Constantly on the lookout for the “next big thing,” food writer types sometimes seem to cast about a little bit to spot a trend. Twitter has made this easier. In what might be looked at as an example of crowd-sourcing a scoop, Food & Wine editor in chief Diana Cowin sent out this tweet this morning: “Could this be the yr of the snail? Had it in unexpected dishes: pasta at the Modern + asparagus at Ssam Bar. Need 1 more example for a trend.” Some four hours later, Chris Cosentino picked up the thread: “@fwscout braised snails with trotters at incanto.” And suddenly, snails are a thing. Call it what you will, but that’s some pretty efficient trendspotting. Whether the 48 restaurants on our site whose menus list escargot will be impressed is another matter entirely.
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