Food and fashion share many similarities – both, for one thing, have their trends that come and go albeit in altered form. Unlike fashion, however, food will always have its steady staples that will feed, nourish and comfort adults and children despite the changing times.
Here are several of the food items that we predict will be around for generations to come, even as we see advances in food technology like 3D printing. And that, ladies and gents, will always be source of comfort!
Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers
These are the quintessential American food found on both the poor man’s and the rich man’s table, as well as on the menu of fast-food and fine dining restaurants. Case in point: While McDonald’s has its classic burger versions, Bobby Flay has a restaurant offering gourmet burgers – a higher price, of course.
Hamburgers and cheeseburgers are also akin to the little black dress. These can be served dressed down with just the basic ingredients of sliced bun and beef patty, a few slices of tomato and a bed of lettuce, and a sauce, perhaps a combo of ketchup and mayo. These can also be dressed up with the fanciest ingredients you can find – and afford, for that matter, such as foie gras, truffles, caviar, lobster, and aged gruyere cheese.
Their enduring popularity can also be attributed to their convenience in preparation and ease in consumption. You can devour your hamburger, for example, with nothing else but your hands and mouth, and while on the go. You may obviously use a fork and knife but these are usually reserved for the hoity-toity restaurants where getting ketchup stains on your dress shirt is frowned upon.
Pizzas and Pies
Pizzas, like hamburgers, can be dressed down or dressed up depending on the preference and budget of the target consumers. There are countless combinations of the crust, toppings, and sauce that every meat lover, vegetarian, and vegan will find a couple of pizzas that will appeal to their tastes. Most pizza joints even offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices to appeal to a wider market, and it’s a strategy that benefits both the companies and the consumers.
Pizzas are usually known as savory foods suitable for lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as for game nights and family dates. Thus, the toppings include everything from meat (e.g., beef, pork, chicken, deli meats), fruits (e.g., pineapples), and vegetables (e.g., bell peppers and olives), as well as herbs (e.g., basil). The crust itself comes in several different varieties – thin, thick, and filled with cheese – while the tomato sauce base has remained popular.
And yes, the cheese is just as varied! With pizzas, it can be cheddar cheese on a Domino’s pizza or it can aged cheese on a gourmet pizza. Name your cheese and it will likely be suitable for pizza.
And then there are the dessert pizzas that instead of savory ingredients contain sweet ingredients. Marshmallows, chocolates, and fruit jams have been used, and while dessert pizzas aren’t as appealing as savory pizzas, these will likely stay. After all, pizza addicts can’t get enough of it.
Pies for dessert are also here to stay and we can certainly understand why. Bakeries can make even basic pies more decadent with fillings and toppings like custard, mousse, and glaze, as well as stick to the classic like the key lime pie, the banana pie, and the apple pie. The apple pie, of course, will stay on the dinner table because, aside from hamburgers, nothing says “American” than apple pie.
Think American breakfast and among the first thing that comes to mind is eggs, lots and lots of eggs. Sunny side up, poached, scrambled, fritatas, quiches, and served with a decadent hollandaise sauce – these are just a few of the ways that the humble eggs are presented at the breakfast table.
Come to any restaurant that serves breakfast, whether it’s a wayside bed-and-breakfast or an international chain like IHOP, and egg dishes are the stars of the menu. But since many customers have egg allergies or have special dietary needs that exclude eggs, many restaurants are also offering dishes made with egg substitutes.
Even urbane men and worldly women will hanker for comfort foods at one point or another, and it’s understandable, too. Comfort foods being us back to happier times, makes the world seem better again, and warms our insides like no food can. These are then here to stay, especially in restaurants that pride themselves on home-cooked foods.
Comfort foods will obviously differ between regions and families. But in the United States, the comfort foods include macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, pot roast and gravy, and even hamburger and fries. No matter your comfort food, you will make a beeline for whatever restaurant prepares it like your grandma did.
Amid the turbulence of the world, the hustle and bustle of life, and the changing times, you will find that there’s security and stability to be had in these foods. Thank the heavens for them!