10.04.06 Rejuvenile foodstuffs
The highly entertaining food blog Slashfood has a nice post today about so-called “retro foods” – citing familiar examples like gourmet cupcakes and mac-and-cheese, but also pointing out that many adults now happily and unapologetically snack on Hello Kitty Pop-tarts or chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs.
It’s true that eating often unlocks long-buried childhood sensations. Abba Zabba, candy-covered almonds, alphabet soup – a single taste can unleash all sorts of eerie and sometimes quite wonderful sense memories. My own list is endless, but in honor of my daughter Eliza, who is doing “C week” in kindergarten school right now, here a few of my favorite “C” rejuvenile foods:
We all could probably come up with a substantial menu of favorite retro foods. What’s perhpas surprising, tho, is that so many of us are now not merely reminiscing; we’re reclaiming and reinventing these foods as adult fare. The upscale restaurant Campanile here in L.A. does an successful grilled cheese night on Thursdays; young professionals in Bloomington, Indiana feast on 30 varieties of cereal and gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the new Cereal Barn and Peanut Butter Café; and the lines continue to stretch outside gourmet cupcake bakeries like Magnolia in N.Y and Sprinkles in L.A....
Elsewhere on the Slashfoods site, there’s mention of two more faddish rejuvenile food items – frozen yogurt topped with Cap’n Crunch at the new Pink Berry chain, and a new twist on the sno-cone that’s causing culinary conniptions in Tokyo.
What about you? What are the foods that most reliably take you back? Tater Tots, Lucky Charms, Jello, Slurpees?
I grew up around baseball fields (I played in Little League and we lived right next to a city park where games were played), so I have lots of memories from concession stands. It’s probably where I got good at math. I remember clutching two quarters, trying to calculate what combination of super rope, fun dip, Mr. Freeze ice pops and Laffy Taffys I could walk away with. My youngest brother liked going to our games solely for the trip to the concession stand.
Posted by Jason Kotecki on 10/20 at 08:18 AM