For the past 3 weeks I had been trying to write a review of 2009 that didn't start with, "Well, that sucked" - that was until I was looking at my FLICKR feed this morning (in between calls to the vet (*sigh*)) and realized that at least we ate well.
So, that's what I'll do.
(2009 wasn't really *that* bad, but it did have some craptacular moments)
2009: At least we ate well
Year in Review
Fish Tacos Taylor's Refresher
Saint Helena, Napa County
They really do some amazing fish tacos here.
Oysters and Old Riesling
I met up with my pals Kristy & Matt in SF for a late night dinner at the Salt House. Cool space. Delicious oysters. Great wine list.
Olive Vine Cafe
Possibly the best cold weather dinner. Savory and sweet with a flaky crust filled with spicy chicken. We recently made it at home.
Le Veau D’or
NYC Le Veau D'or just didn't seem like the place where'd you want to sit there snapping photos of the food (not that they would mind I suspect). I had the rack of lamb which is brought out and then assembled for you tableside. This is service and food of an older disappearing generation. Why have you not gone?
Oh, Ferdianando's - you super old school Sicilian restaurant. We should go here more as their menu seems to hide lots of tasty surprises.
Shrimp & Grits
Fancy bacon and tasty shrimp from the fish shoppe on top of polenta (aka grits). Perfect.
Kudos to Stu who organized two Momofuko meals within a couple of days of each other. The first was at Momofuku Ssam Bar for the Bo Ssam (i.e. pork shoulder/butt/whatnot with oysters and other goodness). We somehow survived that.
Then there was dinner days later at the Momofuku Noodle Bar for their amazing fried chicken dinner. Followed by a visit to the Momofuko Dairy Bar.
(Note that tacos made with the leftover pork rocked the world)
Super Taco Truck
Did I mention that the Super Taco Truck is now parked near my office during lunch? I can't believe I haven't mentioned that.
LA + NYC
Our pal Daisy throws a fun pre-Thanksgiving dinner in Brooklyn. Super tasty. Then off to LA.
Amazing turkey. Amazing dim sum. Fattening all around. Café Tropical for breakfast.
Everything Cascabel Taqueria
Tragically located on the UES. Best Mexican food in NYC?
The Piggy Burger DBGB
Apart from the restaurant's stupid stupid stupid name, the piggy burger is all sorts of awesome. Basically a very good hamburger with pulled pork and slaw on top of it.
Man, I do love me some slow cooked lamb.