Okay, I can’t really say that these are obsessions because I have experienced neither. I know, this totally discredits this post but read on and you will change your mind.
Two trends as of late that I am backing: Scratch and Cronuts.
The two together sounds like a cartoon about two scrappy neighborhood dogs, or a documentary about a new street drug and the junkies that do it, but they are actually two of the best new things to hit the food market.
Scratch is actually a company in DC (ScratchDC) and it is more so the concept than this one business I am supporting. If I lived in DC I would totally support them, but for now, I support the concept and want to see someone take this idea and run with it in Richmond. The concept is making a meal from…scratch. They post a meal (for two) of the day and if you like it you can order it and they will deliver all of the ingredients to your door in 20 minutes. Just to wet your appetite, past meals include: Pan Seared Sushi Grade Tuna Wrapped in Wasabi and Phyllo over Edamame & Shiitakes w/ an Herby Garlic Chili Sauce, Vegan Habanero Sweet Potato Patties in a Coconut Spinach Callaloo Sauce, Super Fancy (and Cheesy!) Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza, Baked Fried Chicken, Homemade Bacon Flapjacks, Tangy Collard Greens & Maple Syrup, the list goes on.
You get to make dinner without having to do the two worst parts: going to the grocery store and prepping your ingredients. You still have to clean up but let’s be real…that means recycling a few containers they gave you and washing 2 place settings and a pan or two. Other amazing things about ScratchDC? They source locally, they deliver, you don’t have to subscribe and buy multiple meals like similar pre-packaged dinner services, if you don’t know how to cook-you can call and a chef will walk you through the recipe, meals are less than $30, you’re cooking at home so you can drink as much wine as you want, they’re funny. If that isn’t enough for you then I just don’t know how to please.
Cronuts. Odd name. Makes me think of a prehistoric bird. However, the idea is irresistible Apparently, it became a star overnight in NYC and has taken the city by storm. A croissant and a donut had a baby. How come this idea hasn’t stuck before? We have taken the chic-ness of the French and married it with the American tradition of frying and dousing everything in extra sugar. Genius! Now, if someone could just start making them in Richmond, I’d be much happier. Oh and we could finally contribute to the internet’s latest obsession www.cronut.org
Do you have any new food obsessions? Please, share.