These New Food Trends Are A Feast For The Tummy... And The Eyes | Clozette


Move over fashion and beauty! Today, Instagrammable food trends are taking centre stage. These days, food not only has to taste good but also look good — not that we're complaining, of course. But while we love a feast for the eyes that can easily earn us some likes on the 'Gram, we're definitely still big on taste. After sifting through the budding food trends this year, we found the best ones that guarantee a feast for both your eyes and your tummy. 


Curious? Here's a cheat sheet on the latest Instagrammable food trends that won't disappoint your tastebuds. But be warned — an empty stomach while reading this would do you no good.


Wanpaku sando



Sandos  (short for the foreign term sandwiches) in Japan are common food items created by the locals for daily bento boxes or during hanami (cherry blossom viewing). Following their flair for anything cute and eye-catching, Japanese sandos are usually filled with delicious yet colourful ingredients in between two thick yet soft half-slices of bread. While a normal sando is already filling and appealing, the Wanpaku Sando kicks things a notch higher. 


According to some research, Wanpaku is derived from a term often used to describe cheeky and mischevious children. This serves as an explanation for its colourful and energetic aesthetic. It succeeds another sando trend called Numasan, which is made popular by a couple who is said to be the creators of these trending thick and hearty sandwiches. Beating your ordinary BLT or clubhouse sandwich, this packs on at least seven or more layers of filling, from meats to eggs and cheese to veggies and more. 


Tin can cakes



Preserved fruits, cookies, and even sausages are just some of the things that we expect to come in tin cans — that is until cakes came into the picture. Boasting a crisp texture on the outside and some delicious gooeyness on the inside, it grew popular in the Philippines with chocolate as the main flavour.


The appeal comes with the fact that tin can cakes are easier to deliver without worrying about wrecking the cake. Plus, because the tin is made of aluminium, it helps preserve the heat or chillness of the cake while in transit. Now, because of the high demand, it has expanded into different flavours, from red velvet to birthday cake to localised flavours like lime and ube. Sellers have also elevated the aesthetic of the cake's surface with varied toppings and piping. 


Boba milk tea



If we're talking about the biggest resurgence in food trends, the boba milk tea is the greatest success story of all. Booming in Taiwan in the '80s and gaining international traction during the '90s to the early 2000s, milk tea has gone in and out of the limelight. But it never completely faded out among foodies. 


Then, around late 2017 to early 2018, boba milk tea suddenly came back into the game like a hurricane. A big obsession with matcha around the time can be correlated to this, as well as the big Taiwanese milk tea shops that have started to branch out offshore. The boba milk tea has now evolved with the times, too, offering a lot more flavours and varieties fit for today's 'for the 'Gram' culture. 


Tahini desserts



There's no denying that peanut butter is heavenly. However, its fat and oil content is not exactly the best for one's health. Good thing an alternative is making its rounds in today's food trends scene — say hello to tahini.


A condiment made from toasted ground sesame, this ingredient common in Mediterranean cuisine has finally made its way into the mainstream food scene. It started popping up in the ingredients list of 'healthier recipes' back in 2018, but has become its own star ingredient this year. This may be due to it being a source for 'good fat' (non-artery clogging fats that the body needs for energy) rich with vitamins B and E, as well as calcium, iron, and more. A great alternative to peanut butter and other oil-rich ingredients, its creamy and flavourful nature, as well as non-allergenic properties, make it a sure winner in any dessert lover's book.  



Faux meat in fast food



Gone are the days when vegan food are shunned by meat lovers. Now, even fast food restaurants are elevating their vegan menu, where both looks and flavour would entice even the stubbornest meat stans — and we're not just dealing with tofu here.


Utilising the power of beans, mushrooms, and other veggies, faux meat also attributes its growing success to today's more health-conscious culture. It's not really a battle between meat-eaters and non-meat eaters, but more so of which one is the healthier choice and if the food packs on flavour. With fast foods coming onboard with this food trend, we're definitely counting on faux meat becoming next to normal as a menu item in years to come. 


(Cover photo from: @dreamersloft17; @nutrizonia)


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It's a good day for animal rights and welfare advocates as another big fashion brand pledges to support their cause. Not long after Gucci, Burberry and Versace announced that they won't be using animal fur in their future collections, Prada is set to go fur-free. Today, Miuccia Prada went public with the decision saying that "the Prada Group (including Miu Miu, Church's) is committed to innovation and social responsibility" and that moving forward they will be "focusing on innovative materials [that] will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design". 



