Culinary Time Machine....
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this is wacky idea!
Seinfeld ran from 1989 to 1998.
here is a list of all the foods that were on the show: http://seinfeldskins.tripod.com/other/seinfeld_food.html
Stacked. Everything was stacked. The chocolate cups made of balloons. Seared tuna. Spiderweb sauce plating. :) Spice and chopped herbs on plate rims. Mid level steakhouses started opening. Vietnamese food was just starting out.
Some really great answers so far. Kuan really distilled a lot of 90's food in his short post and made me laugh as I remember each and every one of those things. And the balasamic reduction...we poured it on just about everything. I also remember very vibrant, colorful plates with all sorts of colorful streakers drizzled everywhere. Also a lot of "East meets West" fusion food going on.
It was also a time when "deconstructing" dishes was a big trend.
On the up side, American chefs were becoming more confident our foods here in the US. American Regional cuisine was big and chefs were looking to these regions and how to elevate those foods to new levels.
Thanks to Wolfy for rescuing us, and setting an all-time bar (& continues to do so), for food (of that era, & ongoing innovative ideas). After visiting Spago shortly after it opened (sorry I didn't visit Chinoise), I was hooked. One of the dishes that came to mind re fusion etc., was pizza.
You could put your own spin on dishes of the era, i.e.
Smoked Salmon Pizza
Tasting menus started--Charlie Trotter-style
California Pizza Kitchen
Cajun blackened everything
Raspberry Vinaigrette on Spinach Salad, especially
The explosion of pasta as its own food group
All manner of chilies made their way into our kitchens
So did polenta
I have a TON of rustic Italian cookbooks purchased in the 90s
Ditto for Thai and Vietnamese cookbooks
Rick Bayless popularized Mexican food in way that hadn't been done before
At the very end of the decade, restaurants focusing on turning regional foods & cuisines into fine dining experiences began showing up
Prosciutto wrapped melon slices at every party
Creme Brulee, flourless chocolate cake, boboli sp? pizza crust, Jones soda, every kind of Risotto, Sushi, Tapas bars, cigar bars inside upscale restaurants, Cajun cuisine,
everything had mixed colors. tortilla chips, all types of mini potatoes. prices going up and quantity going down.
Chocolate fountains, mashed potato bars and pasta stations
Edited by panini - 8/23/15 at 7:40am