Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
First they came for the humble crisp sandwich, but now our friends in American are at it again, claiming they have invented ‘Picky Bits’ under the guise of a new trend.
Yep, any Brit will tell you that the ‘Picky Tea’ is a hugely popular way of eating over here. Grab a bunch of nibbly foods and graze away until you’ve eaten a meal’s worth – what’s not to love?
But an LA TikToker is going viral in the States for coming up with something very similar called the ‘Girl Dinner’.
The trend has become so popular that it has even hit the likes of the New York Times, where the TikToker, Olivia Maher, is credited with coming up with it.
But, friends, is anybody else noticing a similarity here? The 28-year-old’s TikTok saw her chowing down on cheese, bread, grapes and wine, and similar iterations have now been copied by millions across the video sharing app.
“I cannot find the TikTok right now but a girl just came on here and said how in medieval times peasants had to eat nothing but bread and cheese and how awful that was, and she was like ‘that’s my ideal meal,'” she told her followers.
“This is my dinner. I call this ‘girl dinner’ or ‘medieval peasant.’”
Here are some other examples of the trend…
This girl dinner is also known as ✨hot girl plate✨
I feel more like a gremlin than a girl after eating this but im still content #girldinner
this is the secret to why #girldinner is so satisfying 👀 #nutritionistsoftiktok #emotionaleater #consciouseating #stopsugarcravings #emotionaleatingcoachingforwomen #stresseater #healyourrelationshipwithfood
Now, as much as Americans are hyping the trend, there are others who were quick to point out that it sounded familiar.
“This is actually a European dinner by some standards,” said one.
Whilst another sarcastically commented: “American women calling picky bits, ‘girl dinner’…”
“Put some respect on Picky Bits‘ name. “Girl dinner” how dare you,” a fellow critic chimed in on Twitter.
Put some respect on Picky Bits' name. "Girl dinner" how dare you https://t.co/4a7QWIvJYS
— Joe (@joeefoster) July 9, 2023
As a fourth chipped in: “Main takeaway from girl dinner discourse is how have americans made it this far without an equivalent term to picky bits.”
Of course, there’s room for us all to have ‘Picky Teas,’ whether you want to call yours that or not.
We’ll be sticking to the original (and correct) name, of course, but to each his own!
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