It’s hard to believe that 5 years ago I packed up everything and decided to head off to culinary school. With that decision I also started this blog to stay in contact and share all the great food I was experiencing in New York. Over the years this blog morphed into healthy food recipes, a LOT of Chicago restaurants and a few odds and ends. So on this anniversary, I thought I would throw out the top five food-related things that happened this year to bring a smile to my face.
First up is a bellini at Boscolo Exedra Hotel in Rome. It was the last night in Rome and a toast was had in honor of James Gandolfini passing away. The peach puree was as fresh as any I have had and mixed in with some wonderful Proseco – Delicious!! The entire evening was nostalgic and memorable.
Coffee…I was off the caffeine for a very long time and it wasn’t until I tried this coffee that I started back drinking a cup or two of it a day. Yes, full snobbery is had with purchasing it online. I can honestly say every time I take that first sip in the morning it makes the day just a little bit brighter. The coffee beans are roasted over a wood fire, the old fashion way. By far, this is the best cup of Joe out there!
I am always on the hunt for an interesting cookbook and nothing really seemed to stand out this year for me. However, when I did come across this children’s book, it made me laugh so hard like no other book has. And really, I didn’t even know this author had the same last name, nor did I realize he lives in Chicago…but it does make it that more special.
Crème di Melicello was written up in the Oak Park Sun Times!!!!!!
Lobsters, lobsters, lobsters. $2.99 lb. For an e-n-t-i-r-e month. Nothing but melted butter and lemon on them. Enough said.
(Picture 1-4 are from Google Images)