the popular vegan Mexican restaurant to which some have attributed the launch of this trend, serves a CBD Snowcone made from lemon, agave, hibiscus hielo raspado, and cannabidiol oil.

Oat Milk: "We carry Oatly!" proudly proclaimed coffee shops after The New York Times published "The Humble Ascent of Oat Milk" earlier this year and the Swedish product became so popularit sold out online and in stores Stateside. The dairy-free alternative to milk has become so in-demand that it's now carried at coffee shops like MatchaBar, Intelligentsia Coffee, Café Grumpy, Stumptown, and Maman. IMO, it's delicious and worth the hype.

Non-alcoholic spirits: This has been a Dry Year, with many starting with Dry January and continuing to live the booze-free life months later. With the demand for grown-up non-alcoholic cocktails rising, brands like Seedlip, the world's first non-alcoholic distilled spirit, and Curious Elixirs, booze-free craft cocktails made from natural ingredients, are rising in popularity with bars and consumers alike. We wouldn't be surprised if several more brands specializing in booze-free libations entered the market by end of this year.

Functional cooking: A term that I first heard from Jamie Kantrowitz, the co-founder of Countertop—an Ayurvedic line of spices, spreadable ghee butter (the first of its kind!), honey, and kitcheri mix—functional cooking is the act of adding health-enhancing ingredients to your recipes. Think: spices for your gut that you can easily add to anything from your morning yogurt and eggs to poultry and stir-fry veggies without changing your go-to recipes. And Countertop isn't the only one! EatBrands, a line of spices and vegan pops, combines probiotics (meaning, the products need to be refrigerated) with superfood spices for gut benefits and to support the immune system.

Mushrooms: Blame it on Phantom Thread if you like, but mushrooms have become popular... for non-poisoning reasons (though, for poisoning bad men, as well?). Varieties like reishi, chaga, and cordyceps have been spotted in coffee, tea, and smoothies and supplemental powders (that can be added to coffee, tea, and smoothies) which have been touted by, of course, Gwyneth Paltrow. Packed with antioxidants, iron, and potassium, "functional" mushrooms can support the immune system and cure inflammatory conditions. Already, mushrooms have started to make their way into select coffee and health shops (see: California's Lifehouse Tonics), but by the end of this year, expect to see shroom lattes and elixirs everywhere else. (If you want to be even more ahead of the curve, next on the trendy caffeinated beverages list is, apparently, the broccoli latte.)

Cosmetically challenged produce: Restaurants are getting progressively creative when it comes to helping eliminate food waste. In New York City, Graffiti Earth practices sustainability by working with cosmetically challenged, meaning “ugly,” produce that would otherwise go to waste because of its non-flavor-affecting visual flaws and underutilized seafood, like broken scallops (that get damaged during handling but are perfectly safe), while Sunday in Brooklyn repurposes byproduct in food dishes and waste like citrus peels and leftover herbs in drinks. Just recently, in California, a modern convenience store The Goods Mart made a deal with GrubMarket, farm-to-table food delivery service, to carry fruit of this variety only.

Instant Pot: If 2017 was the year of the Instant Pot takeover, then 2018 is going to mark its coronation. (I blame it on the demise of the regular slow cooker following that This Is Us episode.) Now that the kitchen device—popular for its pressure cooking abilities to make rice, beans, and protein in minutes—exploded in popularity (despite being around since 2010), expect to see cookbooks and chef-approved recipes to round out the next six months.

Fine-casual concepts: A step up from the fast-casual concept, fine-casual, also known as fast-fine, came to fame when Shake Shack restaurateur Danny Meyer defined the term on 60 Minutes as the "marrying together the ethos and taste level of fine dining with the fast food experience" in October. Typically helmed by chefs with fine dining backgrounds, these joints could combine ordering of high-quality food at the counter with sit-down service, a variety of alcohol options, and organic/local/sustainable practices. While, according to Bon Appetit, San Francisco currently holds the majority of restaurants that fall under the category, it's only a matter of time before other cities join in on the fun.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.