Friday, December 28, 2012

food (food) | 12 best things i ate in 2012

One of my favorite things about wrapping up a year is taking a look back at all the wonderful things that happened.  So leading up to January 1st, I'm going to share with you some of my favorite things from 2012. 

First, let's start with food.  After all I was pregnant for more than half of this year so I did do a fair share of eating.  Here are the 12 best things I ate (from around the world) in 2012!

1) Egg White Breakfast | Uncle Bill's Pancake House
This place is one of my favorite staples whenever I'm in Manhattan Beach, CA.  The breakfast is always good and portions are always huge, but icing on the cake?  Sitting along the beach strand and people watching - doesn't get any better than that does it?


2) Cookie Butter | Trader Joe's
Ok let's be honest if you didn't have a bite of Cookie Butter in 2012 you are seriously missing out.  Put it on bread, smear it on a brownie or eat it by the spoonful.  Whatever you do, just eat it!  

Cookie butter

3) Grilled Bacon, Cheese & Tomato Sandwich | Cheese Dream
I know what you're thinking, "It's just a grilled cheese."  Yes it is, but it was a damn good one.  I tried this at the Dose Market, but if you're ever in Ann Arbor, MI definitely check out what they've got cooking that day.


4) Macarons | Laduree
Do these even need any rationale?  Laduree is the mecca of macarons and each one I ate was absolutely delicious. 


5) Belgium Waffle | Cafe - Brasserie Craenenburg
This was the highlight of our day trip to Bruges.  Aside from seeing the cute, quaint and medieval style town, this waffle truly was worth the trip.


6) Roasted Lamb | Season's Restaurant
I cannot say any bad things about this meal or restaurant.  Season's was the meal for our first night in Amsterdam.  I have been dreaming about this roasted lamb since I had it back in March.  It's ingredients were so fresh and simple - it was the perfect dish for a cold Winter day.


7) Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Kilwins
Throughout my third trimester I had an infatuation with mint chocolate chip ice cream.  I had eaten so much that I declared myself a connoisseur and no matter how hard I tried to find the best place to get mint chocolate chip ice cream, the only place that triumphed them all was Kilwins.


8) Crab Cakes | Acadia
I absolutely loved how the food at Acadia was a little avant garde, but not foreign.  I'm an adventurous eater so that wouldn't have stopped me, but Acadia is the perfect place to test the water with new American style food.  The service was impeccable and the food was memorable.  They definitely earned that Michelin star.


9) Sweet Corn Creme Brulee | Sable Kitchen & Bar
I'm obsessed with eating at restaurants where the head chefs or owners were once on Top Chef.  The expectations were high when I ate at Sable and Chef Heather sure delivered delicious dishes.  My favorite of the entire night was this side dish that was the perfect combination of savory and sweet.


10) Short Ribs | Ruxbin
 I recently wrote a post about this not too long ago so I won't say much besides the fact that this dish was truly one of the highlight meals of my year.

11) Meatball Sandwich | Panozzo's Italian Market
I'm a regular over at Panozzo's so if you ask me what I recommend, I'll say "anything - everything is good."  However, if I had to chose one thing to try, it's their meatball sandwich.  I don't know why it took almost 2 years to finally try it after going there so often, but I finally did and it's life changing.


12) Chocolate Cream Pie | Hoosier Mama Pie Company
I ate my fair share of pies this year and nothing has come close to the pies at Hoosier Mama's.  In fact, these days their pies are my dessert of choice.  This year instead of a birthday cake, I asked for their chocolate cream pie and it was worth every calorie.

Hoosier Mama

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LC said...

mmmmm i love this post! definitely have to get the creme brulee (so sad they got rid of the duck fat fries )=) and have to check out ruxbin!

Myah said...

I'm seriously going to pin this post. First and foremost, it's amazingly creative. Secondly, it's giving me some awesome cooking ideas. Thanks for the post.