10 New Foods We Loved in 2013

Quinoa instead of rice, juicing everything in sight and how Questlove went gaga for cronuts.


Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s choice to go vegan may spark the next culinary trend, but for black America, 2013 was already an interesting food year. Here are some nontraditional foods that sashayed their way into the African-American diet, because who says black people can’t be foodies?

1. The Cronut 

Questlove was so excited about this croissant-doughnut hybrid that he asked the creator to come on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to teach him to how to make it. Arguably the biggest trend of 2013, this dessert was reportedly introduced by chef Dominique Ansel for Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. It’s made from laminated dough, which is then sugared, filled and glazed.

2. Whiskey


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No longer just a drink for grown men, whiskey grown so popular that there has been an explosion of new craft distilleries across the United States.

3. Kale


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This leafy green was sighted in a few photos Beyoncé posted to show fans her new vegan diet. Once considered a boring vegetable, it has had a big year: Kale chips, pizzas, cakes, salads, drinks and soups abound in restaurants and grocery stores.

4. Quinoa


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Mommy Knowles described how she chowed down on this protein-rich “ancient grain” as a way to shed her pregnancy weight after giving birth to Blue Ivy. It’s a great carb substitute for rice, and we like it in place of oatmeal with healthy doses of cinnamon and brown sugar. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa for its role in the fight against world hunger.

5. The Ramen Burger

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