Remember when chia seeds and French macarons were rare and hard to find on menus? It seems like every year the list of trending ingredients and cuisines shift slightly, and new culinary trends enter the global cultural conversation. Whether you’re a serious foodie or just someone who loves to try new things, here are some of the buzziest ingredients to taste right now, and where you can find them right here at Square One.


Oat milk
Available at Whole Foods Market from a number of manufacturers, this trendy milk substitute is neutral in taste and vegan-friendly. Many of the brands add vitamins and calcium, and there are organic versions available, too. The new plant-based milk to know if you’re not a fan of coconut, soy or nut-based milks like almond or cashew. 

Chaga mushrooms
Chaga mushrooms, or inonotus obliquus, is a parasitic fungus found in nature on birch and other types of trees. Chaga tea has been a part of folk medicine for hundreds of years, but in recent years the adaptogen has become much more widely available in both beauty products and at specialty grocery stores. Now, DAVIDsTEA has launched an organic chai blend that incorporates the super-ingredient!

Tomato Jam
We will always have a soft spot for ketchup, but tomato jam is also becoming popular as a savoury condiment with a more complex flavour profile. At Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & Bar, a jam made with San Marzano tomatoes can be found alongside the restaurant’s popular made-to-order fresh mozzarella dish. 

Yucatán Flavours
Mexican cuisine, especially the spices and flavours of the Yucatán region, is definitely trending in Canada right now. Whether or not you love spicy dishes, you will want to try the toothsome slow-roasted achiote chicken tacos at Earls, which comes with toppings like jalapeño crema and queso blanco. 

Aperol Spritz
Ok, so it was the unofficial drink of Summer 2018, but we’re gonna keep drinking Aperol Spritzes for as long as we can. This fruity, brightly coloured cocktail is on the menu at Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & Bar and Jamie’s Italian—try it at both restaurants, and see if you have a preference!

Truc Nguyen

Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based freelance stylist, fashion editor, and writer. She’s worked as a style editor at Flare, Teen Vogue, Vogue Living, and StyleCaster​.com​​, and is a co-founder of Editors Inc​.