This year: I’ve traveled for food, food has traveled to me, I’ve cooked for new friends, new friends have cooked with me and for me, I’ve failed in the kitchen, succeeded with dinner reservations, eaten new amazing foods, fallen back to eating the same comfort foods over and over, laughed boisterously with family over frites, cried unabashedly in public with a friend over octopus, fallen in love with abandon over mussels, reconnected, gave thanks, flirted, took solace, made introductions, explored, and celebrated over food. Here then, some highlights from my year in food:
The intensely funny and intensely delicious Old Dirty Bastard from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, a chocolate glazed donut with crushed Oreos and thick ribbons of peanut butter.
Widmer brewery, Portland, where beers are being experimentally brewed in old oak Bourbon casks.
At long last, my craving for an authentic, moist, and flavorful grilled fish taco was fulfilled at Pokez in San Diego, with a gratis side of fun-loving vegan tattooed hipsters.
The immaculate and festive La Boqueria market in Barcelona, filled with stylish eye-catching displays of food to make anyone hungry.
Kenny’s pitch-perfect breakfast at Kalaekilohana with fresh-made English muffins, lomi lomi salmon, and local apple bananas and mangoes – the only mangoes I have ever loved.
An artistic display, equal parts delicate and delicious, of Arctic char with pearl onions, apples and foam at Sjavarkjallarinn in Reykjavik.
The spigots at the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam poured forth hours of shared family reminiscences and silly stories.
Belgian frites are best enjoyed on cold Amsterdam nights, slathered in mayonnaise and curry sauce, in XXL sizes as big as your head, and shared with multiple accomplices to your impending coronary artery disease. Here’s to another year of yum!