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Food Trends We Hope Never Make a Comeback

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16. Over-the-top Bloody Marys

The Bloody Mary is a classic brunch-time drink — a bracing, dark red cocktail of spiced vodka and tomato juice, traditionally garnished with a simple stalk of celery. Somehow that garnish started growing in unexpected ways and today the cocktail is often more of a meal than a beverage, with the celery supplemented with skewered fruit, jumbo shrimp, sliders, sushi rolls, barbecued ribs, and who knows what else. Drink your Bloody. Put your dinner on a plate.

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17. Over-the-top milkshakes

The dessert equivalent of the overdone Bloody Mary is the ridiculous milkshake. Milkshakes are rich enough by themselves. Whipped cream and a cherry are frosting on the cake. Do they really need to be topped, as well, with cookies, candy bars, lollipops, pieces of cake, slices of pie, or combinations thereof?

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18. Cauliflower pizza crust

Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable. It’s nice just simply boiled and served with butter or cloaked in cheese sauce. It makes great soup or a crunchy crudité. Blending it into a kind of dough with cheese and eggs to make a so-called pizza crust, however, is just a bad idea. Eat your vegetables. But don’t try to make them something they’re not.

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19. $100 burgers

Whether it’s a fast-food version for a buck or so or a considerably larger and more serious interpretation costing $15 or $20 at a good restaurant, the burger is meant to be simple, unpretentious, easily enjoyable food. So what was with the pre-economic-turndown craze for burgers loaded with luxury ingredients (foie gras, caviar, lobster, truffles) and priced at a C-note or more? Hey, fancy food: Stay in your lane.

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20. Juice cleanses

If you stop eating for a few days, a week, or longer and subsist on various combinations of fruit and vegetable juice with protein powders and other ingredients added, you’ll “detox” and end up being healthier than ever. Not. There is no scientific evidence for the supposed health benefits of juice cleanses, and they might actually wreak havoc on your metabolism.