Alrighty, this should be quick... I just have one observation to make.
It seems as though these days, our food, especially our desserts, is becoming somewhat of a freak show rather than a form of sustenance. Now, this is not to be said for the majority of us in our everyday lives, but in terms of food as idea, as an industry, it certainly applies.
You all know what I am talking about. Fourteen-inch doughnuts. Milkshakes that come with an entire slice of cake on top. Bagels stuffed with Oreos. An entire restaurant serving just cookie dough. Or even that ramen place that's becoming famous because you can eat facing a wall and don't have to interact with anybody (there are many more things I can say about how pitiful that is).
It's not good or bad, I don't think, though feel free to share your opinions on the matter; it's just strange. And I'll bet that as many of these souvenir establishments start to blow up, their products may retain their external beauty, as is important for the maintenance of this fame, but the taste probably begins to lack.
And people go to these places only with half a mind for the food... it's all about the Instagram. Everyone wants to say, "Yeah, I've been there." Food, as it seems, isn't just for eating anymore. It's for admiring. It's an amusement. It's entertainment. It's for the eyes as well as the stomach. And I think this may cause America to develop an unhealthy relationship with our food. (Like, what's up with that show "Giant Food"? I think it's disgusting, but to some, it's simply fascinating.)
It might be dangerous to eat things for how humongous or crazy they are rather than how they fuel you. But for now, hey, it's kinda funny. And as long as people are enjoying it, the food and their Insta-worthy pilgrimages, who really cares? Like I said, just a quick observation...