To get the ball rolling, I wanted to start with a bit of catch up. In the past year or so, I have had some absolutely incredible food experiences. I could have filled this post with hundreds of photos of beautiful meals, but there is something to be said for showing a bit of restraint… Here are some of the highlights:
Dinner at Ulla in Victoria:
My foray into culinary adventurism:
Chicken hearts at Tacofino Commissary. Tastes remarkably unlike chicken.
Duck tongues at Sun Sui Wah dim sum. This will not be a repeat experience… Did you know bird tongues have bones in them? I love surprises, but not this kind.
Some welcome additions to my neighbourhood, Kitsilano:
Salmon at Fable, headed up by Top Chef Canada’s Trevor Bird and Marcus Luk
Ayoub’s, a middle eastern bulk food emporium (and my new weakness) – dried fruit, spiced nuts, turkish candy, veggie chips, nirvana.
Winery tour of the southern Okanagan:
Seattle: Seafood, Stumptown, Sitka & Spruce
And an unforgettable culinary tour of California:
Jose Andres’ Bazaar in LA. My first time trying out molecular gastronomy – mind boggling!
La Super Rica in Santa Barbara. The best and most authentic Mexican food I have ever tasted. Waiting an hour in line was more than worth the experience. And likely the cheapest meal we had the whole trip!
The Napa Valley: wine, Thomas Keller, and serious food porn.
Dinner at Gary Danko. Course after course of elegant and scrumptious food.
The Ferry Terminal in San Francisco: artisanal cheese, Blue Bottle coffee, amazing seafood, fresh produce, gorgeous views. My kind of culinary playground.
I have saved one of my most recent, and once-in-a-lifetime, experiences for my next post… Stay tuned!