The shift in operations came after a discussion with the Fur Free Alliance. For their upcoming Spring/Summer 2020 collections, the Prada Group will no longer include any designs featuring fur. As a gigantic name in the fashion industry, the brand's move cements the new era where luxury is redefined to be ethical and sustainable. 


However, even as Prada goes fur-free, questions are still being raised about the environmental impact of faux fur, which is usually made with synthetic material. It's been known that the microplastic particles in clothing can make their way to the ocean and pollute nature every time plastic-based garments (like nylon and polyester knits) are being washed.  



After Prada's denouncement of fur, International Fur Federation Chief Executive Mark Oaten issued a statement saying that he's "surprised that a brand who care about sustainability are banning a natural product like fur" and that "Prada customers will only have plastic fur as an option, which is bad for the planet." In recent years, the debate on what type of fur is worse for the environment has been heating up. And with competing studies being presented, it looks like it won't be settled anytime soon. But maybe, we should entertain the idea of foregoing fur — in whatever form — altogether.



According to a report by Quartz, it's looking like the Alpaca fibre can be a good alternative. It's just as warm and durable, and it comes in a selection of colours. The best thing about it is that it's eco-friendly and cruelty-free. Alpacas are larger than goats and can produce more fibre. They can also maintain a steady population growth and because they live in a much less hostile environment, shaving off their furs won't result in mass death unlike the goat herds in the harsh Mongolian terrain.  


Sure, going absolutely fur-free will deprive us of that traditional bold and luxurious aesthetic but a new era is here and we have to adapt. After all, if Prada goes fur-free for animal welfare then shouldn't we be also concerned with fishes, turtles and planktons that can potentially be harmed by synthetic faux fur?



We'll just have to wait and see how the Prada Group handles these new concerns and challenges. But with the progress that the fashion industry has made so far, we're hopeful for a positive outcome. 


(Cover photo from: @prada)






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There are many rules to follow when you're visiting the "happiest place on Earth" — no outside food allowed, selfie sticks are banned, adults are not allowed to dress up as Disney characters and so on. While most rules are common practice, forbidding fans from wearing costumes may seem strange at first — but the reasons behind it do make sense. First, the resort is concerned that ill-intentioned people might dress up as Disney characters to lure children into following them. Second, it's to preserve the integrity of the characterisation (no mean Cinderellas, please!). 



However, Disney-goers have found a clever way to still dress up as their favourite characters sans a costume and it's called Disneybounding. Typically, this means having to interpret a character's signature ensemble using modern clothes or creating an outfit inspired by the colour palettes strongly associated with them. For example, if you want to dress up as Winnie The Pooh, you could wear a red shirt with an ochre skirt. It's all about capturing the essence of the look.



The term was coined by major Disney stan and style blogger Leslie Kay who gained popularity for her website for all things Disney called "Disneybound". Years after posting her first Disneybounding outfit, this style genre has become so popular that it went from niche to mainstream fashion. Wanna try it out? Here are some Disneybounding tips to get you started.


Determine the dominant colour



Most fictional characters, especially animated ones, will often have a signature colour or print associated with them. For Queen Elsa of Arendelle, it's teal. For Marie from the Aristocrats, it's always going to be baby pink. For Moana, it's orange geometrical patterns and the list goes on. Look closely at the character's ensemble and see which colour primarily pops out and work with that shade. It's the easiest to follow among all the Disneybounding tips on this list.


Wear iconic accessories



Colours are not the only thing that marks a character, particular trinkets are also what makes them distinguishable. Wearing a signature artefact is an easy cheat to putting together a great Disneybounding outfit. It could be in the form of a scarf, bag or shoes so you can be as creative as you like.


Go for colour blocking



One of the Disneybounding tips that you should never forget is that you don't need to emulate the costumes completely. Even something as simple as colour-blocking can already be great for the look. Pick several shades present in a character's costume and layer them up. Usually, these shades are already complementary so it's like taking style advice from the characters themselves.


Do it with a partner



Whether you're dressing up as the evil stepsisters of Cinderella with your bestie or as Beauty and the Beast with your bae, there's no doubt that Disneybounding is more fun when you do it as a pair. You can even go as the same character but in different style variations.


(Cover photo from: @utakowo/@littlesweetkaren)


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