The Best Things I Ate in 2012

Happy New Year, everyone! Finally shake off that hangover? In the mood to talk about food?


As far as food and restaurants are concerned, I have a love/hate relationship with Best Of lists. I love them because I enjoy getting other people’s perspectives. I hate them because everyone’s perspective is relative.

However, since food is such a big part of my life, I like to put together a Best Of post each year to serve as a reminder of some of the awesome things I ate. Because to me, the experience of enjoying good food with good people creates memories that are worth documenting. And 2012 was a good year, indeed.


Carrot air with coconut milk — Next (El Bulli menu), Chicago


Poached eggs on Texas toast — Blue Bottle Coffee, San Francisco


Duck dinner — Sun Wah BBQ, Chicago


Muffaletta — PQM, Chicago


Ceci (boiled and fried chickpeas) — Next (Sicily menu), Chicago


Fried oyster kimchi sliders — GT Fish & Oyster, Chicago


Shoyu ramen — Tanpopo, San Francisco

And let’s not forget these three, which I unfortunately don’t have photos for (sorry!):

Chestnut soup — Goosefoot, Chicago

Crepe bolognese — Nightwood, Chicago

Pasta tasting menu — Flour + Water, San Francisco

Happy 2013, everyone. Here’s to more good eatin’ this year.

A fan of Best Of lists? See the ones I put together in 2011 and 2010.


4 thoughts on “The Best Things I Ate in 2012

  1. I’m really sad- those poached eggs from Blue Bottle look perfect. I went in search of Blue Bottle when I was in San Francisco but the morning we went, the line was amazingly long. This gives me something to look forward to when I head back out there!

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