Beets are the triple homicides of the vegetable kingdom: Everyone avoids them because of the messy red stains. But beets are my almost-favorite vegetable, trailing only Brussels sprouts (the Elephant Men of the vegetable kingdom) and a spinachy green known as pigweed.
Two weeks ago, I started seeing the word "doughnut" in the same places where I was accustomed to seeing the words "ganache" and "affogato" and "tiramisu." Doughnuts are not new, but they're being overhauled as hot and cool and holy.
Everyone was wondering what would come after cupcakes in the culinary saga of low-culture-meets-high-culture and kiddie-classics-go-ironic. Sugary cereals made a run for it, but popcorn might have the edge, if San Francisco chefs get their way.