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.
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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