As Chow, Baby has said many times before, nothing makes life easier for a columnist than saying the same things over and over again. That’s why, last year at this time, a new annual theme column debuted in this space: New Year trendspotting. Like its other annual standbys — Restaurant Week, Yom Kippur, holiday visit from college buddy Joe (next week) — Chow, Baby figured it would churn this one out until it got bored with the concept. Well, it’s bored already — because, as it turns out, Chow, Baby is no good at predicting trends.
Here’s what Chow, Baby thought would be huge in 2010: cupcakeries (nope), Thai martinis (nope), blood oranges (not so much), red meat cooked with fruit (nope), kim chee-eries (nope), and Aventino (went out of business two weeks into the year). Zero for six? Even the Saints wouldn’t throw a party on that record. So this year, instead of actually thinking, Chow, Baby offers some trend-related rambling rants. That, it’s good at.