In the late ’70s or early ’80s, sundried tomatoes “arrived” in America, and slowly but surely, they became the coolest thing in town. Restaurant after restaurant started adding them to dishes, because they were fancy and exotic and all around announced that you were classy. Do you remember going to a restaurant in the ’90s? There were SO MANY SUNDRIED TOMATOES.
Fortunately, the ’90s are over and no one has to subsist on sundried tomato and goat cheese paninis anymore (NOT HATIN’). But there is a quickly rising sundried tomato of our time (or at least of hip New York restaurants in 2015). It is sea urchin.