– Megan Falk
Though it was once cool to post pictures with friends and family on Instagram, times have changed. Your feed has probably become cluttered with endless photos of ice cream cones against a skyline or giant pizzas perfectly arranged on the dinner table — all from restaurants, cafes and bakeries that you “just have to go to.” Whether you find these popularized dishes to be desirable or overrated, here’s everything you need to know about some of the most craved food trends.
Coffee in a Waffle Cone
Nicknamed the world’s most instagrammable coffee, this concoction is sure to please both caffeine addicts and the aesthetically driven. The concept was created by Dayne Levinrad, who aspired to bring innovation to the typical cup of Joe, in his South African coffee shop, The Grind Coffee Company. Customers can order either a cappuccino or espresso in the chocolate-dipped waffle cone, which is composed of a special blend of cacao that melts after 10 minutes of contact with the hot beverage. For the original product, you’ll find yourself flying across the world to Johannesburg, Capetown or Hong Kong, among others.
Charcoal Ice Cream
Though this dessert looks like something a Dementor would eat after a long day of feeding on human happiness, all of New York City is devouring the coconut ash-flavored ice cream. Found at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, this ice cream is made of charred coconut shell remains, an activated form of charcoal, which some people believe helps rid your body of toxins. While it may not be clear if the frozen treat is truly cleansing, hit up the parlor this summer for a $4.50 scoop and test it yourself.
Since 2011, the sushi burrito has served as the strangest crossover of cuisine yet. The original wrap, which has been trademarked as the Sushirrito, was created by Peter Yen in San Francisco and has taken the world by storm, even winning over the hearts of Chipotle lovers through their “create your own” option. Though Pinterest will give you plenty of ways to get your raw fish in a burrito-fix, nothing compares to the real deal. Order the Geisha’s Kiss or Salmon Samba, among others, for $12.
The Rainbow Bagel
New York City is diverse and a little chaotic, just like the rainbow bagel found at The Bagel Store in Willamsburg, Brooklyn. Though they came to be trendy within the past year, Scot Rossillo, the owner of the bakery, has been creating these neon breakfast goods for 20 years. To achieve the perfect swirl, chunks of dough of varying colors are flattened and stacked, then cut into strips and twisted into bagel-form. After being baked, the bagels receive a schmear of funfetti cream cheese made with cake mix. If you’re in the city, pop on over and pick one up for $3.50, or join the waitlist and have one shipped to your door.
If you’re craving one of these milkshakes, you may want to hold off on your brunch date; a milkshake at Black Tap in New York City can cost up to $15 and contain as many as 1,600 calories. The restaurant serves about 1,000 people each day, according to the New York Business Journal, and has three locations throughout the city, including in SoHo, the Meatpacking District and Midtown. Just from the look of them, you’ll probably need some extra napkins.
As one of the hippest cities in the country, it’s no surprise that the trend of artisanal toast began in San Francisco at Trouble Coffee Company. The upscale bread and classic toppings quickly spread to another San Francisco-based bakery, The Mill, which popularized the light breakfast food. On the weekends, The Mill toasts up to 400 pieces of bread a day, which feature toppings like apricot chili jam, turmeric hummus and housemade chocolate hazelnut spread. The toast can set you back between $4 and $8, so if you’re low on cash, try crafting your own at home.
The Ramen Burger
Similar to sushi burritos, the ramen burger serves as a combination of two distinct cultures. Keizo Shimamoto concocted the burger in 2013 as a result of his Japanese heritage and his love for Los Angeles, where he grew up. In his alternative take on an American classic, two ramen noodle buns hold an all-beef patty, secret Shoyu sauce, arugula and green onions. Voted one of “The 17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time” by Time, the unique burger can be found at Ramen Shack in New York City for $10.
Whether you take a drive over to New York City or a flight to South Africa, try getting your hands on one of these trending foods before it’s too late.