Latin Fusion and the Future of American Food

Latin fusion restaurants are becoming increasingly popular all over the United States of America, and there's no way to know when this trend is going to come to an end... if it ever will. After all, this is a nation that has always celebrated and absorbed aspects of Hispanic and Latin American culture with the utmost ease - it's been almost a second nature of the dominant culture to do this, ever since immigration from these different countries began. Of course, this has happened gradually, a natural result of social change, and in various waves. All Latin or Hispanic cultures are very different . Even recipes from region to region within any one country can have vast differences, so maybe saying 'Latin fusion' is kind of vague, but it's as close as we can get to grouping all these different food combination possibilities under one banner. Cuban, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Argentinean, Brazilian, Chilean, and other culinary traditions are all challenged by new flavor palate combinations, food preparation routines and spices borrowed from other cultures under the same umbrella term to produce new favorites synthesized from traditional favorites. What's not to love?

Is there really any wonder that we are seeing the popularity of Latin fusion food grow? From Appleton, Wisconsin to the bright lights and savvy dining districts of the big cities like New York and Los Angeles, there's no way the expansion and popularity can be ignored any longer. There's always been something about Spanish food that's tantalized the average American, whether or not they can claim any personal Hispanic or Latino heritage, and the increasing number of multiracial people who can claim such heritage is only broadening the food market and audience. It's becoming such a standard part of everyday eating - and that's coming from someone who has moved from the East Coast to the West Coast and never once saw a shortage of Mexican, Tapas style, or other Spanish restaurant type to choose from on any given day.

And not just fast food, either, although we are all certainly familiar with fast food tacos, especially if you're like me and get 3 a.m. cravings during your college final all-night study sessions. Fine family dining is heavily supported by Latin food, and especially Latin fusion restaurants, which offer an unprecedented variety of food options for large families to choose from. The larger the group, the more difficult it is to find a place that will please everyone and meet all taste requirements and dietary restrictions. Fusion has never presented that problem for me, and I have a huge family that loves to go out for any occasion we can - birthdays, holidays, won game tournaments, etc.

For me personally, I'm always in search of new places to try. Contrasting and comparing the different margaritas and guacamole appetizers has been a pastime of mine, even if I can't afford to eat out very often. There is, after all, always happy hour and discount appetizers.

Kaelyn Kelly-Colon is an SEO content writer who has covered a variety of subjects, including Latin fusion restaurants.

This article was published on 15 Aug 2015 and has been viewed 570 times
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