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I am not a foodie. For me, a Lean Cuisine can be a bountiful night of flavorful fulfillment. (Seriously... try their meat lasagna) So I'm never in the "know" about what makes a stellar menu. It actually shocks me that food can become "last season." I mean.... its food. We eat everyday, for survival. How is it a meal can be compared to fashion? But apparently we can Miranda Priestly sustenance. From now on if someone serves me arugula I'm going to respond with a "that's all!"

Redditor u/lizardlibrary wanted to know what menu items are so last flavor at this point by asking.... What food used to be popular but has fallen out of style?

Wally Down

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Waldorf salad.

Have only seen it a handful of times since my grandparents died. Used to have it there all the time.


I literally made cranberry Waldorf salad this morning for my Thanksgiving meal. Although I do it with yogurt instead of mayo.


Back in the Day

In England, a lot of French foods.

Go to a restaurant 20 or 30 years ago, a lot of French dishes would be on the menu, seen as the height of sophistication at the time - duck a l'orange, paté starter, soufflé, potatoes dauphinoise etc. I remember Ramsay criticizing some restaurants on Kitchen Nightmares for having some of these dishes, telling them it's not the 1980s anymore.

Nowadays, you're likely to see dishes from further afield such as Thai or Japanese instead at a fairly standard gastro pub.


When in Starbucks

Cake pops used to be everywhere. Now I only see them at Starbucks.


No Due

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The 70s were all about the fondue.

Don't see too much fondue these days.


Sugar Puffs

Candy Cigarettes.


They still have them. They just call them "candy sticks" now. Same thing, different packaging. It's usually superheroes or cartoon figures on the boxes now.



In the late 1700s and early 1800s in the US "bushmeat" was very common. Squirrels, Raccoons, and Beavers were all on the menu - they were very common and easy to hunt.

Rabbit also used to be WAY more popular than it is today.

Edit: Since this blew up - I know, please stop telling me. I know people still eat this stuff in certain areas of the country. The point is, it all used to be way more popular. In the timeframe I mentioned probably 90%+ of the country ate bushmeat. Today it's certainly less than 10%.


I'll do Scrambled

Pickled Eggs. Lounges and bars would always have a jar of them on the bar top.


We make a regional variant here in Pennsylvania out of red beet brine. Most of the time we just call them pickled eggs but they're definitely a different thing from the traditional pickled egg.


It's just a wrap

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For some unknown reason, Panini. Used to see them at cafes and lunchrooms almost everyday 10 years ago. Now I haven't seen a panini for at least 3 years.


the push

Push-ups popsicles. I loved eating push ups as a kid. Took me three days to find some for my son. Found them in dollar general of all places. And the large banana/fudge bomb popsicles. I can only find small baby like ones. They use to have both these everywhere when I was a kiddo.


With a Chianti

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Kidney was served at the finest restaurants at the beginning of the 20th century, but its popularity diminished greatly in recent decades. A more popular offal was liver, but it, too, has fallen out of favor. Ditto calf and lamb's brain.



Sundried tomatoes.

Remember when people put them in everything c.2002?

Making bread, sundried toms, rice salad? s.d.t

A salad. What salad? Any salad. You know it: Sun dried damn tommies.

Guests coming over? Ramekin of sdts. Right next to the giant capers and bowl of anchovies packed in salt.

Is everyone alright for salt? Great here's a budweiser.

You're not eating the sundried tomatoes. Here have a few on a crostini topped with sun dried tomato purée.


back to the 50's...

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My mom makes ambrosia and said its from the 50's but nobody eats it. Its really good tho its got coconut, marshmallows and tiny oranges and stuff.


When in Japan

Here in Japan traditional Japanese meals (grilled fish, rice, miso soup + seasonal vegetable side dishes) seem to be more and more a thing for older people. Younger people are all about meat. Seafood is in danger of losing its throne if it hasn't already. Bread has also begun supplanting rice as the go-to for breakfast.

Of course there are young traditionalists, but it's gone from basically everyone eating the same styles of meals and wanting nothing else to them seeming quaint or special in the way that a roast dinner is in the West.


Beef Thoughts

Beef stroganoff? I fell in love with it from a processed food pack (just add water and meat). Then I made it from scratch with crème fraîche and dill - it was heavenly ( But I don't see it mentioned nor offered often.

Edit: included recipe I used. Didn't realize this dish was all the rage - at home, lol.


Another Generation

Chipped beef on toast aka SOS was popular with my grandparent's generation, but I actually really like it.

There's also a really good older cooking show called Two Fat Ladies and pretty much everything they made on the show has fallen out of style. Still really entertaining show.


Great Due

I have a vague memory from when I was a kid of my parents getting a fondue pot. We all sat around the table dipping a giant fork with bread hunks into melted cheese and then we never used it again.


Dough Issues

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Any style of Bread Pudding. Something my grandma used to make often when i was a kid. Even now she doesn't really make it. I just never see it anymore.


You should get her recipe and try making it yourself. I wish I had gotten my great-grandmother's recipe. I know most people use regular loaf bread or maybe Texas Toast. She used leftover biscuits (American terminology). Best bread pudding I remember ever having.



Jello salad, It's a abomination. Just... why, why, and why?


My mother is making hers today for Thanksgiving. It's disgusting, and she puts Cheerios that are just terrible since they're soggy.


When in the 1800's....

Eating Robins was quite popular in the 1800's.

Here's a recipe from Wehman's Cook Book, published in 1890: "Cover the bottom of a pie-dish with thin slices of beef and fat bacon, over which lay ten or twelve robins, previously rolled in flour, stuffed as above, season with a teaspoonful of salt, a quarter ditto of pepper, one of chopped parsley, and one of chopped eschalots, lay a bay-leaf over, add a gill of broth, and cover with three quarters of a pound of half puff taste, bake one hour in a moderate oven, shake well to make the gravy in the pie form a kind of sauce, and serve quite hot."


Dip Out

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Onion dip. THE party food of the 50s.


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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!